Board of Directors


Russell T. Cruzan joined the Board of Ariel Ministries in May of 2019. He holds a Master of Divinity degree and has served in both the world of business and of ministry. In business, Russell spent almost 30 years in the banking industry holding various positions including branch manager and manager of training and development. In ministry, he has served on pastoral staffs in several churches since 1985. His is currently an academic advisor and adjunct faculty member with Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio Campus and serves as elder, treasurer, and chairman of the board at Congregation Beth Simcha in San Antonio, Texas. Russell and his wife Gwen make their home in San Antonio.


Gary Derechinsky earned his BA degree in Biblical Literature from Northeastern Bible College in Essex Fells, NJ and his MDiv degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Dallas Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School. Gary served with Chosen People Ministries from 1975-1992. He then pastored New Hope Chapel in Arnold, MD while teaching at the Annapolis Area Christian School from 1993-2010 and teaching evening classes at Bethel Seminary of the East. Since 2010, Gary has been the Congregational Leader at Beth Ariel Messianic Congregation in Los Angeles, CA. He has been a member of the Board of Ariel Ministries since 2017. Gary is married to Marilou his wife of 45 years, and they have one son, Joel who is the Academic Director of the University of California, Berkeley football team.


Dr. Fruchtenbaum is the Founder and Director of Ariel Ministries. Learn more about him here.


Clifford J. (Jake) Hogue earned his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1973. He served in the United States Air Force for a total of 37 years as an enlisted member, an officer, and then, after eight years of corporate work, as an Air Force civilian employee. He retired from his Air Force civilian position as Chief, Personnel Division, Pacific Air Forces in 2015. In that position, his division had personnel policy and procedural oversight for the nine Air Force bases and the 46,000 military and civilian members and their dependents serving throughout the Pacific arena. Jake was discipled by Arnold with six other men from 1977-80, and has served on the Board of Ariel Ministries since 2003. He is a long-time member of Northeast Bible Church in San Antonio, where he resides with his wife, Jeanne, and his daughter, Leslie. They also have two sons and nine grandchildren.


Richard M. (Rick) Storm earned his M.D. from Indiana University Medical School in 1979 and completed specialty training in dermatology at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1983. He served 22 years in the Army in combat roles and as a physician in the medical corps, and in 2017 he was inducted into the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame. He has also been in private medical practice. He has served on numerous organizational boards and advisory groups before joining the Board of Ariel Ministries in 2017. Rick and his wife, Carol, attend Grace Evangelical Church in Indianapolis, IN. They have two sons, Mason and Kevin, and four grandchildren, all living in Indiana.


Timoteo W. Velasco (Tim) was born and raised in Brasil, the grandson of American missionaries on his mother’s side and native Brazilian believers on his father’s side. He earned a Aviation Technology in 1992 from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He has served as senior partner and project manager of an Israeli aviation consulting company, and for 23 years has been a Captain for a major U.S. air carrier. Tim is a lover of Israel and its people and has been blessed to have many Jewish friends both in Israel and beyond. He is a member of Midvalley Bible Church in Bluffdale, Utah where he teaches teen and adult studies. He has served on the Board of Ariel Ministries since 2019 and writes regularly for the Ariel magazine. Married for 25 years to his wife Pam, together they have one adult son, Christian, who attends the University of Utah. They reside in South Jordan, Utah.

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