Jeff Ell is our former lead pastor (2002-2016) and current teaching pastor. Jeff is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute and the State University of New York. He and his wife Deneen founded River of Life Fellowship in Copenhagen, NY. Jeff and Deneen were married in 1984 and have three daughters and four grandchildren. In 2016 Jeff and Deneen felt called to plant a church Richmond, VA. North City Church is GCC’s first church plant. Jeff will remain on as an elder and continue to preach and teach in Roanoke on occasion.