We strive to be a healthy family where all generations grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our pastor is Dr. Mark A. Bedwell. Pastor Mark and his family joined the Ardella family in May 2016. His wife Kim is the CFO for Florida Baptist Children's Homes. Their son Christian is a freshman at the University of Florida studying to be an engineer, and their daughter Shelby is a senior at Lakeland Christian School and plans to attend University of South Florida this fall.
Pastor Mark surrendered to ministry in 1993 and began serving in student ministry in Texas, Mississippi, and Florida. He completed his Masters degree and Doctorate degree at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Ardella Baptist Church, Pastor Mark served as Discipleship Pastor, Missions Pastor, Campus Pastor, and was the interim National Director for Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministry. This is his FIRST Senior Pastor position and he is loving every minute of it.
Pastor Mark loves golfing, riding his Harley, spending time with his family, church family, and dog Max. You can meet him and his wife Kim when you visit Ardella Baptist Church. They both serve as greeters at the front door.