This portion of our web site will
introduce you to the people who bring to life, with the help of the Spirit of God, the
ministry of Spiritwatch Ministries, formerly called the TVBSA. We are a group of Christian believers concerned with the advance of
spiritual and philosophical deception in the regions we live in.
So who are we? We'd like to introduce ourselves.
is a Church of God (Cleveland) layman, a former Floridian from West Palm Beach,
and has lived in Cleveland for the past 20 years. A longtime personal interest
in spiritual deception has led to his involvement with the Spiritwatch outreach as an associate.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of Lee University (B.A. in Biblical Education)
is employed with General Electric and is single, loves jazz, is an avid
chess and tennis player. Mike
married his fiancee Elizabeth in the spring of 2011. He's currently learning how to play
guitar and devours many a book in his never ending pursuit of knowledge.
and Cheryl McConnell reside in Orlando, Florida and also have a great
passion for countercult apologetics, having actively engaged in dialogue with
Jehovah's Witnesses there and conducted discernment classes at their former home
church, the New Life Church of God. Bryan's future plans are to
pursue a degree in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary by distance
learning. They have two children, and he keeps pretty
busy with his own job in electronic control systems. They now attend a
Baptist church in the area and are deeply involved in the evangelistic ministry
that their church is performing.
and Kathy Hogel are residents
of the Memphis, Tennessee area. Steve has a special burden for those caught up
in religious abuse, was a co-moderator of the AR-Talk
apologetics list owned by Apologia Report, and an appointed to the
Assistant Executive Director for the Evangelical Ministries to New
Religions coalition. They both hail from the Chicago region and have
The Hogels now
live in New Hampshire.
and Elizabeth Martinez reside in Hammond, Indiana. Rafael is a
bivocational licensed minister with the Church of God (Cleveland TN),
having accepted the call to ministry in 1983. He is the director of
Spiritwatch Ministries, a Christian countercult outreach that originated
in Cleveland, TN. He is a 1991 graduate of Lee University (B.S. in
Pastoral Studies with a double major in Christian education and Biblical
studies) and is employed by the Whirlpool Corporation.
Elizabeth has been involved
in a variety of Christian pastoral and evangelistic ministries and her
most recent service was with the New Life Covenant Assembly of God in
While engaging in countercult work since 1983, Rafael has served as a
Christian evangelist throughout the United States through home and
student missions (1986 to 1991), in kindergarten Sunday School teacher
and other children's work, prayer ministry and as church based
countercult ministry director through the Westmore Church of God in
Cleveland, Tennessee from 1992 to 2002. He then served as an elder and
prayer minister at the South Cleveland Church of God (2002 to 2012) as
well as at his present home church, the Crossroads Church of Lynwood,
Illinois. In 2016, Rafael was appointed an associate pastor there.
Rafael's areas of expertise include balanced evangelical Pentecostal
Christian ministry and providing Christian pastoral perspective in
countercult work. This includes the discerning of aberrant churches and
cultic movements, restorative pastoral care and counsel of their victims
that also addresses religious abuse and mind control issues, as well as
educational and awareness activism and actual cult victim interventions.
have been involved with Spiritwatch Ministries and have contributed are
many, such as Joy Martinez, Randy Rogers, Lance King, Donalyn Vaughn,
Susan Rogers and Elizabeth
In 1993, the outreach began as the Tennessee Valley Bible
Students Association under the auspices of the Westmore Church of God, of Cleveland,
Tennessee and was under the oversight of Westmore's outreach leadership until
the summer of 2002, when the TVBSA withdrew from Westmore's active ministry. In
2003, the TVBSA changed its name to Spiritwatch Ministries.
Are you a mature Christian of good testimony with a concern
and passion for helping counter the spread of false teaching and cultic
movements in the Chicago Metro area as well as Northwest Indiana? We'd love to hear
from you! Together, we can defend the faith by speaking the truth in love!
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