Your Name: Abraham (A.J.) Silva
Why are you at Roosevelt: Roosevelt Community Church wasn’t my first choice after moving to the Phoenix area nearly a year ago. I was desirous of a church that upheld my reformed faith, a church that was doxologically driven and committed to work Christ has given all believers: to make disciples of all the nations. After attending Roosevelt for the first time, I saw an extremely diversified community of people who came together to worship God together. This was a group of people who despite their socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds, cherished and uplifted the unity of our faith.
Second, a church should never sacrifice truth for the sake of conformity or relevance. A church must defend the truth of God when contemporary ideology and criticism objects to these truths. A pro-active church is one that is constantly analyzing culture, world events, news, etc. and offering a rational, biblical solution or explanation. In this sense, Roosevelt is a relevant church—challenging and equipping its congregants to give a reason for the hope that lies within them and to never shy away from cultural confrontation.
After a couple months of observing these aspects of RCC, and after speaking with leadership, I believed God had called me to serve and attend this local body.
How long have you been here? I think I’m coming up on a year, this July.
How long have you been a Christian? Though raised a Christian my whole life, I think I truly began to understand what it all meant around age 13. I’d say roughly 6 years.
Tell us something interesting we should know about your life as a Christian: My life as a Christian has come with little persecution or resistance from others, unlike many of the believers I know. I’m young, and I know persecution is coming, so my goal is to be as prepared and ready as possible.
Where are you from? The quiet mountain town of Payson, AZ.
What's your job? I work as a cinematographer and editor at a media production company in Scottsdale, AZ.
What are your hobbies? I enjoy filmmaking, playing guitar and recording music, traveling, and eating good food.
Name two things on your bucket list: write a book and live in New York City.
Your favorite book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Your favorite movie: Cléo from 5 to 7 by Agnès Varda
Something that you're really praying for: For Christ to show me how I might use the talents and skills He’s given me to further the work of His kingdom.