Meet the Team

Our Pastors & Leaders

Duncan & Kate

Senior Leaders

jess.ninaber@catchthefire.com

Duncan and Kate Smith are revivalists who carry the fire of God's love and power all over the world. Originally from the UK, they are also Presidents of Catch The Fire World, a global network of revival churches, missions and ministries, birthed out of the Toronto Revival. They planted CTF Raleigh with their three beautiful daughters.

Murray & Ash

Lead Pastors

murray.smith@catchthefire.com

Murray and Ash Smith moved to Raleigh in 2009 from Australia with their four gorgeous daughters. They love the church and are passionate about living in joy. As lead pastors, they enjoy making families feel at home and connected to their community and their Heavenly Daddy.

J.T.

Executive Pastor

jt.mlinarcik@catchthefire.com

JT is the Executive Director of Catch The Fire. Prior to his role with Catch The Fire, JT was a trial attorney specializing in defending health care professionals in medical malpractice lawsuits. JT and his wife Cathy encountered the Father’s Love in 2008 and have never been the same. They have four amazing children.

JoAnn

Pastor

joann.alexander@catchthefire.com

JoAnn is the Pastoral Care Director. She has called Raleigh home since 2006 after living in Florida. She is blessed with five children and six amazing grandchildren. True to her Moravian roots, she has been a student of prayer and revival beginning with the Brownsville Revival in 1995, enjoying intimacy with Jesus, prayer, and loving community.

Aaron & Jess

Pastors

aaron.ninaber@catchthefire.com

Aaron and Jess are the Youth Pastors. They are passionate to see a generation of young people fired up for Jesus, who know who they are, and are living a life full of radical purpose. They both also have a heart for the nations and showing the love of the Father to the poor, the broken, and the lost. Aaron also pastors the Worship team.

Jonathan & Hendria

Pastors

jonathan.schunker@catchthefire.com

Jonathan and Hendria are the Connections Pastors. They are excited about the local church and love to see people join our family. Hailing from Canada, they carry a blazing passion to help build the church and bring about fruitfulness. They love speaking into people's lives and calling out the destiny and future that God has for them.

Davone and Danielle

Pastors

davone.allen@catchthefire.com

Davone and Danielle are our Wildfire leaders. They have been married for ten years, and have an awesome son. They are leaders in Wildfire, our Sunday Welcoming Team, and Gods’ Blank Canvas, among other areas of our church community. They are passionate about outreach, discipling, operating in God’s gifting, and creating genuine relationships.

Rochelle

Pastor

rochelle.merrell@catchthefire.com

Rochelle is the Women's Pastor. She leads our women’s ministry, She Gathers. She is passionate about living in joy and helping women walk in their identity as daughters of our Heavenly Daddy. Her motto is, “Follow me as I follow Christ,” as she raises up other women to walk in wholeness.

Michael & Aisling

Outreach

michael.finnon@catchthefire.com

Michael and Aisling are the Outreach and Training Pastors. Originally from England and Ireland, they moved to Raleigh in 2013. They are passionate about social justice, and seeing the Father's love reach the broken. Since moving here, they have had two wonderful daughters.

Brittany

Operations

brittany.mcdermid@catchthefire.com

Brittany is the Office and Events Manager. She is passionate about teaching on identity and facilitating events through Spirit-led, strategic administration. Prior to full-time ministry, she worked as a Special Agent in forensic drug chemistry. Although a NC native, she met her husband Iain while church planting together in Sydney, Australia.

Lianne

Operations

lianne.rex@catchthefire.com

Lianne is the Finance Officer. Originally from Montreal, Canada, she has lived in NC since she was 11. She graduated from the School of Revival in 2012, just before joining Catch the Fire’s staff. Her love and compassion for people has spurred a passion for seeing God’s love to bring healing and transformation to the lives of those around her.

Iain

Operations

iain.mcdermid@catchthefire.com

Iain is the Rentals Coordinator and Worship Technical Director. Originally from England, Iain spent two years at CTF Toronto establishing the House of Prayer before moving to CTF Sydney to be the Worship and Young Adults Pastor. In Sydney, he met his wife Brittany, and they moved to Raleigh, NC to be married.

Aaron & Jacqui

School

aaron.mitchell@catchthefire.com

Aaron and Jacqui are the School of Revival Directors. Aaron holds a Master’s in Theology with a concentration in Transformational Leadership Coaching from Regent University. His passion is pastoral ministry, leadership development, church planting, and raising up men and women in the Kingdom of God. Aaron and Jacqui have three beautiful children.

Amanda

Kids

amanda.frateschi@catchthefire.com

Amanda is the Kids Director. She was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and is passionate about seeing entire families restored and walking in their true identity. She wants to see a city full of acorns transformed into trees by God’s love. She has been leading in the Kids Ministry since 2010 and is finishing a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Amber

Worship

amber.brooks@catchthefire.com

Amber is the Worship Band Development Leader. She is a powerful songwriter and worshipper from Alabama with a heart to see the generations encounter God like never before. A Grammy-winning songwriter, she has traveled extensively both nationally and internationally leading worship. Her desire is to raise up worshippers who know their identity.

Paul

Media

paul.warren@catchthefire.com

Paul is the Filmmaker. He is from Miami, Florida. He spent part of his time at the School of Ministry in Toronto, Canada and shortly after moved to Raleigh. He is a certified filmmaker that wants to share the love of Jesus in the new modern way of media.

Upcoming Events

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Burning RoomThursdays at 9:00 am Devotional Worship time located in the chapel.  
EPIC Business ConferenceFridays at 9:00 am Learn how to transform your workplace with a Kingdom mindset.  

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