STRIVING TO BE A HEALTHY FAMILY WHERE ALL GENERATIONS GROW AS DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST.

OUR BELIEFS

WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ONE GOD, MANIFESTED IN THREE PERSONS, THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Genesis 1:26 Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14

WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD, WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN, IS WHOLLY GOD AND WHOLLY MAN, LIVED A SINLESS LIFE, DIED AS A SUBSTITUTIONARY SACRIFICE FOR THE SINS OF MANKIND, WAS BURIED, AROSE FROM THE GRAVE AND ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN.
 John 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21

WE BELIEVE IN THE LITERAL, BODILY RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST TO EARTH.
Revelation 19

WE BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD WITHOUT ANY ERROR, THE SOLE AUTHORITY FOR LIFE.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

WE BELIEVE THAT MAN IS A SPECIAL CREATION OF GOD, MADE IN HIS IMAGE.
Genesis 1:26-27

WE BELIEVE THAT MANKIND FELL THROUGH THE SIN OF THE FIRST MAN, ADAM, AND THAT ALL MEN ARE SINNERS IN NEED OF SALVATION.
Genesis 3:15; Romans 5:12-15
WE BELIEVE THAT SALVATION IS A GIFT OF GRACE FROM GOD, RECEIVED THROUGH FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY PERSON WHO TRULY IS SAVED IS ETERNALLY SECURE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
John 10:28-30; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews :25; 10:10, 14

WE BELIEVE THAT THOSE PERSONS WHO DIE WITHOUT FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL AND THOSE PERSONS WHO DIE WITH THEIR SINS FORGIVEN, THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST, SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.
Revelation 20:14; John 3:16

WE BELIEVE THAT WATER BAPTISM IS IN OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMAND OF CHRIST AND IS BY IMMERSION AFTER SALVATION.
Romans 6:3-10

WE BELIEVE THAT THE LOCAL CHURCH IS THE LOCAL BODY OF BAPTIZED BELIEVERS WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AS THE HEAD.
Ephesians 1:22-23

WE BELIEVE THAT EACH BELIEVER HAS DIRECT ACCESS TO GOD THROUGH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE BIBLE, GOD’S WORD.
1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 10:19-26

Mark Bedwell

Senior Pastor

Pastor Mark and his family joined the Ardella family In May 2016. His wife Kim is the CFO for Florida Baptist Children's Home. Together they have two children, a son Christian and a daughter Shelby. Both are currently attending college.

Pastor Mark surrendered to the ministry in 1993 and began serving in student ministry in Texas, Mississippi, and Florida. He completed his Master's degree and Doctorate at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Ardella Baptist Church, Pastor Mark served as Discipleship Pastor, Missions Pastor, Campus Pastor, and was the interim National Director for Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministry. Ardella Baptist is his first Senior Pastor position, and he loves every minute of it.

Pastor Mark loves golfing, riding his Harley, spending time with his family, church family, and dog Max. You can meet him and his wife Kim when you visit Ardella Baptist Church. They both serve as greeters at the front door.

MEET THE TEAM

MAX BRADDOCK

Discipleship Pastor
Pastor Max and his wife Heidi joined the Ardella family in February 2017. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Pastor Max surrendered to God's call to ministry in 2004 and left the business world to begin serving in discipleship and education ministry in Florida and Georgia.

Before coming to Ardella Baptist Church, Pastor Max served as Assimilation and Discipleship Pastor, Education Pastor, and Inner City Missions Leader.

Pastor Max loves reading, spending time with his family, church family and taking vacations in the mountains with Heidi.

MARK THOMPSON

Family Pastor
Pastor Mark and Tracie joined the Ardella family in March 2018. They have three children.

Pastor Mark has served in student/family ministry in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York over the past 25 years. His greatest passion is seeing God change lives, especially in the lives of students.

Pastor Mark loves spending time with family, playing board games, and enjoys sports. He has coached basketball in both Christian and public schools.

Marge McClintock

Ministry Assistant
Marge joined Ardella Baptist Church in April 2017 following the passing of her husband of 43 years, Michael McClintock. She is blessed with five children and ten grandchildren.

For the past 20 years, she has been a Ministry Assistant at various churches and is certified through Lifeway. She is a member of The National Association of Southern Baptist Ministry Assistants. She has been on three mission trips, currently serves as a 2nd-3rd grade Sunday school teacher, and she is a mentor mom with WOW. Marge also coordinates the Embrace Widow Ministry at Ardella.

KRISTEN PREBBLE

Worship Director
Kristen has been serving on the worship team at Ardella for a couple of years. She has stepped into the role of Worship Director. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Kristen moved to Florida in 2013.  When Kristen isn't serving at Ardella, she is a US History teacher.

She is very passionate about using the gifts that God has given her for his kingdom. One of her greatest joys is having the privilege of leading His people in worship!

CHRIS SALLSTROM

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Chris and her husband Todd have been in ministry together for 30 years. They have served together in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and now here in Florida. Todd and Chris have 2 children(and their spouses) and 2 grandchildren.

Chris graduated from Clarks Summit University, PA with a Bible and Elementary Education degree.

Missions trips have been a big part of Todd and Chris’ lives. Africa still has a hold on Chris’s heart after going there with a team from their church in Pennsylvania.

What a joy to be here serving with the Ardella family.

Alexis Robinson

Nursery Director
Alexis Robinson and her husband Jacob became members of Ardella early in 2017. They have two sons; Atlas and Asher.

In high school, Lexi rededicated her life to Christ after finally accepting His grace; she then felt pulled to be baptized again shortly after. Her walk with Jesus and ministry continued to grow together as she served as a Youth Intern at Lakes Church from 2010-2012.

Lexi has spent the past 5 years being a Stay at Home Wife and Mom. She is excited to be blessed with the opportunity to serve and work in ministry again! Lexi is a Discussion Group Leader and helps organize events for WoW. She’s also fully involved in Awana and KidMin on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Marissa Bryant

Preschool Director
Marissa and her husband joined the Ardella family in January 2016. Marissa graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Marissa moved to Lakeland after marrying Jamieson in January 2014. Marissa Started volunteering in the Children’s Ministry at Ardella in April of 2017. This was in pursuit of her passion with working with children at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. In her free time, she enjoys reading, DIY projects and traveling. Her favorite trips were to Scotland and Canada and her most memorable places to serve were twice in Haiti and once in Guatemala with her husband.

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