the name of Jesus Christ
through individual and corporate worship.
The saints for the works of ministry through instruction so the body may grow in the knowledge of the Son of God, to become mature disciples, and to fulfill the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
one another through fellowship by encouraging one another and building up the body into a unity of faith.
through evangelism which proclaims the Word of God
and calls people everywhere to respond to Jesus Christ through faith.
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Pastor Melvin Whittington brings over 30 years of experience in church planting and growth. He is the founding pastor of two other thriving churches in Tennessee and North Carolina. Pastor Melvin has also worked with many other ministries all over the United States as a church growth consultant with American Church Builders Inc.
Pastor is known as a dynamic Bible preacher and teacher, as well as a musician with a heart of worship.
He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Lee University. He and his wife, Lili live in The Villages, FL.
Lili Whittington is a 14 year veteran of the real estate market. Born and raised in Colombia South America, she has experience in the international market and is bi-lingual (English/Spanish). She has an earned Masters in International Marketing ffrom EAFIT University in Colombia. After coming to the United States she earned an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In addition, Lili is a Certified Life Coach and top level Seminar Speaker for Lifespring International.
Lili has recently moved her real estate career to The Villages. Visit her website here, WhittingtonRealEstate.com.
David Gee was born in the coal mining town of Logan, W.Va., a long time ago. He excelled in athletics, but not academics. Married at age 18 to 16 year old Judith A. Hatfield, David attended and then graduated from Akron University. Judy and David have two children and 6 grandchildren. David and Judy moved to the Villages from Richmond, Va. David’s son “Bruce” operates Virginia Hiway, Inc., a logistics company and a trucking company, Virginia Hiway Express, that David started in 1977. After Bruce took the trucking business, David bought and operated radio stations in Central Virginia. David enjoys his role as mostly a passive member of several companies that are in real estate development, health care, radio tower ownership and a few other private equity situations. David has been described as a pure capitalist, believing in the American Dream. David has served and chaired several boards that are both for profit and non profit structured. They include a national transportation trade association whose members do in excess of 80 billion dollars per year. David will tell you that the joy of his life was his nearly 43 years of marriage to Judy. He is proud of his two children that are in long term marriages, where God is the glue, just as He was with him and Judy. David enjoys the life style of The Villages where he plays water volley ball, pickle ball, golf, rides his bike and networking with people who have similar interests and a passion for serving Jesus. He is most excited to be a member of a new church, Freedom Fellowship that was launched on January 8, 2017 in Lady Lake, Florida.
William (Bill) McManus
Bill McManus is first a dedicated and loving family man. He has shared his life for over 61 years with his wife Jackie. They have two wonderful and successful children, Keith and Tim, and enjoy and cherish their time with their one grandson, Tyler.
Prior to returning to The Villages over 17 years ago, Bill spent the majority of his time investing and building people and companies. He worked extensively in the transportation industry as a business owner and a consultant to many in the trade, sharing his expertise, passion and creative problem solving ability. Bill continues to be actively involved in his community serving as the president, chairman and board member on foundations, associations, boards and councils.
His combined professional experiences and passion for people are what makes him a man of influence, a real disciple of God and a friend to all.
Frank is a life-long Floridian who loves his native state for all its beauty and natural resources and most of all the diverse mix of people who live here. As a former Restaurateur and Hospitality Consultant for over 25 years, he is continually finding opportunities to serve those around him. He currently works in regional roles within the financial services industry focused on energy efficiency projects and creating unique funding options for Floridians.
Serving people is Frank’s heart, he has been involved in ministries working with Homeless, Special Needs for Seniors, Hospital, Mentoring and Development programs, most of all Frank simply loves everyone he meets. “If I can just find the place that encourages someone to feel uniquely special today…well it’s a good day!”
Frank has been married to wife Lisa for twelve years and they share six adult children and soon to be eight grandchildren who live in Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Florida. Lisa and Frank reside in Wildwood where Lisa also operates a local favorite Home Garden & Gift store which has become a place for ministering and loving folks as well.
Jesse was raised in a Pentecostal minister’s home. He has been in ministry for most of his life serving as Youth Pastor, Praise & Worship Leader, Assistant Pastor and Lead Pastor. He has spent the last 17 years investigating child abuse, elder abuse neglect and exploitation. He is currently Head of Security for the Villagers for Trump Club and Freedom Fellowship. He met his lovely wife, Sheryl, of 41 years in church. They have two wonderful sons, a daughter-in-law, grandson & granddaughter on the way. He attended Chicago Bible College and Palm Beach State College with a degree in Theology/Psychology. His heart is to follow hard after God and serve others. Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.
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