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F. Scott Manke

Executive Director

Scott is the founder, President and Executive Director of Family Empowerment Centers and its daughter organization, Donate Your Boat, SMLLC. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Psychology from Nyack College. Scott completed his Masters degree from Wheaton Graduate School in Mission and Intercultural Studies.

Scott had been part of a team of individuals who started a church in the Bronx, New York and held the position of Youth and Families Pastor. During that time Scott also operated in the role of general manager for a small business in New York City for a period of 4 years prior to beginning FECC.

Carlos Perez

Chief Operations Officer

Carlos and his family joined FEC in July of 2015 to lead the Spiritual Formation within the faith community of Latino families and through the S.A.Y. YES after school program. In 2017, Carlos was invited to bring his leadership experience to an executive role within the team as a Chief Operations Officer and Executive Pastor. He is passionate of equipping others and designing opportunities that lead families into gospel-centered communities. He holds a clergy worker’s license with the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Carlos was born and raised in New Jersey, and his most recent home was Indianapolis, Indiana. Carlos and his wife now reside in the west side of Rogers Park, and have five young children.

Carlos graduated from LeTourneau University (Texas) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. He has over 10 years of experience with process improvement and project management within the life sciences pharmaceutical industry. Carlos and his family are currently self-supported missionaries within the C&MA as Envision-Associates.

Phil Palmer

Co-leader: After School Program

Phil Palmer, a Chicago area native, moved to the Rogers Park neighborhood in January 2019, after sensing a calling to be part of what God is doing at FEC. Phil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Church Ministries from Northland International University and a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College Graduate School. Prior to joining FEC, he helped other churches and ministries to better understand the Bible and foster deeper discipleship together. In addition to using his administrative gifts at the Center, he is excited about helping the members of our community grow into mature followers of Jesus as they invest themselves into deeper connection together. As a pastor, Phil loves hearing people’s stories, helping them to find rest in Jesus, and encouraging them to pursue friendship with God.

Outside of his position at Family Empowerment Centers, Phil also works for a local family business, where he loves to meet new people and create unique solutions. In his downtime, Phil enjoys exploring the city with his beloved Kristen, laughing at the antics of sitcom characters, and unwinding with a good book and a warm pastry. Phil is a very proud Uncle, a loyal Cubs fan, and a lover of Disney music.

Rachel Madella

Director of English as a Second Language

While pursuing her Master’s in Intercultural and Urban Studies at the Moody Theological Seminary, Rachel became a part of the Church community at FEC for 2 years. She joined the FEC staff team in January 2018. Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Rachel graduated with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in English Literature there. With a Post-graduate Diploma in Digital Media and Communication, Rachel worked in Television and Broadcasting as a producer with Christian Broadcasting Network in India for 7 years before moving to Chicago in 2015. Diverse cultures, ethnicities, people groups and food piqued Rachel’s interest early on. Having history as a 2nd major in her undergrad and having a heart for missions at the same time just augmented her passion for cross-cultural ministry. Rachel brings a vast experience from her ministry and leadership involvement with Youth for Christ and her Church (New Life Assembly of God) back home in Hyderabad. She’s awed to see how God would actually combine her multicultural interests, love for people, the desire for missions and discipleship and place her at FEC.

Eric Mason

Director of Communications and Technology

Rev. Eric Mason and his wife Beth have been a part of the Family Empowerment Centers since 2016. In the fall of 2022, Rev. Mason officially started in his new position as the Director of Communications and Technology for the FEC. Rev. Mason has advanced degrees in music performance (voice) and is passionate about using creative means to connect with others and grow communities through communication mediums. He is also a podcaster, a music producer, and video editor.

Beth Mason

Co-leader: After School Program

Beth grew up in Los Angeles, CA and got her degree in Child Development in 2006 from California State of Fresno. She moved to Chicago after graduating and has been working in youth ministry for the past 16 years from the South Side to the North Side. She is very passionate about the city and coming alongside the people in it. From a young age God gave her a heart for the world and people from other nations to come to know Him. He specifically put the country India on her heart. When she learned about the “Little India” neighborhood she started exploring and learning about the culture.

Her and her husband, Eric, followed the leading of the Lord to serve full time in the “Little India” community. They joined with the C&MA as International Workers in 2017 to work with the South Asian community. She is currently one of the Envision Staff Associates (through the C&MA) at the Family Empowerment Center. She is the Intern Coordinator and enjoys mentoring and developing young leaders. In her down time she enjoys time with family and friends, curling up with a good book, watching a Marvel movie/show, and playing with her cat.

Matt Schrotenboer

Greenhouse Resident

Matt is a proud Dutchman from Holland, MI. Since moving to Chicago in 2017, Matt has been a part of various ministries. He currently serves as a youth leader in the Albany Park neighborhood, as well as growing from the leadership here at FEC. HE has a heart for seeing people of all walks come to love Jesus and grow in their understanding and walk with Him. He also serves as a friend and DSP to those with developmental disabilities at a nearby campus. When not at the Center, Matt is probably on a bus and enjoys random questions, reading and writing, listening to Britney Spears, drinking tea, fish aquariums, and looking for Bigfoot.

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