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.
Earning a degree in Ocean Engineering, Bob served in the United States Coast Guard and then worked for CRU (formerly Campus Crusade). Bob has served as Palmwood Church’s Executive Pastor since January 2023, 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.”
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.”
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 family ministries.
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 leads our Palmwood Kids ministry. 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.”
Rose began her journey with the Palmwood Church Family in 2022 as she investigated the possibility of ordination and church planting. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Grand Canyon University and has been one of our pastoral interns since January 2023. Rose is in the process of full ordination to the pastoral ministry, is working in partnership with Palmwood Church in The Plan, our denomination’s church plant preparation process, and is in process for certification with the YMCA of Central Florida as a volunteer chaplain. If all goes as planned, Palmwood Church will partner with Rose and the core team she develops to plant a daughter church in the YMCA Family Center on the Space Coast in Titusville, Florida.
Education: BS in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, Grand Canyon University
My Favorite Thing About Palmwood Church: The congregation! The people of Palmwood Church love to come together not just on Sundays bo pray but anytime there is a prayer need. We celebrate the praise reports and come together during the difficult seasons. It is an amazing place to love God and your community!
Fun Fact: I’m actually an introvert! Being around people sometimes is very difficult for me because I’m really shy. Unless I’m talking about God, then it’s game on! 😉
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 is one of our Pastoral Interns and 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 received her Master’s Degree in Education from University of Central Florida. Lauren oversees our Welcome Ministry.
Education: BS Northwestern College (MN); MEd 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 received a Master’s Degree in Forensic Biology from University of Central Florida. Anna works for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a Forensic Analyst. She oversees our church app and website, and manages our social media feeds and other communication tools. She also currently serves as our Contributions Secretary.
Education: BS Liberty University; MS 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!”