Dr. Mark A. Bedwell
Senior Pastor

Pastor Mark and his family joined the Ardella family in May 2016.  His wife Kim is the CFO for Florida Baptist Children's Homes. Together they have 2 children, a son Christian and a daughter Shelby. Both are currently attending collage.

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. 

You can follow Pastor Mark on instagram:   @mbedwell32

Email: markbedwell@ardellabaptist.com

                    

 
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           Jeff Fowler               

Worship Pastor

Jeff, his wife Ann, and their two children, Jessica and Joshua joined Ardella in 2000 and Jeff became the worship Pastor in 2002. Along with leading the worship at Ardella, Jeff and his son own and manage Centerstate Plumbing Services.

Jeff’s love for vocal music began when he was just a pre-teen in Orlando singing in a trio of young men that sang specials in church services, then later began singing with his father and four siblings at local concerts and gospel sings. After his father took a staff position at a church and moving to Haines City, Jeff surrendered to ministry in 1982 in a chapel service at youth camp.  While attending Landmark Baptist College he began leading the congregational singing and choir at the Central Baptist Church in Winter Haven, where he remained music director for the next 18 years.

Sensing God’s direction, Jeff began looking for the next great adventure for he and his family and God led them to Ardella where they have been serving for the last 16 years, and continue to serve.

Jeff loves spending time at the beach and in the mountains with his family, especially his two grandchildren, Lillian, 2 yrs. and Mason, 6 mos. He looks forward to growing old with his high school sweetheart of 37 yrs. and watching his grandkids grow and mature in the Lord. He also enjoys spending time with his church family, especially those in the worship team and band, and loves making music together with them.

Email: jefffowler@ardellabaptist.com

Max Braddock
Disipleship Pastor

Pastor Max and his wife Heidi joined the Ardella family in February 2017. Their son Chad and his wife Tiffany are missionaries to Nicaragua and Guatemala with Hope Project International and their daughter Kayla and her husband Jeremy have been Student Ministry leaders for several years in the Lakeland area. Their other daughter Katie lives in West Virginia. Max and Heidi have eight grandchildren.

Pastor Max surrendered to God's call to ministry in 2004 and left the business world to begin serving in discipleship and education ministry in Florida and Georgia. Prior to coming to Ardella Baptist Church, Pastor Max served as Assimilation and Discipleship Pastor, Education Pastor, and Inner City Missions Leader.

Pastor Max loves reading, spending time with his family, vacations in the mountains with Heidi, and church family.

Email: maxbraddock@ardellabaptist.com

 

 

 

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Linda Ventura

Children's Director

Linda Ventura joined Ardella family June 2016. Her husband Mark serves as an usher and security team, men's ministry. Linda and Mark both feel called to serve with children.  Together they have 3 children 2 daughters Brieann and Paige and a son Marc. They have 2 children in love Kevin and Silva.  4 grandchildren Isabella, Mark, Alistair, Dominic.  

Linda is currently serving as the Children’s Director.  She loves that she gets to work with and love on the Ardella children.  She has served with children for 20 years as a GA Director, nursery worker, Sunday school teacher from nursery thru Youth, Nursery Coordinator and an Awana Commander. Her heart is to reach and minister to as many children and families for his kingdom. She completed her degree in Administration at Taylor Business Institute and attended Bergan Community College. 

Linda loves most spending time and with her family, especially her grandchildren, cooking and hosting meals with friends and church family, and taking rides on their Harley.

Email: lindaventura@ardellabaptist.com

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                   Mark Thompson                      Student Pastor

Pastor Mark and Tracie joined the Ardella family in March 2018. They have 3 children, a son Zachary (recently married) and two daughters, Mallory and Sydney. Their oldest two have finished college and are serving the Lord in different ministries. Sydney is attending Southeastern University and majoring in nursing.

Pastor Mark has served in student/family ministry in Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York over the past 25 years. His greatest passion is seeing God change lives, especially in the lives of students. Pastor Mark loves spending time with family, playing board games and enjoys sports. He has coached basketball in both Christian and public schools.

 

  Email: markthompson@ardellabaptist.com

 

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

 

 Striving to be a healthy family where all generations grow as followers of Jesus Christ.

 

 

OUR BELIEFS

WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONE GOD, MANIFESTED IN THREE PERSONS, THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. Genesis 1:26 Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14

WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN, IS WHOLLY GOD AND WHOLLY MAN, LIVED A SINLESS LIFE, DIED AS A SUBSTITUTIONARY SACRIFICE FOR THE SINS OF MANKIND, WAS BURIED, AROSE FROM THE GRAVE AND ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN. John 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21

WE BELIEVE IN THE LITERAL, BODILY RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST TO EARTH. Revelation 19

WE BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD WITHOUT ANY ERROR, THE SOLE AUTHORITY FOR LIFE. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

WE BELIEVE THAT MAN IS A SPECIAL CREATION OF GOD, MADE IN HIS IMAGE. Genesis 1:26-27

WE BELIEVE THAT MANKIND FELL THROUGH THE SIN OF THE FIRST MAN, ADAM, AND THAT ALL MEN ARE SINNERS IN NEED OF SALVATION. Genesis 3:15; Romans 5:12-15

WE BELIEVE THAT SALVATION IS A GIFT OF GRACE FROM GOD, RECEIVED THROUGH FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY PERSON WHO TRULY IS SAVED IS ETERNALLY SECURE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. John 10:28-30; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews :25; 10:10, 14

WE BELIEVE THAT THOSE PERSONS WHO DIE WITHOUT FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL AND THOSE PERSONS WHO DIE WITH THEIR SINS FORGIVEN, THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST, SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN. Revelation 20:14; John 3:16

WE BELIEVE THAT WATER BAPTISM IS IN OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMAND OF CHRIST AND IS BY IMMERSION AFTER SALVATION. Romans 6:3-10

WE BELIEVE THAT THE LOCAL CHURCH IS THE LOCAL BODY OF BAPTIZED BELIEVERS WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AS THE HEAD. Ephesians 1:22-23

WE BELIEVE THAT EACH BELIEVER HAS DIRECT ACCESS TO GOD THROUGH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE BIBLE, GOD’S WORD. 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 10:19-26

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

Are you looking for a place to serve with like minded people and have a desire to share the love of Christ. Then this is the place for you!

Below you will find a short description of these areas of opportunity with the First Impressions Team. At the end of this page you will have an opportunity to let us know about your interest and or decision.

We look forward to hearing from you.


 DOORWAY GREETER

Welcomes guests and members on Sunday mornings and special events. Always visible from the parking lot, greets everyone, opens doors, and assists people with special needs.

Qualifications

  • ENJOYS PEOPLE
  • WILLING AND ABLE TO ASSIST THOSE IN NEED 
  • AVAILABLE AND APPROACHABLE 

WELCOME DESK GREETER 

Greets guests and members at the counter, provides information, answers questions, and provides direction to Bible studies, Worship Service or other activities.

Qualifications

  • WILLING TO APROCH SOMEONE WHO MAY BE LOST OR HAVE QUESTIONS
  • WILLING TO SMILE
  • GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS

 

SHUTTLE DRIVER

 
 

Assists in giving the first impression of our church to guests and members. Safely and courteously drives the shuttle from the parking lots to the facilities on Sunday mornings and special events. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license.  

Qualifications

  • MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE 
  • CHEERFUL
  • GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
 

 

PARKING GREETER

 

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY TEAM

 

 

COFFEE SHOP

 

 

MEDICAL TEAM

 
 

GET IN TOUCH

 

Gives the first impression of our church to most guests and members. Safely and courteously directs traffic to and from parking areas. Assists older adults and the handicapped to special parking spaces. Communicates with Shuttle Drivers on the need for their services. Places traffic cones, special parking signs, etc. each Sunday morning and for special events when needed.

Qualifications

  • WILLING TO APROCH SOMEONE WHO MAY BE LOST OR HAVE QUESTIONS
  • CHEERFUL
  • GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS

 
 

Strives to keep our church family and guests safe at all times. Our goal is to have adequate Safety & Security personnel at all church functions. This team is made up of highly trained and qualified individuals.

Qualifications

  • WORK WELL WITH OTHERS
  • OBSERVANT 
  • GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
  • APROCHABLE 

 

The Coffee Shop prepares and serves beverages and snacks on Sunday mornings and special events.

Qualifications

  • SERVE OTHERS WITH A SMILE
  • BE CHEERFUL
  • WORK WELL AS A TEAM
  • GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS

 

Provides medical care and assistance to anyone in need on Sunday mornings and special events. This team is made up of highly trained and qualified individuals in the medical response field.   

Qualifications

  • CPR /MEDICAL TRAINING CERTIFIED
  • WILLING TO APROCH AND ASSIST THOSE I NEED
  • WORK WELL AS A TEAM
  • GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS

 
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