“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~ Albert Einstein
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.
Brian Layman is the Associate Pastor at First Congregational. He grew up in north Texas and has served churches in Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Brian received his Bachelor’s from Hardin-Simmons University and his M.Div. from Wake Forest University. He recently got married! In his spare time Brian enjoys hanging out with his wife Kaitlyn, camping, working out, watching college football, and reading.
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.
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.