Bishop Keith Ivester was recently appointed to the State of Florida as Administrative Bishop during the General Assembly in 2012. He is known to be progressive, innovative and an extraordinary leader. Prior to his appointment to Florida he, and his wife Debbie, have served the Church as Associate Pastor, Lead Pastor, Associate Professor at East Coast Bible College, State Youth Director, Evangelism Director and Administrative Bishop in Kentucky, Indiana and Hawaii. He is a graduate of Lee University, accomplished post graduate work at Winthrop College, Liberty university, Church of God Theological seminary and Andersonville Theological seminary. Presently he holds a Doctorate Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He and Debbie are the proud parents of Ryan and Carrie both of whom reside in Cleveland Tennessee.
Youth & Discipleship Director
Ministerial Enrichment Coordinator
Cross Cultural Ministries
Women’s Ministries President
Dr. John Sweet
Heart of Florida Youth Ranch Executive Director
John serves as Executive Director of Heart of Florida Youth Ranch and as a field consultant to orphanages and children’s ministries for Church of God World Missions.. His experience working with troubled children and the caregiving parents provides a unique perspective of experience and competence for parental training and counsel. John, with his wife, Jo Ann, led the Green Meadow Church of God in Alcoa, Tenn., for 20 years. In 1995, they developed a foster care ministry out of that church. Sweet has been involved in recruiting and training caregiving parents for 18 years. In 2002, the foster care program moved to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, where he became Program Director in 2007. The program served about 180 children daily and nearly 500 a year. Well over 100 children were adopted during Sweet’s tenure. With the needs and numbers of hurting children growing ever larger, the need for training and support regarding the traumatic impact of abuse and loss has become vital. Sweet is the author of the book, Healing for a Hurting World: Five Steps to Behavioral Change, which serves as a training manual and resource for childcare and Christian education workers. During his tenure as program director of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, Tenn., the agency achieved top ratings among similar programs based on professional performance standards. A recently revised edition of his Five Steps book, titled Parenting: The Peacemaking Model, furnishes guidance to parents of troubled children. In addition to raising awareness and promotion for children’s ministries, Sweet provides training, program development, networking, and consultation for the institutions and agencies. Sweet brings to a wide array of experience and a passion for caring for hurting children and those who care for them. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tenn., where his graduate project focused on care ministry for the 21st century. He has served as a pastor, foster parent, law enforcement chaplain, crisis intervention specialist with children and families, and has taught courses in the sociology department of Lee University. He serves as a consultant and advisor to Serving Orphans Worldwide and is a board member for People for Care and Learning, a humanitarian agency working primarily in Southeast Asia.