Meet Our Staff

From left: Cindy Harby, Allen Harmon, Adam Alexander, Joni Alexander, Tony Anderson, Doug Rutt, Matt Russell, Wendy Graves, John Harmeling, Bill Winton, Phil Hartman, & Carol Ragland.

Our Ministerial Staff

God has richly blessed the Chapel with an outstanding staff team. Each individual deeply loves the Lord and His church.

"We are committed to using our God-given gifts for the building up of the body into the measure of the stature that belongs to the fullness of Christ. It is our privilege to give our days to putting the life of Jesus on display in our human flesh and helping you learn to do the same. Let us know how we can help!"

Doug Rutt - Pastor/Teacher

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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 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

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Joni Alexander joined the staff as Minister to Children in July 1999. Her passion is to see children and families falling in love with Jesus and experiencing 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 in their home.

After graduating from Florida State University, Joni married her high school sweetheart, Tim. They have two children and two grandsons. Joni and Tim have been members of Christian Family Chapel since 1987. 

Tony Anderson - Counseling/Executive Pastor

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Tony Anderson has served as an elder at Christian Family Chapel since 2007 and joined the staff of CFC as Pastor of Counseling in January of 2013.  Tony is certified as a Biblical counselor by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC).  Prior to joining the staff at CFC, Tony practiced law in Jacksonville for 27 years. In his role as Pastor of Counseling, Tony seeks to helps others solve the problems of life in ways that are pleasing to God and loving to others.

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 married to Lisa who is also a NANC certified counselor, and they have one son, Aaron and a daughter-in-law, Devin.

Carol Ragland - Director of Ministry Development

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Carol has been with CFC since September of 2004 and has responsibility for starting up new ministries as well as helping members get connected through serving according to their God-given gifts and design. 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 Campus Crusade for Christ. Carol is a loyal FSU Seminole grad too!

Wendy Graves - Director of Missions

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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 is married and lives in Savannah, GA.  Free time centers around being with the grandkids and having friends over.    

Cindy Harby - Director of Women's Ministries

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Cindy earned a degree in Marketing from University of Florida. She and her husband Hugh have been members at CFC for 30 years. In 2001 she began working in the Women’s Ministry as Assistant to Carolyn Philllips. Cindy is passionate about equipping and giving women the opportunity to practically apply the Word of God to their lives. Cindy and Hugh have been married for 34 years and have 2 adult married children, Brad  Harby and Emily Castleberry, and one grandson, William Castleberry.

John Harmeling - Pastor of Discipleship

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John joined the staff of Christian Family Chapel in April of 2008 and serves as the Pastor of Discipleship. He loves leading people to a relationship with Christ through whom they will love, serve, and multiply disciples.  His role allows him the great joy of working with multiple ministry teams at CFC. In each situation his goal is to help the CFC body of believers find their spiritual gifts and engage in their own journey of becoming fully devoted Spirit empowered followers of Jesus Christ.

John and his wife, Kay, have been married for over 25 years and they have spent the last 21 in Jacksonville.  They have three children: Jeff, the oldest is married to the former Colleen Burke and they live in St. Louis, Missouri.  Jeremy graduated with honors from FSU and he is now a realtor. Their youngest, Jessica, attends Columbia International University.  John and Kay love being outside and spending time with family and friends. 

Phil Hartman - Minister of Shepherding

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Phil Hartman has been Minister of Shepherding at CFC since 1999. His role involves developing, promoting, & sustaining Family Groups; assisting those attending CFC with any benevolence needs; shepherding Members of CFC; and serves on staff as a Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC) biblical counselor.

As the Minister of Shepherding, Phil’s desire is to help visitors & those attending CFC take a next step in connecting relationally and experience the love of Christ through one another.

Before coming on staff in 1999, Phil worked in the marketplace for AT&T for 15 years and GTE for 13 years. Phil & his wife, Karen, have been married for 36 years. They have four adult children and two grandchildren.

Grayson Markle - Communications Director

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Grayson has been a part of the CFC staff team since the Fall of 2012 .  He is from Hartsville, SC and graduated from Columbia International University in 2009 with a degree in Bible and Communication and a minor in Video Production.

Before taking the Communication Director position with CFC, he worked as a contract videographer and Communication Coordinator at, a non-profit online Christian radio station.

Matt Russell - Pastor of Worship

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Matt has been on staff with CFC since 1999. He served as Sr. High youth pastor from 1999 to 2007. In 2007 he moved into the role of Pastor of Worship. His role involves leading weekly in the morning services, serving as a staff counselor in CFC's counseling ministry and overseeing the ministry to young adults.

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 a certified Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC) biblical counselor.

Matt and Kristi have been married since 1993 and have three children: Emma, Toby, and Levi. Matt is passionate about disciple-making through counseling and encouraging the body to wholeheartedly worship Jesus with the lives they have been given. 

Mike Thompson - Minister to Senior High & College

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Mike Thompson will begin working with the CFC Senior High & College ministries on June 15th.

Bill Winton - Minister to Middle School

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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 he is also one of their counselors. 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.