Elders: From the first century, elders were appointed in local congregations to oversee and instruct the believers (Acts 14:23, 20:17). The RAK Evangelical Church is therefore an “elder-led” congregation, meaning that biblically-qualified men should oversee the congregation as a whole. Our Senior Pastor Josh Manley and our Assistant Pastor Douglas Reid serve as our staff elders and additionally we have Andrew, John and Oliver who serve as lay elders. Elders should meet the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and it should be their endeavor to lead the church through example, preaching, teaching, discipling and counseling.
Andrew is from Virginia, USA and moved to Ras Al Khaimah in 2015. Although he moved as a part of his job, Andrew desired to be in RAK to support gospel work in this region, and specifically RAK Church. Andrew now works as a business leader in the technology industry, and loves to serve and build up the local church in his free time. He has been married to Stephanie since 2011 and they have two sons, Eli and Isaiah. Contact Andrew
Douglas is our Assistant Pastor and is from Edinburgh, Scotland. He moved to Ras Al Khaimah from Louisville, Kentucky in 2021 where he was studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Douglas has spent time in Asia, Europe, the USA and now the Middle East. He has been married to Laura since 2008 and they have three children, Phoebe, Atticus and Isla. He previously served on staff at Third Avenue Baptist Church as a Pastoral Assistant. Contact Douglas
John is from Kentucky, USA and is one of our lay elders. He loves fried chicken, hiking mountains, and basketball. Previously, John lived with his wife Brooke in Nairobi, Kenya for a couple years helping out with a college student ministry. Currently, John and Brooke live here in RAK and have 3 kids. John coaches basketball at the American University in RAK, works for a leadership consulting company in Dubai, and helps out with college student ministry. Contact John
Josh is our Senior Pastor and hails from the USA. He holds an M.Div. and ThM from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. During his seminary studies, Josh served as an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church. Prior to entering preaching ministry Josh worked as an aide in the United States Senate. He is married to Jenny, and they have five children. Josh counts it a great joy to serve the people of RAK Evangelical Church through preaching and pastoral ministry and is thrilled by what God is doing in this place. Contact Josh
Oliver is from Davao City, Philippines and in 2015 he came to faith, was baptized and joined as a member of RAK Evangelical Church. Since then he has sought serve the body in different ways. Oliver has been married to Haydee since October 2011 and they have two boys, Isaiah and Isaac. He is currently working in the accounting and finance field and at same time studying to grow more in knowledge in serving the body, for the advancement of the Gospel, and for the glory of God.
Deacons: When a dispute arose in the early church concerning limited resources, the apostles appointed servants to provide for physical needs of the church while the apostles devoted themselves to "prayer and the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4). We currently have three deacons who have been called upon by the church as biblically qualified deacons to serve in a number of practical areas in order to promote unity in the church and to support the ministry of the Word. Deacon qualifications are set forth in 1 Timothy 3.
Jenia, Deaconess of Children's Ministry I am originally from Russia, but I have lived in both New Zealand and later in the UAE for most of my life. I first heard the Gospel from a friend while studying finance at university in Dubai, but it was not until a few years later in 2013 that I came to faith while listening to a sermon from Numbers at the United Christian Church of Dubai. After reading through the census of Israel, the preacher said “God predestined people to salvation before the foundation of the world,” and I realized that God has his own people and I can’t be saved by my own works. As I searched through the Scriptures in the following weeks, I came to know of the price that Jesus had to pay for my sin on the Cross. I understood how huge my sin was and how horrible the punishment would be if I don’t turn to Christ, who welcomes everyone who calls on his name. As I got saved, I became a member of a UCCD church and 3 years later moved to RAK. Since then, I have enjoyed teaching the children along with many of our church members, and I am honored to serve now as Deaconess of Children's Ministry.
Jordan & Amanda Schmucker, Deacons of Welcoming They moved to the UAE shortly after marrying in the summer of 2016. They grew up in the midwestern United States where they met in university and both work as teachers in RAK.
Jordan grew up in a Christian home and became a believer after hearing the gospel presented at his home church while attending a weekly children’s program. Amanda came to saving faith when her high school track coach shared the gospel with her. Both Jordan and Amanda have had their lives radically transformed as a result of hearing the good news: that Jesus took the penalty of our sin so that we might be justified before God.
They have been attending the RAK Evangelical Church since arriving in the UAE. Amanda was baptized in the Arabian Gulf shortly after they started attending, and they both became members shortly thereafter. In their time as members, they have both grown in their love for Christ and His bride—the church. They are thankful for the opportunity to serve as deacon and deaconess of welcoming and looking forward to meeting new people and encouraging them to get connected with the church.