Pastor Francis was born and raised in India. He received Jesus Christ as his personal savior while in college and since then was actively involved in campus ministry in India.
Pastor Francis went to Union Biblical Seminary, in Pune, India and completed his Bachelor of Divinity and served as an evangelist and Bible teacher among University Students (UESI) for the next ten years in south India. He came to the United States in the year 2000 and completed an MA and PhD in Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology. While a full time student, he also worked as a youth pastor for five years and was ordained for pastoral ministry in 2005.
As the pastor of our church for many years, Pastor Francis would preach the word of God on a regular basis and also provided leadership for various ministries, as well as being a part of several committees/leadership teams within the church. He would occasionally write articles to encourage the members in their spiritual journey and enjoyed spending time with individuals and small groups. Pastor Francis' passion is to understand the journey of life in order to not only live the abundant life promised by Jesus Christ, but also to help others to enjoy the gift of life.
In October, 2018, Pastor Francis stepped down from the position of full-time lead pastor to return to full-time ministry in India. For more information about the ministry in India, check out: www.GemsIndiaMinistry.com
Pastor Francis enjoys several sports, traveling, music, preaching, and most of all the company of friends who make this journey very exciting and meaningful. He and his wife, Sunitha, are blessed with two children (Richie and Reeny).