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Meet Our Elders

Sheldon C. Monson

Sheldon Monson has been in the church of God most of his life and is a long-time pastor of more than 20 years. His parents came into the Church in the late 1960’s and attended their first feast when he was a young boy in 1970. Mr. Monson attended Ambassador College in the early 1980’s in Pasadena, California. After graduation, he worked as a teacher, coach, and as Athletic Director at Imperial Schools in Pasadena for many years. Shortly after his college graduation, he met his now-wife of over 30 years, Joette, with whom he shares four children. Following the Worldwide Church of God (WWCG) split in the 1990’s, Mr. Monson joined a remnant of WWCG and later became employed as a pastor.  While employed by the church, he also served as the Youth Director for more than a decade, ran the adventure camp, teen camp, coordinated Festival sites, and has been a member of the Council of Elders since 2008. He and his family relocated to the Midwest at the end of 2020 after serving in the Washington, DC area for over a decade. He currently resides in the Kansas City area, home of the Church of God Assembly headquarters.

Jason C. Fritts

Jason Fritts is a fourth-generation member, born and raised in the Church of God. Married to his high school sweetheart for more than twenty years, Mr. Fritts has been pastoring for the last decade in the Midwest, up and down the East coast of the United States, and now Tennessee. Much of his time has been spent working with the youth and assisting in various camp roles, including Deputy Youth Director for Teen Camp. He travels often visiting congregations across the country and helps to coordinate Festival sites each year. He now resides in the Murfreesboro area with his wife and their four children.

Michael E. Kreyer

Mike Kreyer has been in the Church of God his entire life. His grandfather encountered the Radio Church of God in the 1940s which led to his mother’s baptism in the late 1950s.  Mr. Kreyer would later meet and marry his devoted wife, Kimberly. Over 40 years later, they now have three children and nine grandchildren. Mr. Kreyer became a tradesman working in the elevator and escalator business for 37 years. He was ordained Elder in 2010 and went on to pastor several churches in the Minnesota and Wisconsin area. Mr. Kreyer also served the youth as the Adventure Camp director for several years. He and his wife reside in western Wisconsin and currently serve members in the Greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Canadian areas.

Michael S. Loper

Mike Loper came into the church in the early 1970s, just a few years after his father began attending. Mr. Loper attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA for two years, and then at the Control Data Institute where he earned a certificate in Computer Technology. After graduating from his studies in the mid-1980s, Mr. Loper began work as a systems analyst for a local computer company. A few years later, at the Church of God in Reseda, California, Mr. Loper met his now-wife of nearly 35 years and mother of his two children, Celeste. In the early 90s, when the company he was working for went out of business, Mr. Loper moved his family to Tulsa, OK and began a new endeavor- He started a Paint Contracting business which he still runs today. Mr. Loper serves as Elder in the local Tulsa, Oklahoma congregation and surrounding areas.

Todd D. Lawrence

Todd Lawrence was introduced to the truth in high school by his now wife of more than four decades, Sarah. Since he began attending the Worldwide Church of God (WWCG) in the later part of the 1970s, he has never looked back. As a teenager, he began his lifelong career in agriculture. Over 50 years later, he continues in his family farm operation with his son. The Lawrence’s have two children, and five grandchildren.  Mr. Lawrence was ordained a local elder in 2014 and is now a member of the Council of Elders for the Church of God Assembly. Currently serving in the Knox and Indianapolis congregations in Indiana, he and his family reside on the family farm in Knox, Indiana.

James D. Baisley

Danny Baisley was born and raised on a family dairy farm in Tennessee, where he worked with his father and brother. In addition to raising crops and cattle, the Baisley’s also ran a sawmill and logging business. At the turn of the 21st century, Mr. Baisley’s father and twin brother unexpectedly died, leaving Mr. and Mrs. Baisley to keep the dairy farm operating which they did for more than a dozen years. Tragedy struck again, and Mr. Baisley was forced to retire due to a car accident that left him disabled and unable to keep the farm operating successfully. As a side effect from the accident, in 2003, Mr. Baisley was slowly losing his vision. His wife Eva had long been pressing him to turn to God. However, it wasn’t until his eyes were miraculously healed that he began attending services. In the words of Mrs. Baisley, “Like Paul, God must have blinded Danny to make him sit still long enough to hear the truth.” By the end of 2003, Mr. Baisley was baptized and has been a faithful member of the church ever since. He was ordained as an elder in the early 2010s and serves in the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area.

Jack Lowe

Jack Lowe began attending the Worldwide Church of God (WWCG) in the early 1970s. Soon, Mr. Lowe was baptized and ordained a deacon where he was given the responsibility of directing the Youth Program (YOU) in Atlanta, Georgia for a dozen years. In 1990, he was ordained a Elder and began serving as the assistant pastor to the congregation of over 800 brethren. After the WWCG split, Mr. Lowe continued to serve in a remnant Church of God where he acted as area pastor and festival site coordinator for the Atlanta area. After a 20+ year career in the Department of Defense, Mr. Lowe retired. When he is not working on cars, he and his wife, Coby, enjoy retirement by taking walks, healthy cooking, and bird watching from the back deck of their Georgia home. Mr. Lowe currently serves as area pastor for congregations in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

Randall E. Wayne

Randy Wayne was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. In the early 1970s Mr. Wayne founded a demolition and excavation company that he and two of his sons continue to run today. He then married his now-wife, Lyndee, with whom he would share ten children and 17 grandchildren with (and counting!). A few years after the establishment of his company, Mr. Wayne was called and began attending the Worldwide Church of God (WWCG). He has remained a faithful member of God’s church ever since. Mr. Wayne was ordained deacon in the mid 2000s and then Elder in 2019. The Wayne’s currently reside on a small farm in Southeast Indiana where they serve the surrounding congregations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Larry Beauchamp Alverio

Larry Alverio was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Shortly after high school, he worked for the City and County of Honolulu for many years. It was at this point that his brother introduced him to the Plain Truth magazine and World Tomorrow program of the late Worldwide Church of God (WWCG). Mr. Alverio became a member of the WWCG in the late 70s and was ordained a deacon in the early 80s. Two years later, he married his now-wife, Catherine. Mr. & Mrs. Alverio soon relocated to Winchester, Virginia where Mr. Alverio was ordained a local elder in 2012. The Alverio’s still reside in Winchester and serve the Northeastern United States including Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.

About Church of God Assembly

The Church of God Assembly (CGA) believes that our Maker’s grand purpose in creating man is to perfect individuals by the power of Christ and eventually give the saints immortality and glory like Christ (Daniel 12:3). God’s purpose is for us to ultimately be “born again” as spirit beings into His Family (John 3:3-8; I Corinthians 15:50-54; Romans 8:16-17; Philippians 3:21; I John 3:2; Revelation 21:7).

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