Meet the Staff

Leadership Staff

Doug Bedgood, Pastor of Christian Living

Jesús Avilés

Student Ministry Director

  • Graduate of Barry University and Florida International University.
  • Married to Monica. Six children.
  • At Celebration since 2020. Joined the staff in 2022.
Doug Bedgood, Pastor of Christian Living

Doug Bedgood

Pastor of Christian Living

  • Graduate of the University of West Florida and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Married to Jana. Two children, one daughter-in-law and one son-in-law.
  • At Celebration since 2008.
Doug Bedgood, Pastor of Christian Living

Scott Carter

Mission Pastor

  • Graduate of Samford University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Married to Crystal. 5 children.
  • Served as a missionary with the International Mission Board for 18 years.
  • At Celebration since September 2020.
David Emmert, Lead Pastor

David Emmert

Lead Pastor

  • Graduate of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Married to Pam. Two children, one son-in-law, and one daughter-in-law.
  • Served as missionary for 10 years in Zambia and Ethiopia.
  • At Celebration since 2006.
Warren Halstrom, Worship Pastor

Warren Halstrom

Worship Pastor

  • Graduate of Western Washington University and the University of British Columbia.
  • Former international recording artist
  • Married to Shelly. Four children, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law, and two grandsons
  • At Celebration since 2006
Tommy Hendricks, Family Pastor

Tommy Hendricks

Family Pastor

  • Graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Married to Jo. Seven children.
  • Served with the North American Mission Board.
  • At Celebration since 2006.
Aaron Sheffield, Student Pastor

John Lizarazo

Pastor of Celebration en Español

  • Graduate of Rio Grande Bible College.
  • Married to Angie. Three children.
  • At Celebration since 2019.
Natalie Thomas, Business Administrator

Natalie Thomas

Business Administrator

  • Graduate of Florida A&M University
  • Married to Angus. Two children.
  • At Celebration since 2007.

Meet the team.

Torie Bartee

Discipleship Assistant

Alex Beaman

Production Director

Nola Cason

Student Girl's Ministry Director

Yosmary Carrero

Missions Assistant

Spencer Doster

Video Ministry Director

Danae Hadzima

Kinderschool Director

Landon Hardeman

Children's Ministry Director

Brittony Henderson

Human Resources

Jimmie Horne

Maintenance Team Leader

Katrina McMillan


Jessica McNeil

Video Ministry Director

Lisa Merchant

Children's Ministry Assistant

Sherrie Miller

Preschool & Child Care Coordinator

Kerrick Norton

Maintenance Team

Kimberly Prutsman

Worship Volunteer Coordinator

Aydana Quiva

Administrative Assistant

Larry Reese

Accounts Payable

Melanie Stowers

Kinderschool Registrar

Emily Tretter

After School Director

Dennis Walker

First Impressions Coordinator

Chari Wester

Connections Coordinator

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