Joey & Denise TurnerLead Pastors
Larry & Cathy LawrenceChildren's Pastors
Adrian & Michelle RamirezYouth Pastors
Iziah KanhaiPraise and Worship Director
Joey & Denise Turner
Joey and Denise Turner were married on Oct. 25, 1980 and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. They started in Pastoral Ministry on April 19th. 1990 and are currently Sr. Pastors & Founders of Encounter Church formally Restoration Church International, a multi-racial congregation over 750 members in Gaffney, SC. They are also founders of Legacy Network where he Shepherds and provides spiritual covering to churches and ministries. They have strong evangelistic hearts with passion for winning souls and are speakers in various conferences locally and internationally. Joey and Denise’s fire and flow of the Spirit and word will refresh, challenge and bless you!
Larry & Cathy Lawrence
Larry and Cathy Lawrence, along with a great Team of volunteers, oversee the Children’s Ministry here at Encounter Church. They have been have been in full-time ministry for 33 years, and met in Fort Worth, TX, where they both graduated from Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and led Bible Clubs and activities for children. They live in Boiling Springs, SC and have two sons, Jordan and Christopher.
Adrian & Michelle Ramirez
Pastors Adrian and Michelle Ramirez met at Encounter Church in 2014, they got married in December 2015. They have 2 sons, Riley and Zane. Adrian became the media director at Encounter Church in 2014, and still holds that position.
Together Adrian and Michelle became the youth Pastors at Encounter Church in early 2017. Pastor Adrian studied 4 years of Theology and Biblical Studies at the Southeastern Spanish Theological Institute of the Assemblies of God. He is also currently employed at Fairforest Middle School as an ESOL Support Instructor. Pastors Adrian and Michelle enjoy spending time together, with their sons, families and friends.
They feel honored to be able to work with our youth and be a part of helping them strengthen their relationship with God. By helping them discover their purpose that God has on their lives and by giving them the spiritual tools to grow in their church, community, school, and family.
Iziah recently joined the Encounter Church leadership to serve as the Praise and Worship Director, having migrated from his home church in Trinidad and Tobago, WI. Iziah oversees all aspects involved in the music and sound production for all Encounter Church services.
Iziah served as a Praise and Worship Leader at the Empowerment Center in the small Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago since the age of 15. Ten years later, after completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of the West Indies and being employed as an engineer for three (3) years in the country’s energy sector, Iziah felt the strong urge of the Lord to devote himself totally to music, and through divine orchestration, came into contact with and found his perfect fit at Encounter Church.