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Written by Ben Cheek   
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
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Benjamin Cheek | 201.659.4202 (h.) | 973.710.7182 (m.)

Ben spent most of his childhood in Glen Rock, PA -- a bedroom community for the Baltimore, MD Metro area. He was raised in a Christian home. His father served as bi-vocation youth minister and elder at the Glen Rock Church of Christ for years before relocating to New Hampshire to do church planting. His mother is a French-speaking correspondence Bible teacher. He made his commitment to Christ at a young age. After high school Ben attempted several business ventures and worked for several companies. During this time period, he struggled to find real faith while courting success and financial security. God used the failures of his plans and dreams as a wake-up call. He was led to Ohio Valley College to study Bible so that he could return to the Northeast. At OVC Ben met his wife, Susan, and they participated in many ministry opportunities together both before and after they were married. Ben has a heart for teaching others how to find a deep personal faith amid a world of distractions and temptations. He is currently working to develop new initiatives in New Jersey and support existing works throughout the city.

Education: B. A. Bible and Ministry, Missions minor (Ohio Valley College).

Ministry Experience: Personal Work (Glen Rock Church of Christ), Teen Bible Class Teacher, Preacher (Youth Rally and Church service venues), OVC Devotional Leader, Campus Ministry, Campus Evangelism, Honduras Mission Team, Utah/Navajo Indian Reservation Team, Missions Club Short-term Missions, Gilmington Iron Works (NH) Church Plant Team, webservant (website design and administration), Ministry Intern (Hendersonville Church of Christ), Church Planter (Queens and NJ).

Kurt Linder | 201.658.6381 (m.)


Jared Looney | 718.741.2881 (o.) | 347.676.2977 (m.)

Jared was born in Columbus, Ohio, and at a young age his family moved to Harlingen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley where he spent most of his childhood. His family has a history of ministry. His grandfather has served as a church planter in Mexico for many years, and his father preaches part-time in Raymondville, Texas. From 1991 to 1996 Jared attended Abilene Christian University (ACU) where he initiated an Urban Ministry Interest Group, worked with inner-city youth, and served as director in a drama ministry. During his years at ACU and through practical evangelism training in Memphis and Houston, he caught the vision for church planting in major urban centers. While working in leadership at Camp Shiloh in New York in 1996, he confirmed an earlier suspicion that God was indeed leading him to be involved in church planting in New York City. From 1996 to 1999 Jared served in youth ministry with Impact Ministries in Houston’s Ward districts while also studying at Houston Graduate School of Theology and serving as Vice President of student senate for the seminary. As a mission team was being formed, he relocated to ACU for further team building and was the church planter-in-residence with Mission Church in Abilene. In June 2001 Jared was obedient to the call upon his life and made New York City his new home. He soon met his wife, Hylma, at Manhattan Church of Christ where she currently serves as an administrative assistant. Jared and Hylma and their team planted Bronx Fellowship of Christ in January 2003 in an apartment living room in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx. Jared and Hylma have a daughter named Adalia, and they continue to work with Bronx Fellowship as it has expanded into a house church network. Jared has a desire to see churches planted that result in changes lives and that multiply throughout New York City and beyond. While Jared has always loved nature and places of solitude and silence, he has a passionate conviction to see God’s Kingdom on the move in global cities like Metro New York.

Education: B.S. Domestic Missions (Abilene Christian University); M.A. in Church Growth (Houston Graduate School of Theology)

Ministry Experience: Short term campaigns (Houston, San Francisco, Memphis, Tegucigalpa, Honduras); Sunday School Teacher, Preached in diverse contexts, Street Outreach, VBS and other children’s programs, Cell Group Leader, Worship Planning Team. Internships: Houston, Memphis, Henderson, Texas, and Abilene. Director of Drama Ministry; Youth Leader in at-risk youth ministry in Abilene; Head Counselor (Camp Shiloh); Youth Minister (Impact Houston Church of Christ); Church Planter-in-residence (Mission Church, Abilene, TX); Church Planter (Bronx Fellowship of Christ); Presenter (lecturer/seminar classes -- Urban Ministry Conference, Missions Emphasis Week ACU, National Campus Ministry Seminar).

Hugo Monroy | 212.737.4900 (w.) | 646.541.7867 (m.)


Rafael Rosario | 646.229.3822 (m.)

Rafael was born and raised in the Dominican Republic.  He came to the United States as a young man and met his wife Areliz.  They now have three sons, James, Junior, and Miykeal.  Rafael has lived in New York City for more than 20 years.  He has been highly active in church life and has had a heart for ministry due to the influences of his spiritual role models including his uncle, a preacher.  Rafael has a deep passion for reaching the lost and bringing about transformation of individuals and society through the power of Jesus Christ.  Rafael has been instrumental is starting several churches in Queens and is currently working on the Queens Multiplication Project.

Ministry Experience: Former minister of the Second Avenue Iglesia de Cristo in the Lower East Side,  Manhattan.  Bible teacher, evangelist, small group leader, spiritual counselor on a volunteer basis with the Second Avenue congregation.  Evangelistic experience includes street evangelism, small groups, campaign canvasing, and personal work.  Church Planter (Queens).

Others Involved
MetroSoul is blessed to have the involvement of many workers throughout the city.  These workers are involved at different levels, from participating in MetroSoul training events to planting churches in partnership with MetroSoul.

Church Planters
Todd and Becky Foster (Bronx Fellowship of Christ)
Henry Gomez (Community of Faith Fellowship)
Malissa Endsely (Bronx Fellowship of Christ)

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