At City Bible Church, we believe there is a precedent set in the Bible for churches to follow in how they are led. Ultimately we believe that Jesus is the head of the church; we belong to Him. We believe the clear pattern in Scripture is that the local church is not to be led by one man, but by a plurality of elders -- who are equal in their leadership but often distinct in their function. For more information on what we believe about pastoral leadership, please refer to our Statement of Faith

Marwan Aboul-Zelof was born in Kuwait, but grew up in the U.S. due to the Gulf War -- he was seven. While in university, Marwan sensed the Lord calling Him to make Jesus known back in his homeland. Prior to planting City Bible Church, he served as a pastoral intern and church planting resident with Redeemer Church of Dubai.


Marwan is married to Marci and they have two young boys, Noah and Shaya. He loves to spend time with his family, is a self-proclaimed foodie, and loves walking around and exploring Beirut. 

Marwan Aboul-Zelof

Lead Pastor | Staff | Elder

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Patrick Chama serves as a lay elder. He is originally from Zambia, but has been living in Lebanon for the past eleven years. He is employed with UNIFIL in the Strategic Communications and Public Information department, and has been involved in evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting for over 25 years. 

Patrick is married to Mwangala and they have four children: Tabo, Natasha, Jacob, and Sarah. He loves reading books and studying the Bible, a good cup of coffee, and jogging along the sea side. 

Patrick Chama


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