Meet Our Staff
I came to Union in 1987 as Associate Pastor in charge of family and youth ministries. On Easter of 1989 I became our Lead Pastor and have served for 30 years in this position. My message is simple: “Love God, and Love People!”. My calling is to bring God’s lost kids home to God, and to move the religious from religion to a relationship with God through the teachings of Jesus. God has blessed my wife Jane and I with 2 amazing daughters to share life with. I love a good cup of Starbucks coffee, a burrito Jalisco from Merlos, and sports radio. Here at Union we want you to always remember that “You Matter to God” and there are NO perfect people allowed!
Loving God and loving people is what it’s all about! I don’t “got” to, but I “get” to be a part of God’s ministry and mission for a living. I’ve been blessed to be a part of our staff for 15 years, and every year I get to love more, learn more, and lead more. Something that I still hold onto today from Seminary is the day one chooses to stop learning is the day one chooses to stop leading! My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 from the Message translation, “Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. ”I’ve been called a bit ocd and a
clean-freak. An ice-cold glass of milk and OREOS always hits the spot!
I have been the Creative Arts Pastor for the past 21 years at Union. My life would not be the same with out my beautiful wife Pam and amazing daughter Sydney! Incorporating ideas of imagination along with worship, I strive to constantly engage, move, inspire, and challenge people of all backgrounds and ages to develop a closer walk with God. With training and experience in many aspects of the Arts, I believe there is a place for everyone to participate. “God has given these gifts to all and we must bring them out so He can shine and be heard!”
Creative Arts Pastor
I have had the privilege of being Union’s Youth Pastor for the past 17 years and been in ministry for a total of 20 years. I’m happily married to my beautiful wife Leslie. Our home is constantly filled with excitement on a daily basis raising our 5 children. It’s my passion to be a part of a multi-ethnic ministry that welcomes all…making a difference is what it’s all about!
I believe that if we can reach students before the age of 18 we can change the direction of their lives. I love the Miami Dolphins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and whoever plays the New England Patriots.
Life Group Pastor
I am so very, very far from perfect; which is why I am humbled at how this wild life has played out so far! Between an incredibly supportive spouse, two perfectly challenging children, and the means to the finest Theological education available to me, I have tried to make the most of what life has thrown my way. Having been raised in Avon Park, I understand the struggles of our local teens. Shortly after receiving the call to serve in the local church, I was led to Union and began learning the arts and science of ministry from Pastor Eddie Morrison. After several years in the Student Ministries I began to struggle with my call to the ministry, so I stepped down as Associate Youth Pastor of Discipleship here at Union Church. Not even a full year later, God got me back into the ministry by way of my Seminary. I spent two semesters interning directly under our other pastors here at Union learning all I could about every aspect of the Local Church. Since I was already helping out around different areas at Union, I requested to stay on staff at the end of my internship. Now, I lead Focus, a young adults service here at Union. I am nearly finished with my Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and I have plans to pursue a Doctorate of Spiritual Formation immediately following my graduation. I have a passion for Music, Discipleship, and not being a terrible person.
“Why fit in when you can stand out,” is the way I live my life! If it’s not my big hair, it’s my colorful clothes, or my Kool-Aid smile that everyone remembers. Think “pink” and your whole life will be better, or is that just mine… My 25 years in the educational field as both a teacher and a director was God’s perfect plan of leading me here to Union Church as your Children’s Minister. Not only do I get to worship and fellowship here, but I also get to educate young minds about God’s love and divine purposes for their lives. Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” P.S. THINK PINK!
I have been a church secretary for over 30 years, and I have been a part of our team here at Union for 16 years. I stay pretty busy as I oversee our membership data, projects, decorating, and serving our pastoral team! I love Christmas, Coffee, and Chocolate…but most importantly, I love God and love people!
I am someone who loves with all her might. I try my best to be selfless. I never give up. I express how I feel through songs and quotes; music comforts me in every way. I won't apologize for who I am; I have flaws and I make mistakes but that's what makes me who I am. Serving in tech ministry has been my calling since I was 15. Standing in the crowed of a Hillsong United concert, I was just in awe because it was the first time I felt that I was in the throne room of God worshiping him. It's been my mission since then to help provide that same experience, and what could be a better place then the church that I grew up in and that has helped me grow!
I have been blessed to be a member here at Union for about two years. I recently celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary, and am the proud mom of a 24-year-old son and an 8-year-old son. My family and I relocated from New York back in 2005.
As a new resident of Avon Park, I searched for a church home.
I visited several churches in the area but did not feel led by the Spirit to attend. I had faith that in HIS perfect timing,
HE would lead me to a place of worship. In the meantime,
I found my spiritual food and peace in a daily Bible Study, with Les Feldick, on a Christian television network. The message of GOD’s grace was emphasized more than I had ever heard. FAITH + NOTHING!!! Jesus accomplished it ALL at the cross. So, when the LORD led me to Union and I heard the same message, I knew it was where I was supposed to be. I am a proud member of this congregation and I enjoy getting involved as much as I can. I currently enjoy volunteering with our Children’s Ministry and Ms. Fawn. I am blessed to be able to work with Ms. Connie Evers and her Star Ministry team, as well as being a part of the Thanksgiving Feed. I pray that
I may be a blessing to Union as it has been a blessing to me. Thank you for the opportunity! May GOD bless this
mission center and ministry.