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 The Story of Gathering Point Church

Gathering Point Church was birthed out of home church. As the church prayed, God impressed on them that His heart to reach hurt people. The group felt a strong sense of God’s urging to plant a church. With no experience in church planting and a deep trust in God’s plan, they moved forward and God provided what was needed every step of the way!

The entire leadership of the church is bi-vocational, meaning they have jobs outside of the church, and most do not get paid by the church. 

Gathering Point is proud to be a campus of Grace Church of Greater Akron, which has over 7,000 people and campuses in Ohio, Georgia and South Carolina. They are one church, by all definitions, but the campuses function more like church plants. Their campus pastors preach and lead locally. Get more information about Grace Church of Greater Akron HERE.



Bill Avila - Campus Pastor

  • Heart of love and care for people
  • Deep desire to connect people to the heart of God.
  • Has served in bi-vocational ministry for over 20 years
  • Ordained as a pastor in 2009
  • Married for over 27 years with 6 kids
  • Owns his own technology firm 

Syriac Kinvi - Teaching Leader

  • Loves people deeply
  • Servant’s heart
  • Passionate for people to know the Bible
  • Currently pursuing pastoral ordination
  • Married over 9 years with 2 kids
  • Manages an icecream distribution business

Dalivette Marin - Worship Coordinator

  • Passionate about leading people to worship Christ
  • Gifted in teaching worship leaders to lead in humbleness
  • Loves building relationships and sharing the love and heart of Jesus
  • Has over 4 years of church staff ministry experience
  • Married over 15 years with 4 kids 
  • Certified health coach


Braden Cosgrove - First Impressions Coordinator

  • Gifted in making people feel welcome and comfortable
  • Authentic, humble leader
  • Willing to do hard things to make Jesus make sense
  • Has served in church ministry for over 3 years
  • Lightweight Camper/Ultralight Hiker
  • Works for a local accounts receiveable management firm 

Elaine Avila - Campus Coordinator


  • Understands the connection between administrative work and impacting lives for Jesus
  • Strongly burdened to reach all generations for Christ
  • Loves to see Jesus change lives
  • Over 20 years church ministry experience 
  • Married over 27 years with 6 kids
  • Business manager of family owned technology firm