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
Candace is from Whittier, CA. and moved to Raleigh with her family in 2007. She received a BS in Business Administration 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 is currently 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.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR
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 RFA 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.
ADMINISTRATION & OUTREACH SUPPORT
Doug grew up in the beach town of Bradenton, Florida. He received a BS in Practical Ministry from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and is now pursuing a Master of Divinity online at Liberty University. Doug moved to Raleigh after God placed the city on his heart while doing an internship at a Dream Center in the Outer Banks. He has worked in University Enrollment, Specialized Plumbing, and held various roles within the local church. While on his journey to Raleigh, Doug has developed a passion for seeing God move in his everyday life. He desires for others to be transformed by the Gospel, grow in relationship with Christ, and live with a daily awareness of the power and love of God.
Robert is from Birmingham, Alabama. He felt a call to pastoral ministry at a young age and received a BA in Religious Studies and History from Samford University in Birmingham. While in college, Robert interned with the City Ministries team at the Church at Brook Hills and discovered a passion for serving the city. Moving to Raleigh in pursuit of a Master of Divinity degree at Southeastern Seminary, he began volunteering with Raleigh Dream Center to follow that passion for city ministry. In Scripture, God calls the local church to advance the gospel in the city, and as the Adopt-A-Block Coordinator, Robert desires to serve churches as they serve Raleigh.
KIDZ OUTREACH COORDINATOR
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.
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 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 RFA Church as their Media Production Director and local missions liaison for Raleigh Dream Center.
Patrick was raised in in the suburbs of Philadelphia and moved to the Raleigh area in 1981. Patrick earned a BS in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Valley Forge and also has a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Duke University. He has served in many areas of ministry, most recently as Community Chaplain for Crossroads Fellowship to the Wake Forest area. As a result of an auto accident, in which his first wife and a son died and that nearly took his life, Patrick experienced the power of prayer, the blessing of friends and a deeper understanding of the reality of heaven. Patrick’s desire is to help people to discover the reality of heaven by sharing the love of Jesus in relevant , practical ways. Patrick and his wife Debbie have been married since 1985.