At Mt. Rubidoux we are proud to have powerful men of God serving as our leaders.
Michael B. Kelly II
Michael B. Kelly II
Born in a Christian home to parents Michael and Sharon Kelly in Inglewood, California, Michael B. Kelly, II had the privilege of developing a relationship with God from childhood. After completing primary school, he attended Murrieta Valley High School, where he excelled in football and track. He transferred to La Sierra Academy for his junior and senior years and upon graduating, received a track scholarship to attend Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. It was here that Michael received the call from the Lord to enter pastoral ministry. While at Columbia Union College, he accepted the invitation to serve the student body as Religious Vice President for two years and then as Religious Vice President of the Adventist Inter-Collegiate Association. Following graduation in 2001 with concentrations in Theology and a minor in Psychology, Pastor Kelly entered Andrews University Theological Seminary where he served as Chaplain for the Black Seminary Student Association. He completed the Master of Divinity Degree in 2003.
Pastor Kelly has served as assistant pastor for the Fairfax and Arlington Churches in Virginia.
He has been youth pastor for the Community Praise Center Church in Alexandria Virginia, The Mt. Rubidoux SDA church in Riverside California and the Highland SDA church in Benton Harbor Michigan.
Pastor Kelly has also served as the senior pastor for the Palace of Peace Church in Colorado Springs and the Claremont Seventh day Adventist Church in Pueblo, Colorado as well as the AllonChapel Seventh day Adventist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. While in Nebraska he also served as adjunct professor of the course Christian Ethics at Union College. Currently he is the Senior Pastor of the Mt. Rubidoux SDA church in Southern California where he has the honor of leading an amazing community of believers as well as a Pastoral Staff (nicknamed the Avengers): Pastor Seth Yelorda Executive Pastor, Pastor Marc Raphael Children’s Pastor, Pastor Cliff Lim Youth Pastor, and Dr. Curtis Fox Pastoral Care. “I believe strongly in building and maintaining a cohesive leadership team. Mt. Rubidoux will only go as far as our team will allow it by working together to accomplish our Vision of creating a church that exist to Reach People Far from God, doing whatever it takes.”
Pastor Kelly has had the honor of traveling the globe preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has run a Revelation Seminar in the Philippines which God blessed with 120 baptisms. He has also lead in several weeks of spiritual emphasis in England and in Kenya.
Pastor Kelly believes in a focused yet multi-dimensional ministry. Because of this Pastor Kelly has sought other avenues by which to bring the Kingdom to the community. One of which is through leadership training and team building for churches and businesses. Pastor Kelly is a certified trainer for the company Vital Smarts in the best seller Crucial Conversations, tools for talking when the stakes are high. He has taken this training along with others and has presented for Conferences, the North American Division, local churches as well as businesses and various companies throughout the US.
Pastor Kelly has been honored with various awards throughout his Pastoral Ministry. Some of which include The Central States SDA Conference and South Eastern California Conferencepublicly recognizing his outstanding success in new converts through effective evangelism. He has also been honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail Blazer Award for spiritual leadership and community service.
Married to the former Tia Patrice Green, the couple has two daughters: Gihanna (9) and Genesis(7).
Marc S. Raphael Sr.
Children's & Youth Pastor
Marc S. Raphael Sr.
Marc Stephen Raphael, Sr., is the third of four children born to Wesley and Carol “Dolly” Raphael. He was born in Los Angeles, raised in Lynwood, and graduated from Lynwood High School. Upon graduation, Marc attended the University of California, Los Angeles completing many of his undergraduate courses there. After accepting a call to ministry, he enrolled at Pacific Union College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology. Marc accepted a call to pastor Imani Praise Fellowship in August 2005. Prior to this conference call, Marc served on a stipend basis in the capacity of pastor for eight years at the High Desert Church, an SDA group in Victorville, CA. During this period he served seven years as a full-time teacher in the Public School System and one year in the Adventist School System. In September 2009, Marc joined the pastoral team of Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church as an associate pastor. Marc is married to Rhonda Raphael (formerly Jones) from Los Angeles . They have six children: Chris, Patric, Marc, Maya, Micah, and Zion. They also have three grandchildren: Justus, Chris II, and Anaiah. Marc enjoys praise dancing, roller skating, swimming and writing. He has authored over a dozen plays and composed over 200 songs. He has recently completed three children’s book manuscripts, “God’s Master Plan,” “The Positive Prince and the Negative Princess,” and “Pinnie Naminnie.” Marc is grateful to serve in the gospel ministry and hopes to help others find their place in God’s work.
Executive & Outreach Pastor
Pastor Seth Yelorda is the Executive Pastor of the Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church. As a respected spiritual leader, community advocate, and humanitarian he is dedicated to creating and providing programs, resources, and services for people to experience the joys of a relationship with God. Within the church He is committed to pursuing community significance, daily relevance, and biblical truth. Pastor Yelorda has pastored churches in South Mississippi, Chattanooga, TN, and now ministers in Riverside, CA. He holds a Bachelors in Ministerial Theology, a Masters of Divinity, and a Masters in Business Administration. While working with young people he founded Transforming Young Minds Inc, which was created to foster personal growth and character development in young people. Through this organization he was able to minister to kids in the public school system, teach life skills classes, and mentor young men within the juvenile system. Seth is honored to be married to the former Holly Watkins. Holly is a native of Huntsville, Alabama and works as a Registered Nurse. Seth recognizes that God doesn’t need him but wants him. Thus it is his privilege to give God his very best in all that he does.
Clifford Lim was born on April 19, 1977 in Bandung, Indonesia, the first child of Swee and Lely Lim. In January of 1978, Cliff and his family moved from Indonesia to Walla Walla, WA, where his father went to school. In 1980, the family moved to Southern California where, in 1983, his sister Annelise was born. Cliff spent his elementary and high school years attending the local Adventist schools in Thousand Oaks. During the summers of his high school years, Cliff would work at a day camp run by the church. It was those years that began to shape Cliff into who he is today. In 1995, Cliff enrolled at Pacific Union College intent on being a doctor. But by his Sophmore year, he felt compelled to switch to Theology. To solidify that decision he went as a student missionary to Shepparton Australia where he worked as a Youth Volunteer at a little country church. When he got back he was still wondering if he should pursue Theology, but it was the summers of 1999 and 2000 where he worked as a camp counselor at Camp Wawona that his decision to pursue ministry was solidified. Upon graduating from PUC in 2001 he got a call to work as the Youth Pastor at the Indonesian-American SDA Church in Azusa alongside the late Pastor Dumas Tambunan. A couple months later, Elder Gerald Penick the Secretary of Southeastern California Conference offered him a position as Youth Pastor at the Loma Linda Indonesian Church. He accepted the call and in January of 2002 he began his ministry. He first worked with the late Pastor E.T. Mangunsong and in August of 2002 he along with the church welcomed Pastor A. J. Pardede as the new Senior Pastor of the church. During his time at Loma Linda Indonesian he became acquainted with a certain young lady by the name of Esther Doloksaribu. They became friends. Then, in 2005, their friendship changed and they began dating, in May 2007 they married. A few months after they were married they bid farewell to the warmth and bustle of Southern California and traded it for the cold and calmer life of Andrews University. It was at Andrews that Cliff would respond to people when asked, “Where do you want to work when you get back?” He would say, “I don’t know, but I know I never want to be a Senior Pastor.” After 2 quick years at Andrews, Cliff and Esther found themselves back in the familiar territory of Loma Linda where Cliff was assigned to be Youth Pastor of the Loma Linda Indonesian Church. He was excited to get back to working in familiar surroundings. However neither he nor the church anticipated the major change that was about to take place. On March 18, 2010, the church received the news that Pastor Pardede, who was vacationing in Indonesia, had suffered a heart-attack and was now in a coma. Cliff was asked by the conference to fill-in as Interim Pastor. He had no clue how he was going to handle the responsibility, however he had to hang onto the promise in Philippians 1:6 that says, “He, who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” Cliff served in that position until December of 2011 when the permanent Senior Pastor, Hendrik Sumendap came, at which time he was assigned to his current position at Mt. Rubidoux Church. As he reflects on his time in ministry, he says, “It is only by God’s grace and leading that I have come to where I am today. I am slowly, but surely, learning to trust in His leading wherever it leads because I’m learning that where He leads it’s always the right path.’
Dr. Curtis A. Fox was born in Trinidad and Tobago. He grew up a Seventh-day Adventist and was active in the local church from a very early age. He heard the call to ministry in his youth and began preparing for Christian service and full time pastoral ministry. He attended Caribbean Union College, now called University of the Southern Caribbean, and earned a BA degree in Theology. Subsequent to that, he served as a minister of religion and worked in a number of pastoral districts, at times serving as many as 7 congregations at one time. He last pastored the Cleveland Temple of Seventh-day Adventists in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad before migrating to the United States.
Dr. Fox attended Loma Linda University and studied for a Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy and a graduate certificate in Family Life Education. Upon completion of these programs, he matriculated to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and studied for a Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies. He was appointed assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and taught marriage and the family, parenting, and marriage and family therapy. In January of 1999, he came to Loma Linda University’s Department of Counseling and Family Sciences and taught in the marriage and family therapy and family studies programs. Dr. Fox is now a full professor and is the director of the MA and Ph.D. programs in family studies.
Dr. Curtis Fox is a member of several professional organizations. He is Chair Elect of the Ethnic Minority Section of the National Council on Family Relations, and is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Society for Research on Adolescents, and the Society for Research in Human Development. He is a consultant to the National Institute of Justice, and recently served as First Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino, California. Dr. Fox is a licensed marital and family therapist in California and is a Certified Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. He is actively involved in family ministries and has done seminars and workshops all around the world.
In 2000, Dr. Curtis Fox was appointed senior pastor of the Imani Praise Fellowship of SDA, and held that position for two years. He was then asked to serve as the Associate Pastor of the Mt. Rubidoux SDA church in October of 2002 and has held that position to this present time.
He is married to the former Paula Jacob. Paula practices family medicine in Riverside, California. Together, they enjoy meeting and ministering to people. They love home care, cooking, and entertaining and have a passion for mission service. They love church and enjoy active participation in church life. They have two children, Dana and Anthony Josiah.