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Our Team 2017-10-02T23:41:32+00:00

Ron Lentine

Senior Pastor

Education

Ron achieved a Bachelors of Science Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic College in 1977. Later in 1981, he receive his Masters of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Family

Ron’s and his wife Marilyn have two grown children, Christopher Lentine and Ashely Sapp. Ashley and her husband George are the happy parents of Penelope Sapp, Ron and Marilyn’s first granddaughter.

Pasttimes

Spending time with Penny, their granddaughter! Ron also enjoys cycling, walking, reading and traveling.

Life Verse

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Dick Hamel

Minister of Music

Education

Dick graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic with a BA in Sacred Music. He responded to God’s call to the ministry of worship as he was attending community college, studying for law enforcement.

Family

He is married to Valerie, also a south Florida native, whom he met while in high school.  Son Mathew and daughter Amy worked alongside their dad as they grew to adulthood.  They now serve the Lord in their areas of giftedness in the performing arts.

Pasttimes

He derives great satisfaction from being a mentor of young leaders, regardless of their area of giftedness. He believes that everyone can share in the joy of worship.  Dick is energized by time spent with people he loves – the people of God , his wife, his adult children, their spouses, and grandchildren. If you want to see Dick smile, ask him “How’s Aidan these days?”

Chris Larsen

Minister of Education & Administration

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Master of Divinity in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Family

Carol and Chris both consider Huntsville, AL home. They met at the University of Alabama in Huntsville Baptist Campus Ministries way back in 1989. They later were married while Chris was a student at New Orleans Seminary and after Carol finished her degree in Elementary Education. Chris served churches in Louisiana and Alabama before coming to Myrtle Grove. Carol has taught first graders at Pleasant Grove Elementary School since 2005. Their oldest daughter, Hannah, is scheduled to graduate from the University of South Alabama in December, 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. Their younger daughter, Rebecca, will also attend the University of South Alabama to pursue a degree in Nursing.

Pasttimes

Almost any kind of sport, especially when the Alabama Crimson Tide is playing.

Life Verse

1 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Walt Magaha

Student & Youth Minister

Education

I have an Associate of Arts degree from Pensacola State College (2009), a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations/Communications Arts from the University of West Florida (2011), and a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2014)

Family

I met my beautiful bride, Tori, In September 2013 at a Christian Evangelism/Discipleship Conference called “Unashamed” in Atlanta, GA.  After dating from a distance for several months, I had the great pleasure of asking her to be my wife May 16, 2014.  We were married in her hometown of Winston-Salem, NC on September 27, 2014.  We have two cats and one dog.  We found out earlier this year that Tori is pregnant!  So, we are expecting a wonderful, little bundle of joy later this year or early January 2018.

Pasttimes

I enjoy lifting weights, running, biking, hiking, just about any water sport (surfing, wakeboarding, swimming), being active in general, traveling, reading theology, Christian philosophy, apologetics and other subjects, watching movies, and being a foodie.

Life Verse

John 17:3 (NASB) “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

Jonathan DeJesus

Music Associate Contemporary Worship Leader

Education

Educational Background –  Graduated from Elvira M. Colon Negron High school in Santa Isabel Puerto Rico in 1999, obtained a Associates degree in Drafting in Ponce Puerto Rico in 2001. I am currently pursuing a Bachelors degree as Worship Pastor at The Baptist College of Florida.

Family

I have been married for 11 years, have a 10 year old boy and a 4year old girl. I am a US NAVY combat Veteran on the OIF(Operation Iraqi Freedom)  OEF(Operation Enduring Freedom) campaign. I was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. My wife’s name is: Karla Michelle DeJesus, she was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was born and raised in a Christian family where all worshiped God through instruments and voice. She studied at the University of Puerto Rico 1 year in Chemical engineer and 4 years in Secondary Education in Biology. She currently works at the NAS Pensacola Child Development Center. My
wife’s passion is worshiping God through voice and guitar.

Pasttimes

I like to work on cars, wood crafting and play instruments like piano, guitar, saxophone and sing.

Life Verses

1 Chronicles 16:23-31.

Mary Ann Winstead

Pre-school Learning Center Director

Education

BAS Organizational Administration from Pensacola State College.
Florida Child Care and Education Program Advanced Director Credential VPK Endorsed

Family

Married to Ray Winstead since 2012.

Pasttimes

Reading, Crochet, Puzzles.

Life Verse

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Betty Scurlock

Ministry Assistant/Organist

Education

A.A. Pensacola State
Certified Professional Secretary
Certified Ministry Assistant
Private Organ Instruction – Dauphin Way Baptist Church

Family

Husband:  David Scurlock, Retired Music Minister &
Sons:  Randall, Richard (wife Melia)
Granddaughter:  Hunter

Pasttimes

Reading, Crossword puzzles

Life Verse

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength”

Melissa C. Westman

Education

B. A., Master of Church Music

Family

Husband: Larry Westman, Chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital
Adult Children: Cindy Westman (Ewintario) Nielsen & Andrew (Samantha) Westman
Grandson: Ewintario Nielsen II

Pasttimes

I enjoy Reading, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku puzzles, board games

Life Verse

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”