Elder Team



Jay Bowen
Jay and his wife Donna transferred from Fort Worth, Texas (USA) to Abu Dhabi in 2006, to pursue an overseas adventure. Jay has been blessed with his wife and best friend of 37 years and his two beautiful daughters. In his spare time, Jay enjoys reading, basketball, volleyball, and taekwondo. Jay works at the Abu Dhabi International Airport as an electrical engineer and engineering manager. Jay became a member of ECC in 2013 and currently serves on the ECC Board and the Director of Teen Ministries Search Committee. Other areas of service have included Youth Leadership Council, Children’s Ministry as a volunteer and teacher, and The Gideon’s International.



Joel Ericson
Joel was raised in a Christian home and grew up in the Midwest of the United States. He’s a professional civil engineer working on airport projects across the Middle East. God stirred a desire in Joel’s heart many years ago to eventually live, work, and witness in the Middle East; when a job opportunity opened up in Abu Dhabi, he and his wife left the Midwest. He and his wife Amy have called Abu Dhabi home for 9 years with all three of their children born here. They homeschool their children and enjoy camping and exploring the UAE together as a family.



Bode Esan
Bode was born and grew up in Nigeria. He trained as a Civil Engineer in the UK, where he also met and got married to his wife, Laide. They are blessed with two sons. They moved to Abu Dhabi in 2007 and have attended and served in several ministries at ECC since then. Bode enjoys traveling, walking and reading.



Andrew Kellam
Andrew grew up in eastern USA and received a degree in engineering from Miami University. He has worked in manufacturing and healthcare. Currently, Andrew works for a hospital in Abu Dhabi where he leads teams to improve patient safety, quality and their experience. He has served as a deacon at his previous churches. He enjoys home projects, ultimate Frisbee, and skiing. Andrew and his wife Brenda have been married for 13 years and have 3 children. As a family, they worked with refugee resettlement for 10 years. They are excited to partner with ECC to advance the Gospel.



Christoper  Monforte
Christoper (Chris) was born and raised in Pasig City in the Philippines. After working in the Philippines for 11 years, in 2010, Christoper moved to Abu Dhabi to work for a construction company, and by God’s grace his family joined him in 2012. He leads a life group and also regularly leads the church in congregational singing. Christoper completed a Master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources Management in September 2017. He loves to read books, listen to sermons, watch sports, cook and listen to Christian songs. Chris is married to Gloria and has three children, Abigail, James, and Jeremiah.



Cass O'Rear
Cass was born and raised in Texas in the USA but has lived in Abu Dhabi, with his wife Lauren, since 2010. While living in Abu Dhabi, they have been blessed with two happy and energetic little boys. Cass and Lauren are thankful to be members of ECC and enjoy serving the church in various ways. In the past eight years, Cass has been actively involved with ECC Life Groups, the Marhaba ministry, and the Wildfire high school ministry. Cass enjoys reading, watching and playing sports, traveling, learning about other cultures, and all things food.



Raymond Pardede

Raymond is from Indonesia and comes from a Christian family background. He started serving the Lord in various capacities since he was a student, both in the Christian student fellowship in Jakarta during his undergraduate study and in a local church in Budapest during his postgraduate study. He moved to Abu Dhabi in 2005, working in the telecommunication & IT industries and has joined ECC since then. God blessed him with his wife Yudith and two lovely children. He was a member of the ECC Board from January 2014 and starting January 2018 has become be one of ECC's elders. Currently he is serving in the Indonesian group ministry, Marhaba ministry, and music ministry. His passions are in music and sports, traveling and outdoor photography.



Jeramie Rinne
Jeramie grew up in the U.S. in Las Vegas. He received a BA in Bible and Ancient Languages from Wheaton College, and an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jeramie pastored a church in the Boston area for 20 years before coming to ECC. He is an author and trains pastors in expository preaching through the Charles Simeon Trust. Jeramie and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for more than 25 years. They have four children. Jeramie enjoys the outdoors, movies and board games. 


Curt Romig
Curt grew up in Kansas in the USA. From a young age he became interested in ministry and living overseas and has lived in Peru and China. In 2010, God blessed him with his amazing wife Michelle, and now they have two daughters. From 2012-2017, Curt served as a pastor at a church in Kansas. His favorite parts of ministry are spending time with people, equipping people to use their gifts, and preaching/teaching God's word. He enjoys playing and watching sports of all kinds, singing and playing with his daughters, and drinking black coffee with friends.


Anwar Sawaya
Anwar was born in a small town in the mountains of Lebanon to a Roman Catholic family. In 1990, he married his wife Julene. Anwar was officially ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1994. In 1996, Anwar & Julene had a strong leading from the Lord to move to the UAE, where Anwar’s parents were residing. Upon arrival to the UAE, Anwar & Julene immediately started attending and serving at ECC. Throughout the years, Anwar served at ECC as a bible study leader, member of the church board, and director of Men’s Ministry among other things. Anwar & Julene have three children, Jared, Eric, and Jessica.



Aubrey Sequeira
Aubrey and his wife Nishika were born and raised in Chennai, India. Aubrey was a rock musician before the Lord saved him. After completing his Bachelor's in engineering, Aubrey worked in the IT industry for several years while engaging in bi-vocational ministry and church-planting. In 2010, following the Lord's call to vocational ministry, Aubrey enrolled at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed an M.Div and a Ph.D in Biblical Theology, while serving a local church in various capacities. Aubrey and Nishika love spending time with people, understanding new cultures and trying new ethnic foods. They have been blessed with three delightful little girls. 

  Nigussie Yadete
Nigussie grew up in Ethiopia. He received a BA in Foreign Languages. He lived in the UK for several years while pursuing his MA and PhD studies in language education. He has worked in higher education for over 20 years as a teacher and a director of curriculum and quality assurance. Before coming to the UAE, Nigussie served on an eldership team and on a Bible college board. He also taught communication and leadership courses at a seminary in Ethiopia. Currently, he serves a life-group leader and Marhaba team member. Nigussie and his wife, Genet Tesafye, have three God loving children. Nigussie loves coffee, especially Ethiopian coffee.