Cities for Christ

As an international evangelistic ministry our goal is to partner with local churches to provide an effective model to reach their communities with the Gospel. Our vision is to see entire cities and nations transformed through the power of unity, prayer, and evangelism. We believe that a unified church is crucial to the harvest that is coming. We have witnessed the power of a united church and look forward to see God glorified through the message of His Son in every nation. John 17: 21 ¨I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one—as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent me.¨

Meet the Team

Evangelist Steven Koko

Steven Koko was born in Chicago to a Greek family. At the age of 11, Steven experienced the love of God. Moments after his salvation, he heard a voice that came out of his own mouth, “I will be a missionary.” Steven received his training by Christ for all Nations and Youth with a Mission. He also worked with Campus Crusade for Christ, co-founded Storehouse Church in Chicago and is now the president of Cities for Christ. Steven has a childlike heart with passionate faith and desire to inspire believers to become fishers of men.


Evangelist Nick Gellis

Nick Gellis has been serving with Cities for Christ for 5 years. He went on his first mission trip to Barranquilla in 2015 and realized that God has called him to be a missionary. Nick resides in Chicago, but says his home is wherever God sends him. He has a passion to see revival in the hearts of man and to walk in compassion and power. Nick desires to see transformation within the public schools with the power of the gospel. In 2018, Nick preached in schools throughout Panama and saw over 10,000 students receive Christ.

Don & Denise LaRocco

Don and Denise LaRocco serve on the Cities for Christ Board of Directors. They have taken a more active role in CFC to provide direction for the ministry with their 30+ years of professional experience. By trade Don is a retired mortgage banker and Denise is a real estate broker. They are a loving couple and have been like a father and mother to our team. 

Maria Victoria Mejia International Admin

Maria Victoria was a journalist in Colombia during the movement Barranquilla para Cristo in 2015. She served in the movement that was taking over her community. It was an eye opening experience that sparked a passion in her heart. In 2017 she felt the call to serve full time with Cities for Christ and left her home to join the Panamá para Cristo movement. On the field Maria Victoria serves as an administrative assistant, interpreter, photographer, and video editor for the ministry.

Samantha Gellis Operations Director

Samantha Gellis is the Operations Director at Cities for Christ. Samantha has been part of the team since 2017 when she accompanied the team to Cali, Colombia. Recently she graduated from the Jesus Image Ministry School and is now serving in a full time capacity. She holds a bachelors in economics from UC San Diego. Samantha is gifted in administration, discipleship, and has a heart for children.

Missionary Milena Noel

Milena Noel serves Cities for Christ as a missionary, dance leader, translator, and has a deep love for the lost and less fortunate. In 2015 Milena participated in Barranquilla for Christ. Commissioned for missions, she attended the Iris Harvest School of Missions in Mozambique, Africa. Milena has since served on missions teams throughout Colombia, Panama, and the United States including the year long Panama Para Cristo movement. 

Missionary Marina España

Marina Spain has served as a youth pastor and worship leader for approximately 10 years in the church her parents pastor in Colombia. Although she is a professional nurse, she feels called to serve God in full time ministry. In 2015 she participated in the main choir for the Barranquilla for Christ movement. In 2018 Marina participated in the Panama for Christ movement ministering in worship and prophetic songs throughout the nation. She is passionate about worshiping God and loves to see souls transformed by Jesus.