Our ministers are the leadership and guidance for our entire congregation. They keep us focused on goals and help us grow by exploring the Word of God.

James "Preacher Jim" Reed, D.V., Minister

PJ, as he is affectionately called, is the heart and soul of WHCC. Originally from Illinois, he graduated from Lincoln Christian University. He has a son, a daughter and three grandchildren, all of whom are in God's specialized ministry. His wife, Sharon, attends church weekly to hear God's message. When he speaks you can actually feel his words and his passion for what he is teaching. He has a wonderful sense of humor, is very personable and makes sure to shake everyone's hand every day. He is always there when he is needed, always smiles and truly cares about the people that attend the church. He is the most loving, compassionate, heartfelt person and the minute you meet him you know you are home.

Preacher Jim's Gem

PJ's personal message to all: "I sincerely welcome you to enjoy worshipping and serving Jehovah God with us. We all will be divinely blest! God Bless You, Always!"

- Preacher Jim Reed

Shari Sarnecki, Youth Director

Shari is originally from Illinois and graduated with a B.A. in Church and Family Life from Lincoln Christian University. Her husband, Marc, is a strong support and loves being busy behind the scenes to "make the magic happen". They have a son who is married and two grandsons that they love dearly! Ms. Shari loves her giraffes! Just check out her office sometime.

Shari's message to all: 

"Each person is an amazing creation in the image of God and He knew that His world needed YOU! Think on this and believe it! 

Because of Him, 


Eddie Butts, Elder, Trustee,

Vice Chairman of the Board

Eddie has been a member of WHCC since 2014. He is originally from Kentucky and is now a permanent Florida resident. He is retired and previously worked for General Electric. He loves to go fishing and is enjoying the local lakes. He also enjoys watching college basketball.

John Dumeny, Elder, Chairman of Elders

John has held WHCC membership since 2006. He is a permanent Florida resident now but comes from Louisville, Ohio originally. He is retired and is a proud US Marine. He loves working with the local missions and dedicates a lot of his free time to the church and the local missions. One of his favorite things is teaching children about God.

Larry Ferguson, Elder,

Vice Chairman of the Elders

Larry became a member of WHCC in 1999. Although he is a permanent Florida resident now, he was born in North Carolina and raised in Michigan. He worked in auto sales and sales management. He enjoys golf and music and ever played drums professionally for 6 years! His favorite team is the N.C. Tarheels and still has family living in Michigan.

Larry Forsythe, Elder

Larry has been a member of WHCC for 4 years. He is originally from Kewanee, Illinois and is now a permanent Florida resident. He works at the Chevrolet Center in Winter Haven. He enjoys traveling, playing cards, and fishing. His favorite sports team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Robert "Bob" Huss, Elder

Bob joined WHCC in 1985 and has been an active member ever since. Originally from Clinton, New Jersey, Bob is now a permanent Florida resident and owns Haven Land Surveys in Winter Haven. He enjoys golfing, bike riding, collecting seashells, watching old movies and listening to music. He is not only an Elder in the church, he is a member of the Praise Team & choir, a Sunday School teacher and the Van Ministry working with youth. He does a lot for the community in the way of local missions and works hard on community outreach.

John Lloyd, Elder,

Assistant Secretary of the Board 

John became a member of WHCC in 2002 and is originally from Alliance, Ohio. He was a Chevrolet Car Salesman for many years and is now enjoying the Florida lifestyle and his retirement. He loves watching sports, his favorite teams include the Cleveland Indians, Ohio State, the Buckeyes and the Cavaliers. He enjoys listening to southern Gospel music and enjoys a more traditional style worship. John is a solid member of our church community and a very helpful person.

Jim Walker, Elder, Chairman of the Board

Jim became a member of WHCC in 1988 and comes from Jacksonville, Illinois. He was a Logistic Analyst for Ryan Aero, Teledyne, Ryan, RCA and Texas Instruments. For the past 20 years he spent his time as an Adult Education Teacher in Lake Alfred. He loves being outside doing yardwork and growing plants, he has quite the green thumb. He is bilingual and puts that skill to use when the opportunity arises. He enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys play and absolutely loves singing in the choir and Praise Team at church. Jim is very friendly, always smiling and happy to meet new people.  

Jeff Applegarth, Deacon

Jeff has been a​ member of WHCC for 52 years and a permanent Florida resident for 59 years. He was originally from Ohio. He is semi retired from working in the sandblasting field. He enjoys playing golf and his favorite team is the Florida Gators. 

Ryan Bataille, Deacon

Ryan has been a member of WHCC for 3 years. He is from Winter Haven, Florida and works in home design. He enjoys time with his family, the gym, biking, and sports. His favorite sports teams are the Florida Gators and Orlando Magic. 

Jim Becknell, Deacon, Trustee

Jim has been a member of WHCC for 2 years. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Manchester, Kentucky. He is now a permanent Florida resident. He is a retired Pharmacist. His hobbies are fishing, hunting, gold panning, and bee keeping. His favorite sports teams are the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and New York Yankees. 

Kenny Board, Deacon, Chairman of the Deacons, Trustee, Treasurer

Kenny has been a member of WHCC since its inception in 1967 and one of the original members of the church. Originally from Indiana, he moved to Florida in 1961. He was employed by the US Postal Service for over 42 years and has since retired. His hobbies revolve around his grandchildren, family is very important to him. He is also an avid Florida Gator fan and enjoys watching them play. In addition he spends a lot of his free time serving God in many ways. Kenny is very personable and loves meeting new people.

Bill Bojo, Deacon

Bill has been a member of WHCC since 1970. He is a permanent Florida resident, but is originally from Ohio. He is a retired carpet layer. He enjoys golf and fishing. His favorite sports team is the Florida Gators. 

Ed Burch, Deacon

Edward has been a member of WHCC for 5 years. Originally from Arkansas, but is now a permanent Florida resident. He is retired from the Army and currently works in security. He enjoys putting puzzles together and loves golf. 

Ray Mathews, Deacon, Financial Secretary

Ray joined WHCC in 1990 and has lived here all his life. Formerly, he was in the printing industry and has since retired. He now spends most of his time assisting with projects around the church and doing whatever needs to be done. He enjoys watching the Seminoles play and volunteers at Meals on Wheels. He is a member of our Praise Team that leads our songs during worship services. Ray is one that helps wherever assistance is needed.

Robbie Newberry, Deacon,

Secretary of the Board

Robbie formally became a WHCC member in 2011. He is originally from Winter Haven and loves the area. He works in a civil engineering field and enjoys his church, his family, playing softball and watching Tampa Bay Buccaneers games. Robbie is a member of the church Praise Team leading our songs during worship services and adds his dance moves to the music.

Mark Scott, Deacon

Mark has been a member of WHCC for 2 years. He is originally from Springfield, Illinois and is now a permanent resident of Florida. He is retired from doing computer work and from the FBI. He enjoys sports and his favorite team is Saint Louis Cardinals. 

Marcus Robinson, Deacon


Marcus Randolph Robinson

December 7, 1951 - July 13, 2019