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Lead Pastor

Omar Giritli

Lead Pastor

Omar Giritli serves as the Lead Pastor at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL. He is joyfully married to his wonderful wife Ashley and have two beautiful children, Camila and Mateo. He was born in Puerto Rico, but raised in Miami since age 7. He has been in ministry for over 10 years and served in different capacities such as Small Group Pastor, Campus Pastor and Director of Campuses. He is a Law School graduate from the University of Miami, member of the BAR, and holds a Master in Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Pastor Omar's Story

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Directional Leadership Team

Executive Pastor

Carlos Cardenas

Carlos serves as the Executive Pastor at Christ Fellowship and leads the Directional Leadership Team. He is also part of the Teaching Team and has been in ministry at Christ Fellowship for over 10 years. During his time at Christ Fellowship, he has served in different capacities such as Pastor of Campuses, and Campus Pastor at the Palmetto Bay and West Kendall Campuses. He holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary and a 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.

Pastor of Experience and Leadership

Gideon Ap'e

Gideon Ap'e serves as the Pastor of Experience & Leadership Development at Christ Fellowship. He's married to Abby and has two beautiful boys, Jeremiah and Jude. Gideon has been part of Christ Fellowship for over a decade and has served in different roles including worship, college and young adults, and as an associate and Campus Pastor. Prior to ministry, Gideon worked in education reform and policy that focused on closing the achievement gap in Title 1 schools. He is a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The PEAR Institute at Harvard Medical & McLean Hospital. Gideon is passionate about leadership development, academia, the arts, reaching the urban core with the Gospel, a good cup of coffee, and especially his family.

Director of Operations

Debbie Sutton

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.

Pastor of Campuses

Ray Perez

Ray Perez currently serves as Pastor of Campuses at Christ Fellowship. Ray, a Florida State Licensed contractor for over 25 years, ordained pastor and seminary graduate transitioned into a full time ministry career several years ago where he has served in various roles at Christ Fellowship Church. As a seminary graduate from Miami International Seminary and experienced business owner, Ray is uniquely positioned to advance our mission and vision of establishing Christ Fellowship church across Miami, Latin America and the Caribbean. Ray currently lives in Miami, Florida with his wife of 37 years, Ida. Together they have two children, Ray Jr. and Stephanie. In his spare time Ray enjoys serving up Texas Style BBQ to friends, family and the community he serves in.

Director of Ministries

Samantha Stockton

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 Ministries

Stephanie Moreno

Stephanie Moreno serves as the Director of Ministries at Christ Fellowship and oversees CF Kids, Small Groups, and Community Engagement. She has been working in ministry for over 10 years and has held several roles within CF Kids. Prior to ministry, Stephanie was an elementary school teacher with a background in both education and psychology. She is happily married to her husband Andrew and they have 2 children, Lauren and Ryan. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys a good restaurant, working out at the gym, and a sunny beach day. However, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.
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Teaching Team

Lead Pastor

Omar Giritli

Omar Giritli serves as the Lead Pastor at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL. He is joyfully married to his wonderful wife Ashley and have two beautiful children, Camila and Mateo. He was born in Puerto Rico, but raised in Miami since age 7. He has been in ministry for over 10 years and served in different capacities such as Small Group Pastor, Campus Pastor and Director of Campuses. He is a Law School graduate from the University of Miami, member of the BAR, and holds a Master in Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Doral Campus Pastor

Jose Peña

Jose Pena's current role is Pastor of the Doral Campus as well as being on the Spanish Teaching Team. He is married to Wanda and has three wonderful boys. Jonathan 24 years old, Joshua 23 years old, Joseph 17 years old. Jose has been part of Christ Fellowship for seven years, and has served as the Small Group Director, Spanish pastor, associate pastor, He has also overseen the congregational care for all of the Christ Fellowship campuses. Jose currently lives in Miami, but was born in the Dominican republic.

Executive Pastor

Carlos Cardenas

Carlos serves as the Executive Pastor at Christ Fellowship and leads the Directional Leadership Team. He is also part of the Teaching Team and has been in ministry at Christ Fellowship for over 10 years. During his time at Christ Fellowship, he has served in different capacities such as Pastor of Campuses, and Campus Pastor at the Palmetto Bay and West Kendall Campuses. He holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary and a 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.

Coral Gables / Downtown Campus Pastor

Al Williams

Alexander “Al” currently serves as the Downtown/Coral Gables campus pastor as well as a member of the teaching team. Following graduation from the Master's University, Al began serving in full-time ministry in California in 2013 as a student pastor before joining the Christ Fellowship team in 2017 in the same capacity. Al lives in Miami with his wife Aubrey. Aside from ministry and spending time with his wife, Al enjoys reading, golfing as often as he can, and quoting Charles Spurgeon.

Global Pastor

José Alonso

Jose is part of the Spanish teaching team and currently serves as the Director of Global Campuses at Christ Fellowship. He was born and raised in Colombia, South America and has been a church planter for 24 years in Latin America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, a Master’s degree in Biblical Languages from Baptist Bible College, a Master’s in Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary, and a Doctorate from the Master’s Seminary in California. He has a YouTube Bible Teaching Ministry called “De Regreso a la Biblia'' with more than 80,000 subscribers. He is also a consultant for global multisite strategy. Jose and his wife Karina live in Miami and have two daughters in college Daniela and Camila. Jose’s favorite hobby is spending time with his wife and playing golf.
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Pastors

Coral Gables / Downtown Campus Pastor

Al Williams

Alexander “Al” currently serves as the Downtown/Coral Gables campus pastor as well as a member of the teaching team. Following graduation from the Master's University, Al began serving in full-time ministry in California in 2013 as a student pastor before joining the Christ Fellowship team in 2017 in the same capacity. Al lives in Miami with his wife Aubrey. Aside from ministry and spending time with his wife, Al enjoys reading, golfing as often as he can, and quoting Charles Spurgeon.

Executive Pastor

Carlos Cardenas

Carlos serves as the Executive Pastor at Christ Fellowship and leads the Directional Leadership Team. He is also part of the Teaching Team and has been in ministry at Christ Fellowship for over 10 years. During his time at Christ Fellowship, he has served in different capacities such as Pastor of Campuses, and Campus Pastor at the Palmetto Bay and West Kendall Campuses. He holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary and a 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.

Redland Campus Pastor

Emilio Aviles

Doral Campus Pastor

Jose Peña

Jose Pena's current role is Pastor of the Doral Campus as well as being on the Spanish Teaching Team. He is married to Wanda and has three wonderful boys. Jonathan 24 years old, Joshua 23 years old, Joseph 17 years old. Jose has been part of Christ Fellowship for seven years, and has served as the Small Group Director, Spanish pastor, associate pastor, He has also overseen the congregational care for all of the Christ Fellowship campuses. Jose currently lives in Miami, but was born in the Dominican republic.

Lead Pastor

Omar Giritli

Omar Giritli serves as the Lead Pastor at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL. He is joyfully married to his wonderful wife Ashley and have two beautiful children, Camila and Mateo. He was born in Puerto Rico, but raised in Miami since age 7. He has been in ministry for over 10 years and served in different capacities such as Small Group Pastor, Campus Pastor and Director of Campuses. He is a Law School graduate from the University of Miami, member of the BAR, and holds a Master in Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Palmetto Bay Campus Pastor

Tucker Stipe

Pastor Tucker serves as the Campus Pastor of the Palmetto Bay Campus and on the Young Adult Teaching Team. He previously served as the Campus Pastor of the Coral Gables Campus, the Associate Campus Director at the Downtown Campus and also in the Small Groups Team. Before coming to Christ Fellowship he served on the teaching team at Calvary Church here in Miami, and was the Outreach Director and Janitor for Ekklesia Eugene in his home state of Oregon. Tucker is happily married to his best friend Kaleigha and they have 3 boys (ages: 4, 2, and freshly hatched). He earned a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Religion with a minor in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Tucker spends most of his free time outside with his family and they particularly love their beach days together.

Pastor of CF Students

Alex Mirabal

Pastor Alex Mirabal is deeply devoted to following Jesus and delights in nurturing others to become exceptional leaders. Currently serving as Pastor of CF Students at Christ Fellowship, he began his journey in ministry in 2015, eventually moving into his current role in 2022. Through mentoring, leading Bible studies, and providing support on their spiritual journeys, he is committed to guiding people towards realizing their fullest potential in Christ. Beyond his ministry, he treasures every moment with his beloved wife and two children, who continually inspire him. In his leisure time, Pastor Mirabal immerses himself in books, explores various physical activities to stay healthy, and indulges in the thrill of thrifting. With a profound appreciation for the ocean's tranquility, he eagerly embraces any opportunity for aquatic adventures, whether swimming, surfing, or simply soaking in its beauty on the shore. Pastor Mirabal earned his Bachelors in Biblical Studies & Psychology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Palmetto Bay Associate Pastor

Damian Silva

Damian Silva serves as the Associate Pastor at the Palmetto Bay campus. He has been with Christ Fellowship for over a decade where he has served with Students, Guest Services, and Congregational Care. Prior to his tenure at Christ Fellowship he worked in alternative education as a Family Liaison for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Damian and his family currently reside in Homestead Florida where he previously served as a Campus Pastor. He and his wife Jacqueline Silva enjoy their weekly date nights and traveling with their two boys. Damian has a long history with hip hop music, performing with various artists, but these days in his free time he simply enjoys writing, storytelling, and kayak fishing.

Pastor of CF Young Adults

Gabriel Orellana

Global Pastor

José Alonso

Jose is part of the Spanish teaching team and currently serves as the Director of Global Campuses at Christ Fellowship. He was born and raised in Colombia, South America and has been a church planter for 24 years in Latin America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, a Master’s degree in Biblical Languages from Baptist Bible College, a Master’s in Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary, and a Doctorate from the Master’s Seminary in California. He has a YouTube Bible Teaching Ministry called “De Regreso a la Biblia'' with more than 80,000 subscribers. He is also a consultant for global multisite strategy. Jose and his wife Karina live in Miami and have two daughters in college Daniela and Camila. Jose’s favorite hobby is spending time with his wife and playing golf.

Pastor of Campuses

Ray Perez

Ray Perez currently serves as Pastor of Campuses at Christ Fellowship. Ray, a Florida State Licensed contractor for over 25 years, ordained pastor and seminary graduate transitioned into a full time ministry career several years ago where he has served in various roles at Christ Fellowship Church. As a seminary graduate from Miami International Seminary and experienced business owner, Ray is uniquely positioned to advance our mission and vision of establishing Christ Fellowship church across Miami, Latin America and the Caribbean. Ray currently lives in Miami, Florida with his wife of 37 years, Ida. Together they have two children, Ray Jr. and Stephanie. In his spare time Ray enjoys serving up Texas Style BBQ to friends, family and the community he serves in.

West Kendall Campus Pastor

Alex Sosa

Alex serves as the West Kendall Campus Pastor at Christ Fellowship. He completed his Bachelors of Religion at Liberty University in 2013, with a minor in Christian Counseling, and has served the local church for over 16 years. Alex and his wife Taylor, both Miami natives, are parents to two young daughters. Other than spending time with his girls, Alex favorite pastimes are drinking coffee, watching documentaries, and rooting for the Miami Dolphins.

Congregational Care Pastor

Don Robson

Pastor of Experience and Leadership

Gideon Ap'e

Gideon Ap'e serves as the Pastor of Experience & Leadership Development at Christ Fellowship. He's married to Abby and has two beautiful boys, Jeremiah and Jude. Gideon has been part of Christ Fellowship for over a decade and has served in different roles including worship, college and young adults, and as an associate and Campus Pastor. Prior to ministry, Gideon worked in education reform and policy that focused on closing the achievement gap in Title 1 schools. He is a proud alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The PEAR Institute at Harvard Medical & McLean Hospital. Gideon is passionate about leadership development, academia, the arts, reaching the urban core with the Gospel, a good cup of coffee, and especially his family.

Pastor

Juan Roque

Pastor Juan Roque, a dedicated leader with a Master’s in Theology from Trinity International University and a Bachelor in Business from Nova University, currently serves at the Coral Gables/Downtown Campus of Christ Fellowship. Alongside his role as a volunteer pastor, he also holds the position of Vice President/Business leader at a Miami-based manufacturing company. Since 1991, Pastor Juan has been instrumental in various ministries and leadership positions within Christ Fellowship, including church planting, with his efforts contributing to the launch of three Christ Fellowship campuses. When not engaged in ministry, he enjoys traveling with his family and indulging in his love for collecting Cuban art and antiquities.

Pastor of Connections and Guest Services

Sammy Flores

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