Meet Our Staff

Robert Ball - Senior Pastor

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Originally from Green Cove Springs, Florida, Robert served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 20 years.  He surrendered to the ministry while on active duty and entered full time ministry upon his retirement from the Navy.  Robert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, a Master of Arts  Degree in Biblical Theology, a Master of Divinity Degree, a Doctorate of Ministry (DMin) from Luther Rice University and a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.  Robert has served as the pastor of OakLeaf Baptist Church since its inception in 2000.  Robert is married to Sherrie and they have four children, Meagan, Nathan, Hunter, and Hailey.

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Jeff Adams - Minister of Music and Media

Jeff Adams 150pxJeff joined our staff in June of 2015.  He attended the University of North Florida, where he recieved a B.A. in Music Education. Jeff and his wife Amanda have been married for 9 years and have one child, Jayden.  Before coming to Oakleaf Baptist, Jeff has served on staff as an Associate Music Minister for 14 years at various churches in Jacksonville, FL.

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 Wesley Lewis - Executive Pastor

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Coming on staff in 2005, Wesley has served at OBC for over 10yrs. He's used his skills in talents in many areas, including music, preaching/teaching, administration, and proudly serving as Youth Pastor for many years. He now serves as Executive Pastor overseeing almost all the ministries at OBC. Before coming to OakLeaf Baptist, he attended Liberty University, where he minored in Music and received a B.S. in Religion with a specialization in Biblical Studies. He then went on to Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary to earn his Masters if Arts in Religion, Masters of Religious Education, and Masters of Divinity. His specializations included Youth, Pastoral Counseling, and Church Ministries. All skills he has put to good use at OakLeaf Baptist Church in many areas. Wesley and his wife Amanda have been married for 13 years and have three children, Micah, Hannah, and Addie. They are native Floridians who love the beach, Disney, and spending time together as a family.

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Bill Gilmore - Pastor of Inreach/Outreach

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As a teen, Bill believed God was leading him into pastoral ministry. After completing high school, he attended Trinity Baptist College and graduated in 1998. He then furthered his education by earning a Master of Ministry degree, a Master of Theology degree and a Doctor of Theology degree. Bill Came to OBC as the Interim Worship Pastor to assist the church through a leadership transition at the beginning of 2015.  After the church secured Jeff as our new Worship Pastor, Bill transitioned into a temporary roll as an Assistant Pastor of In-reach and outreach. Bill and his wife Sandy have been married since 1994. The way God brought them together is an incredible story of God’s providence. Bill, Sandy and their two children, resides in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Florida. In his spare time he enjoys wood working, hunting, fishing, and many other activities with his family.

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Stephen Rutherford - Pastor of Discipleship & Training

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Kim Watts - OBCKidz Director

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Rhonda Carmichael - Awana Commander

Rhonda-Carmichael-150pxRhonda Carmichael was born in Canton, Ohio and moved to Florida at 15. She has a heart for children because she came to know Christ at 8 years old. Since being in Jacksonville she has served in several churches teaching Sunday School, directing VBS, and being our Awana commander here at OBC. She and her husband have 3 beautiful daughters.

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Charity Barbosa - PreSchool Director

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Angela Lastinger - Office Administrator

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