Founders

We recognizes the authority of God and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Kevin Kazemi

Kevin & Mariella Kazemi, Founders

Lead Pastor Kevin and his wife Mariella, who serves as Identity’s worship director and one of the elders, met at a discipleship training school in Cape Town. Their calling to the nations comes naturally as Kevin was born in Iran and grew up in Sweden, while Mariella is from The Netherlands. Together, they have traveled to over 45 nations. After spending seven years as missionaries in South Africa, they responded to the call to move to the U.S. and planted Identity Church in Ohio. They have been blessed with three children, and as a family, they passionately pursue God’s presence while continually challenging His people to be kingdom-focused. Reach out to Kevin at kevin@identitychurch.org

Our Accountability and Oversight Team

We are so grateful to the Lord for the wise and faithful spiritual advisers the Lord has placed in our lives for accountability and for spiritual oversight. We meet together with them as needed at various times throughout the year, and we meet with them as a team each March and September for a weekend of fellowship and prayer together. In cases of moral failure, irreconcilable disputes, disorderly conduct, apostasy, or other fault on the part of any member of the Identity Church leadership, our recognized spiritual advisers will work closely as a team with the Identity Church leadership to bring mediation and/or possible suspension or removal of the member at fault. In cases of unresolved conflict between the lead pastor and the Identity Church eldership, our recognized spiritual advisers will serve as outside mediators and facilitate the resolution of disputes.

Billy Druckenbrod

Larry & LaVerne Kreider, Apostolic Overseers

Larry Kreider serves as International Director of DOVE International and LaVerne is a member of the DOVE International Apostolic Council. Larry and LaVerne have served together in Christian ministry and leadership for nearly 50 years. DOVE international, a worldwide family of churches and ministries, has successfully used the New Testament “house to house” strategy of building the church with small groups for more than four decades. As founder of DOVE International, Larry initially served for fifteen years as senior pastor of DOVE Christian Fellowship in Pennsylvania, which grew from a single small group of believers to over 2,300 in ten years. Today, DOVE believers are found meeting in more than 1000 local churches and thousands of small groups in twenty-seven nations in five continents of the world. Larry and LaVerne started ministry in 1971, helping to found a youth ministry called “Lost But Found” that targeted the unchurched youth in their community of northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.