401 Pauls Drive Brandon FL, 33511

Meet the Team

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PASTOR BRENT SIMPSON

Lead Pastor

“Passionate, practical, powerful preacher of the Gospel who cares about you.”

Email Pastor Brent
  1. How long have you been in ministry? Since 1998
  2. Names of children? Sydney, Ty, & Elijah!
  3. What city were you born in? Tampa! I’m one of the few Florida natives.
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: Playing with my kids, reading, working out, fishing and being on the boat, playing guitar.
  5. What is your favorite dessert? My mothers cherry cream cheese pie!
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? Tough one…almost anything by Ray Charles, but if I had to pick one: “Seven Spanish Angels” by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson.
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? Jack Bauer!
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias, Jameis Winston
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Sleepy
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries
Visit his website here.

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Ada Simpson

Co-Pastor

Passionately pursuing His presence and empowering you to walk in your God given authority and identity

Email Pastor Ada
  1. How long have you been in ministry? Since 2000
  2. Names of children? Sydney, Ty, & Elijah!
  3. What city were you born in? Thomasville, Georgia.
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: Playing board games, being on the boat, being with my family, going to the beach, eating steak.
  5. What is your favorite dessert? Godiva Chocolate
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? Anything my husband writes and performs for me
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? Sydney Bristow (Alias)
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Fuchsia Pickett, Heidi Baker, Bill Johnson
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Happy
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Not cereal, eggs and bacon!

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Julie Russelburg

Executive Pastor & Children's Ministries Specialist

“Lover of Jesus and people, and the place where they meet.”

Email Pastor Julie
  1. How long have you been in ministry? I started in working in the Bus Ministry when I was 15 years old. If that counts, I have been in ministry for 37 years. If you count when I was an adult it would be 34 years.
  2. Names and ages of children? Amber – 29, Kyle – 27
  3. What city were you born in? Henderson, KY
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: I like to read, take nature walks and spend time with my hubby and my kids
  5. What is your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? I like too many to pick one
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? MacGuyver – you can do anything with Duct Tape!
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Billy Graham, Nicky Cruz and Pastor James Biram
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Happy
  10. What is your favorite breakfast cereal? Cinnamon Oat Squares

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Tina Blount

Connections Pastor

“Inspirational Catalyst; meeting you at the intersection where life meets faith, equipping and inspiring you to overcome and become.”

Email Pastor Tina
  1. How long have you been in the ministry? Since 2006 – as an adult Bible Study teacher, Women’s Ministry leader, speaker, author, coach and now pastor.
  2. What are the names of your children? Just one daughter – Jenna
  3. What city were you born in? Wheeling, West Virginia ( and yes, I was born without shoes).
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time? Reading, watching movies, playing games, meeting new people and laying by the pool
  5. What is your favorite dessert? I’m a cookie girl all way… but my favorite is an Oreo
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? Kelly Finglass from "Making The Team."
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Marcus Lemonis, Michelle Obama and, Oprah Winfrey.
  9. Which one of Snow’s White’s 7 Dwarfs best fits your personality? Doc
  10. What is your favorite breakfast cereal? Honey Nut Cheerios because they are a lot like me - sweet, nutty and a little bit round.
Visit her website here.

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Ashley Weaver

Worship Pastor

“Leading you into the presence of God through refreshing worship experiences.”

Email Pastor Ashley
  1. How long have you been in ministry? 8 Years.
  2. Names and ages of children? Brooklynn, Judah and Zion
  3. What city were you born in? Gainesville, Florida!
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: Hanging with my family, shopping, thrifting, drving around new towns and playing the piano.
  5. What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate cake, Chocolate icing.
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? I have so many faves. Waymaker by sinach is one I could sing forever so probably that one.
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? Olivia Pope!
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? John gray. Katy Perry. Jenn Johnson. All at the same time.
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Dopey
  10. What is your favorite breakfast cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

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Jason Vega

Youth Pastor

“Relevant, Real and Raw; A youth pastor who gets “it”"

Email Pastor Jason
  1. How long have you been in ministry? 15 years
  2. Names of children? Josiah and Jolie.
  3. What city were you born in? Bronx, New York
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: Listening, practicing, creating music, watching red box movies, watching movies at the theather, playing video games, browsing through home improvement projects and shows.
  5. What is your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? "Flood" by Jars of Clay
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? Rick Grimes
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Will Ferrell, Kris Vallotton, Steve Carell
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Happy
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Captain Crunch
  11. Honey Bunches of Oats

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Josh Cunningham

Kids Pastor

"Helping kids discover who God is in their lives."

Email Pastor Josh
  1. How long have you been in ministry? I have been in childrens ministry for about 10 years.
  2. Names of children? No children...yet.
  3. What city were you born in? Warren, Ohio!
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: I like to spend time with my wife, play golf, watch sports, go out to eat and spend time with friends.
  5. What is your favorite dessert?Cheesecake.
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? Eye 2 Eye by Tevin Campbell (from the Goofy Movie Soundtrack)
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? Andy Dwyer (Parks and Rec)
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Lebron James, HHH , and Bobby Flay (He could cook lunch)
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Happy
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Oops! All Berries
Josh also serves as Pastor Brent's personal assistant.

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Samantha Aybar

Church Administrator

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Email Samantha
  1. How long have you been in ministry? 4 years
  2. Names of children? Zariah
  3. What city were you born in? Buffalo, New York
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time. Watching movies, outings with my family, shopping, going to the beach, taking naps.
  5. What is your favorite dessert? Triple chocolate fudgey brownies
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? "Hallelujah" by Pentatonix
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? I don't watch much T.V. so I would say Toula from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Tori Kelly, Plumb, Holley Gerth
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Sleepy
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Lucky Charms

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Ruby Hedin

Prayer Pastor

“To help believers encounter Heaven on Earth through powerful and effective prayer”

Email Pastor Ruby
  1.  How long have you been in ministry? 17 years as a College Ministry Leader, Youth Pastor, Speaker, Altar Team Trainer, Counselor
  2.  Names of children?Micah.
  3. What city were you born in? Yes I was born in the Bronx, but I don’t claim to be a Yankee.  I’m a Texan at heart.
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: Rarely get spare time, but when I do I like spending time with my husband, painting, decorating, and trying out new restaurants.
  5. What is your favorite dessert? Sticky Toffee Pudding.  MMMMM. my mouth is watering just thinking about it right now.
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? It changes but for now it is Shekinah Glory by Cory Asbury and Matt Gillman
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? A mix of Martha Stewart and Paula Deen.
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker, Oprah Winfrey, so I can bring her to the Lord.
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Doc
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Honey Bunches of Oats
To schedule a SOZO, please email Pastor Ruby. Please include your name, phone number and preferred email address.

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Aaron Hedin

Teaching Pastor

“Called to teach; desire to obey”

Email Pastor Aaron
  1. How long have you been in ministry? 15 years as a Missions Speaker, College and Career Bible Study Teacher, Discipleship Minister.
  2. Names of children? Micah.
  3. What city were you born in? Lincoln, Nebraska.  However, having lived most of my life in Tulsa, I have to say I am an Oklahoman at heart.
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: Spending time with my wife Ruby, reading, watch TV, Archery, and time with family and friends.
  5. What is your favorite dessert? I love Sticky Toffee pudding, but if I was forced to pick one to eat every day, it would be hot banana pudding.
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? This changes, but lately it has been Oceans by Hillsong United.
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? Captain Kirk (Star Trek)
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Dave Roberson, Gary Carpenter, and Tim Stemple
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Happy
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Cocoa Puffs

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Ken McAnulty

Connections Pastor
Email Pastor Ken
  1. How long have you been in ministry? My whole life really. I grew up as a Pastor's kid and have been ordained since 2000.
  2. Names of children? Olivia (19) and Jeremiah (15)
  3. What city were you born in? Petoskey, Michigan.
  4. Name 5 things you enjoy doing in your spare time: Reading, Dating my wife, spending time with family, playing video games and traveling.
  5. What is your favorite dessert? Ice cream...or bread pudding
  6. What’s your favorite song of all time? God will make a way
  7. If you were a television character who would you be? Dr. Jason Bull because I like figuring people out.
  8. Name 3 living people that you would love to have lunch with? Blaine Bertell, Ravi Zacharias and Jim Harbaugh
  9. Which one of the Snow Whites 7 dwarfs best fits your personality? Doc
  10. What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Don't eat cereal. Toast with peanut butter and fruit.