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Our Staff

 

Pastor James Hilton :: Lead Pastor & Teacher

James was born in Orlando and had the privilege of being raised in a home where his father was a pastor. Though he attended church during his childhood and accepted Christ at an early age, he did not fully grasp the power of Christ and radically begin to follow Jesus until the age of 17. During his college years, he served as a youth minister in two churches while completing a degree in Business Communications from the University of Central Florida.

In 1997, soon after graduating from UCF, James married his sweetheart, Shana. She is the love of his life and the incredible mother of their four children; Josiah, twins Halyn and Gracyn and Ansley born in March of 2010. Once James fully committed to full-time ministry, he headed to Southeastern Seminary to further his education. He received a Master of Divinity degree with Biblical Languages, and then continued on to earn a PhD in Systematic Theology with an emphasis in ecclesiology. During seminary James had the privilege of leading several ministries, doing itinerant speaking ministry, and teaching on the college level. However, God continued to place a strong call upon his heart to pastor a local church. James has felt that the primary means in which God transforms people and radically converts communities is through the power of a local church.

Then in 2004, feeling led by God and unanimously called by God's people, James became the Lead Pastor & Teacher at the Journey. James has seen God's miraculous hand as hundreds have come to know Christ and experience His amazing love and joy. It is because of these encounters that James has an even deeper hunger to see God move even more in our church and community so that Jesus Christ will be glorified.

 

Pastor John Smith :: Pastor of Ministry Development

John was born and raised in New Jersey. The Lord has blessed him with a great family; his wife Maria and three kids, Sarah, Jessica and Chris and his wife Tiffany. He also has two grandchildren, Eva and Sean.

John graduated from Farleigh Dickenson University with an undergraduate degree in psychology and also from Baptist Bible Seminary in Pennsylvania with a Master of Divinity degree. John also worked in management with UPS, and previously pastored in Michigan and Iowa before coming to Florida to start a church.

 

Pastor Jason Wilson :: Worship Pastor

Jason has been the Worship Pastor at the Journey since 2005. He was born in Richmond, Kentucky. He and his wife Karen, have five children; Allie, twins Ethan and Anna, Eli and Abby. Jason received his BA from the University of Kentucky in Mathematics, his MA from Eastern Kentucky University in Counseling and his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

Pastor John Sellers :: Pastor to Students & Families

John has been a part of the Journey family since September 2011. He was born in Panama City, FL, and met his wife Rebecca while they both were attending the University of Central Florida. John and Rebecca were married in 2003 and the Lord has blessed them with two children, Brighton and Raelyn. John graduated from UCF in 2004 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also graduated from Southeastern Theological Seminary in 2007 with a Master of Divinity degree. John served on staff at a church in Tennessee before moving to Florida to be a part of the Journey. 

 

Pastor Joe Crain :: Groups Pastor 

Joe has been attending the Journey since 2010 and joined our staff in 2012 to serve the small group environments at the Journey. Joe was born in Winter Park, Florida and married his wife, Jana in 2004.  Both Joe and Jana grew up overseas as missionary kids with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines and Thailand. They have two boys, Joseph and Jonathan. Joe received his BA from Stetson University in 1999 and has since earned an MA in Instructional Technology from AIU and ED.S. in Leadership from University of North Florida. While Joe has worked in the State of Florida as an educator teaching Social Studies and Economics for 14 years, he has also carried many ministry positions helping plant a church and leading worship as a Worship Pastor in two previous churches.

 

Cindy DuBreucq :: Director of Operations

Laura Ehling :: Pastoral Administrative Assistant

Annie Helms :: Communication Arts Director

Laurie Molina :: Children's Ministry Director

Debby Wyman :: Preschool Director

Nancy Shaffer :: Missional Coordinator (Global :: Haiti)

Cindy Tocci :: Community Outreach Coordinator

Kelly Ernest :: Facilities Manager