“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live only as you can.”
Dr. Les Wicker is the organizing and senior pastor of the church. Rev. Wicker is a creative and energetic pastor. A visionary, Rev. Wicker responded to the call to found this new church in Naples in 2004 and has led the church from a fledging group who met in a school cafeteria to the growing, dynamic church it is today.
A graduate of the Divinity School of Duke University, Rev. Wicker also holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro focusing on marriage and the family. During the course of his ministry, Pastor Wicker has received numerous awards for church growth and community outreach, including the Distinguished Public Service Award given for community service. He is the author of several books including
Preparing Couples for Marriage.
Tara Buonamici directs the music program of the church. She is the choral director for Gulf Coast High school and has brought some amazing voices with her.
Dr. Norma Farmilo serves as the church organist. A graduate of Oakland University, Norma also has a Master’s and Doctorate from Wayne State University. She is well-connected with the Naples music community and an active member of the Naples Music Club. Norma has a wide background in organ, having served as organist at a number of churches throughout the country.
Debra Starr is our office administrator. She and her husband were business owners for many years and she is an avid volunteer in many of the churches activities.
Stacey Holcombe is our youth/family coordinator and ministry leader. Stacey is currently studying to obtain her certificate to become a youth minister. She works in the office organizing and planning our youth/family events and photography.