Elder & Deacon Candidates

Jeff Taulbee

I was born and raised in the Orlando area and have called Central Florida home all of my life.  After graduating from High School, I attended Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida where I earned a degree in Biblical Theology.  That degree really served to whet my appetite for a deeper understanding of God’s word and sharing its truth with others. I am currently a realtor; helping people buy and sell homes.  I’m grateful for this career and how God has used it to provide for my family and the numerous opportunities I’ve had to share God’s word with others.

My wife Vicki and I married in 2005 and have 3 children.  Owen age 13, Will age 12 and Natalie age 10. They are growing up quickly and I cherish the time I have with them. 

Our family has enjoyed being members of CUF since 2018.  We’ve participated in Life Group and served on various ministry teams.  I also have the joy and privilege of leading a life group in our home on Wednesday evenings.

Greg Travassos

I was born and raised off the coast of Florida in Cocoa Beach, a truly Flo grown man.  After graduating high school from Rockledge High, I attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and 5 years later earned my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.  I met my beautiful wife, Espy while in college, and we’ve been married now for over 10 years. After graduation, I started my dream job working on the Space Shuttle program at Kennedy Space Center and later transitioned to  NAVAIR, where I currently work, building flight simulators for the US Navy.

Espy and I started attending CUF in Fall 2016 and became members in early 2017.  The mission and vision at CUF, to be a gospel-centered diverse church, and it’s love and defense of the Scriptures captured our minds and hearts, and we’ve been attending ever since.  While at CUF I’ve had the privilege of serving in various capacities, from setting up flags, working the camera, hosting and leading Lifegroup, playing alongside the worship team, and teaching our covenant kids during Children’s Ministry.

 

Chris Luciano, candidate for elder

was born and raised in Orlando, FL.  After graduating high school, I moved to southeast Ohio to attend Marietta College, where I earned a degree in finance. While at MC, I met my wife, Megan. We were married in 2010. We spent the first few years of marriage in Huntington, West Virginia while Megan attended Medical School. We moved back to Orlando in 2013 to pursue our careers. Megan is an Ob/GYN and I am a Financial Advisor. We have two beautiful children. Stephen age 3, and Jacqueline soon to be 1.

Megan and I started attending CUF in the spring of 2016. We were immediately attracted to the mission and vision at CUF. Throughout the past few years, I’ve coordinated the usher team for CUF, we also host a life group in our home on Thursday nights. We enjoy spending our free time with friends and family and playing golf and T-ball with our son, Stephen.

Aaron Crissey

I’m an Orlando native. I attended the Master’s Academy from the first grade through the 12th grade. I went on to study mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida. I’ve been blessed to work in the defense industry as an engineer for over 15 years now.

My lovely wife, Yuko and I have been married for 11 years. We have three beautiful and fun daughters, Rina, Emma, and Aina. 

We’ve been a part of CUF about four years. We love the church and have been involved in communion setup, children’s church, and the financial stewardship team. We are humbled by the opportunity to serve in this capacity and are excited to see how the Lord will continue to use CUF to build His kingdom.

Greg Hersey

I grew in North Carolina, where I graduated from Scotland County High School. I attended North Carolina A&T State University (Aggie Pride!!!) with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Safety. After graduation, the Lord called me to serve with The Impact Movement via Cru (aka Campus Crusade for Christ) for 20 years. While in Florida, I met my wife Faith, and we were married in August 2014. In 2018, I left The Impact Movement to serve as the Director of Operations for Christ United Fellowship, where I serve today. 

Faith and I were part of the initial core group of CUF, back in 2014 and we part of the initial membership of the church. We enjoy the sound Biblical teaching, the commitment to address serious issues that hinder the Kingdom’s advancement, and the fellowship of the saints here. I have served in a variety of areas of the church since its inception (setup, flags, ushers, participating and leading a life group, still trying to get a solo to make a joyful noise to the Lord)!

Jayson Rawlins, candidate for deacon

I was born and raised outside of Detroit Michigan. I went on to attend Wayne State University in Detroit where I earned a degree in electrical engineering. During this time I felt the Lord was calling me to be a pastor. Upon graduating from Wayne State I moved to Florida to attend Reformed Theological Seminary for 2 semesters. Turns out, the Lord wasn’t calling me to be a pastor, so I did the next logical thing and started attending the University of Central Florida where I earned a degree in information technology. Though I’ve never lost my love for theology and one of my greatest takeaways is –  we demonstrate our understanding of the bible by the way we love people.

Moving to Florida set the stage for meeting my wife, Liz, who actually grew up about an hour away from where I lived in Michigan. We’ve been married for 8 happy years. In late November we were licensed as foster parents and were placed with 14-month-old twins and later, their 3-year-old sister in early December. Needless to say, this foster parent journey has been one of our biggest joys. 

Liz and I joined CUF in 2016. Liz just recently resigned as CUF’s Children’s Ministry Director where she and I served for 3 years. Prior to CUF, Liz worked at our last church for 8 years and I served in various ministries ushering, teaching Sunday school to 3rd and 4th graders, helping set up for events. Caring for the church is ingrained in our marriage and we pray the Lord sees fit to use us for His Kingdom until he calls us home.