Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Doug Watkins was called as our Senior Pastor in October of 2015. Pastor Doug and his wife Janet have been involved in many different full-time ministries since 1988: in the local church, IMB missionaries to Brazil, associational missions, state convention, and seminary administration roles. Most recently, Doug was the Team Strategist of the Theological Education Ministries Team at the Florida Baptist Convention and the Regional Associate Dean for Florida at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

  • I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God while I exist. Psalms 104: 33. Brother Rickey Taylor joined our church family in July, 2004. He is a gifted singer who has been involved in music and education ministries since 1980. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from West Carolina University, then received a Master's Degree in Church Music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. If the Bible is the bones of our worship, then music is the heart. Brother Rickey leads the church in songs to lift our spirits, and has tapped into the creativity of many in the congregation. He loves to present music with a fresh approach, and delights the congregation with variety.

  • Dr. Kent McDowell joined our staff as Pastor of Discipleship & Administration in October of 2017. Kent and his family served as church-planting missionaries with the International Mission Board & North American Mission Board from 1998 to 2017. Kent's passion is training up men and women of God to be disciple-making disciples! His wife, Rachel, currently the Director at the Hope Ministries Center, has been deeply involved in ministry with him for the last 25 years. Kent & Rachel have 2 children: Samuel, now serving in the U.S. Army, and Tessa, a recent high school graduate and working student in the equestrian industry. Kent's life verse is Acts 20:24: I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.

  • Brad joined the church staff in August 2016 and is the part time Children's Director. He and his wife Jess both graduated from The Baptist College of Florida. Brad graduated with two Bachelor's Degrees in English and in Missions. Brad has a heart for both children and missions and believes that they go hand in hand and that kids need to be raised with the Gospel always impacting their lives.

  • Paul joined the church staff in March 2019 as the Student Pastor. He and his wife Hillary were married in 2007 and they have 3 children: Micah, Caleb, and Elizabeth. Before entering full time ministry, Paul served 5 years in the US NAVY. Paul received his BA in Ministry from The Baptist College of Florida, and his Master of Divinity from Liberty University. Paul is passionate about reaching and discipling students and their parents. He and Hillary have served churches in Florida and Alabama since 2008. One of Paul's favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you the path to take."

  • Tammy is the Ministry Assistant and has been on staff full-time since November 2012.

  • Judy is the welcoming voice who greets you at the door or on the phone. She has been on staff since May 2015. 

  • Judy Foote - Financial Secretary

    Judy is the part time Financial Secretary and has been on staff since September 2003.