Leadership TeamMeet our leaders.
Apostle Leon Emerson, Founder
Apostle Leon Emerson gained his wings and went home to be with the Lord on April 22. 2023.
Leon Emerson, petitioning the Lord for His will concerning his life implored the Lord for clarity regarding the ministry calling upon his life. He was instructed to start Now Faith Christian Center Church (NFCCC). This would be a ministry with the mission to preach faith back into the hearts of men. Still employed with the Denver Fire Department, he shared his vision with his wife Pastor Yvonne Emerson, who fully supported his vision.
In obedience to the charge of God and walking by faith, Pastors Leon and Yvonne Emerson started their ministry in the basement of their home in the Park Hill neighborhood in Denver, Colorado in January 1983.
The ministry outgrew this location and God directed them to relocate to the Dahlia Shopping Center. As membership continued to flourish, the ministry expanded to include the following ministries: sound and audio, usher board, music, women, youth, men and outreach. With continued, rapid growth, Apostle Leon and Pastor Yvonne Emerson were faced with a larger congregation and insufficient space. Again, they asked God for direction concerning relocation.
In October 1985, NFCCC moved to a larger unit in the Dahlia Shopping Center, temporarily accommodating the tremendous growth. At that time, Children’s Church and weekly Children’s Bible Study were established to meet the needs of the congregation. Also, in 1985, The Excellent Name of Jesus radio outreach was created and the message of Faith was heard on KQXI, later on KDKO and currently on KLDC. This has allowed Now Faith to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the Denver metropolitan area and surrounding Colorado communities.
Pastor Emerson has also served as a voice in the community serving two terms as the President of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, the oldest Civil Rights organization in the state of Colorado.
In August 2017, Pastor Yvonne Emerson gained her heavenly reward. Her legacy lives on and her impact, guidance, and foundational principles for the Now Faith ministry will never be forgotten. Through the grace of God, as NFCCC continues to expand, and to Preach Faith. Apostle Emerson will continue the vision that God gave him 35 years ago.
Noel Emerson, Co-pastor
Noel Emerson is an ambitious, bright, and God-fearing young woman. Born and raised in Denver, CO to Pastors Leon and the late Co-Pastor Yvonne Emerson of the Now Faith Christian Center Church of Denver, Colorado.
Noel served faithfully on the junior usher board, youth praise team, media ministry, and dance team as an instructor. While instructing the dance team, Noel introduced “Tis the Season to Dance”, an annual Christian dance showcase for local churches. “Tis the Season to Dance” was one of the moments when Noel felt God’s call on her life, and she began preparing herself for the next level of ministry.
In the course of her dance ministry, God began to speak to her about becoming a youth pastor who “hears” the voice of God. Noel accepted this call and became the youth Pastor at Now Faith. Noel was led to attend the Young Leaders Conference in Atlanta, GA where she met young leaders who were changing the way “church” is perceived all over the world.
After attending the Young Leaders Conference, Noel began praying, seeking, and asking God to reveal to her what it means to be a leader who “Hears.” God told Noel, “A leader who hears the hearts of the people is the leader who will lead them to hear my voice clearly.”
As a result of that conformity, Noel has begun her journey toward clarity and fully understanding God’s voice and word by enrolling at Colorado Christian University where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Art degree in Applied Psychology.
Whether she’s preaching, teaching or dancing, Noel wants everyone she encounters to be who God called them to be advocating to let no limits limit you!
The scripture that inspires Noel the most is:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
Caroline Hysaw, Pastor
Caroline Hysaw is a passionate, energetic Woman of God who has worked in ministry for a number of years. She began her journey of ministerial leadership at a young age singing in the choir, serving as youth pastor and praise and worship leader.
Through the guidance and mentorship of her parents Apostle Leon Emerson and the Late Co-Pastor Yvonne Emerson, Caroline boldly steps into her role as Co-Pastor of the Now Faith Christian Center Church. Her desire is to continue the mission on which Now Faith was founded, which is to “preach FAITH, back into the hearts of people”.
Caroline has worked extensively with at-risk youth in the Denver Metro Area. As a youth minister/mentor in the Montebello area, Caroline has helped facilitate weekly bible study classes as well as daily tutoring for children in the community. In her professional life, Caroline holds a BA in Human Services and Education from the University of Phoenix.
Caroline’s educational background has led to work in several different settings, public schools, residential treatment facilities and the medical field. Caroline is employed in the area of mental health service, which allows her to serve and advocate for mental health wellness, within the community. She is also a licensed funeral director, which further allows her to minister, outside of the church. Caroline is a wife, mother and most of all a child of God.