|My job here is to equip the people of this church to do what God has called them to do and help us to live well together into the future that God has called us to. In June 2008 we were called to the pastorate here at Central Baptist Church where we have served happily. We love the city, love the people of the church, and love being a part of its history and its future.
I was raised on the north side of Chicago where I lived until I was 18 years old. It was there that I played sports, but also became a great sports fan. I then moved to Atlanta and lived there for about 20 years, where I met my wife and we had 3 of our children. It was there that I pastored my first church. Melissa and I now have 5 children: Isabel, Cade, Isaac, Carson and Austin.
|I serve as the minister to Senior Adults, Office Manager and Organist. I enjoy helping to keep things organized and running smoothly in our church office as well as ministering to our senior population through visitation, trips and gatherings and play service music on Sundays.
Central has always been home to me and I think you’ll feel the same way. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending my down time reading, writing, composing and with my wife, Amy and two children Benjamin and Alyssa.
Seeing his gifts for ministry, Central ordained B.J. in 2023.
|I’d like to encourage you to join in the music ministry. All that is needed is a desire in your heart to sing or share your gifts and talents. One of my gifts is to nurture those who have always wanted to sing but feel shy or were once told they couldn’t sing. My vision is to create an intergenerational music ministry where all will thrive from being together. I look forward to getting to know you.
As a lifelong singer songwriter and musician, my journey led me from folk singing in Vermont ski lodges to traveling the US in a rock and roll band called Ladyfire. In my mid-30’s my Godfather, Father Richard Coveny, invited me to share my gifts and talents at his church in Colden, NY, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, where my love for spiritual music and contemplative spirit was nurtured. After leaving Ladyfire, I earned my degree in music from Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY.
Many wonderful opportunities have allowed me the privilege of sharing music with many talented musicians, producing and directing Power of Love, a joyful Christmas album by the contemporary music group, Simon’s Angels, who ministered to the retired religious, elderly and children.
Moving to Florida in 1992 I began teaching music, writing and producing Heal the Child, a series of CD’s raising awareness for child abuse prevention and parenting education, and continuing my music ministry with Simon’s Angels South
|I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who provides therapy for individuals and couples. My specialty areas are Anxiety and Depression, Relationship Issues, and Life Adjustment Concerns. I offer my services on a sliding-fee pay scale, which is donated entirely to Central Baptist Church. I am so blessed by the warmth and respect that the Central Family has shown me since my first day here, and I am very thankful to be a part of the Counseling Ministry Team.
I was born and raised in Illinois, in a small town south of Chicago. After high school graduation I attended Southern Illinois University, where I earned both my BS and MS Degrees. Following my college graduation, I moved to Daytona Beach. I taught English and was a Counselor at Mainland High School for four years before I joined Daytona State as a College Counselor. My husband Jim and I have two grown daughters and two grandsons, all who live in the Daytona area.
After I retired from Daytona State, I began a new chapter of my life. In 2011, I joined the Counseling Ministry Team and began my volunteer counseling at Central.
|I was lost when I came here to Central. I had strayed away. When Hal, the pastor, helped me out, he got me involved in the church. I enjoyed working with the people and being around the people here. They were very encouraging and supportive to me, and they helped me change my life. I have a wife and two children, and I like to fish.
I take care of the church, keeping it safe and clean. I’ve been here more than 30 years.