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Pr. Shawn McDowell

Senior Pastor

Pastor Shawn McDowell, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania became the shepherd of our flock in January of 2018. Joined by his wife: Carrie, they bring a wealth of experience paired with passion for the Word of God.

Pr. Shawn is a veteran of United States Army Special Forces. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division before pursuing a career in construction where he was instrumental in building many hospitals, colosseums, and stadiums up and down the east coast. Pr. Shawn received a call into ministry and graduated from Life Christian University. He is an ordained minister of the Assembly of God church and has been serving in ministry for over 10 years.

Pr. Shawn has 5 main loves in life: God, his wife, his children, ice cream, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In that order we are sure. Stop by the ice cream parlor and get him something with chocolate and you will have won over his affection for at least 3 days.

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Pr. Carrie McDowell


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Pastor Carrie McDowell, our

co-pastor and the wife of senior pastor: Shawn McDowell is from Wallingford, Connecticut and a former track star in high school.

Pr. Carrie is best known for her caring spirit and love for those around her. She is a graduate of Life Christian University and an ordained minister of the Assembly of God church. 

Pr. Carrie loves to crochet and read. However, it is not unlikely for you find her cutting loose at Busch Gardens, especially in the summer when Water Country is in full swing.

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Pr. AJ Winters

Associate Pastor

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Pastor AJ Winters,

originally from Frostburg, Maryland joined our family in August of 2018. He is the head of Next Chapter Youth Ministries and the leader of our worship team - Thusia. Pr. AJ is a graduate of Life Christian University and a licensed minister of the Assembly of God church.

He and his wife Grace have been married since 2018. You can often find them at Norfolk Tides baseball games or at home watching Netflix with their elderly canine, Maggie.

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Robin Ferguson

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Robin Ferguson is a well traveled member of our family most recently derived from Mount Olive, North Carolina. She and her daughters, Rachel and Sarabeth  are passionate about serving God and using their artistic gifts to serve Him and the church. Robin also has a son, Josh who is currently serving our great country as a member of the United States Air Force.