Staff

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JERAMIE RINNE
Senior Pastor

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.

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CURT ROMIG
Senior Associate Pastor

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.

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AUBREY SEQUEIRA
Associate Pastor

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.

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JESS MARTIN
Director of Children's Ministry

Jess Martin is originally from the United States but has been serving overseas since 2006, the majority of which has been spent in the Middle East. She has always known that her passion is working with children. She feels that the best part about working with children and youth is knowing that God will use these kids to continue building His kingdom long after her work is done. Jess is the proud pet-mum of a Yorkie named Fino. In her free time, she enjoys sci-fi, reading, writing her own stories, triathlons and baking.

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ELI GURU
Children's Ministry Assistant

 Elizabeth "Eli" is originally from India but has been in Abu Dhabi her whole life. She did her schooling and worked in the oil & gas sector for 10 years in administration. She accepted Christ in Abu Dhabi as a teenager. She married Stephen in 2000 and they have two boys, Emmanuel and Boaz. She started attending ECC in 2003 and has been working in children's ministry since 2016. Eli is a passionate homemaker and an artist. She enjoys music and spending time with her family and friends.

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BEN ZAMORA
Director of Teen Ministries

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GERRIE KRUEGER
Accountant

Gerrie is from South Africa and grew up in a small town called Lichtenburg in the North West Province. In 2005, Gerrie married his wonderful wife, Ilse, also from South Africa and since living abroad they've been blessed with two daughters. He studied towards an accounting degree through the University of South Africa and has worked in the accounting field in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the UAE. He also served in an accounting capacity in all the churches he has been blessed to be a part of. Gerrie is a passionate artist and has partaken in various exhibitions around Abu Dhabi. He is a fan of most sports, music, traveling and spending time with family and friends in his spare time.

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CHRISTOPHER DARLA
Office Administrator

Christopher is from India, born and raised in Gadag, in the state of Karnataka. He moved to Abu Dhabi in 1996 and worked in Electronics Company till 2003 and, in 2004, joined Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Middle East Office. He joined the ECC staff in 2008 and does a wide variety of tasks. He enjoys reading, playing the guitar and watching sports, particularly cricket. Christopher and Liz married in 1994 and they have two children, Ethan and Christelle.

 

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CHRISTIE ECKARDT
Visual and Social Media Designer

Christie, from the USA, graduated with a degree in Business in 1994. She then helped build and maintain the website for Dade County Building Code Compliance for three years before managing the website department for a design agency in Coral Gables. She joined the ECC staff in May 2010 and serves as graphic designer, website and social media manager and vlog producer. She is married and has two children.

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DARSHINI VELLANKI
Office Assistant

Darshini is from India, born and raised in Rajahmundry, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. She moved to Abu Dhabi in 2005 and worked in Government Sector till 2013. She joined the ECC staff in 2017 December. She enjoys reading and cooking. Darshini married Hemanth in 1997 and they have one son, Siddharth.

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NOEMI CARPENTER
Office Assistant

Noemi grew up in the U.S. in Philadelphia as part of a multi-cultural family. Her mother is Swiss-Chilean and she has four sisters adopted from Colombia. She earned her bachelor's degree in History and Sociology in 2014. Before working at ECC, she worked in a number of schools, teaching English and Math and supporting learners with additional needs. Noemi moved to Abu Dhabi in the summer of 2017 with her husband, Zach and joined the ECC team in June of 2018. Noemi enjoys journaling, cooking, baking and doing counted cross stitch in her spare time.

 

BILLYPAUL OWERE
Pastoral Apprentice

 

 

JONATHAN GEORGE
Pastoral Apprentice

 

 

PRIDE TANYARA
Pastoral Apprentice