The Elim Leadership Team
Elim Leadership consists of local and national leaders, accountability, and a refreshing perspective on the One New Man…Messianic Jews and Christians as equals and worshipping together.
Elder and Congregational Leader – Paul Blake is ordained under Tikkun America and was the founder and congregational leader of Kingdom Living for ten years, a Tikkun America congregation in Kansas City.
Lauren Blake has her Master’s degree in Evangelism and Spiritual Formation from Wheaton, and her passion is for people to know Jesus (Yeshua) as the Bridegroom. She is currently working on revising her Song of Songs devotional Bible study.
Paul and Lauren moved to Florida with their kids in 2017 to be closer to family. Paul hopes to help establish another healthy congregation in northeast Florida – filled with people zealous for God, growth, and service. He is also the President of The Acts 15 Society.
Paul is currently writing a book on Acts 15, along with editing a book series on Acts 15. He is also studying at The King’s University— founded by Jack Hayford– in their doctoral program for Messianic Jewish studies.
Ben Juster serves as an elder to Elim. He is also the Director of Tikkun America.
Todd Westphal serves as the leader of El Shaddai Congregation in Frederick, Maryland. He also serves on the Tikkun Global Board and the Tikkun America Apostolic Team.
He serves as an Elder here locally via video conference and periodic visits.
Married in December of 2017, Taylor and Jessica Smith are both native Floridians. Taylor has lived most of his life in Northeast Florida and has been involved locally with Christian Healing Ministries and the Jacksonville House of Prayer.
Jessica was a member of Kingdom Living Congregation in Kansas City before moving to Northeast Florida in 2016.
Both Taylor and Jessica have also served with the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. They love to worship the Lord, have a zeal for prayer and intercession, for Israel and the Middle East, and both long to see the return of the Lord.
Jessica is a Bible teacher at a Christian high school, while Taylor works in the IT industry.