Meet Our Men Contributors

7 Men OVER 30

 Israel Fuentes


Israel Fuentes is a preacher’s kid who grew up in the ministry/church. He was very involved and active in the youth and obtained his pastoral licensing at an early age. In 1990, he got married freshly out of high school to his high school sweetheart. They started the journey called life. He had two boys from that marriage, however, after 4 years, due to unfaithfulness in the marriage on his part, they got divorced and went their separate ways.  He remarried and had two more boys and divorced again due to the life style of drugs, gangs, and unfaithfulness. He was on his own for several years when he found out he had to love himself before he could love anyone else. He needed to change the party scene, drinking, doing/selling drugs, womanizing, gangs, and often going in and out of jail for long periods of time.

With nowhere else to turn and at his lowest point, he started taking the steps to change his life and slowly get back into the church. This time was not only to really know who GOD was, but to truly start building a relationship with GOD. He also took the steps to start the road of restoration not only with his children, but with his ex-wife as well. After 14 years of being apart, he remarried his high school sweetheart and first wife. He is happily married to her today, and truly understands, with the help and direction of God how to love her, his children and himself.

Mark Thomas 


Pastor Mark Thomas is married to his lovely wife Tiffeny and is the Campus Pastor at Thrive Church Northside location. He resides in Richmond, VA with his wife.

Kristopher “The Gate Keepa” Auest 


Tha Gate Keepa, based in Kelowna, BC, Canada, has been making music for about 8 years now. During these seven (8) years he has been nominated for a holy hip hop award for the breakthrough artist of the year/producer of the year and was chosen to perform at Creation Fest in 2012 and 2014.

In 2013 Kris was able to perform at RUSH Conference 2013 and there were about 5000 in attendance. He’s part of a production team (Soundamentalists) that includes True Vine Productions member Tonye Brown and DJ Traxe. Soundamentalists have successfully made many sales. For almost 5 years Kris has been producing and 6 videos have come out of his production.

William Wright 


William Wright is a 38-year-old child of God who gave his life to Christ in 2008. He has a beautiful wife named Margaret and a son, Jericho, along with two crazy Australian Shepherds named Mordecai and Hadassah. Originally from California, he currently resides in Virginia. After a lifetime of running from God, William now devotes everything he does to spreading the Gospel.

Kevin Bordeaux


Pastor Kevin Bordeaux grew up in a very small town called “Turkey, NC.” He gave his life to Christ at 19 years old in 1999, after battling drug and alcohol addiction. He was radically converted and delivered at 20 years old. Pastor Kevin did not start off in the traditional church ministry setting. From 1999-2003 he played in a Christian band. He wrote songs, played and managed the band for 4 years. They recorded 4 albums and toured for 3 of the 4 years. In 2003 he felt the call to enter church ministry as a pastor. This is also the same year he met his wife Dianna.

They both attended Emmanuel College. They were married on May 13, 2006. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries with a focus in New Testament Greek in 2007. He earned his Master of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Southwestern Christian University in 2009. Kevin earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Theology from Covenant Bible College and Seminary in 2011. Dianna earned her Master of Medical Science as a Physician Assistant from Nova

Southeastern University.  They don’t have children yet, but two dogs, Bailey and Ruby.

Pastor Kevin has served in every imaginable role in church ministry.

Pastor Kevin and Dianna have a heart to see people transformed by the grace and power of God.



Reginald “Reggie” Robinson SR


Reggie Robinson is a minister and evangelist with a dynamic calling and anointing upon his life and a resounding cry of revival in his heart. Having served as a minister for over 20 years, he is a man of God whose love for the Lord runs deep and rich. He is the founder of Deeper Waters Ministry and chief supporter of Well Watered Woman Ministries.

Reggie is passionate about the gospel and seeing lives changed. He has a deep heart for the homeless and seeing wounded and broken men restored to the men of standard God has created and called them to be.

As a speaker, Minister Reggie is a man of fire who speaks with a declarative voice rightfully dividing the word of Truth. He delivers the word of God with passion, zeal and authority.

Reggie resides in the Southwest and is happily married to Tony; his wife and good thing of over 20 years and father to their 4 amazing children.

Ernesto “Elvis” De La Rosa


Ernesto “Elvis” De La Rosa of Oakland, CA is the founder and Ceo of Kyngdom Musyk, a small independent record label that operates by the bases of Psalms 101:1. I will sing of your love and justice: to you, Lord, I will sing praise. A former gang member, who in 2010 gave his life to the Lord and now through music and teaching, goes back out to the darkness in which God pulled him out of to minister to those in need of God’s grace and mercy.

7 Men UNDER 30

Joshua Goodwin 


Joshua Goodwin is a husband of 1 and a father of 2. He and his wife have been married for almost 8 years. Being with his wife has truly been an answer to prayer for him. Through their marriage God has blessed them with 2 beautiful, amazing, wonderful girls. These girls are the light of their lives. They know how to push their buttons and keep them on their toes, but how to melt their hearts just the same.

He was called into the ministry at 12 and knew where he wanted to be and what he wanted to be doing, but didn’t want to get there on the path God had him on. He made his fair share of mistakes along the way, which you will read about in the book, but was able to turn things around through the love and grace of God. He went to Bible college, where he got his associates degree in Biblical studies with a minor in youth ministry.

In the years following he found himself in youth ministry for roughly 8 years. His family and him have committed themselves to a life of ministry both in and out of the church. They have had and still have bumps in the road. Life is not easy, especially when your flesh is weak. They are powering through it by the hand of God who is strength and refuge every day. Through Him, they are able to carry their cross and serve Him with joy, peace, and happiness every day they wake up.

Gerald “Jerry” Varela


Gerald is a 26 year old happy newly wed to his best friend and wife, Chrystal. They are blessed with three beautiful children and currently reside in Henrico, VA.

Reginald “Little Reggie” Robinson JR


Reggie Robinson is a 24 year old ordained Pastor currently based in Washington State.

He is a passionate worshipper and a radical lover of God and people, helping to serve the youth and local community.
As a leader, he is actively walking out his purpose of igniting youth to live out their identity in Christ.

As a transformer, Reggie has a passion to speak the message of truth to his generation and the generations to come.
Reggie is an experienced speaker having ministered to young people and adults alike both nationally and internationally.

Alexander Bussey 


AJ Bussey is a 22 year old coach and missionary. He is an intern at Elevate Church in Moore, OK and also the head soccer coach for the Fury United FC girls’ soccer team, that’s also based in Moore. Born in Los Angeles, CA; AJ now resides in Spencer, OK with his mother, brother, and grandmother since 2008. With goals of becoming a full-time coach and missionary, AJ looks to make a difference in the lives of everyone he coaches by helping them see their potential through sports

Jordan Robinson


Jordan Robinson is a 22 year old minister from Las Vegas, Nevada. He has ministered in three nations and is a children’s director for his home church in the valley. He is a dynamic speaker, who is passionate about seeing lives changed through Kingdom principles and Discipleship.

Shawn Calder 


Shawn Calder is 18 years old and a senior at Hanover High School. He will graduate in June. He works part time as a mechanic and is currently working on continuing his journey and walk with Christ.

Keith Rowell 


Keith lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Lauren, and daughter, Amiah. They enjoy days at the park and occasionally bingeing on Netflix. Keith is the Executive Pastor of Thrive Church and assists in operating Thrive’s Chesterfield Campus.