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, and two in-laws.
  • At Celebration since 2008.
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, two in-laws,  and one grandchild.
  • 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, two in-laws, and four grandchildren.
  • 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.
Aaron Sheffield, Student Pastor

Nate Mattox

Missions Pastor

  • Graduate of The Baptist College of Florida.
  • Married to Brittany. Four children.
  • At Celebration since 2024.
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.

Neomi Aviles

Children's Director

Yosmary Carrero

Missions Assistant

Nola Cason

Student Girl's Ministry Director

Ben Carringer

Worship Ministry Assistant

Rachel David

Discipleship Assistant

Kelly Dixon

CDM Accounts Receivable/
Database Administrator

Spencer Doster

Video Ministry Director

Becky Hadley

Assistant After School/Summer Camp Director

Brittony Henderson

Human Resources

Jimmie Horne

Maintenance Team Leader

Katrina McMillan


Jessica McNeil

Video Ministry Director

Sherrie Miller

Preschool & Child Care Coordinator

Kerrick Norton

Maintenance Team

Ruth Petty

Kinderschool Director

Kimberly Prutsman

Sunday Morning Experience

Aydana Quiva

Administrative Assistant

Melanie Stowers

Kinderschool Registrar

Emily Tretter

After School Director

Chari Wester

Connections Coordinator

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