Phil and Jannette Derstine
Serving as senior pastors at TFC for nearly 30 years, they have a heart for people and a passion for raising up Christian leaders. Pastor Phil's burden for souls and those who are hurting has taken him to the streets of the local community and onto front lines around the world, sharing the love of Jesus Christ. The son of a missionary/evangelist, he carries on a legacy of ministry that promotes the Kingdom of God and builds relationship--with God and one another.
Pastor Phil hosts a weekly television program, "Purpose for Life," and he has written several books, including his most recent 7 Steps to Unconventional Soul Winning. He also is president of Gospel Crusade, Inc., an international missions organization established in 1953 and headquartered at Christian Retreat. Pastor Jannette leads praise and worship at The Family Church, and heads up Kingdom Courtyard, which provides free food, clothes and household items to the community.
Pastor Phil is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. He and Jannette have been married 39 years and have two daughters, Amy and Michelle, and two sons, Michael and Steven.
John and Sue Lowery
Each service you will be greeted by John at the Welcome Center. He is also our leader in pastoral care. Sue is our Children and Youth Department Leader. She has a special love and calling for this ministry. Together they train the next generation of youth to be passionate for God, walk in holiness, rise to leadership, and evangelize the world.
Tel: 941-746-2882 Ext 468
Ulette & Tony Bonner
Tony and Ulette Bonner, the newest members of our pastoral staff, are enthusiastic about welcoming new members into TFC. Gifted in music and ministry, Ulette serves as Hospitality Pastor, giving care to visitors and new members and overseeing our Volunteers in Partnership. Tony looks forward to teaching in the Institute of Ministry and helping with small groups.
The Bonners, ordained ministers, have been active in church leadership since 1989, serving in praise & worship, children's ministry, youth, evangelism and overseas missions. They are founders of Fire, Wind & Rain, Inc., focusing on evangelism, birthing churches, houses of prayer/healing rooms and prophetic worship. Tony and Ulette have been married for 24 years and have three grown children, Daniel, Tony, Jr., and Tasha.
Jim and Lenore Pace
Seniors Ministry Pastors
Jim and Lenore Pace came to Christian Retreat from Morristown, NJ, in 1987 and have deep roots in this ministry. Formerly from the banking industry, Jim was Finance Director for Christian Retreat for many years before retiring. He serves as elder, and they volunteer in many areas, including Children's Department, computer tech assistance, outreaches and God Encounters. They have been married 49 years and have two grown daughters and a granddaughter