Rabbi Aaron is the ro’eh or pastor of Congregation Mishkan David. Born into a Jewish home and raised Messianic, he has had a depth of experience interacting with the range of Jewish and church denominations. He has been ordained since 1997 and has been active in ministry and intensive study of Judaism and Church history. His ministry experience ranges from prison, hospital, and elder care chaplaincies, congregational leadership, small group facilitation, spiritual direction and mentoring, street ministry to the homeless, and seminar/workshop presentations. Rabbi serves as a chaplain for the Cobb County Police Department, ministering to the specific needs of the officers, command staff, and county public safety personnel.
Rabbi Aaron’s burning passion is assisting Believers to find, experience, and nurture a passionate, vital, and growing love for Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and knowing His light and life. This is what Israel was called out of the world to do; bringing Light to the nations. Following the ancient pathway of the Apostles and their disciples, Rabbi’s heart’s desire is to be a servant of God that helps make ready the Bride of Messiah to present her to the Bridegroom pure and without spot or blemish.
Rabbi Aaron has been married to Kimberly for 17 years. Kimberly grew up in the Baptist church and Assemblies of God where she gained unique spiritual perspectives which serve her well today. She was born into a unbelieving family, but began to ride the church bus that came around to her home when she was about 6 years old. As the only one out of her family to come to faith, God called to her at this very young age and she began her lifelong journey towards Adonai Elohim. Upon marrying Rabbi, she, of her own choice, began to keep a kosher home and to teach her children the ancient ways of Adonai.
In addition to being a stay-at-home mom, Kimberly also homeschools the 3 older children which is no small task. Her husband thinks that she is a saint! As if that was not enough, she often is found making premium artisan cakes and desserts. Completely self-taught, she has done cakes for many weddings, birthdays and anniversaries and is often in demand through word of mouth of satisfied customers.
Kimberly serves as the Congregational Care Coordinator, exercising her gift of cooking delicious food, and caring for members who have specific needs, often arranging transportation and meals She serves as the Chef of our Annual Passover Seder, providing delicious festive meals for the past 10 years. She has a unique talent to connect with those people who are often overlooked and neglected, very much fulfilling the Lord’s commandment to serve others as unto Him (Matthew 25:31-40). Kimberly also helps coordinate our Mishkan David Childcare arranging lessons to help the little ones to grow in their faith and journey in Yeshua.
Rabbi and Kimberly have three sons and a daughter, Elijah, Gabriel, Hannah, and Noah. They have been blessed to serve Congregation Mishkan David since it’s inception in 2006.
A Messianic worship leader and ordained rabbi, Kevin, was born and raised in an orthodox Jewish home in Saratoga Springs, NY. His wife, Messianic Dance Leader, Lynn was born and raised in Miami, FL. Kevin and Lynn have 2 sons, Jacob Alexander and Jeremiah David. Kevin and Lynn were radically saved at age 30 and have never looked back. Kevin was a member of the contemporary Messianic group ‘Nagila’ from 1985 until 2002. Their CD, “Valley of Vision” has been played all over the world and Kevin has ministered at music festivals in Russia and South America, where thousands came to know their Jewish Messiah. He also was the worship leader at Congregation Beth Judah in Ormond Beach, FL. for seven years and at the Orlando Vineyard. He now stands as a watchman on the wall ministering in music at Congregation Mishkan David. In addition, Kevin has begun work in his new mission of inner healing for those who were abused in their youth. Lynn has an anointing for worshiping the Lord in dance. She teaches Davidic dancing and leads the Messianic dance team at Congregation Mishkan David. Lynn was given a word from the Lord in 1999 that she and Kevin would be teaching His children how to worship Him. They are grateful and honored to be used today as leaders of the music and dance ministries at Messianic congregations and churches in Georgia fulfilling that word of the Lord.
An ordained Messianic rabbi, Dan, was born and raised in a Roman Catholic home in Hollywood, FL. He holds a Bachelors in Theology from Beacon University / Christian Life School of Theology. In 2006 and 2007 after two life-threatening health issues, he received a new commission from our Lord Yeshua to teach Under the tutelage of Rabbi Aaron, Dan has embraced the Messianic Jewish traditions and has delivered the Word of God at Mishkan David since its inception. Dan has a great gifting for finding the rich treasures buried in the Holy Scriptures and sharing them with the congregation. Dan was ordained a Messianic Rabbi by Rabbi Aaron on March 22, 2014. For over 30 years, Dan and his wife Dori have been married and thrive in God’s service. Dori is a Messianic Believer who was born to Jewish parents in the Bronx, NY. One of her favorite ways to worship the Lord is by sharing with others through hospitality; she exercises her anointing as the hospitality coordinator for Mishkan David. Dan and Dori have two daughters, Danielle and Jenna who have each given their hearts to the Lord and demonstrate the sweet Spirit of God within them. They feel deeply honored and privileged to serve our Lord and our Mispocha at Congregation Mishkan David.
Michael FilkinsRabbi of Congregational Development
An ordained Messianic Rabbi, Mike, was born and raised in a Christian family. He graduated from the 4-year Bible/Missions course at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada in 1975, and continues to work towards his “AUG” degree as he whimsically likes to refer to it. (Approved Unto God – 2 Tim 2:15). He was ordained as a Southern Baptist pastor in 1997, was used by God to begin a church in Jasper, GA, and to encourage another church plant near their home in Cleveland, GA. Mike and his wife Elaine spent 2 years ministering in the Philippines with Action International Ministries at a Discipleship and Vocational Training Center. This was a life-changing experience that forever altered their view of the poor and underprivileged people of our world. While dealing with a life-threatening medical condition that Mike had from birth, they decided to explore many avenues. What the Bible says about Healthy Living by Dr. Rex Russell led them to change their diet, and a study in Essential Oils opened a very unexpected door to healing benefits. That led to a study about organic soils and agricultural laws given by God to Moses. All of these were so beneficial; they decided to look into the Biblical Festivals and Sabbath worship as well. All this has enriched their personal walk with Messiah Yeshua. Elaine also graduated from Prairie and has a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education. She has ministered along side Mike, offering support mainly in administration. Over the past 15 years, it has been her delight to work with Crown Financial Ministries in Gainesville, GA. Her passion is to help people manage their money biblically. After studying with Rabbi Aaron for seven years, Mike was ordained as a Messianic rabbi on May 5th, 2018. Mike brings to Mishkan David an insatiable love for the Word of God, and desire to teach the deeper truths of the Kingdom of Messiah. Mike and Elaine have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren. They are blessed to serve our Lord and our Mispocha at Congregation Mishkan David.
An ordained Shammash, or Messianic Deacon, Roy was born in Fowler, California. He was not raised in a Christian home but was drawn by God through the witness of others. Growing up in the agricultural lifestyle of rural California, whenever the church bus drove through the neighborhood on Sunday mornings, Roy often joined the other kids for Sunday School, even though his brothers and sisters were not interested. At an early age, Roy saw a photograph of his grandfather, Jacob Wilson Burns, an ordained Church of God Minister. The family history was that Jacob was drawn to faith at the age of 10 and was raised in Christian fellowship. He established many churches and ministered for more than 60 years. Roy still has that photograph, and it sits on his desk as an inspiration. On his journey, Roy has tripped, stumbled, and fallen, but continues to struggle and strive to obtain the promised Reward. In his search for the Truth, Roy attended several Protestant churches, but none offered any real answers. One day he decided to finally read the Scriptures for himself, as much of what he had been taught over the years did not resonate with him. Providence and the mercy of God led him on a path that began anew at Congregation Mishkan David in September 2011. Through the unwavering guidance of Rabbi Aaron and the leadership team, Roy was first ordained as Messianic Reader in March 2014. Further studies, prayer, and encouragement from his family and congregation have led to Roy being ordained as Tofshamash (Sub Deacon) in April 2016 and as Shammash (Deacon) in January 2018. Roy has been married to Lynn for over 19 years. They have five adult daughters, Tracy, Lynnabeth, Julia, Ashley, and Holly. Roy and Lynn serve the Congregation in many ways including greeting guests, helping with the setting up and taking down of the Mishkan, and taking food to those in need. Roy also leads the ancient prayers of petition for providence and mercy in the weekly liturgy celebrated at Mishkan David.
An ordained Messianic Sub-Deacon, Bill, was born in Waterloo, IA and raised in a Protestant Christian home on St. Simons Island, GA. He and his wife, Mary Beth, who was born in Pomona, CA and raised in Kennesaw, GA, have been blessed with 4 wonderful, and now adult, children: Nicole, Daniel, Nathanael and David. Bill came face-to-face with Yeshua and began his personal journey in January of 1980 while on a youth retreat. Mary Beth accepted Messiah and began her journey on July 26, 1982, (which was the same night she met Bill), following a concert by Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart where Bill served in ministry as a roadie for the band. Bill and Mary Beth have served in a number of roles in the congregations they have attended, including serving for over 10 years as members of the youth leadership team at Trinity Chapel Church of God in Powder Springs, GA and serving in the High School and Young Adult Singles groups where they worked closely with students to grow in a mature walk with Adonai (LORD). Fifteen years ago, as result of learning of Bill’s Hebrew heritage, Bill and Mary Beth began a new stage of their walk. In 2012 they began attending a Messianic congregation in Rome, GA, then after a few years, in 2014, they were led to join the journey with the members of Congregation Mishkan David. It is at Mishkan David where they now learn day-in and day-out, what Messiah came to teach us all, Humility, Mercy, Holiness, Righteousness and Love. Daily, they strive to walk as the Holy Apostles did before them, striving to demonstrate the virtues so they can share the True Love of Messiah with everyone. They are blessed to be able to serve with the mishpocah (family) at Mishkan David. On August 24th, 2019, Bill was ordained as Tofshamash (sub-deacon).