About The Crete Collective
For All of Us
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people….”—Titus 2:11
What’s In Our Name?
The apostle Paul sent his associate Titus to pastor on the island of Crete. Paul’s charge to Titus was “to put what remained in order and appoint elders in every town” (Titus 1:5). In other words, Titus was to plant churches with strong leaders in the dozens of towns in Crete.
But Crete had a bad reputation even among its own philosophers. Like “the Jericho Road,” Crete was likely the kind of place people avoided. Few would seek to go there. But God is different. God intends overlooked people and places to hear the good news of His love in Jesus Christ.
God intends gospel churches to be established in the very places people so often overlook. Paul and Titus partnered to make that happen in Crete. The Crete Collective partners to make it happen in the overlooked Black and Brown neighborhoods of our day.
We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired, authoritative, sufficient and necessary word of God. In the Bible, we learn of man’s desperate need because of sin and God’s glorious love through His Son. We believe Jesus Christ, the Son of God, voluntarily sacrificed His life on the cross in order to pay to God the penalty humanity owes because of sin. God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for us and raised Him from the grave three days later. God exalted Jesus to His right hand where he reigns until the Day he returns to judge the world, gather Christians into His eternal kingdom, and renew all things.
Our beliefs are expressed more fully in our Statement of Faith.
Pastor, Anacostia River Church
Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors for ARC. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs at The Front Porch.
Pastor, Living Faith Bible Church
Darryl has been married to his lovely wife, Julie, for 30 years. They have two adult children, Jason (who is home with the Lord) and Christine. Darryl’s first passion is to see believers grow in their knowledge of and commitment to the Lord. Nothing excites him more than seeing Christians become sacrificially committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has a gospel-centered concern for spiritual formation, racial reconciliation, restorative justice, faith-work-economics, ethics and theology, and church history.
Darryl also serves on the Leadership Council of The Gospel Coalition and has contributed to two books, 12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Faithful Endurance in Pastoral Ministry and All Are Welcome: Toward a Multi-Everything Church.
Louis Love, Jr.
Pastor, New Life Fellowship Church
Vernon Hills, IL
Pastor, Cornerstone Church
A native of Houston, TX, John was born into a Nigerian home where the gospel was cherished deeply and modeled excellently. After graduating from college, he studied at Dallas Theological Seminary. He’s served at churches in both Texas and Georgia and in 2015 moved into the Historic West End to help plant Cornerstone Church with his best friends. He and his wife, Shawndra, have been married since 2007. They welcomed their daughter, Ava, in 2017. They are eager to see the hope of the gospel restore a sense of family, dignity, and hope to their neighborhood through their local church of ordinary people.
Pastor, Mercy of Christ Fellowship Church
Jeremy was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Howard University in 2007. In 2009, while working as an engineer, he began to search for ways to serve under-resourced and at-risk communities and joined the staff of Daybreak Ministries. He left engineering to work full-time with Daybreak and after seven years with Daybreak Ministries, the Lord called Jeremy to plant Mercy of Christ Fellowship Church to serve the Lincoln Heights and Deanwood areas of Washington, D.C.
Jeremy is married to his wonderful wife, Tiffany, and the Lord has blessed them with four wonderful children.
Pastor, Hope Community Church
Pastor Aaron Reyes (B.S., Wheaton College; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a second-generation Mexican American and the Lead Pastor of Hope Community Church. Aaron also serves as Dean of Vida House, a theological training school in Austin for POC ministry leaders and aspiring leaders who desire to pursue vocational ministry within their community. His own research and speaking engagements focus on the story arcs of immigration, redemption, and justice throughout the Bible. Moreover, Aaron is passionate about seeing (new) churches strengthened in the gospel of God’s kingdom. A native Austinite, he lives in Manor with his wife, Michelle, and their two kids, Azariah and Ava.
Dennae Pierre is part of Roosevelt Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona where her husband, Vermon, is the lead pastor. She serves on the leadership team of Surge Network, a collaborative of missional churches in Arizona and is one of the co-directors for City to City North America. She is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and the founder of Foster Care Initiatives, a nonprofit focused on family reunification. Dennae and Vermon have 2 sons and 2 daughters and you can check out some of her writings at restorativeleaders.com.
Director of Women’s Ministries, New Life Fellowship Church
Jamie R. Love has been married to Pastor Louis C. Love, Jr. for forty-two years. They have three adult children, two daughters-in-law, and eleven grandchildren. Jamie serves as the Director of Women’s Ministries at New Life Fellowship Church in Waukegan, Illinois. She is the co-founder and instructor of the “Ivy” League Bible Study Fellowship, web-based Bible Study and Outreach to women across the United States. Jamie has contributed to two books, Joyfully Spreading the Word and His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God. She brings three decades of corporate and non-profit financial accounting and management experience to the Board.