Deacon Directory

Richard L. (Dick) Atkins accepted Christ and was baptized in 1947, and he joined the Church on the Drive in October, 1978. He was born in south Florida and obtained an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the University of Florida. After serving in the U. S. Air Force, he was employed in Dallas, and while there obtained a M. S. Degree in Engineering Administration from SMU. He retired in 1997 from the Naval Air Warfare Center, Training Systems Division in Orlando. His family includes wife, Merilyn; sons Lee, Laird, and Joel; and daughters Cristi Valdes and Amy Bock. He teaches the Special Studies class in Sunday School and serves as the Church Training Director. He is also active as a member of the Constitution and History Committees.
Laird Atkins has been a member of Church on the Drive since the early 1980’s and has served as a Deacon, choir member and youth Sunday School teacher. He has also served on many committees, as well as using his gift of art on various murals, set designs and bulletins through the years.

He and his wife Sheryl have two daughters, Camille and Jaimee. Camille is the wife of our Associate Pastor, Josh Plant. Laird has worked for the US Postal Service for almost 30 years.

David Bock David Bock was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida and has been a member of Church on the Drive since 1990. He received his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida in 1987. David started his career at Lockheed Martin and is currently employed by Siemens, where he has worked for over 20 years. In 1990 he was married in the church to his wife, Amy, and they have 3 children: 2 boys and a girl. Grant, the oldest, attends UCF. Davis is a senior at Lyman High, and Jessie attends Lake Howell HS. David holds a private pilot license, is a certified open water diver, and enjoys water-skiing and wake surfing. David serves as Vice Chair of the Deacon Council and works with the youth.
Toni Carter Toni Carter was born in Orlando and raised in west Orange County. Graduated from Ocoee High School. She has been a member of Church on the Drive for 26 years, July 1989. Graduated from University of Phoenix in June 2000 with a BS in Business Information Systems. Toni has been a Christian since she was 12 and grown up in an independent Baptist church. Currently serving on Deacon Council, Technology and Scholarship Committees plus leader for Sunday morning Community 3, leads inductive Bible study on Tuesdays and a Knit Wit.
Aubrey Ducker Aubrey Ducker was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and has been a member of Church on the Drive since the summer of 2000. Aubrey came to Central Florida to attend the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School at NTC Orlando in 1986.

After many years in the navy, Aubrey left to attend Valencia Community College, and the University of Central Florida, where he studied Journalism at the School of Communication. On graduation, he attended the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, where he earned his Juris Doctorate. Aubrey has been in law practice in the areas of Elder Law, Family Law and Guardianship for more than 15 years.

Aubrey serves as Sunday School Director and on the Deacon Council at Church on the Drive. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mustard Seed of Central Florida. For several years, Aubrey has been the Chair of Christian Ethics Today, a quarterly national publication founded by Foy Valentine. Most recently, Aubrey has served for 3 years representing the Religious Liberty Council on the Board of Directors of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington D.C.

Aubrey is married to Laurie Weatherford have two children, Carolyn, who works in the church nursery and recently graduated from Valencia, and James, who attends Tusculum College in Tennessee.

Mary Gurley Mary Gurley
Jason Holic Jason Holic was born in the suburbs of Chicago and was raised in Venice, Fla. He has been a member of Church on the Drive since 2013. Jason can frequently be found running sound, lights, or projection for worship services. He is an Eagle Scout, studied Advertising/Public Relations at the University of Central Florida, and earned a Master of Mass Communication – Integration Communication degree from the University of South Carolina. Jason serves as Vice President of Digital Marketing at Experience Kissimmee, the destination marketing organization for Osceola County. He and his wife, Crystal Holic, are the parents of Jude Holic.
Fred Layne Fred Layne
Mark Mikesell is an “almost” native Floridian, having moved from Indiana to Jacksonville when he was five years old. In the years following, he lived in Sarasota, Tallahassee, Live Oak and has lived in Orlando since 1986. Mark has a Music Education Degree from Florida State University, taught middle school band for two years and has been an electrician since 1984.

Mark joined College Park Baptist Church in 1986 and met his wife, Susan in 1987, when she came to be the new church pianist. Their son David was born in 1991, and is a recent graduate of FSU with a degree in Literature, and daughter Emily was born in 1994 and is a senior music major at FSU.

Mark has had a great involvement in the music ministry of Church on the Drive – he sings bass in the Sanctuary Choir and in Witness Vocal Ensemble, and plays trombone in the Orchestra. He also plays trombone in the Orlando Concert Band and in two other bands in town. Mark has also been a deacon for several years, and taught second grade Sunday School for many years.

Gary Moore Gary Moore hails from Memphis Tennessee. He and his wife Sarah (the one that matters) have been members of Church on the Drive since 1983. Gary has a BS in International Business from the University of Memphis. Displaying the diploma allows him to park in handicapped zones. He is the former owner of Specialty Tile Products in Winter Park and now is a Partner in the American Glass Mosaic factory in Michigan and owns the sales agency Form and Texture. Gary serves as the Co-chair of the Bluewater Implementation team. Reading. American roots music, sports, are a few of his interests. His red-hound Boudreaux is the Mayor of College Park.
Deji Otegbeye Dr. Ayodeji Otegbeye (Deji) was born and raised in Nigeria and has been a member of Church on the Drive since 1990. He attended medical school at The University of Ibadan, Nigeria and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He is married to Gladys Otegbeye and they are blessed with 3 children – Tunji, Ebun and Ibukun.

He was ordained as a Deacon in 2004, he has served on the Finance Committee, as Co-Chair of Building Fund Raising Committee and currently on the Personnel Committee.

He is passionate about missions and he has participated in several medical missions with Adventist GMI, Baptist Missions and with his wife Gladys. He has been to Peru, Colombia, Ethiopia and Nigeria and has participated in developing programs, teaching transferable skills and providing medical care.

Ramona Reynolds-Netto was born and raised in southeast Kentucky and has been a member of Church on the Drive, on and off, since 1989. She received a BA in Journalism and Marketing from The University of Kentucky (Go Cats!) and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 1993. Since seminary Ramona has lived and worked in Hawaii, NY, and Texas as a teacher, with at-risk and homeless teenagers, and as a hospital chaplain. She is now a CPE Supervisor and Hospital Chaplain. Ramona is married to Paulo Netto, and they have one son, Charles.

Ramona was ordained into Gospel Ministry at Church on the Drive in 2001 and currently serves as: Chair of the Center for Life Transitions, Member of Deacon Council and Finance Committee.

Peter Schimpf Peter Schimpf grew up in small southern Illinois towns and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1978. After graduation he moved to Orlando and joined College Park Baptist Church. He and Karen met in a Sunday School class and married in 1981. They have lived in College Park and served in Church on the Drive most of the last 34 years. Peter currently serves on the Connection Team, Properties and Finance Committees, Deacon Council and as a greeter. His career includes time in the media duplication, retail hardware and real estate industries. He started Horizon Duplication, Inc. in 1991 and continues to manage that business as well as property management and real estate investment businesses. He and Karen enjoy traveling.
Leon Singletary was born in Birmingham, AL and raised in Pensacola,FL. Leon is married to Bonnie and has two children, Leon III(Chip) (deceased) and Noel. He also has three wonderful grandchildren. Leon studied at Pensacola Junior College and Livingston State University. He also spent time at FSU. Leon is a retired IT executive. Leon serves as a trustee of Church on the Drive and as a deacon. Leon also serves on the Property Committee and the Finance Committee.
Sam Smith was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and has been a member of Church on the Drive since 1976. He received a B.S. Degree in Forestry from the University of Florida; an MBA from Webster University and did his Accounting Studies at Florida Atlantic University. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Sam served in the United States Air Force as a B52 navigator. He worked for Lockheed Martin 37 years in various accounting and management positions. Sam has also been teaching graduate and undergraduate accounting courses for the University of Phoenix. He is married to Kathy Smith. Sam serves as the church treasurer. He also is a member of the church choir.
Diane Stanton Diane Stanton was born and raised in Miani, Florida and has been a member of Church on the Drive since 1997. She received her B.A. Degree in English from Emory University; her J.D. Degree from University of Miami and an M.A. Degree in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary. Before retiring in 2008, Diane represented management in labor and employment law. She is married to Steve Silver. Diane serves as Chair of the Deacon Council and Constitution Committee and teaches the Adult Five Ladies Sunday School class.
Ed Thomas was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. Ed attended Auburn University, graduating with a B.A. in Architecture in 1957. He was commissioned 2nd Lt. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served two years with NATO Forces in West Germany. Over the course of 47 years, Ed designed 28 church facilities and was often referred to as “The Dean of Church Architects”.

Ed has been a member of Church on the Drive since 1961, serving in many capacities and leadership roles such as Past Chairman of Properties Committee, Director Couples Sunday School Department, Past President Men’s Brotherhood and Architect for sanctuary remodeling, CLC building and gymnasium. He is married to Caroline Visser of Amsterdam, Holland. They have two sons and two grandchildren.

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