Pastor Jeremy Porras
Jeremy has been a worship leader at churches since 1991. He felt the call to lead worship at a young age and holds a Bachelors degree from Biola University and a Master’s degree from California State Long Beach. He married his high-school sweetheart Candace in 1997 and they are raising two daughters. They moved from Los Angeles to Raleigh in 2007 and Jeremy became the Worship Pastor at Crossroads Fellowship Church. In 2014, the Lord gave him a new passion to serve the inner cities’ physical and spiritual needs, bringing a message of hope to the seemingly hopeless. Since founding Raleigh Dream Center in 2014, that passion now inspires many others to the call that we all have to serve others as Jesus describes in Matthew 25:40. RDC now reaches thousands weekly through different outreaches and is partnering with churches to do our part of the Great Commission to reach our city.
Director of Operations & Administration
Candace received her Bachelors degree from Biola University in La Mirada, CA. in Business Administration. She has worked as a sales rep for a Christian music distribution company, a Membership Coordinator for an athletic club, an Event Coordinator for a large church, and is also a Real Estate Broker. But the biggest joy in her career has been the task of helping her husband to launch this non-profit that brings hope and healing to so many struggling with life-controlling issues. Her passion is to see people’s lives changed by the power of Christ, where they find their God-given cause and seek to bring that transformation to others around them.
Adopt-A-Block & Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel was born and raised in North Carolina. She received an Associates degree in Practical Ministry from Christ For the Nations, a bible school in Dallas, TX. She has since moved back to Raleigh and is currently working towards a Bachelors degree in Sociology at Dallas Baptist University online. She has worked as a Ministry Assistant for the Young Adults Ministry at Raleigh First Assembly Church. Over the years, the Lord has developed in her a heart for the city of Raleigh and a desire to contribute to its flourishing – to make disciples and see lives transformed.
Development & Human Trafficking Coordinator
Stacey is originally from Georgia and moved to North Carolina in 2005 after graduating high school. She has a Bachelors degree in Family and Community Services from East Carolina University. She places a high value on serving other, whether that is volunteering with the Red Cross Disaster Services or Children’s Ministry at her church. She began teaming up with the Raleigh Dream Center in the summer of 2017 and quickly wanted to offer up as much of her God given talents as she could to help Raleigh Dream Center reach as many people as possible for Christ.
Outreach Program Support
Katie is a Raleigh native. After graduating high school, Katie lived in Mali, West Africa for six months, where she served at a center for street kids and at an English center. During her time in Africa, she was convicted of the call for missional living in every context, and learned the importance of presenting the Gospel in a contextualized way. Upon her return to the United States, Katie began volunteering with Raleigh Dream Center. Katie has a passion for ministering to children that have experienced trauma, presenting a message of hope and restoration to them in a way they can understand.
Raquel is a New Yorker from the streets of Spanish Harlem. She has a background in Community Affairs and Urban Youth Leadership. God has given her a colorful background which results in her genuine love for people and inner city mission work. She grew up planning and being involved with outreach programs that not only help urban cities, but whose main objective was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. She recently moved to Raleigh with her family and runs two successful part-time businesses with her husband. They are entrepreneurs at heart and focus on developing and impacting the next generation of leaders behind them. They attend Raleigh First Assembly and are passionate about winning Raleigh for Jesus!
Ron brings 35 years of ministry experience to the team. He has served as Creative Arts Pastor in churches ranging from 200 to 5,000 in weekly attendance. In 2015, God began to speak to him about working together with his son, Jeremy, at the Raleigh Dream Center. Ron, along with his wife, Debbie, and daughter, Jessicah, relocated from San Diego to Raleigh in March of 2017. Ron is also on staff at Raleigh First Assembly Church as their Media Production Director and local missions liaison for the Raleigh Dream Center.
Wake Forest Outreach
Patrick was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and moved to Raleigh in 1981. He received a BS in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Valley Forge and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. Patrick has served in many areas of ministry, most recently as Community Chaplin at Crossroads Fellowship to the Wake Forest area. As a result of an auto accident, in which his first wife and a son died and nearly took his life, Patrick experienced the power of prayer, the blessing of friendship and a deeper understanding of heaven. Patrick’s gifting is that of a connector, a spirit of invitation. He desires to reach out to others by sharing the love of Christ in practical, relevant ways.
Advocacy Program Coordinator
Helen is from Niagara Falls, Canada, where she received a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Ryerson University in Toronto. She and her husband and four children have called North Carolina home since 1996. She has worked as the Assistant Director of a Christian residential home for women with life controlling problems, and also as an advocate for families and children within the foster care system. Helen put aside her career to raise and homeschool her children for the past twenty years. She is thrilled to now engage with Raleigh Dream Center’s advocacy ministry to provide relational support to individuals and families in Wake County by providing aid and communicating hope and transformation through the love of Jesus.
Board of Directors