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“We want to empower the marginalized so they, in turn, can serve others.”

Gary DeVelder, Founder and Executive Director, Abounding Service

Core Values of Abounding Service

  • We believe God tells his people to support orphans, widows, and strangers in the land, which today includes UN sponsored refugees. Jesus says in the Bible, Luke 14:21-23, that we are to:
    Go out
    Find the marginalized
    Enable them to come in
    Fill His Kingdom
  • God says in Leviticus 19:34 “Treat them (foreigners) as you would an Israelite, and love them as you love yourselves.”
  • Serve people created in God’s image in such a way that they will be able to serve others.
  • Statement of Faith: Lausanne Covenant

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Our Board of Directors:

  • Mr. Mike Sherer, President
  • Rev. Donna Buckles, Vice President
  • Mr. Randy Gault, Secretary
  • Mr. Mike Gallagher, Treasurer
  • Dr. Jennifer Crandall
  • Ms. Sarah Eary
  • Rev. Abwe Mmbekalo
  • Dr. Charlotte Thrall
  • Mr. Ernest Victor

Pastor Gary DeVelder is the Founder and Executive Director of Abounding Service. Gary was ordained to the ministry in 1969 and has held positions in religious education, fundraising development, and non-profit administration. He believes that God has decided it is time for him to bring all of these various types of life experiences to bear on this great opportunity for service and outreach in Greater Phoenix.
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Derek DeVelder is the Assistant Director of Abounding Service. He was an English instructor for adult refugees at Lutheran Family Services in Albuquerque, NM and has worked in performing arts administration in marketing and fundraising. Derek plays the double bass in the Arizona Opera and shares this experience by utilizing music and rhythm to reinforce the “swing” of spoken American English with students.
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