Phillip Smith | Lead Preaching Elder
Phillip and his family have been at Community Baptist since fall 2007 and he became the Lead Preaching Elder and overseer of the ministry of the Academy here in May of 2013, after having served in the student ministry full time for 5 years prior. It has been a humbling privilege for him to serve here at Community Baptist and Community Christian Academy in these many ways during his time here. He is blessed to have the Expositors Seminary right down the street in Jupiter, FL where he has been able to continue being equipped over the last several years. He is a 4th generation local from Stuart, FL, where he graduated from our very own Community Christian Academy in 1995. He and his wife Tawnyia have two children, Ashleigh and Ethan. Tawnyia serves in a multitude of ways including heading up and teaching our Titus 2 in Action ladies ministry. Ashleigh is a graduate of CCA, and is now teaching full time in our ASL classes and our Art Department. Ethan also graduated from CCA in 2016.
“But My righteous one shall live by faith;
And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.”
– Hebrews 10:38-39
John Nelson | Elder Overseeing Outreach
John Nelson is a long-time (since 1952) resident of Martin County and a more than forty year member of Community Baptist Church. John graduated from Martin County High School and Indian River Community College. He served in the United States Navy as a Search and Rescue Diver in a helicopter combat support squadron for four years in the late 60’s. Then, for twenty five years he worked for Florida Power and Light Company in Stuart. John came to know the Lord in 1975 and joined Community Baptist Church on July 4, 1976. As an Elder he oversees our outreach and discipleship ministry and has faithfully taught adult Bible studies for over 30 years. He also heads up the men’s ministry, and coordinates home Bible studies throughout the year. John’s love of people and his passion to share the Gospel has well suited him to lead many Community Baptist Church ministries and outreach programs. John is married to Jo Ann, who shares his love of serving, and she teaches ladies. They have 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grand children. When not at the church you will find John out on “Visitation” his boat, enjoying his other l
“Let us not grow weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
– Galatians 6:9
Norm Kuglin | Elder
Having Godly parents helped Norm accept Christ as personal Savior at the age of seven, commit himself to God's service, and begin to learn how to follow God's leading. Norm's life has been a series of God directed events ever since. Norm was headed to a State college after high school graduation, with the intention of pursuing teaching as a career. Five weeks before classes began God used a fellow counselor at summer Bible camp to redirect him to Bible school at Oak Hills Bible Institute, and then three years later to Bethel College to finish a four year degree. During that time God gave him his life time helper, Raylyn. Together they have been heavily involved in the ministry of the local church, - Sunday school, youth ministry, camp ministry, board member, etc, while working construction and tree trimming & removal to keep eating. Eventually God lead to serve full time for eight years with a mission work sending Bible lessons around the world. Through contacts made in that work, God inspired them to start Missionary Service & Supply International (MSSI) for the purpose of helping supply missionary work in third world countries, and helping with as much construction work as possible as God supplies.
Norm and Raylyn have two married children, a daughter and a son, both missionaries in foreign cuntries. Though they miss seeing either family very often, they rejoice in the relationship enjoyed with both, and would rather have them on the other side of the world serving God than living next door while out of fellowship with their Heavenly Father.
At present Norm serves as an Elder at Community Baptist Church, Community Christian Acaddemy school board member, leader in Kids 4 Truth, and works part time doing maintenance at the church & school, going on mission trips as often as possible. He has no thought of doing less as long as God gives him the strength to continue. “I''d rather burn out than rust out” is his philosophy of life, and so far God seems to be giving a good supply of fuel.
Bill Sandel | Elder
Bill has been married to Judy for over 35 years and has three grown children. Bill serves on the Community Christian Academy school board. Bill has been involved with the fire/medical field for more than 35 years and recently retired from FPL’s St. Lucie Nuclear Plant. Bill and his family moved to Stuart in 1980 and have been part of Community for more than 10 years.
Larry Thrasher | Elder
Larry and his wife Becky have been at CBC since 2006 where they have both willingly served as needed. They have twin daughters and two grandchildren. Larry was raised on a cattle farm in central Florida and has spent most of his adult years working as an administrator, first for the military, then in churches, and currently for the construction industry.