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Who We Are2018-10-30T00:57:01+00:00

OUR MISSION

We would like to invite you to worship with us at Maranatha Christian Center. Our Worship is informal and spontaneous and is based on the pattern of the Word of God. Our greatest desire is to see people Know God, Worship Him, and enjoy His presence. We believe that the people are the church and that the building is where the church meets. Therefore, the building is not the House of God, and it is the Home of the Church.

OUR VISION

It is our desire to see the ministry of Jesus continue by the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Body, the Church. In order to do this, we believe that we must be committed to the work of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry and to teach people to know God, worship Him, and enjoy His presence.

At Maranatha, We believe that, “a great commitment to the great commandment and the great commission will grow a great church.”

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

Leadership

Steve & Mechele McMichael
Steve & Mechele McMichaelSenior Pastors
Steve was born and raised in DeKalb, TX. He was Born Again when he was only 10 years old. Upon graduation from Ouachita Baptist University in 1972, He had another encounter with the Lord where he committed his life to full time service. The next 4 years were spent coaching and teaching at Bauxite High School in Arkansas. At the end of those 4 years, he began to feel the call to vocational Christian Ministry and moved back to his home in DeKalb, where he began working with young people, teaching and preaching wherever God opened doors.

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Jim & Reba Stinson
Jim & Reba StinsonAssociate Pastors
In October of 2000, Jim and Reba joined the staff of Maranatha Christian Ministries which compelled them into an incredible journey that they could not have imagined. They enjoy being a part of a church where denominational walls are broken down. They love to serve people and help them grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Their desire is for people to experience the true love of Christ through the fellowship of our congregation. Jimmy and Reba have been married for 42 years and have one daughter, Scarlett, and one grandson, Talor.
Pablo & Christa Chinchilla
Pablo & Christa ChinchillaNextGen Pastors
As pastors at MCC, Pablo and Christa desire to see every single person that walks through the doors experience God, build lasting connections with the family of God, discover their purpose, and find their place to serve in God’s kingdom. They have been on staff at Maranatha Christian Center for over 10 years; first as the Merge Student Pastors, and now as the NextGen Young Adults Pastors. Pablo and Christa also oversee our Spanish Outreach and church assimilation.

They love traveling, coffee, and telling everyone they meet about the love of Jesus Christ. Pablo is from Costa Rica, where the couple first met in 2005. They have three beautiful little girls: Isabella, Emma Rose, and Olivia.

Jay T & Leah Calhoun
Jay T & Leah CalhounChildren's & Groups Pastors
J.T. and Leah have been involved in ministry together since 1985 when God joined them in marriage. Their ministry journey has included working with ministries for teenagers and children, intercessory prayer ministry, and Christian Radio. For a while, Leah was a full-time homeschooling Mom to their eight children. As a couple, we are most motivated by hearing and obeying the call of God, loving and ministering to people, and praying as the Spirit leads. We are excited and humbled to be used by God in service at Maranatha.
Manny & Rose Awuku
Manny & Rose AwukuWorship/Tech Arts Pastors
Manny & Rose love serving together and are passionate about using the arts to magnify Jesus and developing up and coming leaders. Rose grew up serving on worship teams, and has been leading worship full time since she was in high school. Manny has also served for many years in the worship/sound & media department, and in many other areas.

They have been married for over 2 years. Manny is originally from London England, and moved to Indiana when he was 18 to further his education and continue playing soccer on a scholarship. Rose was born and raised in Indiana.

Cody & Katie Smallwood
Cody & Katie SmallwoodStudent Pastors
Cody and Katie Smallwood have the heart and passion for the young people of Dekalb and the surrounding areas. Their vision for the students at Maranatha is to learn about God, grow closer to God and share God with others. They have had a heart for youth ministry for 4 years and are excited to see God move in this community

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