Pastor Phil & Jannette Derstine
Serving as senior pastors at TFC for over 30 years, they have a heart for people and a passion for raising up Christian leaders. Pastor Phil’s burden for souls and those who are hurting has taken him to the streets of the local community and onto front lines around the world, sharing the love of Jesus Christ. The son of a missionary/evangelist, he carries on a legacy of ministry that promotes the Kingdom of God and builds relationship–with God and one another.
Pastor Phil hosts a weekly television program, “Purpose for Life,” and he has written several books, including his most recent 7 Steps to Unconventional Soul Winning. He also is president of Gospel Crusade, Inc., an international missions organization established in 1953 and headquartered at Christian Retreat. Pastor Jannette leads praise and worship at The Family Church, and heads up Kingdom Courtyard, which provides free food, clothes and household items to the community.
Pastors Phil and Jannette are graduates of Oral Roberts University and have been married 44 years. They have two daughters, Amy and Michelle, two sons, Michael and Steven, and one grandson, Luke.
Pastors John and Sue Lowery
Each service you will be greeted by John at the Welcome Center. He is also our leader in pastoral care. Sue is our Children and Youth Department Leader. She has a special love and calling for this ministry. Together they train the next generation of youth to be passionate for God, walk in holiness, rise to leadership, and evangelize the world.
John and Sue have been married for 16 years and have two children, Bianca and Rick and two grandchildren.
Jim and Lenore Pace
Seniors Ministry Pastors
Jim and Lenore Pace came to Christian Retreat from Morristown, NJ, in 1987 and have deep roots in this ministry. Formerly from the banking industry, Jim was Finance Director for Christian Retreat for many years before retiring. He serves as elder, and they volunteer in many areas, including Children’s Department, computer tech assistance, outreaches and God Encounters. They have been married 49 years and have two grown daughters and a granddaughter.
Wes and Alex Furr
Wesley and Alexandra were raised in the ministry and now love serving our youth at TFC. They both have a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, and have spent many years imparting into the lives of young people who often refer to them as their spiritual mom or dad. Along with parenting 6 children, their vision is to develop strong young leaders who will represent the love of Christ to a world that lacks love.
Luis & Millie Brignoni
Young Adult and Hispanic Pastors
Parents of 3 young adults themselves, the Brignonis are passionate about building relationship and mentoring the next generation. They keep busy with a landscaping business and serving in leadership alongside Pastors Phil and Jannette in TFC.