Jerry Mace Director of Operations, Wimauma Convention Center Jerry Lewis Mace has served as the director of operations at the Wimauma Convention Center since October 2005. With over fourteen years of managerial experience in sales, Jerry brings superior leadership to our staff. He has developed the convention center into a multi-functional, multi-purpose facility used for a plethora of cross cultural, cross-denominational events. Working close with his staff to maintain a beautiful facility and offer a peaceful living community. Jerry is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God and has ministered for twenty-nine years as a Senior Pastor in Florida and a Youth Pastor in North Carolina and Georgia. His wife, Tammie, who works alongside him, serves as the Head of housekeeping. As a Certified Cafeteria Manager, Tammie coordinates all catering events for the campground. Jerry and Tammie have been married for thirty-nine years. Their children Kevin and Velda are married and have blessed them with four wonderful grandchildren. Dr. John Sweet Heart of Florida Youth Ranch Executive Director Dr. John Sweet 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. Hanah Crooms Girls Ministries Coordinator Hanah Jo Crooms, a native of Michigan, is the wife of Bishop Caleb Crooms. They have two children, Micah and Asher. Hanah & Caleb met while attending Lee University in Cleveland, TN. They married shortly after in 2004 and began their pastoral ministry together—serving in Arizona, Alabama, North Dakota. They have also served the Church of God as Youth & Discipleship Directors in the North Central Region (ND, SD, MT 2012-2014) and Texas (2014-2018) before being appointed to Florida as Youth & Discipleship Directors in August 2018. Not only has Hanah partnered with Caleb in his ministry, she also has an incredible testimony of God’s grace and an anointed singing ministry of her own. Nearly losing her life in an automobile accident at the age of 15, Hanah knows God spared her life to share His grace and mercy. Her gift to the church is her powerful and anointed voice which leads people into the presence of God. Worship is her passion and seeing a generation come to know Christ is her purpose. Also, serving as Girls Ministries Coordinator for the Florida Church of God State Executive Office provides opportunity for Hanah to encourage a generation that God’s plan is always best. Rhonda Brown Women’s Ministries Director Rhonda was born and raised in Northern Ohio and met and married her husband, Timothy E. Brown, in her home state. Rhonda Brown and Bishop Brown have been in full-time ministry since they married. Early on, they served in evangelism and the next 20+ years they served in pastoral ministry in Alabama and Tennessee. In 2002, the Browns moved from a pastorate in Birmingham, AL to positions in the Alabama State Offices. They have served the Church of God as State Administrative Bishop and Women’s Ministries Director, respectively, in the Rocky Mountain Region (2006-2012), Missouri (2012-2016), Texas (2016-2018) and were appointed to Florida-Tampa State Executive Offices at the 2018 General Assembly. Rhonda has a love for Women’s Ministries and desires to see women find their purpose, significance and true identity in Christ. She has a true passion to foster an atmosphere of connection, discipleship and spiritual encouragement. She lives life with transparency and a sense of humor. Rhonda speaks at state conferences, retreats, and local churches. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community/Agency Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated from Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Currently, Rhonda serves on the Board of Directors for Peniel Residential Treatment Center and the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. Bishop Brown and Rhonda are the proud parents of two sons: Brock, father of their only grandson, Rhys; and, Brandon, married to Angel. Thomas Odom C.G.A.C.S. Coordinator Bishop Thomas Odom is the sixth Executive Director since the organization’s inception. Thomas attended Lee University and is an Ordained Bishop with Church of God (Cleveland, TN). He also serves as Chief Administrator of Light Christian Academy and Lil’ Lights Preschool. The academy and preschool are both ministries of Ocoee Church of God, where Thomas serves as Lead Pastor. He has been married to his wife, Wendy, for 20 plus years. Together, they have three children: Cherith, Titus, and Meariah. http://cgacs.org/governance.html Earle Cushman Church Development Director Bishop Earle Cushman, an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God, currently serves as the Florida Multi-Cultural Co-Coordinator. He has a wealth of experience in this area. Dr. Cushman has also served as Multi-Cultural Director for Los Angeles, California. He has also served as State Youth & Christian Education Director for Missouri, New England, Pennsylvania and Northern Ohio.Prior to becoming part of the State Team, he served as the Senior Pastor of the World Harvest Worship Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He has pastored churches in Maine, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.He is motivated by the fact that Florida is one of the greatest harvest fields in the world. At the present, there are over 25 missions and many of these are ready to be organized. Roger Cash Ministries Director Bishop Roger Cash answered the call of God on his life at the age of 16. He eventually enrolled at Lee College (now Lee University), where he met his wife, Jane, and they were married in 1966. He left Lee to begin pastoring and continued in pastoral ministry for 32 years. He has served on the Youth and Discipleship Board, State Council, and Evangelism Board. In 1999, he was appointed to serve as North Florida Evangelism Director and served until September of 2004. He then accepted the position of Director for the Church of God Association of Christian Schools (CGACS). The position was then expanded to include the MIP, CAMS, and Ministerial Licensure. In 2010, he left the State Office, but continued to serve as CGACS Director until October, 2012. In October, 2012, he accepted a position as Care Pastor at the Crystal River Church of God. He served in that capacity until August 1, 2018. At that time, he was asked to return to the State Office to serve as Ministries Director. Roger and Jane have three sons, Chris (Sara), Johnny (Wendy), and Anthony, two grandsons, Scott and Liam, one granddaughter, Reilly, and one great-granddaughter, Kendall. Caleb L. Crooms Youth & Discipleship Director Bishop Caleb Crooms is a native of Cleveland, Tn. Being 5th generation Church of God, he grew spiritually under the ministry of the North Cleveland Church of God and graduated from Lee University in 2004. It is there that he met his wife and partner in ministry, Hanah. They were married in 2004 and have 2 beautiful, talented children – Micah (daughter) and Asher (son). Caleb entered full-time ministry at age 24, serving 5 years in Arizona as Associate Pastor & Lead Pastor of Life Church at South Mountain in Phoenix, AZ (2005-2010). From there he went to Millbrook, AL to serve as Worship / Discipleship / Media Pastor for the next 2 years (2010-2012). While in AL, he became an Ordained Bishop at age 30 and also received his Master’s Degree in Discipleship Ministries from Liberty University (2012). In 2012, Caleb was appointed to State Youth & Discipleship Director ministry for the Church of God. He served the North Central Region (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota) from 2012 – 2014. In addition to his Director role, he also pastored the Prairie View Church of God in Beulah, ND. Caleb’s next appointment was to the state of Texas, where he served from 2014 – 2018 as the State Youth & Discipleship Director. In Aug 2018, Caleb began his 3rd State Youth & Discipleship appointment in Florida. The Crooms family are very excited to be serving in this role! Hanah, while being a vital part of Caleb’s ministry, has an Exhorters License in the Church of God and ministers effectively in her anointed singing, testimony and worship ministry. Caleb & Hanah’s passion is to see this up-and-coming generation come to know Christ and dedicate their lives to His plan and purpose for them. Timothy E. Brown Administrative Bishop When asked to describe his ministry, Bishop Brown responds that he desires to be an encourager. Indeed, he is a positive and inspirational motivator that carries the love of people close to his heart. Leading with a visionary mindset is a lifelong model for Bishop Brown. His philosophy of ministry is to “Give more than he takes.” He is a pastor at heart and leads with intentionality. At the 2018 General Assembly, Bishop Brown was assigned to serve as the Administrative Bishop to the Florida-Tampa State Executive Offices. He has also served as the Administrative Bishop for Texas (2016-2018), Missouri (2012-2016), and Rocky Mountain Region (2006-2012). In addition, he served in the Alabama State Executive Offices as State Ministries Coordinator (2002-2006). Bishop Brown served 20+ years in pastoral ministry in Alabama and Tennessee. Bishop Brown presently serves as the Board Chairman for the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. Previously, he has served as the Chairman for the International Discipleship Board, and as a member of the Church of God Publications Board. While pastoring in Tennessee, he served on the State Council and the Youth and Discipleship Board. Additionally, he served on the State Council in Alabama. Furthermore, has served as the Volunteer Trainer for Chaplains for Jefferson County, AL. Moreover, he served as a Chaplain for Knox County, TN, the City of Knoxville, and a Chaplain for the State Highway Patrol in Colorado. Bishop Brown attended West Coast Bible College, Lee University and the Church of God Theological Seminary. Bishop Brown and Rhonda, his wife, have two sons: Brock, and Brandon (Angel), and one grandson, Rhys.