With over 30 years of pastoral experience, John leads our ministry team. Holding degrees in Practical Theology and Ministry Leadership Development, he loves the local church and is passionate about her connection with the community. John also mentors pastors, church planters and missionaries across the country and around the world.
Education: BS Oakland University; MDiv Regent University; DMin Regent University
What I love About Palmwood Church: “I love their genuine heart for making disciples of Jesus. It’s the real deal.”
Fun Fact: “Before seminary, I went to school for broadcast arts and put myself through school as a radio announcer in Norfolk, Virginia.”
Michael served as an Assistant Pastor in Virginia before becoming pastor of a church in North Carolina. The Brinkleys also served as missionaries for a term in Japan. Holding a Masters in Pastoral Counseling, Michael plays many roles in Palmwood Church, but primarily oversees our Discipleship and Life Group Ministries.
Education: BS Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary; MA Liberty University
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “It’s where my closest friends are.”
Fun Fact: “The first home my wife and I lived in was the same place where I went to preschool two decades before!”
Stephen is the son of a pastor and part of a musical family. Trained in Worship Music at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia, Stephen has both great skill in leading corporate worship and a depth of heart to draw people into God’s presence.
Education: Advanced Diploma Hillsong International Leadership College; BS Alpha Crucis College
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “I appreciate the devotion and dedication to the study of scripture by our leaders, and the determination to help others know a true relationship with the Lord and not just be religious.”
Earning a degree in Ocean Engineering, Bob served in the United States Coast Guard and then worked for CRU (formerly Campus Crusade). Bob serves an executive role for Palmwood Church, overseeing administration and serving as our Church Treasurer.
Education: BS US Coast Guard Academy
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “Sense of family and desire to share the kingdom of God with those who do not yet know.”
Fun Fact: “I spent 8 weeks in the Arctic Ocean doing research on a USCG icebreaker.”
With degrees in Elementary Education, Church Music and Reading, Gayle has now retired from Orange County Public Schools where she specialized in reading and literacy. Gayle serves as our Administrative Assistant and coordinates our benevolence ministry.
Education: BA Warner Southern College; MEd Slippery Rock University
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “The People.”
Fun Fact: While in high school, I traveled for three summers on a bus with a singing group composed of selected teenaged musicians from the state of Florida. We sang concerts, mostly in churches, as far west as Texas and as far north as Ohio.
Sharon takes care of our contributions and reporting. She earned a Masters of Business Administration from Rollins College and worked as the Social Media Coordinator for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. Currently, she’s a full-time mom of two beautiful toddlers and is also pursuing a career in Digital Marketing.
Education: B.E. in Information Technologies, Mumbai University, India; MBA, Rollins College, Winter Park FL
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “The welcoming and family atmosphere”
Fun Fact: “I’m ambidextrous; I can use either left or right hand for most tasks.”
Formerly serving as Director of Children and Family Ministries at our sending church in Minnesota, Kathryn’s training and expertise includes both a Masters Degree in Christian Ministry and Certification as an Educational Therapist for children with learning disabilities. Kathryn co-leads our children’s ministry.
Education: BS Georgia Southern University; MA Regent University; Level III Certification National Institute for Learning Development
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “There are such neat, genuine intergenerational friendships from little kids to senior adults.”
Fun Fact: “I have been hiking on the Appalachian Trail.”
Danny holds a degree in psychology and is an Advising Manager for students with Valencia College in Orlando, having a particular heart for international students, which is his specialization. Danny is pursuing his Masters of Divinity with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Danny leads our Midrash Youth Ministry.
Education: BA Northwestern College (IA)
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “The welcoming and family atmosphere of fellowship”
Fun Fact: “I had severe dyslexia as a child but by the grace of God and intensive therapy I was able to overcome many of these challenges.”
With a degree in Elementary Education and specializations in Mathematics and Science, Lauren is an elementary school teacher with the Orange County Public Schools. She is also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education from University of Central Florida. Lauren helps to lead our Midrash Youth Ministry.
Education: BS Northwestern College (MN); MEd Candidate University of Central Florida
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “The focus on discipleship of the whole family, and the kingdom focus – with each of us reaching out into our own communities.”
Anna graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Criminal Forensics and is now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Forensic Biology from University of Central Florida. She oversees our church app and website, and manages our social media feeds and other communication tools.
Education: BS Liberty University; MS (Candidate) University of Central Florida
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “It’s like a familial community.”
Fun Fact: “I fell off of Mount Carmel in Israel, breaking my arm, and needed to have emergency surgery in Haifa!”
Megan is a materials scientist, having graduated from the University of Minnesota and then worked in a lab with 3M before moving to Florida to pursue her PhD from the University of Central Florida. She is currently helping in the research and development of new rechargeable lithium battery technology. Megan leads our welcome ministry.
Education: BS University of Minnesota; MS University of Central Florida; PhD Candidate University of Central Florida
What I Love About Palmwood Church: “These people love to laugh!”
Fun Fact: “The scariest, most exhilarating and serene experience in my life was when I went sky diving!”