About Us

The Board of Directors

JosephineRev. Josephine Marie Ayers; President /Founder

Read her bio here.

Pastor Douglas A. SmithPastor Douglas A. Smith: VP/ Board member

After traveling the world as a professional musician, he was radically saved and called into ministry.

On February 12, 2012, Pastor Smith open the doors of Grace Community Mission Ministries. That ministry continues to grow and has expanded to two campuses that embrace and teach a full gospel message.

He incorporates biblical principles and exuberant worship into the daily lives of believers, crossing multicultural lines. He can often be found spending quality time with his wife Cynthia and his young children, as he continues to spread the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Tina MarinoRev. Tina Marino: Treasurer/ Board member

Tina Marino has helped many people lead more prosperous lives in several different arenas. Being from a family with an entrepreneurial spirit, she has always been involved in many business and philanthropic ventures.

An ordained non-denominational minister & chaplain, Tina founded The Encouragement Center, Inc. in 1997, as a ministry that helps the poor and needy. Showing the love of the Lord and helping people to get to a self-sufficient place in life is the goal.

Tina’s mission in life is to tell people that He is a good God. she does that through speaking, teaching & writing. 

She helps business owners with their accounting needs and increase their profitability, creating their exit strategy. 
www.MarinoMoneyMasters.com and www.HeimGroupInc.com

She and her USMC retired husband, Dave Henry, live in Carlsbad, CA.  They enjoy their two now-adult kids, their precocious grandson, Eli and two dachshunds, Hedy & Hugo.

Denise (Denny) FischerDenise (Denny) Fischer: Secretary/ Board member

I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior as a senior in high school. This was the first time I had heard the gospel. Then on Palm Sunday in 1969,   I rededicated my life to Jesus followed by the infilling of  the Holy Spirit which revolutionized my life.
Over the last 50 years, I spent 26 years  serving as a Pastors wife. I have served on 3 different church boards as Secretary of the Board. For 2 years, I was the Spiritual life
Counselor  for Women’s Aglow. In 1989 while working as a Home Health Aide, I won a scholarship through a Home Care Agency and in 1993 graduated with an Associates Degree  as a Registered Nurse. I developed a women’s conference called “Women With Losses”  which met at least once yearly. Each speaker was a women who had experienced a significant loss like the loss of a child, husband or battle with a terminal disease.
I have also been on  5 overseas mission trips where I had the opportunity to share my testimony of  how the Lord did an amazing work  in my life revealing how to navigate through the process of forgiveness.

Soon to be Ordained!

Dave W. HenryDave W. Henry:  Board Member

Saved and Spirit-filled as a young man, Dave made a career in the US Marines, serving 20 years for our country.

A talented singer, Dave has been part of Christian vocal groups and choirs around the world: Florida, Georgia, Okinawa, California.  He toured with a praise and worship group, Festival of Praise.  He was part of a church building group in Haiti.

Dave has played vital roles in leading men's ministry groups here in the US and abroad, before, during and after his years in the service.  The Lord is number one for Dave.

Since retiring from the USMC in 2004, Dave is a self-employed sales consultant providing tactical equipment and training to the military and law enforcement.  www.TheDutyExpert.com

He and his wife, Tina Marino, live in Carlsbad, CA and work together in their ministry to the poor and needy, www.TheEncouragementCenter.com.

Alan LowneAlan Lowne: Board member

Alan Lowne is a British-born electronics engineer and CEO of Saelig Co. Inc. an industrial electronics distributor. He has been a committed Christian since university days. He lives in Fairport, NY with his wife Carol and is a member of Edgewood Free Methodist Church, where he leads a home group, plays violin in the worship team, and serves on the Leadership Board.

Kathy DavisKathy Davis: Board member

501©3 Tax specialist / Accountant

“Love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart and believe in the Gifts of the Spirit and the Awesome Power of God.” Is one of the covering pastors at Elim Gospel Church. Former healing team leader for 17 years at Elim Gospel Church. Married to Daniel Davis.  Mother and grandmother. Lives in Lima, N.Y.

Jesse A. CruzJesse A. Cruz: Board Member

Jesse Cruz  is a Professional Speaker, Storytelling and  Personal Development Coach, Best-Selling Author, Veteran  and Youth Advocate. He is the founder and CEO of Chain Breaker LLC. Jesse inspires others to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. Jesse  speaks and coaches at events all over the world! His passion is to empower men to heal from loss and motivate people to achieve their true potential through his coaching programs. Jesse empowers his clients to overcome adversity and develop  success in their personal and professional lives. He is the  Author of "Live Your Dash" a book written to guide people to freedom by discovering their purpose. His latest book Losing Faith, Finding Hope is a guide to inspire hope and overcome loss through healing. Jesse’s passion and ability to connect with his audience is unmatched and have made him a highly sought-out speaker for top organizations including the Ronald Mcdonald House. He was honored with the “#1 Dad award from his daughters. He and his wife Desire, believe in spreading H.O.P.E. by Helping Other People Everyday. Jesse is a man of faith and a pleasure to work with. If you are an event planner looking for an inspiring, highly motivated and passionate speaker for your next event, then Jesse Cruz is the speaker for you!

Bob LudwigBob Ludwig: Board Member

Bob Ludwig is an ordained minister, worship leader,  musician, father of 2 beautiful girls and grandfather of 2.

He has a unique music ministry of sharing the Gospel through blues music and has ministered at many prisons and jails in the Upstate New York area, at homeless shelters in Rochester and the Bowery Mission in New York City. As a member of the Gospel Blues Band Light Blue, he has ministered at many motorcycle blessings, outdoor festivals and 11 years straight at the New York State Fair.

In addition to the music ministry, he has led Bible studies at Correctional Faciilities for over 25 years.

He recently had the Lord answer his daily "Prayer of Jabez" by expanding his territory to minister in Nicaragua to a varied group of audiences.

He is currently chasing hard after the Holy Trinity.

Support Team:

Cheryl JenkinsCheryl Jenkins:

Publisher/Editor Kingdom One Solutions

Lives in Hagerstown, Maryland. From Merrimac, Massachusetts Married to Philip Jenkins.

Nathan Olson:

Webmaster for www.flamesoffire.us

Owner at Nolee-O Web Design, April 1997 to present.  Lives in Lake George, New York.