Pastor John Girdley

Pastor John was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but was raised in Indiana. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor John has served Florida Avenue Baptist Church as their Pastor since February 2006.

John and his wife Angela were married July 1, 2000 and have two daughters: Hannah and Grace.

Dennis Johns
Music Director

Dennis Johns is a native of Avon Park.  Dennis has been promoting gospel music in our area for over 25 years. He traveled throughout the Southeastern United States singing southern gospel music from 1998 – 2004. When his family quartet stopped traveling, Dennis began leading our choir in 2004, and became Music Director in 2005.
Dennis and his wife Bonnie have two children, Stephanie and Chad and three wonderful grandchildren: Emma, Tyler, and Leah.

Gail Dixon

Gail was raised at Florida Avenue Baptist Church and became pianist at a very young age. She moved away from the area in 1970. For the last 15 years she has been Minister of Music at another church. In 2009 she had the opportunity to return to her home church once again. This is where her roots are and she feels so blessed to have the opportunity to once again return to Florida Avenue as their pianist.

She has two beautiful children, one awesome grandson, and two beautiful granddaughters. When she's not taking her grandson on "excursions" or cuddling her granddaughters, you can find her in her yard or at her "retirement" job serving some 500 little children their lunch and enjoying interacting with them. "God has richly blessed me with the father and mother He gave me and  my children and grandchildren. I use my hands to serve Him".
Vealda Lambright
Ministry Assistant

Vealda was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Vealda, along with her husband Wayne, moved their family of three boys to Avon Park in 1990. Their children are now grown and they have three beautiful granddaughters..

Vealda has been serving as church secretary & treasurer since June 2010 and received a "Ministry Assistant" certification from the Southern Baptist Convention in 2011 and "Financial Ministry Assistant" certification in 2013.
Our mission is to love God and others by helping our community DISCOVER GOD'S LOVE, DEVELOP GOD'S LOVE & DEMONSTRATE GOD'S LOVE.