Pastor Gary Russell

Pastor Gary hails from Ohio. He felt called to ministry when he was 17 years old. After pursuing business for several years his passion for ministry was renewed. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Studies and went on for a Master's Degree in Ministry Leadership from Crown College. He has served as a church planter and as a Senior Pastor.

Using Scripture as foundation and Christ as example, Pastor Gary's emphasis is to guide people to live lives that are holy and teach church leaders how to be effective.

Pastor Gary and Diane met in junior high and have been married for 37 years. They have lived in Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, Georgia and are now happy to call North Carolina their home. They have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. 

Mrs. Sarah McLain, Administrative Assistant

Sarah McLain was born and raised in Union County, a Forest Hills High School graduate,
class of 2008. She currently resides in Montgomery County with her children Garreson
and Autym Rayne.


Mr. Mark Kovach, Custodian/Grounds

Mark Kovach has been a member of CEFC since 2004. He is a retired teacher, church custodian and groundskeeper, and a member of the Missions Committee.