TEN Board and Staff
David Thomas - President (Board)
From his earliest memories, Pastor David had a desire to serve the Lord and bring others to Christ. He held his own vacation Bible school in his back yard when he was nine years old and preached his first sermon in his home church when he was 14. After graduating from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Theological and Historical Studies, he did mission work in Florida, Haiti and Jamaica and did prison ministry through a contemporary Christian music group. Over the years, Pastor David has served in a pastoral role for nine different churches, and in 2004, he founded Abundant Grace Church, a thriving congregation in Granite Falls, NC. He lives with his husband and partner in ministry, Pastor Jack McConnell in Taylorsville, NC and together they work to help others know the love and peace that comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Franklin Sampley - Secretary (Board)
Franklin grew up in the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) as a youth and then his family for many years attended an independent Apostolic Pentecostal Church. He attended Christian High School at the Apostolic Church and studied theology all four years of high school. In 1980 and 1981, he attended Christian Life College (CLC) in Stockton California. CLC is a Bible School in the UPCI. He came out in 1981 and at that time left the United Church he was then attending. He began attending Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church (FIC) in San Francisco in 1998.
A few years after beginning to attend FIC he became involved in the Building Fund Committee and in the Outreach Committee. He served as the Minister of Outreach for several years. He was later appointed to the position of Elder and served in that position until 2011. Franklin conducted a Bible Study Cell Group from 2001 into 2011 as a part of ministry at FIC. Franklin has a B.S in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and a State of California teaching credential in Adult Education. Franklin believes in the great need in the LGBT community to reconcile their sexuality and Christianity. He resides in Indianapolis Indiana with his partner Filomeno Fiel. Franklin has served on the Council for TEN since 2004 and served as the Secretary since 2007. He has worked since 2006 on the pastors retreat and continues to oversee this element of the conference each year.
Barb Moritoris - Treasurer (Board)
Barb Molitoris was raised in Chicago, Illinois. At about 12 years old, she began searching for God and Jesus, and in her twenties she gave her life to the God as her Lord and Savior. She worked in schools and camps teaching and cooking, and even trained to be a missionary. Barb has also served as a volunteer with youth groups in the inner city of Chicago.
Barb received a teaching degree and moved to Tucson, AZ thirty-three years ago. She attends Cornerstone Fellowship and is an Elder and the treasurer there. God has blessed her in so many ways, and she loves serving Him as a prayer warrior. She and her spouse have been together for over 32 years.
Barb’s desire is to let others know about Jesus and know that they are the “whosoever” God died for on the cross!
Maria Caruana– Board Member
Maria Caruana: Maria was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was an atheist until her relationship with Jesus began in 1986. At that time, God delivered her from a life of alcohol and drugs to live life in abundance in Him. Maria was called by God’s into pastoral service. Feeling this call on her life, Maria started attending and eventually graduated from Christ Evangelical Bible Institute in 1994. In 1996 Maria moved from Phoenix to San Francisco to become the pastor of Freedom In Christ Church and to share a life with her wife, Terrie. She retired as pastor in 2018.
It is Maria’s heart’s desire to tell everyone about God’s love and the relationship He wants to have with them through Jesus. She prays to perform her ministry with compassion, mercy, and honesty as she reaches out to these individuals. She also wants to encourage all to be the person God has created them to be as LGBTQS individuals.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV), “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Keith Peri - Board Member
Pastor Keith has been in ministry for over 20 years, and is currently the Senior Pastor of The Gathering Place Worship Center in Atlanta GA. He graduated from The Jimmy Swaggart Bible College in 1988 and The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 1992. He was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 1986 and served in various ministry positions such as Minster of Music, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and even a missionary in Latin America. Pastor Keith continued to minister with the Assemblies of God until he graduated from Seminary in 1992 when he moved to Kansas City Mo., to go through an Exodus Ex-Gay program where he was taught he could pray the gay away. He jokingly says, “It didn’t work, you can ask my husband.”
It was during this time in that God really began to deal with him about who he was and who God had created him to be. This created a passion in his heart to bring to light what The Bible really says about homosexuality. He has founded a ministry called Reconciled International which focuses on reconciling those who LGBTQ with their faith. He has traveled to many places around the world teaching this truth and is excited to be completing his first book on this teaching in the fall of 2018. He currently resides with his husband of 19 years, Edward and their two pups Barnum and Bailey in Atlanta GA.
Ed Ness – Director of Public Relations (Staff)
Ed is a veteran broadcaster having worked as a radio news reporter, anchor, and news director. In television he was the assignment editor for an ABC affiliate in Illinois where he supervised a team of 12 reporters and photojournalists. He has worked as a corporate trainer conducting seminars on sales, problem solving, and hotel software. More recently Ed's writing has been published in the San Francisco Bay Times and the Bay Area Reporter newspapers. Currently Ed serves as the Director of Public Relations for The Evangelical Network. In 1993 Ed earned his B.A. in Radio & Television from Southern Illinois University.
Filomeno (Fil) Fiel - HIV/AIDS Ministry Coordinator (Staff)
Filomeno (Fil) grew up at City of Sta. Rosa, Laguna Philippines in a Catholic home. As a young man he started serving his church as an altar boy and as he grew up he continued to be very involved in church activities. During high school he taught catechism in public elementary schools. He also joined Singles for Christ (a Catholic charismatic organization) during his time with Singles for Christ he received the Holy Ghost. After he moved to the United States, he was for a period without a church, but then joined Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church in San Francisco, California. During his time at Freedom In Christ Church he served for a year as a co-minister for Young Adult Ministry. Currently, Filomeno works as a Licensed Social Worker at Indiana University Health at LifeCare a full service HIV Clinic. He resides in Indianapolis, IN with his partner, Franklin Sampley.