Staff Directory

samuelPastor Samuel Sarpiya

Co-Founder, Rockford Community Church in Rockford Illinois, USA.

Previously served as a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), University of the Nations, and Urban Frontiers Mission. At YWAM, Samuel served as a Discipleship Training School Leader, School leader, Humanities and Science A Christian Perspective School, Community Development Program Coordinator, Computer System Administrator and Delegate to the United Nation’s on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as well as to the United Nations Council on Indigenous Peoples Affairs.

With Urban Frontiers Mission, Samuel served as Evangelism and Missions Director, helping pioneer different urban ministries in Nigeria and throughout West Africa. Samuel is a Nigerian-born South African national. Together, Samuel and Gretchen are the current Pastors of Rockford Community Church. They have three girls: Anna, Ella Joy and Deborah.

Samuel’s passion is to see conflicts resolved and life’s transformed. I am always looking every day and everywhere to see Jesus at work to join Him.

grettchenGretchen Sarpiya

Co-Founder, Rockford Community Church, Gretchen has led discipleship training schools and has helped to develop community schools at Youth With a Mission. She has worked with children who are affected by HIV/Aids and has taken outreach teams to South Central Africa, as well as to other countries that cannot be mentioned. Gretchen was born in South Africa. Together, Samuel and Gretchen are the Lead Pastors of Rockford Community Church. They have three girls: Anna, Ella Joy, and Deborah.

Pastor Michael Kelley

Loving the journey I’m on with God and wanting to help others start their journey with God.

Renee Kelley – Treasurer

Renee works with youth in Sunday School and has experience leading Vacation Bible School. She enjoys the outdoors and being creative. Michael and Renee have three children; Wesley, Austin, and Reagan. Members of Rockford Community Church since 2011.