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Rev. Dave Rajoon

www.encquip.com

It's what I do the defines me...

Spend time with Jesus, change your life!

In addition to the time Jesus spent with His disciples before His death on the cross, Jesus spent another 40 days, post-resurrection. During this time Jesus prepared them for their lives as world changers. What would happen to your life if you spent 40 Days with Jesus? Take the journey now!

More About Rev. Dave Rajoon

I am a pastor, leader, teacher and servant. My mission is to engage believing Christians into living out their purpose in life by focusing on their Christian walk; to encourage the souls of those who may feel overwhelmed by life and ministry, and to equip the body of Christ through Biblical teaching and leadership training.

I am the founding pastor of Grace Evangelistic Ministries, Ozone Park NY and author of “The Parable of the Trees – A Study in Spiritual Leadership.” Born and raised on the island of Trinidad (West Indies) I migrated to the United States in 1989 with my wife Renooka,  co-founder of Grace. We have one daughter, Carissa but many spiritual children.

My wife and I grew up under the ministry of the late Rev. Winston Ballosingh and I studied under the tutelage of the late Sydney Ramdial, from whom I acquired the love of "rightly dividing the word of truth." From very early in life we were exposed to every area of Christian ministry including church planting, church building, evangelism and church administration. In addition we taught Sunday School,  worked with youths, wrote and directed church plays, coordinated various church events, including camps and evangelistic outreach.

We have been blessed with a wealth of practical training in ministry that has spanned decades from the seventies to today. My wife  has a master’s degree in Public Administration and I am a graduate of NYACK College in New York City with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and Psychology which supplements my practical training.

It is our desire for people to grow in the “grace and knowledge of our Lord,” especially those who are called to lead. We also believe that leadership is integral to the body of Christ and  that all are called to be leaders in some way or the other. According to John Maxwell, leadership is influence, and even the least among us has the ability to influence others. We are careful not to be presumptuous about who should or should not be leaders in God’s kingdom.

In the Old Testament the prophet Samuel was tasked with anointing the future King of Israel. He approached the home of Jesse, a man who had some fine sons – candidates for the throne. One by one the sons of Jesse paraded before the prophet, while Samuel waited for the cue to anoint one of them as king. But each in turn was rejected. When it seemed that everyone was being passed over, Samuel asked if Jesse had more sons. Well, there is David – no need to worry about him – he’s taking care of the sheep. Send for him then! When David arrived, God told Samuel to anoint him, for he is the one.

When God rejected the seven seemingly qualified sons of Jesse, Samuel was a bit confused. But God had checked him when he had  looked at Eliab, Jesse's first son as he stood before him, and assumed that because of how he looked, he would be selected. Samuel was told:  “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) This story clearly illustrates that God has a different perspective than ours, when it comes to leadership. It is not about outward appearance but  about the heart!

We also believe that leaders should engage, encourage and equip each other. The apostle Paul told his young protegé, Timothy: “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:1-2)

So join with me on this journey of learning as we explore the leadership secrets of the greatest book(s) ever written – the Bible.