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J.R. Carrel

Lead Pastor

J.R. has been involved in church leadership for over 25 years. He loves what he does (preaching, teaching and administration) and finding ways to reach out to Tampa Bay Community with God's message of love and acceptance. He has been at Discovery for over eight years. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and has been married to his wife, Bonnie for 42 years. His outside interests include woodworking and WWII submarines. He loves to laugh, hearing from interested people, and answering tough questions. We don't use titles like Reverend or Father at Discovery. We just call him J.R.

RIck Robie

Associate Pastor

Rick has been in the ministry for 23 years and loves what he does. Rick is a graduate of Mid-Atlantic Christian University and holds a Master of Arts in Christian Studies/Theology from Master's International School of Divinity. He loves to read and is a Black Belt in Kickboxing and studies at Superkicks located in St. Petersburg. He also lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Sharon, his teenage son, Ricky and his daughter, Ally.

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Liz Jahnigen

Office Administrator

Liz is a tremendous help not only in the office but in the Children's Department as well. She loves children! Maybe that's why she works so well with J.R. and Rick. Liz has been on staff at Discovery for over 9 years and loves serving the Lord. She has been married to Gary for 24 years and has a son, Trevor and a daughter, Karli.

Misty Vance

Children's Ministry Director

Misty is the newest member of the Discovery Team, and oversees the Children's Ministry from Nursery to Sixth Grade. Misty brings with her years and years of experience working with children.

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