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About Us

Our Vision : To Unite, Equip, and Empower the Church to Fulfill the Great Commission​​

​We are an international evangelistic ministry who partners with local churches to provide an effective model to reach their communities with the Gospel. Cities for Christ is a nonprofit evangelistic organization based in Chicago, IL, but deployed throughout the world.
For over 10 years, this ministry has partnered with churches to provide an effective model to win their communities for Christ. Founded by Evangelist Steven Koko, Cities for Christ has united churches, conducted evangelism training, and preached the gospel to partner with heaven and like-minded organizations for salvations.
 
¨I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one – as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent me.¨ John 17:21

The Core Team

Pastor Steven Koko
President/Founder

Steven Koko was born in Chicago to a Greek family. At the age of 11, Steven experienced the love of God. Moments after his salvation, he heard a voice that came out of his own mouth, *I will be a missionary.” Steven received his training by Christ for all Nations and Youth with a Mission.

He also worked with Campus Crusade for Christ, co-founded Storehouse Church in Chicago and is now the president of Cities for Christ. Steven has a childlike heart with passionate faith and desire to inspire believers to become fishers of men.

Pastor Nick & Zulmy Gellis
Panama For Christ

Nick Gellis is from Chicago and was invited on a mission trip to Barrnquilla several years ago. He never returned tc Chicago and now lives in El Velle, Panama. He met his wife Zulmy and they founded a church as the result of the Christ For Panama crusades in 2018. Nick preached in schools throughout Panama and saw over 10,000 students receive Christ. Nick is the lead pastor and his wife Zulmy is the worship leader for Oasis of Hope. They are the prototype church for the End Time Harvest.

Pastor Amabelys Hudson
Executive Director

Amabelys Hudson has been walking with the Lord for over 30 years and comes from a very strong and gifted family of ministry leaders. Her experience includes pastoral, worship, and administrative offices. She has also served as the Administrator for Kingdom Resources and as a volunteer since 2020 for Cities For Christ. Amabelys also has over 17 years experience in the corporate word as a Human Resources Manager. Her areas of expertise include certified auditor of safety and management systems and training.

Denise LaRocco
Chair of the Board

Don & Denise LaRocco have served on the Cities for Christ Board of Directors since a divine appointment connected them to Steven Koko. over the years, they had taken a more active role in CFC to provide direction for the ministry with their 30+ years of professional experience. Although Don has gone home to The Lord, Denise is continuing the call to grow and see this ministry thrive in reaching the lost. Since the beginning they have been like a father and mother to our team, Denise is currently the chairperson on the board of Directors.

Maria Victoria Mejia
Media Production/Interpreter

Maria Victoria Mejia was a journalist in Colombia during the movement Barranquilla para Cristo in 2015. She served in the movement that was taking over her community. It was an eye opening experience that sparked a passion in her heart. In 2017 she felt the call to serve full time with Cities for Christ and left her home to loin the Panama para Cristo movement. On the field Maria serves as an administrative assistant, interpreter, photographer, and video editor. Maria’s journalism background has been key to establishing CFC’s true identity

Samantha Gellis
Operations Director

Samantha Gellis is the Operations Director at Cities for Christ. Samantha has been part of the team since 2017 when she accompanied the team to Cali, Colombia.

Recently she graduated from the Jesus image Ministry School and is now serving in a full time capacity. She holds a bachelors in economics from UC San Diego. Samantha is gifted in administration, discipleship, and has a heart for children. Samantha has been very instrumental to bring a platform administrative upgrade to CFC

Milena Noel
Missionary & Translator

Milena Noel serves Cities for Christ as a missionary, dance leader, translator, and has a deep love for the lost and less fortunate. In 2015 Milena participated in Barranquilla for Christ. Commissioned for missions, she attended the Iris Harvest School of Missions in Mozambique, Africa. Milena has since served on missions teams throughout Colombia, Panama, and the United States including the year long Panama Para Cristo movement. Her love and dedication to Jesus continues to be a powerful testimony to the multitudes.

Pastor Marina Spain
Youth & Worship Leader

Marina Spain has served as a youth pastor and worship leader for approximately 10 years in the church her parents pastor in Colombia. Although she is a professional nurse, she feels called to serve God in full time ministry. In 2015 she participated in the main choir for the Barranquilla for Christ movement. In 2018 Marina participated in the Panama for Christ movement ministering in worship and prophetic songs throughout the nation. She is passionate about worshiping God and loves to see souls transformed by Jesus

Blanca Delgadillo
Administration Assistant

Blanca Delgadillo loves children, she served for 8 years in Children’s Ministry as a Teacher and 4 years in Youth Leadership, She was Director of Biblical Studies at IGAC and Campus Administrator at IBRM. She graduated from the Biblical Institute Rhema Mexico, currently Instructor in different Campuses of this Network. Servant in Cities for Christ assisting Pastor Steven Koko, she met the CFC team in the Panama for Christ movement attending a mission.