Armida Belmonte Stephens
Theology Teaching Fellow, North Park Theological Seminary
Armida Belmonte Stephens is a theology teaching fellow at North Park Theological Seminary. A native of New Mexico and second generation Mexican-American, she is a pastor’s kid who was raised and formed in the Latino immigrant church. Armida is a member of New Community Covenant Church and a part of the teaching team for the ECC’s Covenant Orientation courses.
Executive Director of Ministry Development
As the executive director of ministry development, Angela Yee works alongside the president of the ECC to provide leadership and general oversight of ministry developments. She also facilitates collaboration of Covenant Offices with the ECC’s regional conferences and affiliate organizations. Before beginning this role, Angela served as executive pastor of Hug Church, a Covenant church plant in Fullerton, California. Prior to that, she was the director of mission and ministry at Saddleback Church in Irvine, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois and her master of divinity degree from Rockbridge Seminary. She has extensive experience as a graphic designer, project manager, and leadership coach. She also has been a board member of the Covenant Asian Pastors Association (CAPA). She and her husband, Albert, have two adult children.
Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples
Rev. Michelle Sanchez is executive minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area. She has previously served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, launched ministries to international students with a multiethnic Cru team (Campus Crusade for Christ), and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle has earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an international business degree from New York University (NYU), and certification in spiritual direction from Boston College. Michelle is married to Mickey, a staff worker at Northwestern University with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries.
Interim Executive Minister of Start and Strengthen Churches
Rev. Alex Rahill becomes the Interim Executive Minister of Start and Strengthen Churches on September 1, 2018. Alex was ordained in the Covenant in 2012 and has been working in church-planting ministry for more than 15 years. He planted Life Covenant Church in the Detroit area in 2002. Under his leadership, Life Church planted two other healthy missional churches. While pastoring Life Church, Alex also served as the part-time Director of Church Planting for the Great Lakes Conference. Alex and his wife Marcie have four children, and enjoy serving the Lord together in church-planting ministry.
Director of Congregational Vitality
Shaun Marshall serves as the director of congregational vitality with Start and Strengthen Churches. In this role, he provides leadership, resources, and support to help churches grow stronger for mission. Previously, Shaun served as senior pastor of Community Covenant Church in Calumet Park, Illinois; executive pastor at the Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan; and associate minister and director of church operations at New Life Covenant Church in Chicago. As a coach, consultant, and speaker, Shaun has worked with leaders, equipping them to transform organizations, strengthen churches, and impact communities. He is also the founder of Manifest, a movement providing vocational clarity through shared experiences, resources, and coaching to help every person live on purpose. Shaun and his wife, Veronica, are raising their daughter, Sage Olivia, in the Chicagoland area.
Executive Minister of Serve Globally
Dr. Al Tizon is executive minister of Serve Globally, the international ministries arm of the ECC. This position includes a faculty appointment as Affiliate Associate Professor of Missional and Global Leadership at North Park Theological Seminary also in Chicago. He has engaged in community development, church leadership, advocacy, and urban ministry both in the Philippines and the United States. He earned a PhD in Missiology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, is the author of two books—Transformation After Lausanne: Radical Evangelical Mission in Global-Local Perspective (Regnum, 2008) and Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform (Judson 2012); co-author of one—Linking Arms, Linking Lives: How Urban-Suburban Partnerships Can Transform Communities with Ron Sider, John Perkins, and Wayne Gordon (Baker 2008); co-editor of two—Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations with Sydney Park and Soong-Chan Rah (Judson 2012) and Following Jesus: Journeys in Radical Discipleship (Regnum, 2013); Al and his wife, Janice, are parents of four grown children. In addition, their oldest daughter and husband have three children, and four grandchildren.
Executive Minister of Develop Leaders
Rev. Lance Davis is the executive minister of Develop Leaders and Ordered Ministry. He entered ministry in 1991, serving on the staffs of two prominent Chicago-area congregations. Subsequently, he became a church planter, founding what is now New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton, Illinois. The congregation joined the ECC in 2012. He was elected to his current role in 2018. In addition to pastoral ministry, Lance has been instrumental in launching numerous nonprofit community-service organizations, including Bezalel Affordable Housing in Dolton and TransAtlantic Water Development in Ghana. In Lance’s 25 years of ministry, there have been two consistent themes: development of leaders and community impact. He holds a BA in business administration from Trinity College and an MA from Gospel Ministries Theological Seminary. Most importantly, Lance is married to Kara, an accomplished physician and author, and they have four adult children.