Meet Our Lead Pastors

 
I (Ronnie) was a “PK” (pastor’s kid) whose father was a minister with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). I was born in Pasadena, TX, (Go Cowboys!) the youngest of three boys, and moved quite regularly throughout the U.S. as my father’s ministry called him to serve.  I knew at a young age I was called to ministry, but didn’t give in that easy. Unfortunately, I struggled in my teens with bad choices,  drugs and alcohol, but finally got to a point of complete surrender at the age of 18. I moved to Phoenix, AZ and began my schooling through Church of God and received my Ministerial Licensing in 1999, and then continued schooling through International Spirit of Truth Ministries and received an Assoc. in Theology degree.
 
Krystal and I met at a young age and dated throughout high school. In 1999, we got married at the ripe, old age of 20 (Krystal was only 17). Krystal was also a “PK” whose father was an Assemblies of God minister, and then later also became ordained through the Church of God.  We have 5 INCREDIBLE kids which are our greatest blessings, Ronnie III, Riley & Selah; and through a series of events that God turned around for good, we adopted two boys, Dallas and Grayson. 
 
Together we were honored to  serve in many areas of ministry: youth, college & senior pastors at a wonderful church in Michigan.  God began to stir the desire to move and plant  a church in Florida. This desire was further confirmed in a dream by a close evangelist friend of the family who called us and said,  “Where you moving?  God showed me in a dream you had suitcases by the door and a U-haul packed!” We knew the Lord was calling us to Florida.
 
On February 28th, 2010, Refuge Church was launched with very humble beginnings.  God has miraculously opened doors time after time and made a way when there was no way.  We reached a point where Refuge was out of money and all the bills were due. We prayed for God to provide with nothing left but faith. On the following Monday morning, God miraculously provided a check for $50,000 from someone that was given a dream that we had an urgent need and decided to be obedient.
 
Refuge is no ordinary church! We are a group of people that believe in miracles and know that God planted us here to be a refuge to this community.  We are not a church with an outreach, we are an outreach with a church all in need of the Gospel!
 
Pastors Ronnie & Krystal Stewart