Ivan Poston, Deacon
Ivan has a love for God and His Church. He is excited about the future of Christ Community Fellowhip and the impact we will have on the community and surrounding areas.
Ivan is retired from the USAF and also as the Finance Director of City of Ocoee. He has served as a deacon in a number of different churches for the past 50 years.
Ivan and Barbara, his wife of 58 years, reside in Sorrento. They have three grown children, 7 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Ivan may be contacted at 352-385-0810
Chris Thurston, Deacon
As a leader and deacon, Chris has a passion for the youth in our community. It is his desire to see them mature in Christ and become lights in their community. He believes that God has a special plan for each one of them and looks forward to equiping them to be all God has uniquely designed them.
Along with his deacon responsibiliteis, Chris teaches our High School Youth Sunday School class.
Chris has been married to Gayle for 21 years and has two daughters, Mikayla (17) and Katherine (13).
Chris is a big Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Raiders fan and enjoys all outdoor activities and sports.
Chris may be contacted at 321-274-5406
Fred Fritschle, Yokefellow
In Philippians chapter 4, the apostle Paul uses the word “yokefellow” to describe the godly relationship and unique partnership that fellow believers share together because of the love of Christ – those who “…labored with me in the gospel”.
The Greek work ‘suzugos” means to be co-yoked. The word implies one who is yoked in harness with another, the two working as a team. True yokefellows abound in producing fruit, and in helping others to reap an abundant harvest of souls. Yokefellows rejoice in helping to enhance the fruitful accounts on other’s behalf. Everything they do contributes to the furtherance of the Gospel of the Lord.
There is no one who epitomizes this concept to our gospel community more than Fred Fritschle! Fred exuberantly embraced the care and maintenance of our grounds and facilities. He is readily available to assist with preparing and configuring our facilities for many ministries that meet with us.
Fred’s willing heart and dedicated hands exhibits a true, modern day yokefellow.
Fred may be contacted at 352-636-1102.
Whereas the Bible charges elders with the tasks of teaching and leading the church, the role of deacons is more service-oriented. That is, they are to care for the physical or temporal concerns of the church. By handling such matters, deacons free up the pastor and elders to focus on shepherding the spiritual needs of the congregation. As with the Elders, the Biblical qualifications for Deacons are quite high. We are very fortunate to have Godly men selected by our elders and approved by our congregation to serve the needs of our church body.
At Christ Community Fellowship our deacons serve under the leadership of the pastor and elders, assisting them in the work of the church, and freeing them to minister the Word and preach the Gospel. The deacons will support and work with the pastor to further the church mission.
Our Deacon Family Ministry Plan is designed to minister to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of our church and the community that surrounds us. Each deacon is paired with several families and reaches out to be a trusted resource to them. Our deacons spend time in each deacons meeting praying for the needs of their “families” and rejoicing as God fulfills those needs.
All members of CCF and their immediate family are part of the Deacon Family Ministry (DFM) where a deacon of the church is assigned to the direct care of that family.
If you are uncertain as to where you fit within the Deacon Family Ministry Plan, please call 353-735-5050 or email Deacons@ChristCommunityFellowship.org.