Meet Our Elders & Staff
God has richly blessed the Chapel with an outstanding leadership team made up of staff and an Elder team. Each individual deeply loves the Lord and His church.
Our Church Elders:
TOP row left to right: Tony Anderson, Loren Murray, Jim Bronsink, Brett Johns, Phil Hartman
BOTTOM row left to right: Doug Rutt, Jeff Curry, Brad Howald, Frost Weaver, James Purser
Our Ministry Staff:
Doug Rutt - Pastor/Teacher
Had you asked me about where I would serve in ministry when I graduated from Columbia International University in 1986, I would have said “I will never serve in the church. I will never teach adults, and I will never be a pastor.” God obviously had other plans! I am glad He did.
I was raised in Lancaster, PA and placed faith in Jesus to be my Savior at the early age of ten. Although I knew Jesus had saved me for heaven, I struggled greatly with trying to live as a Christ follower. I just wasn’t very good at it – at least not for very long! Then in High School I heard a man say that “The Christian life isn’t difficult – it is impossible.” That had certainly been my experience, but God graciously opened my eyes to Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
The reality that Jesus had wrapped Himself in my humanity and that He was living in me completely changed my understanding of the Christian life. I was no longer left to my best efforts of pleasing God, but was learning to live by faith and acknowledge my utter inadequacy but His complete adequacy so that my role was to present my body to be an instrument in and through which He lived His life. Some people call this truth the Exchanged Life; it certainly changed mine.
I attended Ravencrest Bible School in Estes Park, CO and then went to CIU for additional Bible and ministry training. While at CIU, I not only received excellent training in Bible Teaching, but God also opened my eyes and heart to world missions.
After CIU, Jackie and I were married and immediately moved to Jacksonville, where I spent 3 years teaching Bible to middle school students at Grace Christian Academy. We began attending CFC in 1987, joined the staff team as Youth Pastor in 1989 and the elders invited me to serve as Pastor-Teacher in 1998.
Since coming to CFC God has blessed Jackie and me with six children. The oldest three are married and in 2015 we joyfully entered into the new world of being grandparents! The Chapel has been an awesome place to raise our family. Away from CFC I enjoy fishing, tennis and almost anything competitive with family and friends.
Joni Alexander - Minister to Children
Joni's passion is to see children and families fall in love with Jesus and experience His abundant life. Joni loves to teach children about God. She also strives to equip parents to become successful in fulfilling their God-given role as the spiritual leader of their home.
After graduating from Florida State University, Joni married her high school sweetheart, Tim. They have two grown children and four grandsons.
Tony Anderson - Executive Pastor/Pastor of Counseling
Tony Anderson has served as an elder at Christian Family Chapel since 2007 and joined the staff of CFC in January of 2013. In his role of Executive Pastor, Tony provides leadership and management of the business operations of the church, as well as administrative oversight of the pastoral and support staff.
Tony is also certified as a Biblical counselor by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (“ACBC”). In his role as Pastor of Counseling, Tony oversees the Hope Center, the Biblical counseling ministry of CFC, and the Hope Training Center, which is an ACBC certified training center. It is the goal of the CFC biblical counseling ministry to equip believers to help others solve the problems of life in ways that are pleasing to God and loving to others.
Tony is married to Lisa who is also an ACBC certified counselor, and they have one son, Aaron and a daughter-in-law, Devin.
Matt Collins - Worship Leader
Matt joined the CFC staff as Pastor of Worship in June or 2015. He has been a member of the worship team in various capacities since 2012. After graduating from the University of Florida, Matt has worked as a professional musician and songwriter for nearly 15 years.
Matt and his wife Lauren, along with their two children, have been attending CFC since 2010. Matt’s desire is to lead the CFC body to Remember, Retell and Respond to the Gospel in Spirit-empowered, Christ-exalting worship.
Carol Ragland - Director of Community Impact
Carol has been on staff since 2004 and has responsibility for local outreach and community impact through sharing the gospel and serving community needs. She also connects members with opportunities to serve within the church body. Her desire is for the CFC body to love those outside the faith and lead them into relationship with Christ. She came to CFC from the business community after receiving a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry through the Orlando Institute-an education and training arm for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ).
Carol has been married to Cortez since June of 2014 who also serves at CFC in small group men’s discipleship. They both enjoy music and movies and traveling abroad. Carol is an avid FSU Seminole!
Wendy Graves - Director of Missions
Wendy has been on staff at CFC since 1989, first in an administrative role and then as Director of Missions since 2007. Wendy works with potential missionaries, our CFC commended missionaries, oversees short term missions trips, the Missions Team, and with other ministry leaders in incorporating missions in every area of our church discipleship.
Wendy and husband, Wayne, graduated from Columbia International University and have been in Jacksonville since 1979. Their daughter, Renee, and her husband, Joel Weathers, serve as missionaries with SIM in Charlotte, N.C. and are the parents of Alden and Lily. Their son, Christopher and wife, Kate are parents to Reilly Dean and live in Savannah, GA. Free time centers around being with the grandkids and having friends over.
Cindy Harby - Director of Connections
Cindy earned a bachelors degree in Marketing from University of Florida. She and her husband Hugh have been members at CFC for 33 years.
In 2001 she began working in the Women’s Ministry as assistant to Carolyn Phillips. From 2009 until 2015 she loved serving as Director of Women's Ministries. She is now thrilled to serve in her current role of Director of Connections. Helping others find a welcome place of community and family at CFC is her joy.
Cindy and Hugh have been married for 36 years and have 2 adult married children, Brad and his wife Sharlie have a son Jayden. and Emily and her husband John Castleberry, have two sons Will and Luke. Free time is spent cheering the Gators, gardening, loving on her family and reading.
John Harmeling - Pastor of Shepherding
John joined the staff of Christian Family Chapel in April of 2008 and serves as the Pastor of Shepherding. He loves people and loves helping them connect with others in the body of Christ. His role allows him the great joy of working with multiple ministry teams at CFC which includes Adult Fellowships, Family Groups, New Members and Pastoral Care. He is always striving to help those in the body of Christ connect with each other so that they can enjoy the journey into Christ-likeness together.
John and his wife, Kay, have been married for over 28 years and they love in Jacksonville. Kay is a teacher in Duval County and they have three children: Jeff, the oldest is a University of Tampa graduate. He and his wife, Colleen live in Tallahassee, Florida where she works as a Professor in the School of Business at FSU. Jeremy graduated from FSU and he now lives in Jacksonville where he works as a realtor. Their youngest, Jessica is a recent graduate of Columbia International University and lives in Columbia, South Carolina. John and Kay love being outside and spending time with family and friends.
TJ King - Communications Director
TJ is a native of Jacksonville and joined Christian Family Chapel as Director of Communications in January 2016. He and his wife Mindy have been members of CFC since 2009. After graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in Broadcast Communications, he worked in various roles at local TV stations in the southeast for more than 10 years. TJ’s desire is to use the specific talents God has given him in the areas of communications/marketing/creative production to help enhance the worship experience at CFC and to help keep the body informed, both while on campus and when they’re away.
TJ and Mindy have 2 children, Easton and Emerson. When TJ isn’t communicating at CFC or chasing his toddlers around the house, he enjoys playing golf, watching golf, and talking about golf.
Matt Russell - Pastor of Equipping
Matt has been on staff with CFC since 1999. He served as Sr. High youth pastor from 1999 to 2007. From 2007 to 2015 he served as the Pastor of Worship and currently he serves as the Pastor of Equipping. His role involves teaching the life-transforming truths of the gospel to help those in the body be established in their faith and to equip them for effective ministry to others. He also serves as a biblical counselor in the counseling ministry of the Hope Center here at CFC.
Matt attended Regent University from 1994 to 1996, where he received his Master of Arts in Counseling. He earned a Master of Divinity in 2011 from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, FL. He is also certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors as a biblical counselor.
Matt and his wife Kristi have been married since 1993 and have three children: Emma, Toby, and Levi.
Ben Salzmann - Director of AVL Technology
Ben has been a part of the CFC staff since the Summer of 2015. He originally hails from Dunbarton, New Hampshire and graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Digital Video Production and a minor in Bible.
Before coming on staff with CFC, Ben was the Technical Director for Topeka Bible Church, and while in college he toured for two years with a worship band called “Heartsong.” He was always serving on the tech teams in his local church and spent a semester in Nashville studying studio recording and live production.
Ben and his wife Rebecca have been married since 2013 and both enjoy movies, walks on the beach and eating at TacoLu.
Mike Thompson - Minister to Senior High & College
Mike joined CFC in June 2015 as the Minister to Senior High and College. He has more than 25 years experience working with high school and college students. Before coming to CFC he was Director of Residence Life at his alma mater Columbia International University.
Mike is married to Cindy and thet have 2 children, Luke and Anna Elizabeth. When Mike isn't hanging out with students at CFC he enjoys hiking & hanging in his hammock with his kids, watching college football (Go Blue!), fantasy baseball (come see my trophies!) and playing with his kids at the beach. Mike desire is to see students discover & embrace who they are in Christ.
Bill Winton - Minister to Middle School
Bill Winton has been the Jr. High Pastor of Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, FL since January of 2000. After graduating from Columbia International University in 1989, he was a Jr. High Bible teacher at Grace Christian Academy in Jacksonville and then spent eight years as Jr. and Sr. High Youth Pastor at Waxhaw Bible Church in North Carolina.
Not only is Bill the Jr. High Pastor at Christian Family Chapel but also serves as a Biblical counselor. He is certified in counseling through Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC).
Bill is married to Denise and adores his four precious children Kent, Ian, Anna and Eric.