Raphael’s Story

Raphael was born in Zimbabwe and met the Lord at the age of 17 after a series of tragic events had taken place, which includes the passing of his mother. Raphael says the reason his life has taken a turn towards a better lifestyle is because of the presence of Jesus Christ. His encounter with Jesus has sparked a passionate desire for him to help people to know God, be free, and live victorious lives. He has a heart for mentorship and loves to encourage the younger and older generations to continue in the faith. 

Raphael is passionate about two two things the glory of God and making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Ministry Experience
Raphael has served in various areas of the church which includes children, youth, and young adult ministry.

  • He served for two years with Scripture Union in Zimbabwe. There he visited schools preaching the message of salvation.

  • He worked in AIDS-awareness programs in Zimbabwe through Family Impact.

  • He is a proud graduate of YWAM (Youth with a Mission) discipleship program soon after he staffed a discipleship training school in YWAM Zimbabwe.

  • He has done internships at both children and youth camps in Dallas, Texas with Kids for the Nations at Christ for the Nations Institute and in New Mexico with Cook Canyon Ranch for two summers.

  • While in Zimbabwe he served in various parts of the ministry at Victory Fellowship Church preaching to the homeless, youth, and children’s ministry.

  • In Texas He and Heidi served as Youth Pastors at both Fellowship of Joy and City Chapel in Grand Prairie Texas. 

  • He began as lead Pastor at City Church in January 2015

Raphael and Heidi

Raphael and Heidi


Raphael is happily married to his wife and ministry partner Heidi and together they have five kids Judah, Ellie, Aliyah, Cooper and Liam. He enjoys Jesus, family, a good book, photography, outdoors, football and rugby.  


  • Discipleship Training School - University of The Nations

  • Diploma of Practical Theology- Christ For the Nations Institute – Dallas, TX

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries (BA), Associate’s Degree in Bible (AA)- Southwestern Assemblies of God University – Waxahachie, TX

  • Master’s Degree in Bible and Theology (MA)- Criswell College- Dallas, TX 2012

  • Recently he finished A Master of Theology (ThM) and is currently working on his P.hD in Ministry at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

To contact: raphael@citychurchpa.org 

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