Merri DeWinter serves as Bishop Timothy Brown's Executive Administrator. She has an MBA and a background in non-profit. She and her husband Aaron attend CityLife Church.
They are the proud parents of five children, Brittney, Hayley, Gabriel, Madeline, and Griffin, as well as a proud Mimi and Papa to four grandchildren. Merri feels God has truly blessed her with this opportunity to serve at the State Office. Merri serves at CityLife Church on the financial team. She enjoys walking the beaches with her husband and spending time with her family.
Administrative Assistant, Finance Department
Pat Johnson has served the Church of God since 1978. Throughout her tenure her duties have covered a vast range of responsibilities.
She began working in the Evangelism Department as the Administrative Assistant to the Director handling all reporting, various publications and financial management. She has experienced working in other departments such as M.I.P., Laymen’s Ministries, Cross Cultural Ministries and World Missions. Presently, Pat serves part time in our financial department under the direction of the Administrative Bishop. She considers it a great privilege to have worked in so many different ministries within the office and is especially delighted to be a part of such a great organization as the Church of God.
Business and Records
Cynthia Mainellis serves as an Administrative Assistant and works primarily in Business and Records. Cynthia began her career with the Church of God twenty-four years ago.
Throughout her years at the State Office she has seen her role increase in various responsibilities including the design and layout of all of the Women’s Discipleship and Covenant Connection Publications. She is a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her favorite past time is being with her family which takes priority in her life and the beach. She considers it a privilege and blessing to work with great leaders and serve the ministers and spouses among the Church of God in Florida.
Toni Stone started with the Church of God State Office on January 13, 2014. She serves as the State Treasurer. Toni's responsibilities include statistics, accounts payable, bookkeeping and much more.
Toni is also the administrator for the Ministers Death Benefits Program. Toni has been married to her husband Warren since 1984 and they have two daughters. Toni has been a member of Citylife Church in Tampa since 1985 and has served in children's ministry since 1989. Toni enjoys spending time with family and friends and relaxing at home with her husband and best friend, Warren.
Credentialing Secretary and Administrative Assistant to Cross Cultural Ministries
Karen Thurmond began with the Church of God State Executive Office in September, 2014. She began her career at the State Office as the Receptionist.
Recently Karen accepted a new role to serve as Credentialing Secretary and Administrative Assistant to Cross Cultural Ministries. She considers it an honor and a blessing to be able to work for such a great organization. Karen has been married to her husband, Jones, since 1986. They have two grown sons, Jordan and Kyle; one wonderful daughter-in-law, Liza; and two beautiful granddaughters. She enjoys sewing and spending time with her family.
Administrative Assistant, Youth & Discipleship Department
Lindsey Bamberg serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Youth & Discipleship Department. She attended Biola University, where she received her BFA and minor in Bible.
She and her husband William attend The Haven Church of God. Where she serves on the Worship Team. Together they have four children, Aribella, Raleigh, Samara and Cade. Lindsey has a heart for Children and Youth, she believes that God has ordered her steps to be a part of the ministry that takes place in the Y&D Department. She has worked Florida COG Youth Camps every summer since she was 15 and attended many before that time. She enjoys to travel and spending time with her family.
Administrative Assistant, Women’s Ministry Department
She attends Citylife Church located in Tampa, FL. Where she serves on the creative team and young adults.
She has a big heart for people and loves to serve others any way she can. She recently got engaged to her fiancé Jacob, she is excited to see where the Lord leads her on this new journey. Family is important to Maddie, and she loves to spend her free time with them.