Max Braddock


Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Max and his wife Heidi joined the Ardella family in February 2017. They have four children and 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. Before 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, church family and taking vacations in the mountains with Heidi.


Marge McClintock

Ministry Assistant

Marge joined Ardella Baptist Church in April 2017 following the passing of her husband of 43 years, Michael McClintock. She is blessed with five children and ten grandchildren.

For the past 20 years, she has been a Ministry Assistant at various churches and is certified through Lifeway. She is a member of The National Association of Southern Baptist Ministry Assistants. She has been on three mission trips, currently serves as a 2nd-3rd grade Sunday school teacher, and she is a mentor mom with WOW. Marge also coordinates the Embrace Widow Ministry at Ardella.

Mark Thompson


Student Pastor

Pastor Mark and Tracie joined the Ardella family in March 2018. They have three children.

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.



Worship Director Intrim

Kristen has been serving on the worship team at Ardella for a couple of years. She has recently stepped into the role of Interim Worship Leader. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Kristen moved to Florida in 2013. She married her husband, James, in 2016, and they currently live in Lakeland. When Kristen isn't serving at Ardella, she is a US History teacher at Discovery High School in Lake Alfred.

She is very passionate about using the gifts that God has given her for his kingdom. One of her greatest joys is having the privilege of leading His people in worship!



Children’s Director

Linda and her husband Mark joined the Ardella family in June 2016. Together they have three children and four grandchildren.

Linda is currently serving as the Children’s Director. 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. 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.

Brent Adriano


Church Life Director

Brent joined the Ardella family in January 2019. He is a graduate from Southeastern University with a B.A in Communications.

Brent has been working in ministry since 2015, serving as the Children’s Ministry Associate at Church at the Mall, and as a Camp Pastor for Winshape Camps for Communities.

In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, waiting in lines at Disney World, and eating the finest foods in Lakeland.


Marissa Bryant

Ministry Assistant Intern

Rebekah Smith


Children’s Ministry Assistant Intern

Rebekah joined the Ardella family in June 2019. She is currently studying at Polk State College.

Rebekah felt called to Children’s Ministry in 2016 after volunteering at Winshape Camp.

She also has spent the last seven years studying classical ballet at Florida Dance Theater and has worked with the professional company.

In her free time, she enjoys dancing, Broadway shows, playing games, and spontaneous road trips.