Our Leadership

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


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.


Ransom Maggard | Elder 

Ransom and his wife Ashley joined Community in 2014. They have three children - Abby, Rhys, and Remy. Both Ransom and Ashley teach at Community Christian Academy; Ransom teaches 6-12th grade Bible, and Ashley teaches third grade.
Ransom has served on staff at CBC since 2015 in a variety of ways including student ministry, assisting in coordinating ministry and body life, and in the preaching ministry.



Paul Debs           

James Fields, Sr.   

Gabriel Guajardo         

Eric Nelson

Marshall Pickering       

Carl Roberts       

Steven Servius             

Josh Shell

Doug Shields             

Tom Sweringen     

Bryan Twombly           

Dave Weinerth 

Joshua Zechman