Steering Committee

  • David Chernoff

    Chairman - Beth Yeshua - Philadelphia, PA

    David Chernoff is the Chairman of the IAMCS & Senior Rabbi of Beth Yeshua in Philadelphia. Raised as a second-generation Messianic Jew, Rabbi David has a fortunate background not many Jewish children can claim. His parents, Martin and Yohanna Chernoff, were pioneers in the Messianic Movement. They served the Lord for over 40 years bringing Messiah Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) to the Jewish People. Rabbi Chernoff currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife Debra. They have three children.

  • Jeff Adler

    Sha'arey Yeshua - Indianapolis, IN

    Jeffrey A. Adler, comes from a family with five generations of Messianic Jews. A native of Cincinnati, he has a Master of Divinity degree and has led Messianic synagogues is Cincinnati and Indianapolis since 1978. He is currently Rabbi of Congregation Sha’arey Yeshua in Indianapolis.

  • eric carlson

    Zion's sake - newport news, va

    Eric is a native of Fairview, Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor of Theology degree. He attained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, retiring in August 2003 after 22 years of decorated service in the Submarine Force. Responding to God’s call, he founded Congregation Zion’s Sake in May 2000 and entered full time ministry upon retiring from Naval Service. Eric and his wife Barb have four children and four grandchildren. Eric and Barb currently reside in York County, Virginia.

  • Charlie Kluge

    Gesher Shalom - Orlando, FL

    He began his professional ministry career in 1986 with his wife Racquel (Rhoda), serving as Leader of the Singles at Temple Aron HaKodesh in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Currently, he is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Gesher Shalom in Orlando. Rabbi Kluge holds a Doctorate in Optometry, a BA in Psychology, a BS in Physical and Chemical Sciences and has served as President of his local Optometric Association and as President of a local chapter of B’nai B’rith. He resides in Orlando with his wife Racquel. 

  • Eric Lakatos

    Tikvat Yisrael - Lyndhurst, OH

    Eric Lakatos is the Rabbi of Tikvat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in Lyndhurst, OH.

  • Joel Liberman

    Tree of Life - San Diego, CA

    IAMCS Director of Operations & Development.

    Joel Liberman has led Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation in San Diego since 1996. He was raised in a Messianic Jewish home, and has been active in the Messianic Jewish movement for over 25 years. He has served as the Vice-President and Treasurer of the YMJA, Treasurer and an Executive Committee member of the MJAA, Treasurer and Executive Director of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance, and is currently serving as IAMCS Director of Operations & Development. Joel lives in San Diego with his wife Darcie and two children.

  • Frank Lowinger

    b'rith hadoshah - buffalo, ny

    Rabbi Lowinger is the shepherd of Congregation Brith Hadoshah Messianic Synagogue, a position he has held since 1983. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America and is a past President. In addition, Rabbi Lowinger has served many years on the Steering Committee of the IAMCS and is now the ordaining body’s Chairman. Rabbi Lowinger is a Board Member and Officer for the Resource Center for Jewish Ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio, and serves as President of the Messianic Times newspaper.

  • David Rosenberg

    Shuvah Yisrael - Plainview, NY

    Rabbi David Rosenberg & his wife Rebbitzen Helene Rosenberg founded Shuvah Yisrael in May of 1989. They each hold a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. Both work full-time for the synagogue and reside in Westbury, Long Island. They have three sons and five grandchildren. Rabbi David has smecha (ordination) with the IAMCS. Shuvah Yisrael belongs to both the IAMCS and the UMJC for over 20 years.

  • Michael Stepakoff

    Temple New Jerusalem - Tampa Bay, FL

    Michael Stepakoff is the Rabbi Temple New Jerusalem in Tarpon Springs, FL. He is also an accomplished messianic Jewish songwriter, having co-written many songs with Ted Pearce, messianic recording artist. Michael has also seen many of his songs recorded by other artists such as Jonathan Settel, Kol Simcha, Debbie Klein and Paul Wilbur. Rabbi Michael is also published author of messianic Jewish books. He lives in Tampa with his wife Tara and their children.

  • Michael Weygant

    Rosh Pina - Oklahoma City, Ok

    Michael Weygant is the Rabbi of Rosh Pina Messianic Jewish Congregation in Oklahoma City.