The Advisory Council is a group of mature believers who serve as trusted advisors to the elders in a non-governing role. They meet regularly with the pastors to help think through various pastoral and mission-related matters.

Bill Davis - Risen Hope Church
Bill Davis

Bill has been a faithful believer for over 40 years. He is a graduate of the Manna Bible Institute. Before retirement, he long worked as a Philadelphia Highway Construction Inspector, while simultaneously serving believers in the Philadelphia community for many years as a Bible instructor and discipler of men. He is also a regional presenter for Evangelism Explosion International. He has been faithful in community service, including soup kitchen ministry and Bible School teaching. Currently he serves as our Deacon of Prison Ministry, Hospital Visitation, and Seasons Ministry. He also is active in community outreach events and as a Community Group Leader. He and his wife, Becky, have three children and five grandchildren.

Bill Davis - Risen Hope Church

Nykki Efunnuga

Nykki has been a believer for over 25 years. Prior to her current role as a homeschooling mom, she served as CEO and mental health therapist in private practice as well as a dual diagnosis therapist and adoption social worker. Nykki also served as leader of women’s ministry and assisted with worship leading at a previous church. Currently, Nykki serves at Risen Hope Church as leader of Risen Women’s Ministry and sings with the worship team. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible and a Master of Science in Counseling from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University). Nykki and her husband, Korey, have three children.

Bill Davis - Risen Hope Church

Daryl Fitzgerald

Daryl has been a believer for more than 30 years. Currently, he and his wife, Stephanie, serve as Coordinators of our Explore (membership) course. He also served as a Community Group leader at our planting church, Covenant Fellowship. Daryl graduated from Temple University with a degree in Political Science and works as a talent acquisition manager for a business consulting firm. He and Stephanie have been blessed with 3 children. 

Joel Gaines - Risen Hope Church
Joel Gaines

Joel has been a believer for 20 years. His ministry experience includes leadership involvement in a Philadelphia-area church plant, in addition to Men’s Ministry, Young Adult ministry, Diaconal work, and Children’s Ministry experience. Currently, he and his wife, Tia, serve as Coordinators of our GRACE and Race Fellowship. A graduate of Cairn University, he also received a Masters in Education with a Principal’s Certification from Cabrini University. Presently, he serves as High School Principal of The City School in Philadelphia. He and Tia have been blessed with four children.