Guest Speakers

Pastor Rich Bonin
Rich & Kim Bonin
Pastor Rich Bonin has been serving in ministry for eight years at CityLight Ministry Center in the So. End of Springfield, Ma for eight years. He served as the evangelism and outreach Pastor for two of the years. P. Rich was chosen to as senior Pastor on September of 2008. He is a graduate of the Urban Bible Training Center in Springfield and Global University. P. Rich is credentialed through the Southern New District of the Assemblies of God.

He and his wife Kim have been married for 18 years, and have incredible sons, Daniel and Benjamin. The entire family is dedicated to bringing the life changing message of the Love of God through Jesus Christ in the inner city of Springfield. Their vision is to see entire communities transformed by the power of the Gospel as lives are changed and hope is restored.

Pastor Jack Deroches
Jack Deroches
Jack is the pastor of Milestone Ministries. Milestone is dedicated to serving God by supporting other ministries and serving the homeless. He started Milestone in 2002 as a simple home Bible study. Today, as the Bible studies continue, Milestone has been called to encourage and support ministries around the world. His home church is Crossway Christian Church in Palmer, MA, where he assists senior pastor Dennis Marias. Besides CIA and Crossway, Jack preaches as an invited guest in various churches including Spirit Life Worship Church in Palm Coast Florida and True Deliverance in Holyoke, MA.

In 2003, Jack began ministering to the homeless on the streets in Springfield, MA. This resulted in similar missions from Florida to Siberia. Since 2004, he directed emergency homeless shelters in Springfield and Amherst and is currently restoring a historic home in Western MA to serve homeless men.

Preaching and teaching the Truth, Jesus Christ, Jack loves watching the powerful touch of the anointing break the yoke of bondage, setting the captives free. It is always a joy when he is invited to share the Word of God as a guest preacher in various churches. He loves spending time with his wife of 31 years and sharing the lives of his 2 children and his 2 grandchildren.

The Late Reverend E. Gage Hotaling
The Late Reverend E. Gage Hotaling

Branch of Service:
US Naval Reserve, Lt. Commander
Chaplain for the 4th Division of Marines
September 1944 – April 1946

Rev. E. Gage Hotaling's first sermon was delivered at a Manton, Rhode Island church on November 19, 1933. At that time the country was in the depths of the Great Depression. Rev. Hotaling was 17 years old and had promised his father who was dying of cancer that he would carry on the work of ministry. The church also received a plaque honoring Rev. Hotaling as the fourth recipient of the Daniel Sharp Award of the Conference of Baptist Ministers in Massachusetts. The award is given annually to “a well-loved pastor of upright character with a significant ministry.”
Rev Hotaling was pastor of churches in Hyannis, Palmer, Needham, Agawam and here at Church in the Acres. He is also a retired U. S. Navy Commander, having served as a chaplain during World War II. Some of his experiences on Iwo Jima are included in the book, “Flags of Our Fathers,” which tells the stories of the men who raised the American flag during the battle of February 1945.

Andy Kilpatrick
Andy & Mary Kilpatrick
Andy grew up in Fitchburg, MA and became very active in a number of sports. His Christian training started at a very young age and he made his profession of faith in the waters of baptism at the age of 12. It was while he served in the US Navy during WWII that he received his call to full time Christian service. After the war he enrolled in Gordon College located in Boston and there he received his liberal arts degree in theology. He went on to receive his seminary training at both Northern Baptist Seminary in Chicago and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Wenham, MA. For 40 years he pastored churches in Maine, Massachusetts and New York State, all of which were associated with the American Baptist denomination. He was married to his first wife, Betty Beveridge, for 34 years until she passed away of colon cancer. Together they had 2 sons, Stephen, now located in Olney, MD, and, John, who liives with his family in Lexington, MA. In 1987 he married Mary Penton, a retired nurse. They moved to Wilbraham in 2006 and joined CIA shortly thereafter. They both sing in the choir, and Andy now serves as the Chairman of the Board of Deacons.

Rev. Harry E. Knights
Rev. Knights served in the Marines (Vietnam) & Army (Berlin, Germany). He retired from Verizon as a lineman (21 years). he has a degree in Christian Studies from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN.. Rev. Knights was ordained in the Assemblies of God & founded a new church plant in the south end of Springfield, working on the streets of the south end & pastoring CityLight Ministry Center for seven years (now retired). He is presently a minister-at-large with the Assemblies of God, filling in for pastors throughout western Mass & organizing major events for regional interdenominational churches (Pentecost Rally 2010 at the Symphony Hall & a seminar on Christian Challenge to Islam last Tuesday, the 21st of Sept.)

Rev. Dr. Rafael Osorio

Dr. & Mrs. Rafael Osorio

The Apostle Dr. Rafael Osorio, a native of Puerto Rico, is the senior pastor of the Apostolic Renovacion Church in Springfield, MA, USA. He is also the chairman, founder and apostle of the International Apostolic Renewal Network, which provides coverage to many churches, pastors and ministers in South and Central America, the Caribbean and the United States. He has just published his second book, “Moving to a New Level—Unleashing God’s Purpose for your Life”

Jeff Siegel
Jeff Siegel
Jeff Siegel is a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus). In 1976, at the age of 21, Jeff gave his life to Messiah Jesus but this decision did not come without a price. His family could not accept his faith, and wanted nothing to do with Jeff after his acceptance of Jesus. The Lord began to work in Jeff's life, bringing healing, restoration and direction. He also blessed' Jeff with a terrific gift of evangelism. Jeff has been in ministry for many years, bringing the love of Messiah literally to the entire world by using his love for and experience in baseball as a means to share the Good News.

In 2001, Jeff had the privilege of seeing both his father and brother come to know Yeshua. Jeff's burden is not only to see his own family come to know their Messiah, but for all his Jewish brethren worldwide. The Lord has planted Jeff and his wife Terri in Westchester County, a suburb of New York City that is home to hundreds of thousands of Jewish people.

Jeff is currently enrolled in the Charles Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish studies (a program in conjunction with Talbot School of Theology) working on his Masters of Divinity as he continues to share the Good News to all who would hear, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile. (Rom. 1:16)

Jeff Stappenbeck
Jeff Stappenbeck
Jeff is a graduate of Springfield College and is a graduate of student at Word of Life Bible Institute 1st & 2nd year programs. Jeff is currently a leader on the campus of Word of Life Bible Institute. Jeff has been involved in such ministry work in the greater Springfield area as:
Small group discipleship
Teen Bible study instructor
Volunteer coordinator
Local Pulpit supply
Jeff is the site Mgr at the Lion's Den and has been involved in city ministry for some time now.

Tammy Webb-Witholt
Tammy Webb-Witholt
Tammy Webb-Witholt lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband of seven years; they work and minister throughout New England. Tammy founded Beyond the Silence in 2005; BTS, is a ministry that encourages and empowers followers of Jesus Christ to face real issues that effect the lives of real people. This is done through preaching engagements, seminars.

She has authored one workbook and is now publishing the memoirs of her mother’s life. She has developed ministry resources for those who live with the effects of sin's brokenness. Her ministry encourages others to grow towards wholeness and holiness. Her passion is to communicate the liberating truths of God's word and daring others to reach for the abundant life that is available through Christ. Her emphasis is the transformed mind.

Tammy has spoken in churches and retreat centers across America, Colombia, South America, Tanzania and Indonesia. She has participated in many conferences as a workshop leader and each week has facilitated a weekly Bible. For many years ministered as a single missionary. Whether married or single, Tammy encourages followers of Christ to develop a personal passion for God.

Some of the topics she has spoken about are Purity, Identity Crisis-Christ Identity, Free to be Fruitful (Not fruity,) Prodigals and their Parents - (Tammy's parents are ministers and foreign missionaries.) Old Habits – New Robes: Pickled and Pruned, Heart Burn, The Battlefield of our Minds. Mused or Amused. With each speaking opportunity Tammy is privileged to share her personal testimony of how God has set her free from destructive thought patterns and a life filled with counterfeits.

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