Ministry Team

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Landon Ledlow
Lead Pastor

My life is all about Jesus and mobilizing His church to reach the least, last, lost and lonely with his Life changing message that God is FOR US! I take people who have faith and interact them with people who need faith so that eternities are forever changed. One of my highest values and greatest joys in life is leading a healthy, faith-filled family. My girls – Becky, Noa (8), and (6)!

In my free time, I enjoy hunting and fishing, cooking, woodworking, and beer/cider brewing.

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Pr David Haara
Founding Pastor

Dave and family came to start a church plant in Florida in the summer of 1998. He is the founding Pastor of Family of Christ, a SELC mission of the LCMS at the northern edge of the city of Tampa. The church started with a few people meeting for a Bible study on Sunday evenings. They then rented a storefront for about a year before moving into the 1st building on the campus. The School started in the fall of 1999. Family of Christ also has a Tamil (an Indian dialect) Indian group that usually meets the second and fourth Sunday afternoons. This group has been over the web exclusively since Covid started in 2020 and will return to in person soon. Family of Christ has now been streaming both Sunday worship times and will continue to do that in the future.

Pastor Dave’s wife Karen. is a Middle School math teacher in Pasco County. Both of his children are graduates of USF and now work in the area. One of Family of Christ’s major projects this year is to further work among students on the USF campus. Pastor Dave also has a relationship with Concordia Village of Tampa on Fletcher as the Chaplain of that facility. Concordia Village is a RSO, Recognized Service Organization, of the LCMS.

Previously Dave has served at Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest Illinois, and at Dr. Martin Luther in the southwest side of Chicago. He has his BA from Wheaton College in Greek and Hebrew, his M-Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and a MA in Classical Languages and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri.

Ministry and School Team

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Jennifer Snow
Principal Family of Christ School
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Reagan Colley
Director Child Development Center
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Leanne Ferguson
Children’s Ministry Director and Administrative/Event Coordinator
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Lance Koehler
Church and School Technical Support
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Louis Smith
Director of Contemporary Music
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Eric Burkey
Organist – Traditional Music

Council

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Vicki Portfolio
Church Council President

It is an honor to serve as Church Council President for Family of Christ. I am married and have three children and five grandchildren. I love my church family and our church campus has so much to offer to our surrounding community. Attending church is God’s request, but getting involved in your church is a blessing which has helped me to grow in my faith. I am enjoying semi-retirement as Office Manager at Spinner Law Firm and my hobbies include traveling, dinner parties, walking, tap dancing, and playing bingo.

Favorite Bible passage: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

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Karen Ray
Council Vice President
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Ken Hamen
Council Treasurer
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Dawn Bock
Council Appointed Secretary

Deacons

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Randy Larsen
Chair of the Deacons

My wife and I joined Family of Christ nearly 18 years ago! We were extraordinarily blessed to find this ministry! We moved to Tampa from Kahalu’u Hawaii in 2002 as I had an opportunity to join the chemistry faculty at USF. We both grew up in Albuquerque NM and spent two years in Pasadena CA before moving to Hawaii. I have served as Sunday school teacher and as a Deacon for over 6 years! My wife, Lorna, has also been extensively involved in the FOC music ministry and is now assisting Pastor Kurt in our satellite ministry in Wesley Chapel. We have two adult children. Our son serves in the United States Coast Guard in Hobucken North Carolina and our daughter is a grade school teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School here in Tampa. We are enormously blessed to have two amazing children! We also have three amazing grandchildren each one a glorious gift from God!

My favorite Bible passage is: Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

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David Tente
Deacon

I was born in the Chicago area and my family is Lutheran, so I have been in the Lutheran Church my entire life.  We moved to Florida (the Orlando area) when I was 12 years old, so other than keeping my allegiances to Chicago’s professional sports teams, I feel pretty darn Floridan now.  I studied Finance at the University of Florida in Gainesville and then moved to Tampa after graduation to work for a large insurance company. I added an MBA degree along the way (also from UF) but have continued to work in financial accounting for the same insurance company, approaching 20 years now.

My wife Liz and I joined Family of Christ shortly after the birth of our first daughter, Emma, in 2011. Our second daughter Hannah was born in 2014, and the girls have been in all the various CDC and church programs (VPK, daycare, aftercare, VBS, Kid’s Praise, etc…) over the years, but are newly attending FOC for Elementary School this year. Liz is a CPA and also began working for FOC part time this year.

Favorite Bible Passage: Joshua 1:9 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Bojjibabu Chidipi
Deacon

By born I am Lutheran, because my parents and grandparents are Lutheran church members. I worked as Sunday school teacher from 2005 to 2009, I successfully organized youth bible studies and many church events from 2009 to 2012 in the AELC church in India. I moved to South Korea in 2012 for my PhD and I proactively involved in varies church activities from 2012 to 2016 in South Korea.

It was very happy to meet new Lutheran family in Tampa. I like Pastor David Haara’s preaching style. My Hobbies are Reading Bible and Painting.

My favorite bible verse: Isaiah 41:10   “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.

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Ariana Denney
Deacon

My husband, Colin, and I have been attending Family of Christ for around 5 years now.  We attend Saturday evening services, but sometimes jump around to Sundays and recently virtual services.  I have 3 grown stepsons and two sweet rescue kitties, Arya and Spike. I enjoy all types of games, puzzles, movies, golf,  cooking, gardening, and hanging out with friends and family.

Favorite Bible Passage: John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

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Bobby Bucholtz
Deacon

My lovely wife Shannon Suldo and I have two wonderful children, Emma and Blake, and have been part of Family of Christ for over 12 years. We attend either the early service or join online, and our children enjoy Kids Praise and Confirmation classes on Wednesday nights. We are from Florida and love the Tampa Bay Area and all that it has to offer. We are frequently on the water boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and enjoying the weather outdoors. When not outdoors, traveling, spending time with friends, family, or Church, I am working at our local USF Federal Credit Union as the Mortgage Sales Manager.

Favorite bible passage: Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all this through him who gives me strength”.

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Jayme Dolence
Deacon

I have been attending Family of Christ since 2004. My husband Bill and I got married and joined the church in 2012. Our daughter, Lexie, is a student at Family of Christ Christian School and loves it! I am originally from New Orleans, LA and am a loyal Saints fan. I have a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of New Orleans, and worked in Sales & Marketing in the hospitality industry prior to becoming a full-time Mommy. We enjoy traveling when we have the time, relaxing at the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Bible Passage: Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

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James Littrell
Deacon

I am a retired Naval Officer with 20 years service. I worked primarily on ships. I worked off shore in the Gulf of Mexico on boats servicing oil platforms after I retired.  The end of my work career was with USAA Insurance. I retired retired in April of 2016. I have 3 adult children and 9 grandchildren. I came to Family of Christ in 2012.

Favorite Bible Passage: Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

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Barbara Schmidt
Deacon

My husband Masahiro, our daughter Anabella (6th grade at FOC) and I moved from NYC to Tampa a little over two years ago, and we transferred our church membership in February 2019. I am originally from Germany and a life-long Lutheran. I enjoy working as a German language teacher and love to volunteer in my current role as the PTL secretary at FOC.

Favorite Bible Passage: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.2 Corinthians 12:9

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Chris Revoldt
Deacon

I married to my wife, Cory, in 2003 and have three high school and college age daughters. We joined Family of Christ, also in 2003, shortly following the birth of our firstborn. I graduated from Michigan State University and am the Director of Production for an architectural metals company. My hobbies include fishing, ice hockey, soccer (my kids), watching college/professional sports, and spending time with my family.

Favorite Bible Passage: Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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Kelly Nixon
Deacon

I was born and raised on the south side Indianapolis where I attended a LCMS Lutheran school from Kindergarten – 8th grade. After that, I was very involved with my high school youth group and was fortunate enough to attend 2 LCMS National Youth Gatherings. I moved to Florida in 2002 after graduating with degrees from both Indiana and Purdue Universities. I became a member of FOC in 2012 and enrolled both my son and daughter in our school. My son graduated 8th grade and was confirmed in 2020 at FOC. My daughter will graduate from FOC class of 2023 and is currently in confirmation classes. I help with the PowerPoint and Livestreaming on Sundays.
I can tell you that God sent FOC to us when we needed it most. We’ve been beyond blessed to be a part of such a caring and loving church & school. FOC’s name is truly accurate as we were made to feel like family immediately and you can feel Christ’s presence when you walk in the doors.

My favorite Bible verse, I actually learned in Vacation Bible School as a small child. They made up a song to go with it which I still remember to this day. “Be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God for in Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

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Stuart Snow
Deacon

I’ve been married for 28 years with three great kids. I’m self-employed. I love church, family, and sports.

My favorite Bible passage is: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding, ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.