Leadership & Staff

 

Eravan Bell

PULPIT PREACHER | MINISTERING EVANGELIST


Bro. Eravan Bell is the new ministering evangelist for the Kentucky Avenue Church of Christ. Eravan obeyed the gospel and was raised in the Church of Christ since an early age.  He is a graduate of Southwestern Christian College (SWCC) in Terrell, TX, with an Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and served as student body president while attending. His ministerial experience includes, serving as interim evangelist for the MLK Church of Christ in Paris Texas, as an evangelist for the Dublin St Church of Christ in Champaigne-Urbana, Illinois, and more recently as an evangelist for the Rio Vista Church of Christ in Rio Vista, CA. He has developed expertise in sound teaching and preaching of the gospel, and has been a speaker at many lectureships and conferences in the brotherhood, including Southwestern Christian College Annual Lectureship, Texas state Lectureship, Midwest Lectureship, Servant Leadership Empowerment conference and Midwest Youth Conference. Additionally to his speaking engagements across the brotherhood and ministering to his local congregation, he also frequently speaks at nursing homes and juvenile detention facilities. Eravan will officially begin his ministerial assignment as the new minister of the Kentucky Avenue Church of Christ October 23, 2022. 

 

 

Jim Meneely

MINISTER EMERITUS | TEACHER


Bro. Jim Meneely obeyed the gospel and has been a member of the Church of Christ since May 18, 1953. He has preached for churches of Christ in Coy, Green forest and North Little Rock, Arkansas. Shortly after placing membership in 2018 at the Kentucky Avenue congregation, he soon found himself coming out of retirement as a preacher, to preach in rotation for the past 3 years during the time of Covid, while the congregation was seeking a full time minister. He is a graduate of the Bay Area School of Preaching and completed a BA degree in History  from California State Stanislaus in Turlock, CA.  In his secular employment, he retired from the State of Washington where he did federal funding for children's services, and was living in Arizona prior to coming to Woodland, CA.

 

 

Mark Watkins

MINISTER OF EVANGELISM 


Bro. Mark Watkins is a passionate man after God's own heart. He obeyed the gospel in 1980, and was baptized by Evangelist Robert L Worde, at the 4th & P St. Church of Christ in Merced CA where he was given the opportunity to preach and to teach. He was later recruited by Dr. Bernard Howell to be a pulpit preacher in 1999 at the Davis Church of Christ in Davis, CA, and also helped to instruct and encourage Mark to finish his Christian education. He has been blessed by these men and their wives and many others. He was also mentored by King Morris at the May Street congregation, where he was a member from 1983 to 2000. He has served as an evangelist at several local congregations in the Sacramento area and is currently the Minister of Evangelism at the Kentucky Avenue Church of Christ. Educationally, he has received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southern Christian University, and a Masters of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership and Human Services from Regions University.

He has been married to his wife Audrey Watkins for 26 years, and they have 3 sons, Mark Jr, Myles Watkins, and a Step-Son  Russell E. Black.  One of his favorite scriptures is 1 Corinthians 9:16-17

 

 

Manuel Lopez

MINISTER OF SPANISH SPEAKING MEMBERS


Bro. Manuel Lopez, is truly a servant in God's kingdom. His love for people and passion for the Lord, has lead him to serve in many capacities in the Lord's vineyard as a preacher, youth director, and extensive missionary work in Columbia, Panama, Tegucigalpa, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador. He received his primary Education at Escuela Delfina de Dfaz Guazapa, San Salvador, el Salvador, an accounting degree from Instituto Nacional de Apopa in San Salvador, El Salavador, and a Bachelor's in Theology from Baxter Institute of Biblical Studies in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

 

 

Antonio Gipson

MINISTRY LEADER 


Bro. Antonio (Tony) Gipson Sr., obeyed the gospel in 1997, at the Southside Church of Christ in Richmond, CA, under the mentorship of Brother Mark Sharpe. He has been married to his wife Adia for 24 years and they have two sons, Antonio (TJ) Jr 22, and Jayden 18. He is employed by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, as a Truancy Prevention Specialist/Administrator and has been with the school district for 13 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, a Master's degree in School Education Counseling and is a Board Certified Christian Mental Health Coach. Before coming to the Kentucky Avenue Church, He attended the May Street Church of Christ (Sacramento), were he was actively involved as a ministry leader and was very instrumental in helping to plant the Capital City Church of Christ (formerly May St Church of Christ). He also has served as a Deacon to the Kentucky Avenue Church of Christ from 2015-2018 and currently serves as a Trustee Board member. He love's intimately knowing about God's word, and how application can be applied in ever situation. His passion is ministering to those in need, sharing his faith with others, and being a kid at heart.

 

 

Maria Cuevas

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT


Maria stepped into the position of Administrative Assistant in 2019, and has been such a value to the Kentucky Avenue congregation. She loves to worship the Lord, and when not taking care of administrative duties and among other responsibilities, she is actively involved in the Tuesday morning Sisters Connect Bible Study Class. She is a graduate of Amridge University receiving her degree in counseling, Summa Cum Laude, and a graduate of Light University as a Board Certified Mental Health Coach. We are so appreciative to have her for all she does for us and to the glory of God's kingdom.