Rich Franz

SENIOR MINISTER


Rich was married to his wonderful wife Alisa in November 1992 just prior to graduating from Florida Christian College in 1993. They began their ministry life together in Missouri where Rich was a youth minister before heading back to Florida for several other youth ministry opportunities. Following youth ministry days they ventured to Kansas for small groups ministry. After five years dodging tornadoes and tumbleweeds Rich received the call to come lead the ministry team at Central in February 2009. They have two children Avery (1998) and Aubree (2000) and a dog named Bella.  


Rich has always had a passion for teaching God's word in a real and relevant way. His philosophy of ministry is simple: Love God... Love Others! He brings his love for children and student ministry into his preaching and teaching and desires to follow God's leading in building a church for families to come and grow and serve together.


He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports of all kinds, watching his Steelers dominate other NFL teams, boating/fishing and most importantly sharing his love for God with others.


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Justin Cobourne

ASSOCIATE MINISTER


Justin and his wife Windy have been married since 2003. They have two children Gabriel (2005), Zoe (2007), along with two dogs named Franklin and Charlie. Justin and Windy both have graduated from Johnson University of Florida in Kissimmee, FL. Justin has a degree in Youth and Family Ministry (2003) and Windy has her bachelor's in Music Ministry (2006).


Justin enjoys developing students to be lifelong servants of Christ, equipping volunteers who love those students, playing sports, leading worship, cheering on his Hurricanes and spending time with his wife and kids. He has a passion to help students realize their potential as they strive for what Jesus spoke of in John 10:10. He looks forward to the opportunity of partnering with you and your student to change lives in St. Pete and throughout the world!


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Jodi Latham

CHILDREN’S MINISTER


Jodi grew up in St.Pete. and has lived here most of her life. She has four children; Robin(1993), Eddie(1994), Grace(2008) and Elias(2010). She attended Boca Ciega, St.Pete College and USF. She has served in numerous leadership positions in the Children’s Ministry since 1991.


Jodi has been homeschooling since 1999 and tries to live as holistically as possible. She loves spending time with her kids and staying busy with activities and projects in and out of the house.


Her desire is to share God’s love and word with the kids in a real and fun way, cultivating a passion to know, serve and love God and others. By connecting with teachers and families, together, we can be an example and prepare the children in the way they should go.- Prov. 22:6


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Jackson Rodeffer

WORSHIP MINISTER


Jackson is a born and raised Floridian. He and his wife, Hannah have been married since August 2016 and have a daughter, Ruby May (2019). 


Jackson has a passion for worship and bringing people together in the throne room of God. "Worship is more than music on Sunday morning. Worship is a lifestyle of sacrifice and obedience (Romans 12:1)."


Jackson loves reading books and being outside.


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Rodney Fletcher

STUDENT AND YOUNG ADULTS MINISTER


Rodney and his wife Amanda were married in December of 2018. They are both graduates of Johnson University Florida. Rodney has a degree in Preaching and Youth Ministry (2016), and Amanda has a degree in Human Services (2018). 


Rodney loves the process of discipling students through relationships, helping them to truly live out Jesus’ words in Mark 12 of “Love God” and “Love others”. He also loves partnering with adults, providing them an opportunity to love students and point them to Jesus. Aside from hanging out with students, Rodney loves to watch the sunset with his wife, read, and explore the community searching for the best coffee in town. Rodney looks forward to working with you and your students for the sake of expanding the Kingdom of God together!


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Charles Carter

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR


Educational Background: B.A. in Finance from State University of West Georgia


Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


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Michele Chapman

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR


Michele was born in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted at 9 months old to a family in Indiana.  She joins the Central Christian Church Staff to bring personal life experiences and her whole heart to effectively minister to others!  Meeting people right where they are and gently bringing them to the truth is what she believes ministry is all about!

Michele has dedicated her life to helping identify strongholds in lives that prevent us from living the fullness of God’s blessings.

 

Prior to her arrival into St. Pete, Michele was a K-Read Lead Teacher. She loves all people, “Diapers to Depends!”  Having worked for Southwest Airlines in the Executive Office, Civic & Charitable Contributions, Customer Relations, Facilitating Ground Operation Customer Service New Hires, managing a Restaurant, Bar/Casino (yes, you read that right!) and Lodge, to being in full time ministry for many years, Michele has a unique but biblical perspective of what helps us form meaningful relationships. 


Her husband of 25 years, Chad, is a Worship Leader and Pilot.  He is currently Employed at PIE. (Clearwater International Airport).  Michele & Chad have two daughters: Chloe (2002) who is living out her dream dancing & singing in Las Vegas.  Their oldest daughter, Brittany (Justin) McDonald (1996) reside in Kansas City, MO working for Children’s Mercy Hospital.


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