Atlanta is a hub of ethnic and economic diversity. Northeast Atlanta has become a multiethnic enclave which has been identified as a place of great potential to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through much prayer, a vision was birthed to start a multiethnic church-planting movement that will reach people, disciple new believers and equip leaders to multiply this work in these communities and beyond.
The idea to plant churches in the Atlanta area originated from discussions by Dave Guiles, President of Encompass World Partners, Jeff Bogue, Senior Pastor of Grace Church of Greater Akron, and Ken Seyfert, CEO of Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. These leaders recognized the unique opportunity for a strategic partnership between their organizations to leverage resources and expertise to ignite this church-planting movement in Atlanta.
Juan “Carlos” Téllez was raised in Bogotá, Colombia and became a follower of Jesus at the age of 15. He met his wife, Emily, in Colombia, where her parents served as missionaries. Carlos and Emily served as part of a church planting team in Honduras before moving to Indiana where Carlos served on staff at Grace College as the Director of Global Initiatives and later the Dean of Chapel and Global Initiatives.
Most recently, the Téllez family moved to Akron, Ohio to join the Grace Church team in preparation for the multi-ethnic church planting effort in Atlanta, GA. Carlos and Emily love spending time together and with their four vivacious children; Sara, Lucas, Julian and Mateo. In addition to spending time with his family, Carlos loves playing guitar, watching and playing fútbol and reading.
Carlos received a BA in church planting from the Sembrar Institute in Bogotá, Colombia, an MA in Intercultural Studies and Masters of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana and is currently completing a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Carlos can be contacted at email@example.com.
Pete was born and raised in the city of Chicago as a Korean American. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, he encountered Jesus’ amazing love and he could not help but to share it with as many people as possible. It was through serving at an inner-city youth camp in July 2001 where he received his calling to vocational ministry. Since then, he has served in the church, in overseas missions and as the Youth & College Pastor at an international church in Shanghai, China.
Most recently, Pete has joined the Grace Church team in Akron, Ohio in preparation for the multi-ethnic church planting effort in Atlanta, GA. He is married to the love of his life, Anna (ask him how they met) and they have an adorable son, Noah, with another on the way! They love exploring new places, eating great food, meeting new people and playing board games!
Pete has a BA degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and received his Masters of Divinity from Moody Theological Seminary.
Pete can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.