BGA Church began as a church plant of Spirit & Truth Fellowship, a Christian Reformed Church in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia, in November of 2004. It started as a bible study reaching out to young people in high school and college. In May 2005, BGA Church started meeting in a building in the Frankford area of Philadelphia at 4730 Oxford Avenue. In 2010 Pastor Gabriel and his family moved into the Frankford area to live and serve there.
In 2015 the congregation of BGA began leasing the “Social Hall” of the Frankford Memorial United Methodist Church on 1300 Dyre Street. And in 2022 they began using the sanctuary upstairs as they began to grow and reach their community.
Through the power of Jesus Christ, BGA Church transforms lives by loving and serving our Frankford and Northwood neighbors. We are a diverse community that values the talents and creativity of every person.
Our vision is to be a welcoming church that helps people become rooted in Christ, fruitful disciples, and future leaders. We are a safe haven for the broken to be transformed through the joy of knowing and following Jesus. As we show Christ’s love, families will be restored and our community will experience renewal.
Lead Servant Pastor
I was born in New York City. At first, my family and I attended a small Pentecostal church in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Then we moved to another Pentecostal church which was more embracing of God’s love and grace for people and less legalistic. By the age of 12, I prayed the prayer of salvation and was baptized and began speaking in tongues by the age of 14. Thereafter, I was dutifully discipled by my pastors and a few brothers from the church.
I entered New York University and the Lord led me to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I grew a lot under their leadership as a result of their intentional leadership programs.
I graduated from NYU in 1996, moved to Philadelphia in 1998, and went to Palmer Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) for a year. After my brief stint in seminary, my wife and I (we were married on July 1st, 2000) started attending Spirit & Truth Fellowship in Hunting Park. At which point I felt God’s call to teach at Hunting Park Christian Academy. I taught kindergarteners for six years and became the Development Director for three years afterwards until God called my wife and I, along with another couple, to start By Grace Alone Frankford Fellowship.
I obtained my Masters in Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary (now Missio Seminary) in June of 2012 and have been working as Servant Lead Pastor of By Grace Alone ever since. My wife (Pearl) and I, along with our two girls – Mia and Juliet – moved into the Frankford community in 2010. We are fully committed to serving our community and excited about the plans God has in store for us all.
Associate Servant Pastor
I was born in Hunting Park, Philadelphia. I grew up going to church but when I was 12 years old at a Billy Graham Crusade in 1992, I felt the Lord “tugging” at my heart and calling me to surrender to His Lordship. That day I did. I was 11 years old when I made the public confession. At age 17, I was baptized at Spirit and Truth Fellowship by Manny Ortiz and Hector Vasquez (I still remember how the water felt, it was so cold!)
A few years later, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Temple University. During that time, I was a youth helper at Spirit and Truth. Even at a young age, the Lord had put on my heart the passion to see young people in the city submit to Christ’s Lordship and worship Him.
In 2004, I became a member of a church plant team which started 8th Street Community Church (a sister church to BGA). After helping plant that church, the Lord called me and my wife to BGA in 2009, which was the same year I started my studies at Biblical Theological Seminary (now Missio Seminary). In June of 2012, I graduated from Missio Seminary with an MDiv. Currently, I am the Associate Servant Pastor and an elder at BGA.
I am on mission with my wife Stephanie who also serves the church in various ways. The Lord has blessed us with a son named Jeremiah. I am a true fan of all Philadelphia teams especially the Eagles.
I have been serving the Lord as Deaconess at BGA Church for over 11 years. I've thoroughly enjoyed serving in the Frankford & Northwood areas of Philadelphia, PA. In total, I have been in the Lord's service for over thirty-five years, specializing in evangelism, prayer ministry & prophetic gifting. It has been an honor to serve, assist and direct lost and hurting souls to my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ in all of these years.
I have been a member of BGA Church since it was originally created as a home-based Bible study and subsequent church plant. I have been part of the worship team since the early years while learning the drums and eventually beginning to lead worship and play guitar. Right now, I look am the main Worship Leader of the church and the Deacon of Building Maintenance. I look forward to seeing what God will do in and through me for years to come!
I love Jesus and love to serve others around me. I love my family and look forward to seeing Jesus use us all for His Kingdom.