GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM
 
 
 
 
Ronnie Stewart
Position: Lead Pastor
 
Honored to be the pastor of such an awesome church serving alongside the greatest team in this world. I realize every day that I don’t have to do this, I GET to do this and its a great honor.
 
 
 
Krystal Stewart
Position: Lead Pastor
 
I am a dreamer and my hearts desire is to awaken the forgotten or broken dreams that God has placed inside each of us. This world has lulled the purposes of His people into living ordinary boring lives, but God created us to live COURAGEOUSLY and with PURPOSE.
 
Lonnie Thompson
Position: Executive Pastor
 
Pastor Lonnie was born & raised in New Port Richey, Fl and knew by the age of 13 that God had called into Ministry. He has played drums since the age of 3 in church, and this is what would open his first door into ministry. At 15 he would become an intern for Bay Area Youth for Christ.
 
After a 4 yr run in the Christian Music Industry, Lonnie felt called back home where he could serve in his home church as Youth Leader then eventually Youth Pastor, and held that position for 7 yrs. In 2008 Lonnie met Pastor Ronnie & Krystal. Immediately their relationship was obvious. A little over 1 yr later he joined Ronnie & Krystal in planting Refuge Church. Their hearts are for the lost & hurting and thru the vision of Refuge are fulfilling the call of God on their lives.
Ginny Shinn
Position: Outreach Director
 
Ginny was born in Michigan, but raised in Clearwater, FL. She was brought up Catholic, and was saved as a teen after being invited to a youth event. Although she was saved, her faith was not encouraged, so she continued to live as if she wasn’t. At an early age she had two sons, Sean and Christopher, and was a single parent for many years. After 15 years she reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Wendell. He had 4 children from his previous marriage. They married, and after 7 years they had a daughter together, Reba. For a while she struggled with drugs and alcohol. She has been homeless and has lived in poverty. Thank fully, God has delivered her completely from all of that.
She now uses her experience in the hospitality industry to help others that are in the same situations that she has been in. In July 2014, Ginny lost her husband to a two year battle with cancer. She and her family find comfort in knowing that he loved Jesus and that if he was still here, he would be right alongside her serving God and others
 Jeff & Stephanie Guerra
Position: Life Group Directors
 
Jeff & Stephanie met while attending Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. After graduating, they married on July 13, 1991. Jeff began his career as a teacher in Hillsborough county. For the past 14 + years he has been working as an Account Executive with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co, an educational content and services provider. Stephanie’s career began as a Corporate Account Executive with AT&T. She took several years off to be a full-time mom, and currently has her own fitness training business, Transformed Fitness.
 
Jeff & Stephanie are raising two teenagers and learning to balance church, family, work and their kids crazy soccer schedules. Over the years they have worked in children’s ministry, youth ministry, and couples and singles ministry. Currently they are the Couples Ministry Directors at Refuge church. Their involvement entails mentoring and facilitating small group classes, and coordinating “Couples Night Out” events. Their desire is to bring couples together to establish life-long relationships encouraging Christ as the center.
 
Julie White
Position: Communications Director & First Impressions
 
Julie came to Refuge Church the first time in 2013 and since then God led her to make Refuge her home church. Julie has been attending Church since a very young age, stayed involved through a singing ministry, teaching children’s church and youth. In high school, Julie maintained her boldness to share her faith and also became a member of the ‘Fellowship of Christian Athletes.’ Shortly after graduating, she got married to her husband Byron Richards in 1996. Julie and her husband went on developing professions in healthcare, but in 2005 they were called to lead a youth group in Holiday, Florida. In 2009, they relocated to Julie’s home town of Zephyrhills to be mentored and spend time with the church family she grew up with. Julie and her husband now reside in Tarpon Springs, where they operate their healthcare businesses while staying active at Refuge Church. Julie, is an active volunteer with the church, has joined the worship team, choir and has a passion for spreading the Gospel over social media.
 
 
 
Ernest and Roseline Bennerman
Position: Evangelism Ministry Directors
 
Dave and Roz are on fire for Jesus. They relocated from New Jersey and now reside in the Pasco county area with their one son, Terrell. They have been in leadership for over 15 years, serving in different capacities within church ministries. They are currently serving as Evangelist Directors as well as leading the New Partners/Believers class held on Sunday mornings. Dave was ordained as an Evangelist in 2012 and Roz earned her Certificate of Christian Psychology in 2013. Their profession is life coaching and book publishing. Dave published his first book, ‘Get Fired UP!’, to inspire and encourage others to live on PURPOSE. They are fools for Christ and will stop at nothing to win more souls for the Kingdom!
Bruce and Lindsey Hunter
Position: Children’s Church Directors