Elders and Deacons: Spiritual qualifications of the elders are defined in Exodus 18:21-23, Numbers 11:16-17, Deuteronomy 16:18-20, I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, Hebrews 13:17, I Peter 5:1-4 and our Constitution

Restoring the Body of Messiah in our community by working together with other churches and ministries to share the Good News and win hearts to the Kingdom…






Marty Schilisky


Marty Schilisky was born in New York and raised as a conservative Jew.  He went to Hebrew school for 12 years to study the Torah.  As a young man, he was the cantor on a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Cruiser. Marty has been involved with music, both playing the piano and writing songs.  Before the LORD called him into salvation in 1991, he was a successful businessman in the Washington, DC area.  He came to Yeshua (Jesus) supernaturally in 1991 during a time of great stress in his life.  He became a member of a Messianic congregation, O’hev Y’Israel in Springfield, Virginia and in 2001 the LORD called he and his wife Karen to North Carolina.  They became members of Grace Covenant Church in Beulaville until 2003,when the LORD directed their steps into Wilmington, North Carolina. They planted Beth Simcha and Marty was ordained as the congregational leader here in the city of Wilmington.
The vision of Beth Simcha is that of the first century Synagogue, as Messiah would have known it. Marty believes the greatest call on any individual or church or Messianic congregation is to go out into the entire world to spread the gospel of Messiah.  Marty has been to several nations: Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Israel, preaching the gospel and has been invited to several Christian churches to bring the message of One New Man, both Jew and Gentile into Messiah.
Marty has 2 children and is married to Karen, who is also a songwriter and worship leader.  Karen’s mother was a holocaust survivor.  Both Marty and Karen teach on the Jewish roots of our faith.




Yosef Ben Yochanan Shimon


Natural birth took place in New Bern – Craven County – North Carolina on the 23, of November, 1945. Yosef was born into a Jewish family whose Jewish roots go back to Denmark. His family was “fishermen” and he grew up loving the water around his home in New Burn. Spiritual rejuvenation took place while on Active Duty in the US Army Ft. Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma 23, December 1975. Yosef is a Vietnam Veteran and served on the DMZ at Combat Base Dong Ha from July 67 to July 68 with one extension to March 69. He received immersion in the Ruach HaKodesh, December 1977. His first Messianic Synagogue experience was Khilat Ben David in El Paso, Texas in the 80’s under Rabbi Shmuel Oppenheim. He received water immersion while at Khilat Ben David.  Yosef has studied under many Christian and Rabbinical instructors for 35 years leading to a four-year degree in Theology awarded by Rockville University, Rockville, Maryland on the 23rd of November 2004.  Yosef was ordained by Universal Ministries as a minister of the Faith in April 2010. Married to Valerie S. Y. Shimon for 27 years; have four very smart children, Ethan D., Brianna N., Andrea D. and Alicia K. Yosef’s first official duty as a minister was the marriage of his daughter Brianna to Jason Burkhead of Fayetteville, NC. Yosef is dedicated to His redeemer, his immediate family and his family at Beth Simcha Messianic Jewish Congregation.



Sport Mercer

IMG_2495Robert Mercer who prefers to be called “Sport” was born in Montgomery, AL.  With his father in the Air Force, Sport lived in many different states in U.S. while growing up as well as Turkey, Bermuda and Portugal.  He served in the US Navy and then became a Mechanical Design Engineer.  He lived most of his adult life in AR.  Sport came to know Adonai at an early age and became a Messianic Jew in 2011.  He has served our congregation on the Worship Team as a drummer and in many other capacities.  Sport is passionate about the return of our Mashiach and has studied Biblical Prophecy and Eschatology for over a decade.  Adonai has called Sport and his wife Wendy to an evangelistic outreach ministry called Kumi Ori “Arise & Shine” Ministries.  For more information, please email Sport at kumioriministries@yahoo.com





Terrence H. Carr

      Class of 1975: John T. Hoggard

Ten years U.S.A.F.

Twenty two years N.H.S.D.

Married my High School sweet-heart… no         regrets!

Humble servant of Yeshua.