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David RambarranDavid Rambarran– was born in Guyana, South America.  He  received his undergraduate degree from Trinity International University, then went on to complete a Master’s of Divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2001.  Upon graduating NTS, he founded Bags of Hope, Inc.  In 2006, he became the full-time pastor of Fort Lauderdale First Church of the Nazarene- shortly after Hurricane Wilma damaged much of the church's property.

Today, FLF Nazarene is thriving under his leadership.   David also currently serves as an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, but his first love remains the work that is done through Bags of Hope.


Diana Rambarran

Diana Rambarran – was born in Guyana, South America.  She graduated from Mid America Nazarene University with a Management degree.  She is the Operations Director for Bags of Hope (a 501c3 non-profit organization/compassionate ministry center serving the underserved/underprivileged at home and abroad).  She also works side-by-side with her pastor husband at Fort Lauderdale First Church.  She serves as the Sunday School Superintendent, and manages the church office at Fort Lauderdale First.


Dr. Joseph P MuruganDr. Joseph Murugan– was born in Guyana, South America.  In his early years, he served as pastor of several congregations in the Church of the Nazarene, after which he became the District Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene in Guyana and served for 12 years.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Caribbean Region with the Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a missionary.  He also served as President of Caribbean Nazarene  College in Trinidad for over 10 years.  Dr. Murugan is now retired, but continues to serve through Bags of Hope and elsewhere.


Dr. Darius SalterDr. Darius Salter– has executive administrative experience in theological institutions of graduate education, in the local church, and for 7 years he served as Executive Director of an international organization, The Christian Holiness Association.  He was the founder of Redemptive Lift, a non-profit corporation devoted to the welfare of the Kansas City urban area. He also founded an international community church in Richardson, TX, a suburb to Dallas. Dr. Salter holds a Ph.D. from Drew University in Madison, NJ and is the author of 6 books.


Dr. David Nixon

Dr. David Nixon-  served as District Superintendent of the Southern Florida and Dallas Districts Church of the Nazarene for a combined 19 years. In this position he oversees eighty-one organized churches and 10 new starts in a multi-ethnic region of the Florida peninsula. He is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee, and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He also earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is an experienced pastor, teacher and author.


Marken Exana

Marken Exana– Youth representative.  Marken has a remarkable story.  He has gone through our youth enrichment program as a participant, and now assists as a youth representative.  He works with the youth to plan and develop solutions for the many issues facing today’s youth.  He is a valuable asset to the organization.






Patsy Sanichar

Patsy Sanichar– was born in Guyana.  She serve with the Church of the Nazarene for many years in various departments.  She migrated to the United States over twenty years ago.  Pasty is driven and has a heart for the underprivileged.  She currently resides in New York City, and is actively involved in the ministry of Bags of Hope around the world.

 
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