Meet the Elders

Elder Board

Mike Higgins

Elder Board Chairman

Mike is a long-time Florida resident, growing up in Miami. After graduating from the University of South Florida, Mike married the love of his life, Lisa and completed several moves across the US for work, returning to Boca Raton in 2002. Mike and Lisa discovered Boca Raton Community Church through Boca Raton Christian School, where daughters Kimberly and Amanda were enrolled and blessed for many years through graduation. Both daughters have since married, and Mike and Lisa are proud grandparents of Joshua and Isabella. Mike and Lisa enjoy serving with Boca Christian and Awana.

Mike has served 2 rotations on the Elder board, holding Secretary and Treasurer roles. He has seen the Lord bless and protect Boca Community in miraculous ways and is truly humbled to serve and help our church family spread the gospel to our city and to the world. In their spare time, Mike and Lisa enjoy boating, offshore fishing, and spending time with their growing family.

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Sam Sandoval

Sam was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He started attending Boca Raton Community church in 2009 where he met his lovely wife Monet. Sam and Monet have three children, Ethan, Landon and Seth. They love Boca Community because they experience authentic community fully based on God’s Word. Sam is grateful that the focus of all ministries at Boca Community is on knowing and understanding God’s Word, building a strong personal relationship with Him, and reaching out into the community and the world.

He and his family are actively involved in Awana, Boca Kids, Groups, Men’s Ministry and CityHouse. Sam loves being a “kid” with his boys and teaching them about God’s Word. He is a music guy and enjoys listening to full albums on his record player.

Wayne Cotton


Wayne was born and raised in South Florida. He and his wife, Deretta, have been married for over 40 years and have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Wayne has been a part of Boca Raton Community Church for over 35 years and has served in various leadership roles. He currently serves on the Elder Board and Chairman of the Personnel team. Wayne used to own a wholesale distributor with offices in South and Central Florida and has now transitioned to a consultant.

He is passionate about serving our community and currently is a Trustee at Palm Beach Atlantic University, serves on the Board of the National Christian Foundation of South Florida, Chairman of Live the Life South Florida and he’s on the board at Westminster Academy Ft. Lauderdale.

George Williams


George is a native Floridian from Miami. As a graduate of the University of Florida and Duke University, he has been a resident of Boca Raton and a member of Boca Community for over 30 years. George and his wife, Deanna, have served with NextGen and Adult Study Groups teaching and contributing to the family of God. George and Deanna have 3 adult children who have experienced the blessing of being a part of the Boca Raton Community Church and Boca Raton Christian School family.

George is also a member of the Finance Committee. He desires to serve, glorify God, and add value to others as he continues his daily walk with the Lord. His prayer is that Boca Raton Community Church continues to serve as a beacon in this community and throughout South Florida for another 70 years.

Mike Peterson

Mike is a South Florida native, growing up in Fort Lauderdale. Mike is a dental technician and owner of Peterson Dental Lab in Delray Beach. He and his wife, Margaret, have been attending Boca Raton Community Church since 2009. They have 3 terrific children, Christopher, Jacob, and Jenny and 4 awesome granddaughters. They are both involved in the Young Adult Ministry, Adult Study Groups, and Mike is a part of the building committee.

Mike loves being a part of the Boca Community family because of the great friendships he has with other believers, the unity in our church, the impact we make through our WorldLead partners and most importantly that we are Christ Centered in everything that we do. He is an avid woodworker, enjoys restoring antique cars, coaching soccer, scuba diving, fishing and hunting.

Daniel Alvarado

Daniel was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and moved to the U.S. when he was in his teens. He has a heart for supporting people in Mexico. Daniel is married to Rebeca and they have 5 young children who attend Boca Raton Christian School: Gracie, Michael, Jackson, Sophia, and Benny. Boca Raton Community Church is where Daniel and Rebeca met, and the community of believers is foundational in their life. One of Daniel’s passions is to glorify God through his family and bless those who he encounters. His goal is to make his home a resting place and a refuge for those who need to be refreshed in the Lord. 

Daniel is a member of the Finance Committee and is involved with the tax program at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  

Ian Ross

Ian was born in India and raised in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Scotland, and the United States. His career in higher education and health care brought him and his wife, Janet, to Florida from New Jersey in 1995. They began attending Boca Raton Community Church in 2004 and decided to make it their church home in 2005. They have four wonderful children that are all graduates of Boca Raton Christian School.

Ian desires to live generously, practice hospitality, and be a true disciple-maker. He and his wife do this by serving in many of our ministries including CityLead, WorldLead, Boca Helping Hands, Young Adults, and many others. Ian is also a member of Boca Christian’s trustee board and an active participant in many Boca Christian events. 

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