Your Lakeland Office Staff

Johnson Ray Johnson, Ph.D., Coordinator began serving as the Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida in January 2007. Prior to that, he pastored churches in Miami, Florida (1998-2006) and South Carolina (1993-1998).  From 1987-1993, he taught Old Testament and Hebrew at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio City. Ray and his wife Nena (a native Floridian!) have two children, Matt and Holly. Ray enjoys his family, saltwater fishing, especially fly fishing, and reading. Contact:

Rachel Gunter Shapard, Associate Coordinator is a native Floridian. Rachel has a B.A. in music from Florida State University and a Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology with an emphasis in Christian Education. Rachel has served on staff at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Florida (1996-1998), Central Baptist in Newnan, Georgia (1999-2000) and First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Georgia (2000-2005). Rachel worked as a hospice chaplain for three years in Lubbock, Texas (2005-2008) and in social services as an Eldercare Advocate at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida (2009-2012). She also served as Coordinator for Baptist Women in Ministry (2005-2007). Rachel and her husband, Tommy Shapard (Minister of Music and Worship at Hendricks Avenue Baptist) have three children, Drew, Kate and Mac.  Contact:

Edwards Martha Edwards, Administrative Assistant was born in Rutland, a small city nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Marti has a B.A. in education from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.  She has two brothers who live in the Atlanta area and three beautiful nieces. Before coming to CBF of Florida in 2006, she was an Executive Secretary at Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale and a Warranty / Construction Administrator for a local builder. Her interests include sport walking, cross stitchery, reading. Contact:
Herold Pat Herold, Finance and Accounting joined CBF of Florida August, 2010. 
Pat was born in Fairbanks and raised in North Pole, Alaska. She has one son, Robert, who is a screenwriter and director and lives in Hollywood, CA. They traveled extensively for several years until she settled in Bradenton, FL when her son started to school. She moved to Lakeland in 1995 and is enjoying life with her (relatively) new husband and their four little dogs. She enjoys sculpting, wood working, fishing and is an active member of the Lakeland Miniature Guild.   Contact:



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