Leadership Team

Pastors & Directors

Chad Harvey

Teaching Pastor

Pastor Chad serves as Teaching Pastor of RFA Church and has led the church since 2002. His ministry is modeled around the Acts 6:4 mandate to devote oneself to “prayer and the ministry of the word.” Pastor Chad earned his B.A. in Religion from Gardner-Webb University and his Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Chris Connell

Executive Pastor

Pastor Chris currently serves as the Executive Pastor at RFA Church in addition to overseeing connection and events for the church.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Southeastern University and has been an ordained Assemblies of God minister since 1996. Chris and his wife Amy moved to Raleigh in 2002 from Pennsylvania to serve on staff at RFA Church with Pastor Chad and his team.  He is currently enrolled as a student pursuing a master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from Liberty University.  Chris & Amy have three children: Olivia, Ethan, & Isaac.

Mark Jones

Finance/Administration Pastor

Pastor Mark has been ordained with the Assemblies of God since 1998. He has a Bachelor degree in Business Management from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in May 2019. In addition, he has taught at the Bible college level for twenty years. Pastor Mark administrates the RFA School of Ministry.
Pastor Mark is married to Janice, his wife of 27 years. They have three daughters; Lauren, Ashley, and Hannah.

Danny Collins

Associate Pastor

Pastor Danny serves as Associate Pastor at RFA Church and has served in many areas since coming to the church in 2004. He currently oversees our First Impressions Teams as well as the RFA Cafe, Response Team, and has facilities oversight. Pastor Danny earned his B.A. in Christian Education from Holmes Bible College. He was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 2003, but has been in full-time ministry since 1985. He has been married to his wife, Karen, for 32 years, and they have a son, Jordan.

Aaron Murray

Worship Pastor

Pastor Aaron joined the RFA Church Leadership team as the Worship Pastor in 2017. He earned his Bachelors of Religion and Business from Liberty University. He is married to his wife Liz, and they have three beautiful daughters.

Dale Tracy

Counseling Pastor

Pastor Dale graduated from Zion Bible Institute, Northwest University and Liberty University where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling. He has been married to Linda for 36 years. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. He serves here at RFA as the Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling Pastor as well as being the ministry leader for Celebrate Recovery, [email protected] He enjoys hunting and fishing as well as riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loves learning and interacting with people. He has managed people in the service industry most of my life as well as being a Youth Pastor and Teacher.

Pepper Elliott

Youth Pastor

In his words, Pepper Elliott is “a nobody with big dreams called to change the world.” Born into a family of pastors, (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, on both sides) Pastor Pepper considers it a blessing to have traveled and experienced firsthand the diversity of the church. In and through this God has put it on his heart to minister with a modern, ever-evolving style, that holds fast to the ever-constant truth of God’s word.

Jeff McIntosh

Childrens Pastor

Pastor Jeff has served as Children's Pastor at RFA Church since 2004. His passion is to see children grow a personal relationship with their creator. He also encourages kids and adults to step out in faith to realize their gifts and passions by serving in ministry. With over 20 years of experience in children’s ministries, Pastor Jeff focuses on mentoring and coaching others to be bold and minister to kids in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Darla Harvey

Missions Director

Darla and her husband Chad live in Raleigh and have served RFA Church since 2002.  They were high school sweethearts who recently celebrated 25 years of marriage.  She has a heart for the study of God’s Word in order to build up the RFA family and then send them out as agents of local and global transformation.  Darla’s great loves are her husband and family, and she also enjoys traveling, bargain shopping, and gardening.

Mitch Hassell

Creative Director

Mitch graduated in 1993 with a degree in Commercial Graphics and has been working in the creative field ever since. In 2008 he married Sarah Eanes and they left to join YWAM [Youth With A Mission] where they served in South Africa for seven years training and equipping young adults and youth. Mitch served as Youth Pastor and Graphic Designer at Vantage Point, a church YWAM Rustenburg partnered with in South Africa. Upon returning to the U.S. Mitch opened a graphic design studio in Cary called Studio 518. After two years of being open, Studio 518 was awarded Best Graphic Design in Cary. Combining art and design with training and equipping is where Mitch’s passion lies. Mitch and his wife Sarah have a wonderful daughter Nyomi.