Pastor Pete & Martha Pera and Family

Pastor Pete is the founding Pastor of Rise Community Church. He and his wife Martha are motivated and inspired by the overwhelming impact of the Gospel in their own lives and consider it one of the greatest privileges in life to share the love of Christ with others. They are called to be a part of building a community of discipled believers to be the hands and feet of Jesus. They believe very strongly in the power of serving the community. We love and serve God as we love and serve people.

Pastor Pete and his wife Martha have been happily married since 1992 and have served the Lord in ministry together for over 30 years. They have four beautiful children Marco, Peter, Sophie, and Victoria. Pastor Pete graduated from Nyack Christian College and received a master’s in Education from Nova Southeastern University. His lovely wife is a therapist with a degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. They have lived in the Cooper City area and have faithfully served this community and neighboring communities such as Davie, Weston, Hollywood, Sunrise, and Pembroke Pines since 1995.

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Pastor Mike & Teresa Boyd and Family

Pastor Mike “Chopper” Boyd and his wife Teresa are one of the founding families of Rise Community Church. Prior to getting married in 1992, they were high school sweet hearts who became teenage parents. Two beautiful children and nine years later they were on the verge of divorce when a friend invited them to church in 2001. It was here they experienced miraculous healing and restoration in their marriage and family. Teresa has been in banking since 1993 and is the Director of Business Banking at a financial institution. Mike has been a professional Scuba Dive instructor since 2009 and continues to conduct private lessons in his own business today. Mike and Teresa have passionately served in various capacities including youth & college ministry since 2003. Mike strives to authentically share the love of Jesus in a relevant and applicable way. This lead to the start of a College ministry that is still thriving today. Mike and Teresa have two college aged children Brian and Kayla, both attend Palm Beach Atlantic University. Brian is an Audio Engineer and musician and is graduating in 2015 and has been serving in ministry since 2005 in worship, sound, student and children's ministries. Kayla is a pre-med college student and has been serving in student and children's ministry since 2008.

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Pastor Michael & Angie Meridionale and Family

Pastor Michael "Tank" and Angela Meridionale are one of the founding families of Rise Community Church and have been faithfully married since 1995. In the early years of their marriage, while raising their three young children Deziree born in 1992, Nicholas born in 1996 and Alexandra born in 1997, they realized something was missing from their lives. In 2004, they committed their lives to Christ, began serving and have never looked back on their former lives. Through the years their service has been in many ministries including; Children's, Youth, Women's and Men's. In 2009 Michael completed his pastoral ordination, left working the auto industry and entered full-time ministry. Angela has worked in healthcare for over 20 years as a leadership consultant and measurement expert. As a family, with their now grown children by their side, they are excited and devoted to serving their community and the families of Rise Community Church.

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Pastor Jon & Maria Doud

Pastor Jon Doud and his wife Maria are one of the four founding families of Rise Community Church. Jon and Maria have been married for 10 years, and consider the church to be their family. Jon and Maria have served in a wide variety of roles in the last 9 nine years, including leading marriage groups, coordinating events, coordinating volunteers, Christmas angels, usher, greeter, service pastor, missions cafe, Wednesday night bible studies, meals ministry, and pastoral care. Their ultimate goal in serving is to love others and point people to Jesus.

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Pastor Eddie & Maggie Rivera

Eddie was born in New York City and as a child moved to Miami. Maggie was born in Patterson, NJ and moved to Miami when she was twenty years old. Eddie and Maggie met at church while serving and have been married since May 2008. Eddie has a daughter Mariah, who is now 24 years old. Both Eddie and Maggie have earned college degrees from Nova Southeastern University. Eddie is currently a Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in the Coast Guard with 23 years of service. While, Maggie has worked in the payroll field for various companies for over 20 years.

Eddie accepted Jesus as his savior during an alter call at church in the Spring of 2006 and Maggie accepted Jesus as her savior the summer of 1996 after watching a Bible study on television. They have together and separately served in various church ministries such as children’s, youth, couples, housekeeping, hospitality and community outreaches.

In 2009, God moved them to New Jersey were they attended Calvary Chapel Kearny. There they started the youth group from its foundation. In 2010, Eddie received his ordination as a Pastor after completing a 14 month discipleship course and in 2013, God called them back to South Florida where they have continued to serve in the children’s, youth and young adults ministries.

Their love for the Lord is the reason their love for each other has grown every day. Eddie, “As a married couple serving the Lord, we have experience incredible joy and peace in our walk and marriage. We are overwhelmed with the abundance of love that God has poured into our lives as we serve Him.”

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