Pastors

Innovators In Minsitry

Michael B. Kelly III

Head Pastor

Pastor Kelly, affectionately known as PK, 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; who have rallied behind him, with him, and for him through the best of times and worst of times and who are committed to making an impact in the community.

“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 we will accomplish our Vision of creating a church that exists to Reach People Far from God, doing whatever it takes.”

Rebecca Davis

Young Adult Pastor

Rebecca Davis was born and raised in both Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky (respectively). It was there, in Louisville and at the beginning of high school, that she was baptized into the Seventh day Adventist church having been raised Catholic during her early childhood years. After graduating high school circumstances would have it that Rebecca would get the opportunity to attend her first Adventist academic institution-Oakwood University.

Rebecca entered Oakwood as a Biochemistry major. However, during fall semester of her sophomore year Rebecca responded to an ALTAR call that would ALTER her life forever! It was there that she gave her life totally to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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In 2004, Davis completed her B.A in Ministerial Theology at Oakwood University. After graduation, Davis matriculated to Andrews University Theological Seminary enrolling in the Master’s of Divinity program. Before completing the Master’s program Rebecca took some time to go abroad. She lived in South Korea for six months where she taught English and Religion. Rebecca returned to the U.S. as well as to Andrews University and graduated with her MDiv. in August of 2007. Immediately following, Rebecca was hired by the Potomac Conference of Seventh day Adventist to serve as Chaplain of In-reach and Bible teacher at Shenandoah Valley Academy in New Market, VA. Where she was the first African American to serve on the teaching staff there since the school’s inception.

Pastor Rebecca Davis has two amazing, and beautiful children. Justin Zachary Davis II and Olivia Nicole Davis. They truly are gifts from the Living God!

In March of 2011, Rebecca Davis received a call to the South Atlantic Conference where she served as Associate Pastor at the Berean Seventh- day Adventist Church in Atlanta, GA for four years. Pastor Rebecca Davis is the first woman in the South Atlantic Conference to be installed as “senior” pastor in her own church district, which is known as the Washington-Thomson, GA district. In September of 2017 Pastor Davis

was introduced at the Mount Rubidoux SDA Church in Riverside, California as its new young adult pastor. Since her introduction she has successfully launched, under young adult ministry, The Front Porch, Backyard, #GOALS, and NeighborGood. Pastor Davis is also the pastor over Groups, which includes: Family Life, Adult Sabbath School, and Grow Groups.

Everyone who knows Rebecca knows that she is passionate about prayer. Her life and ministry all reflect a passion to draw near to God through this powerful and life-changing privilege. Along with her love for prayer, Davis has a keen eye and precision in dissecting and preaching God’s word. Pastor Davis preached her first evangelistic effort in July 2012 where over 75 precious souls gave their lives to the Lord. She just recently ran her own evangelistic initiative where she baptized 40 people. 95% of them being between the ages of 18-40. In September of 2012 Pastor Davis launched a young adult ministry-Connect. Ministering to anywhere between 250 and 300 young adults biweekly, Connect has become a movement of young adults with plans to impact the community and the world! Most recently, Connect Orlando, Connect Baltimore, Connect Phoenix, Connect Charlotte, Connect Andrews, and Connect Gwinnett have launched as franchises under the Connect Ministry.

Pastor Rebecca Davis wants nothing more than to SEE Jesus and wants to lead others to see Him

also…to see Him in this present world and in the world to come!

Marc Raphael

Children's Pastor

Marc Stephen Raphael was born in Los Angeles, California. In his early twenties he gave his life to Jesus, started theology classes at Pacific Union College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and later with a Master of Theological Studies from La Sierra University. After teaching for seven years in public school, Marc was picked up by the Southeastern California Conference, and now serves as the children’s pastor of the Mt. Rubidoux S. D. A. Church. Marc is married to Rhonda, formerly Jones, and they have seven adult children and seven grandchildren. Marc loves to write songs and plays. He enjoys swimming and skating. He strongly believes that we are saved by grace through faith and that through the Holy Spirit Jesus empowers us to live holy. Marc teaches these Bible truths to all age groups, but especially loves to share the gospel with children. In his own words, “I believe God has sent me to bring adults to Christ while they are children.” He solicits your prayers that he will live up to God’s expectations.

Baron Sovory

Worship & Youth Pastor

Pastor Baron Anthony Sovory has a passion for people and a desire to spread the Word of God in a relevant, effective, and clear way.  Born in Los Angeles, California to Pastor Allen and Rosalyn Sovory of Louisiana and Michigan, he grew up in a home of ministry, having watched his father serve both in church pastoral ministry and as a conference evangelist.  He counts his ministry as a privilege knowing that it is nothing but the blood of Jesus and His righteousness that he stands today.

He has several hobbies that round out his life.  Music, basketball, softball, and golf, are some of the hobbies he enjoys.  His favorite teams are the LA Lakers, LA Dodgers, LA Kings, San Francisco 49ers, and LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club).  Most of all he loves Jesus and having a good time with friends and sharing the grace and love of Christ with all who are open to hearing.

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His joy and purpose are to impact the people of God with a passion and infectious intensity that will cause people to live lives of biblical faith and to see all people live their God-given purpose.  He attended Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL) and in May 2000 received his Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Theology. Following his graduation, he received a call to the Southeastern California Conference and served the Kansas Ave SDA Church before furthering his education at Andrews University Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI.  From Andrews University,  he has served several churches throughout  SECC including Juniper Ave, Riverside Community, Celebration Center, and recently has returned to Mt. Rubidoux as pastor for youth and worship. 

 God has blessed him with two beautiful daughters; Joelle and Solange that brings him much joy.  

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