The Team


Chris and Alissa Welty

Chris and Alissa Welty

Pastor of Administration

Chris grew up in Sarasota and right here at Fellowship of Believers Church.  Chris spent lots of time during his childhood years around church, helping his parents with children’s ministry and serving other ministries in the church.  Both Chris’ grandparents and parents served as Pastors at FOB for many years in different capacities, so from a young age he was familiar with ministry and its calling.

Chris and Alissa married in July 2008, and soon after God opened the door to ministry through serving as the youth directors at FOB for the next 4 years. Chris and Alissa cherished this time with the youth, but God’s intent was to use Chris in a broader way.  He now serves FOB as the Pastor of Administration.  If you have ever met Chris, you know that his high energy and ability to make things happen is contagious!  He loves “the big picture,” and how the sum is always greater than the parts when God is involved!

Chris and Alissa have four young children, Jay, Erin, Wyatt and Nora. Chris loves camping with his family and enjoys fishing, wood and metal working,  and anything involving tools.  A devoted family man, he’s known for being the guy who does all the thanksgiving dishes!  Together, Chris and Alissa have a big heart to help people discover their callings in God and find their effectiveness in ministry.

Nathan and Merinda Wicker

Nathan and Merinda Wicker

Youth Pastors

Nathan and Merinda Wicker relocated from Columbus, OH.  They have three beautiful children, Wren, Brooks and Corban, and a miniature schnauzer, Sophia.

Nathan studied at Valor Christian College and holds his A.A.S in Pastoral Leadership. Merinda studied at The Ohio State University in Fashion Merchandising.

Both Nathan and Merinda are Spirit-filled and desire to see the power of God radically change this next generation. They both have worked together and separately in youth ministry in areas such as youth leadership, worship, small groups, technology, and the arts.

Nathan is passionate about seeing believers unlock their God-given potential to reach those around them with the love and power of Jesus Christ. Merinda is passionate about young women realizing their self-worth and the value of their purity.


Josh & Rachel Beverly

Matthew & Jacque Pattison

Support Staff

Marko & Lisa Petrik

Children’s Ministry Directors

Hayley Prada

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Vandergouw


Caleb Allen

Facilities Manager

Kailey Walker

Digital Designer

There are so many more Ministry Leaders and volunteers that make this a great team. We couldn’t do it without them!

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