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 degrees from Biola University and Cal 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. 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 has a Business Administration degree from Biola University in La Mirada, CA. 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 as 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.
Ryan grew up in Rochester, MN, where he earned his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. He married his wife, Megan, in 2003. Together they enjoy raising 3 awesome kids; Braden, Marcus and Emily. He started and grew an award-winning residential roofing company, which he sold in 2015 to spend more time with his family and friends and to do ministry work. He and his wife have been fortunate to lead many sessions of Financial Peace University at their church and Ryan also enjoys volunteering as a financial coach for individuals and couples. In 2017, God made it clear to him that he was to serve with Raleigh Dream Center. He is beyond grateful for the incredible opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to people all over our city.
Matthew Tyler Daniels
Matthew is finishing up his bachelors in Ministry Leadership from Northwest University. Coming from a homeless, drug and alcohol addicted life, when the Lord got ahold of his heart in 2009 it birthed a deep passion to help those in similar circumstances. He has completed leadership internships at the City Church in Seattle and Elevation Church in Charlotte, and has fell in love with the city of Raleigh since moving here in 2016. He has a desire to see the people of Raleigh experience the redeeming and transformational love of God.
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 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.
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!
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.
Board of Directors