OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Our Directional Leadership Team works together to shape the vision and direction of Christ Fellowship.
Omar Giritli is the lead pastor at Christ Fellowship Miami. He has served as the Director of Campuses, a Campus Pastor and the Small Group Pastor for Christ Fellowship. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a Law Degree from the University of Miami and is a member of the Florida Bar. Pastor Omar and his wife, Ashley, live in Miami with their daughter, Camila.
Chief of Staff
Jim serves as the Chief of Staff under Omar Giritli in leading the Directional Leadership Team at Christ Fellowship.
He is the author of 125 Tips for MultiSite Churches, Better Together: Making Church Merger Work, and
Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting and Giga-Church World. He also consults churches in multisite, merger and succession strategies with The Unstuck Group.
Jim holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Jim and his wife, Deryl, have three children and eleven grandchildren.
Director of Operations
Debbie Sutton serves on the Christ Fellowship Directional Leadership Team as the Director of Operations and CFO. She has held financial roles at Christ Fellowship and Christ Fellowship Academy for 30 years. She grew up in the Florida Keys and has a Bachelor's degree from Trinity University and a Masters of Business Administration from Barry University. Debbie and her husband, Brad, live in Miami and are blessed with two children and five grandchildren.
Weekend Experience Director
Ben Stapley serves as the Weekend Experience Director overseeing the production, worship, creative, online and guest service departments. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Video Communication from Moody Bible Institute and a Master of Divinity from Missio Seminary. Ben also consults for churches and speaks at conferences about leadership, communication and creativity. Ben lives in Palmetto Bay with his wonderful wife Rose, and their two daughters, Violet and Scarlet.
Rick Blackwood is a teaching pastor at Christ Fellowship. Rick is the author of The Power of Multi-sensory Preaching and Teaching, the visionary behind Leading From the Pulpit, and holds two Master’s degrees and three Doctoral degrees from Grace Theological Seminary, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity International University. Rick is married to Rhonda. They have two daughters, Natalie and Rebekah.
Director of Ministries
Samantha Stockton serves on the Christ Fellowship Directional Leadership Team as the Director of Ministries. She was born in Da Nang, Vietnam and raised her entire life in Miami. Samantha considers herself a Miamian for life! Her passion is to coach leaders to be the best at utilizing their gifts and making it easy for ministries to help people follow Jesus. She is married to A.J., and mama to Andy and Savanna. If you want to get to know her more, Samantha is always ready to meet you, just bring some Cuban coffee and pastelitos.
Director of Campuses & Teaching Pastor
Carlos Cardenas serves as the Director of Campuses by overseeing our campus pastors, and is part of the Christ Fellowship Teaching Team. He also served as the Campus Pastor for the West Kendall Campus as well as the Worship Director. He holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary and Bachelor’s in Business Management from Florida International University. Carlos lives in Palmetto Bay with his wife Shany, and his children Noah, Nathan and Everly. Aside from spending time with his family, Carlos loves to barbecue and watch his favorite football team, the Miami Hurricanes.