Our Team

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

Dr. Phillips

Senior Pastor

Dr. Mercidieu “Phil” Phillips is a transformational leader whose passion is to positively touch people’s lives and effect holistic change. He is a much sought after conference speaker, teacher, business consultant and coach. His worldwide work in places such as Asia, Israel, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and across the United States, has made him an inspiration to millions. He is the founder and senior pastor of Agape Christian Fellowship, a fast growing multi-ethnic church. He is the President and CEO of Level Up Partners Coaching and Consulting Inc. Dr. Phil is the author of several books including, Armed for the Journey, Divine Repairs and Managing The Silence of God. He has also written dozens of published articles on family, organizational development, and leadership.

Dr Phillips - Senior Pastor
Chris Buford - Music Director

Chris Buford

Music Director

Christopher Buford Sr. is a passionate worshiper who serves as the Music Director at Agape Christian Fellowship. At an early age, Chris understood and embraced the knowledge of music which has led him to become a successful director in the field of music. With the guidance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he has become an outstanding worship leader, songwriter and singer. Chris has taken part in many great opportunities to expand his music knowledge and career. He has participated in the Ruben Studdard Music Camp, the Troy University Musical Showcase, and many other worship conferences and workshops. Chris has a genuine passion to change lives and to minister to people of all races, ages, and nationalities around the world. He is the husband of Keyinza Buford and a loving father to Kamryn, Christopher Jr., and Ahmaud Buford. Chris’s hope is to build up a music city in Southwest Florida.

Emma Phillips

Leader

Emma Phillips is a dynamic leader whose sole passion is the advancement of God’s Kingdom. She is a gifted administrator whose ministry has touched dozens of lives and is an inspiration to many. Her professional pursuits include working in various administrative capacities as well as owning and managing her own business. Since joining the kingdom focus team of Agape Christian Fellowship, she has been serving as the Director of Ministry Development. Emma completed her undergraduate studies in Business Administration at Trinity International University and is currently pursuing a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition at Keiser University. She is married to Dr. Phil Phillips and they enjoy living in Ft. Myers, Florida with their two children, Jehiel and Hadassah.

Emma Phillips - Leader
Nerlynn Etienne - Leader

Nerlynn Etienne

Leader

Minister Nerlynn Etienne is a gifted leader called by God to expand the Kingdom. Her professional pursuits include working as an instructor for various conservatories and organizations in the performing arts. Her Bachelors degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University has afforded her the opportunity to work in the television and film industry. Since joining Agape Christian Fellowship in 2010, Minister Nerlynn has served in numerous capacities including children’s ministry, service coordinator, youth leader, and teaching Bible studies. Since ordained in 2013, she has taken several seminary level courses with Phil Ministries including; Pauline Epistles, Church History, Homiletics, and Hermeneutics. Minister Nerlynn currently serves as the Director of Generation Impact Youth Ministry at Agape Christian Fellowship.

Pastor Valcin

Leader

Pastor B. Valcin, known to many as “Pastor V,” serves as the associate pastor of Agape Christian Fellowship Church. Pastor Valcin was among the first twelve in attendance of ACF’s inaugural service in 2001. Through the direction and conviction of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Valcin was assured that only what we do for Christ will last. He later attended Trinity International University and received a Bachelors in Business Administration with a minor in Biblical Studies. He was the church’s first treasurer and served three years as deacon. He graciously responded to God’s calling in the area of pastoral ministry and was ordained in 2006. While currently serving as Associate Pastor, Pastor Valcin’s love for God and His flock is manifested in his desire to empower God’s people with the Biblical mandates of the Chief Shepherd. He believes that praise and worship is due to our God because the Lord delivers men from manifold troubles.

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 107:1
Pastor Valcin is happily married to his lovely wife Linda and has two beautiful children, son Isaiah, and daughter Torah.

Pastor Valcin - Leader
Wilma Davilus - Leader

Wilma Davilus

Leader

Wilma Davilus is a native Floridian, who joined Agape Christian Fellowship in 2007. She has a passion for helping others gain a sense of belonging in whom God has created them to be, as evidenced by her service as the Director of Assimilation at ACF. She has served in multiple capacities within ministry where she has had the opportunity to use her passion for organizational development, social change and empowerment. Wilma has a Bachelors in social work from Florida Gulf Coast University, a Masters in social work from Barry University, and is currently pursuing licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

She is very grateful to the Lord that she has been given the opportunity to use her life experiences and educational background for the advancement of the Kingdom. She also serves as the executive administrator for Level Up Coaching and Consulting. In addition, she has continued to serve in her community as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations. Wilma is a proud mother of her two children, Zhayhana and Jeremiah.

Pastor Bjorn J. Burrows

Leader

Pastor Bjorn J. Burrows, has served in various aspects of ministry for over 17 years.

He earned a bachelors degree of Theology from The University of The West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and a diploma in Ministerial Studies from The United Theological College of the West Indies, also in Kingston, Jamaica.

He has a passion to serve God and humanity by helping people to live a life filled with all the purpose that God has created them to have. Therefore, in so doing, they become the Masterpiece of God's Creation.

Pastor Bjorn presently serves as an Associate Pastor at Agape Christian Fellowship. He loves engaging with the ministry and seeing God move among God's people.

He is the happy father of two angelic daughters, Jazmine and Bryanna Burrows.

Bjorn J. Burrows Portrait
Pastor J. Denavard Tranquilus - headshot

Pastor J. Denavard Tranquilus

Leader

Pastor J. Denavard Tranquilus is a transformational and gifted leader who seeks to empower others towards a better life. He has worked in numerous capacities as an executive director and currently serves as associate pastor at Agape Christian Fellowship.

Pastor Tranquilus is passionate about leadership and organizational development. He is a much sought-after conference speaker and trainer. He is an internationally recognized worship leader and Bible teacher. His ministry experiences have taken him across the globe as he strives for greater impact.

Pastor Tranquilus holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership. He takes great pleasure in being the husband of Carine and together they have three children, Serge, Karynna, and Denarson.