Our Resumes

Rafael E. Lara, M.A., M.P.S.

845.xxx.xxxx | rafael.lara(at)outlook.com


Bachelor of Science; Pastoral Ministry, Nyack College, Nyack, NY – 2007

Master of Arts; Christian Studies, Crown College, St. Bonifacious, MN – 2011

Master in Professional Studies; Church Development, Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY – 2013

Professional Experience:

Assistant Pastor, Lilburn Alliance Church, Lilburn, GA, 7/2013 – Present

  • Shared in pastoral care of the church, including congregational care, visitation, counseling, and first-response crisis needs, as well as overseeing all infrastructure ministries.
  • Oversaw LIFEGroup ministry, trained leaders & coaches, and helped increase number of LIFEGroups.
  • Oversaw worship ministries department, including growing teams from 1 to 4 and overseeing an upgrade to the sound system in the sanctuary.


Worship Ministries Coordinator/Adjunct Professor, Nyack College Nyack, NY, 8/2012 – 6/2013

  • Taught undergraduate and graduate Worship courses.
  • Trained and oversaw students involved in worship ministries.
  • Created & maintained structure for rehearsals for the multiple worship teams.
  • Developed & trained the Alliance Theological Seminary worship interns.
  • Recruited students for worship ministries.

Associate Pastor – Worship Ministries, Risen King Church Pearl River, NY, 9/2010 – 9/2012

  • Coordinated rotating teams for weekly weekend worship service.
  • Part of strategic team that re-developed the church via re-branding, revision of mission, and identifying the identity.
  • Built relationships with neighbors and business in the community.

Administrative Assistant, Plumbing & Heating LLC Pomona, NY, 10/2010 – 8/2012 VS

  • Perform daily administrative duties necessary to the job, including but not limited to, Scheduling, Bank Deposits, Proposals & Estimates, and Email & Phone Communication with Customers.
  • Assisted in strategic planning of company’s goal in regards to daily practices. Played part in changing internal processes in order to achieve better effectiveness and efficiency.

Interim Regional Director, Alpha USA for NY & NJ, 4/2010 – 11/2010

  • Served as Interim Regional Director in a potential new region for Alpha USA.
  • Assessed the region’s resources to better allocate funds and energies in order to promote a healthier view of stewardship.
  • Built relationships with stakeholders and campuses to more effectively unite the regions.

Pastor of Worship/Student Ministries Pastor, Allegheny Center Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA, 6/2007 – 12/2009

  • Developed and oversaw student ministries’ worship teams.
  • Mentored Middle and High School student.
  • Coordinated the different vocal and musical teams for main sanctuary and additional venues on church campus for weekend worship services.


Dr. Ron Walborn

Dean, Alliance Theological Seminary

1 South Boulevard, Nyack, New York 10960

845.xxx.xxxx | ronald.walborn(at)nyack.edu

Rev. Kelvin Walker

Lead Pastor, Bedford Community Church

160 Bedford Center Road, Bedford Hills, NY 10507

914.xxx.xxxx | kelvin(at)bedford-community-church.org

Rev. Michael Plunket

Lead Pastor, Risen King Alliance Church

190 New Hempstead Road, New City, NY 10956

845.xxx.xxxx | michael.plunket(at)gmail.com

Rev. Fred Hartley, III

Lead Pastor, Lilburn Alliance Church

5915 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA 30084

770-xxx.xxxx | fred(at)lilburn4jesus.com


Erica Lara


Bachelor of Science, Youth & Family Services: Nyack College, Nyack, NY (2004)

Masters of Arts, International Leadership Studies: Crown College, St. Bonifacious, MN (Exp. 2014)




8/2013 – 1/2014                Carousel Kids                                                    Lawrenceville, GA

Afterschool Lead Teacher – Interim

  • Supervised 25-30 K-5 school-aged children in afterschool program.
  • Provide structured activities for students.
  • Help students learn appropriate social behaviors and cope with daily social interaction.


1/2010 – 5/2013                Nyack College                                                  Nyack, NY

Resident Director, Coordinator of Leadership Training (1/2011 – 5/2013)

  • Managed three female dormitories consisting of approximately 250 residents.
  • Directed 10 student RA’s and two part-time support staff members.
  • Re-vamped student leadership selection process, creating a 3-year curriculum for student leadership on campus.

Coordinator of Student Activities (1/2010 – 12/2010)

  • Assisted with developing and implementing New Student Orientation, recruiting and training orientation leaders (students).
  • Provided coordination, development and distribution of comprehensive campus calendar.
  • Provided oversight for the campus cafe and work with the student center manager and cafe manager to ensure coordination of events and manage the campus cafe budget.


5/2007 – 12/2009              Allegheny Center Alliance Church           Pittsburgh, PA

Student Ministries Pastor

  • Coordinated and scheduled multiple programs and events
  • Mentored and empowered youth and leaders to serve their communities on a weekly basis.


8/2006 – 5/2007                First Choice                                                                        Montclair, NJ

Abstinence Director

  • Taught an abstinence curriculum to middle and high school students throughout northern NJ.
  • Set up schedules for presentations in various schools.
  • Recruited, interviewed and trained volunteers to go into schools and present program to students.


8/2004 – 5/2006                Nyack College                                                   Nyack, NY

Student Ministries Coordinator

  • Facilitated student-led outreach teams in New York, as well as other nearby cities.
  • Oversaw short-term missions teams that went out to other countries and parts of US.
  • Managed finances and budgets for all Missions and Watchmen ministry teams.



Certified Facilitator Student Leadership Challenge 2012.


Mrs. Wanda Velez

Dean, Nyack College

1 South Boulevard, Nyack, New York 10960

845.xxx.xxxx | wanda.velez(at)nyack.edu

Mrs. Wanda Walborn

Director of Spiritual Formation, Nyack College

1 South Boulevard, Nyack, NY 10960

845.xxx.xxxx | wanda.walborn(at)nyack.edu

Rev. Scott Wakeley

Director of Student Ministries, Allegheny Center Alliance Church

250 E. Ohio St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

412.xxx.xxxx | scott.wakeley(at)acac.net