Comprehensive Affinity Group

A group for pastors of churches of denominations other than United Methodist. Contact David Goss for more information.

David GossRev. David Goss, Chair

Dave Goss earned a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2007, and he is currently an ordained elder with the Free Methodist Church.

In January of 2008, he and his wife Tracey launched Light and Life Goleta Church as a church plant from the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, Calif. The church has experienced steady growth for nearly three years and now approximately 80 people call Light and Life Goleta “home.” Goss has a true passion for church planting and hopes that Light and Life Goleta (LLG) will continue to grow and serve as the launching pad for several more church plants in Central California.

Goss is a 1992 graduate of Stanford University and was a two-time All-American volleyball player there. Additionally, he was the 1992 winner of the prestigious “Block S” award, given to the most outstanding male athlete in his class.

He and Tracey have three boys: Noah, Caleb, and Micah.


Stephen BabbyRev. Stephen Babby, Vice Chair

Rev. Stephen Babby earned his Master of Divinity in 1969 from Asbury Theological Seminary. He also received two honorary degrees, a Doctor of Laws from Western Evangelical Seminary and a Doctor of Divinity from Azusa Pacific University. He most recently earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

The California District of The Wesleyan Church ordained Babby in 1970. He spent 26 years serving as the church’s Chief Financial Officer, including four years of service as Director of Christian Education. He was the longest serving assistant pastor in the history of the church. Since 1976, Babby has served as the District Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest District of The Wesleyan Church. In 1996, he was awarded with the Distinguished District Superintendent Award for The Wesleyan Church. Also, Asbury Seminary awarded him with the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Steve has been married to Barbara (Robertson) since 1968, and they have two grown daughters, Robin Evangeline and Laurel Katherine.

_DSC5078-web-crop214x300Dr. Steve Elliot

Dr. Steve Elliott is a graduate of the Beeson Pastor’s doctoral program at Asbury Theological Seminary and has served at First Alliance Church in Lexington, Ky. for the past decade. Prior to this, he and his wife Marilyn, who received her Doctor of Ministry from the Seminary in 2004, served for 20 years in Western Canada. Steve brings a strong and proven background in preaching and pastoral leadership.

As a self-confessed, ‘turn around guy,’ he has brought renewing change and spiritual health to hurting and declining churches for over 30 years. Steve enjoys hunting and fishing in the fall, and travel, reading and yard work year round.

Andrew MillerCaptain Andrew S. Miller, III

Captain Andrew S. Miller obtained a Bachelor of Arts in music composition from Asbury University, and he earned a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He now is a doctoral candidate at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He has had several pieces of music and academic articles published.

Captain Andrew S. Miller is a sixth generation Salvation Army Officer. He and his wife, Captain Abby Miller, were appointed to The Salvation Army of Arlington, Texas in June of 2007. Since being in Arlington, The Salvation Army has had four record Red Kettle Campaigns and has initiated several new programs. Those programs include a summer day camp, an after school program, a college and Spanish outreach, a creative arts program, and six new Sunday school classes. Additionally, they are overseeing a family shelter that provided more than 12,000 nights of shelter to homeless families in the last year.

Average attendance in the worship service has grown from 20 people to a diverse group of more than 100 people. Despite a struggling economy the Arlington Corps has increased its budget from $600,000 to $1.6 million. The Salvation Army of Arlington has also been selected to be the owner and operator of National Football League’s North Texas Youth Education Town (YET). In addition to a major renovation, the YET program will increase the corps’ operating budget by a million dollars annually.

The Millers have three children: Andy IV, Titus Wesley and Georgia Kay.