Our Pastors

gaborMariano Gabor (Senior Pastor)
Pastor Gabor is an Ordained Bishop of the Church of God and has served LGCOG since its founding in 2002.  He also serves as Senior Pastor of Filipino Christian Center (FCC), where many of LGCOG’s founding members originally worshipped. (More of that story is told here.) Originally from the Philippines, he visited National Church of God in Fort Washington, Maryland and was subsequently asked if he would be interested in pastoring the burgeoning Filipino community in the area. After much prayer, Pastor Gabor and his family moved to the United States to lead FCC in 1990. Since then, he has extended his ministry to LGCOG and has lead the church since its founding. Pastor Gabor holds a Masters of Theological Studies and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from National Bible College and Seminary. He lives in Fort Washington with his wife, Lutz, who also pastors a church in Crownsville, Maryland. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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Laureine Novas (Assistant Pastor)
Pastor Laureine has served LGCOG as Assistant Pastor since 2009. Born in Trinidad & Tobago in the West Indies, she moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1967, then to Maryland in 1987, where she attended the National Bible College and Seminary. She completed the Ministerial Internship Program in 1989. As a Licensed Minister she serves as Director of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry at National Church of God in Fort Washington for over 25 years. She has done evangelism and missions outreach ministry worldwide. She lives in Fort Washington and is a proud mother of two daughters.

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Neil Malakas (Assistant Pastor)
Pastor Neil is an Ordained Bishop of the Church of God.
He came from the Philippines in 2001 and joined the Church of God, Filipino Christian Center and Crownsville Church of God and served as a Bible Study Leader and Ministry of Helps since then. He joined and served Life Giving Church of God in 2007-2009 as a Bible Study Leader. He completed Calling and Ministerial Studies and was qualified as a Church of God Exhorter/Credentialed Minister in 2011. He completed Certificate of Biblical Studies at the National Bible College & Seminary in 2012 and the Church of God School of Ministry; Ministerial Internship Program in May 2013. He was Ordained Minister in November of the same year.
In 2011-2013, He served the pastoral staff as an assistant pastor in Filipino Christian Center. Since 2013, He is serving the pastoral staff as an assistant pastor in Life Giving Church of God. Besides preaching on Sunday, he regularly leads Bible studies and does visitations. He resides in Glen Burnie with his wife Lyn and three young children (JD, Caleb and Hannah).