Get to know some of the church planters partnering with the Church Pastoral Center to reach Dallas, TX with the love of Christ.
Corey Jefferson is a Dallas native and minister of the gospel for twenty years. He has been married for 25 years and has two adult children. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Management and Administration from Northwood University and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Corey is the pastor of Restored Life Fellowship Church, whose vision is for all people to become rooted in Christ and live a life of value and purpose that glorifies God. The mission is to reach out, relate, and redirect the lost and the ex-churched to the presence and promises of Christ Jesus through discipleship.
Julius Budzi originates from Bamenda, a small town in the North West region of Cameroon in Central Africa. After studying education in the top universities of Cameroon and serving as a high school teacher for about 10 years, Julius relocated to Dallas with his family (wife and two children) in 2009 as permanent residents. In Dallas, Julius accepted the call from the Holy Spirit to the ministry. He then studied Biblical Studies in Christ for the Nations Bible Institute in South Dallas and in Dallas Baptist University where he graduated in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry. Julius has started a church in Mesquite which ministers to immigrants, those with low incomes, and the lowly educated with spiritual and physical nourishment, which can only be provided through Jesus Christ.
Pastor Sheldon T. Russell was born in the Oak Cliff community of Dallas in 1971. He married his long-time friend Althea “Thea” Ellis and they started their lives together, becoming the happy parents of three children. In 2007, Pastor and First Lady Russell tragically lost their daughter to violence, and together they sought the Lord for strength. In 2008, Pastor Russell received his calling to preach. In May 2012, both Pastor and First Lady Russell graduated from Southern Bible College. With a vision to do positive things in the community in which he grew up, Pastor Russell founded the House of Agape, where he continues to serve. He also works at Our Calling, where he has ministered since 2015. In 2019 Pastor Russell started the City of Hope Project, which is based on helping the community by providing food and homework assistance for kids, job assistance and life skills for adults, and most importantly making disciples.
A Native of Bronx, New York, Dr. Marlow Daniel McGuire, Sr. graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with a Master of Divinity. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He served as Associate Pastor to a church plant for three years, founded and pastored Legacy Fellowship Church in East Fort Worth, and was instrumental in launching Journey Pointe Fellowship, a church plant in South Fort Worth. He also spent several years in education, teaching in the Fort Worth school district. Marlow is currently serving as the Children’s Pastor at Concord Church in Dallas, Texas.
Marlow is married to an amazing woman of God, Dr. Rhonda McGuire. He has an eight- year-old daughter, Alexis Danielle McGuire and a four-year-old son, Marlow Daniel McGuire, Jr. Most importantly, he is a devoted husband and father.
David was born in University Park but as soon as he could, he started traveling. With a love for the ocean and surfing, David traveled to 40 countries. During this time, he fell in love with teaching the gospel and the people of developing countries. In between trips he served as volunteer staff at Calvary Chapel Westside in Maui, Hawaii where he grew in the studying of God’s word. More recently he has been blessed with the task of being a husband to Alyssa Girvin and father to Piper Girvin. David’s current mission is to build a radical discipleship culture while developing “tent making” leaders to shift the church from a consumer-focused body to a body of people who sacrificially love their community and the world, while building life altering ministries of their own.