Lead Pastor & Family:
Robert Gordon, his wife Glynda, and their children: Ashley, Grace, and Isaiah.
Robert and Glynda were married on December 23, 2005. Grace came along in 2008 (along with the beginning of The Church of Life). Isaiah was born a year and some months later. Ashley Gordon is Pastor Robert's first child from his previous marriage, totaling 3 children.
Pastor Robert was born in Panama Canal, Panama in 1968. His father Jorge, being in the U.S. Air Force had his family moved to San Bernardino, California until Robert was 7 years old, followed by Quito, Ecuador until 15 years old. After losing his father to a massive heart attack at age 51, Robert,15, and his family moved to Miami, Florida where he spent his high school years and some. At 23, he alone moved to Orlando in 1993. Robert was raised in the Catholic church, but was truly delivered and saved from various addictions on October 26, 2002 during a 40 day stint at 33rd street jail in Orlando. Since then, Robert has been serving as a teacher and preacher to the homeless, rehab facilities, life group teacher at First Orlando, and currently preaches at 33rd Street Jail with Good News Jail & Prison Ministries.
Glynda Gordon was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1976. She graduated from Eastern Illinois Univerisity in 2000 with a Major in Sport's Medicine. Glynda moved down to Orlando, Florida in 2001, choosing beach over snow, and worked in her field successfully for 8 years. Glynda met Robert while he was teaching at the Life Group- Real, at First Orlando, shortly after re-dedicating her life to Christ. She is a stay-at-home mom with both of her hands full.
God gave Robert the vision to start a bible study on International Drive, while on his honey moon with Glynda, and the Lord led them to plant it two years later, on June 17th, 2008. They will be launching a full service child care, Kiddie Life, and offer subsidized child care services to hospitality workers on or near the I-Drive Area in 2012.
Missions Pastor & Family:
Richard Ruiz and his wife Emely.
Richie and Emely Ruiz have been serving at The Church of Life for over a year. Richie is the Local Missions Pastor and teaches at the local jail. He along with his wife Emely organize events to reach the community off of International Drive. He has been on several mission trips impacting people's lives for Christ.
Emely is the church Administrator / Secretary. Her passion is for International missions and medicine. She currently is leading our first church mission trip along with the lead pastor's wife Glynda. She is a Realtor who also plans on going to nursing school to be an RN in 2012.
Worship / Teaching Pastor & Family:
Jim Barringer, his wife Andrea, and daughter Abigail
Jim is the Worship/Teaching Pastor at The Church of Life, lending his guitar skills to the worship band and teaching periodically on Sunday nights. He leads the youth group along with his wife Andrea, and when not at The Church of Life, is a high school teacher and writer.
Andrea is a gifted minister to teens, and leads the youth group with her husband Jim. Her passion for sharing the power of God has led her to writing, and she has finished one Christian novel with plans to complete more in the near future.
Children's Ministry (KiddieLIFE):
Crystal Lemley: Director / Lead Teacher
My name is Crystal and I am 27yrs old. I have been in the preschool business for 10yrs. I am currently expanding my education by taking night and online classes! Kids are my heart and seeing them grow and develop is what makes my heart tick. It excites me to see kids learn and I love to see them excited to learn. As lead teacher, I am there to teach one on one with your child, and make sure they are well taken care of . As director, I will be there for you to communicate any questions you may have concerning your child's day to day progress. It is my desire to see that your child is happy and that you are happy! One of my favorite verses is Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." I look forward to working with you and your child!
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