Friend, let’s face it. The Coronavirus has gone on longer than we expected and raised questions we never anticipated. How can we continue to navigate this season with the grace and mercy Christians are empowered to exhibit?
We will hear from a COVID-19 survivor and discuss how these concerns are impacting our churches.
Pastor Eli Garza was born and raised in Detroit, MI, however, he spent every summer of his youth in Monterrey, Mexico, and thus became bilingual in English and Spanish. Trained as a civil engineer, Pastor Garza left that career in 1999 to begin pastoral ministry in the First Spanish Baptist Church in Detroit, a bi-lingual/bi-cultural church with members from 11 nations. Pastor Garza served as Senior Pastor until his resignation last fall.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Moody Theological Seminary. He and his wife Diane have two adult children.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.