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Bill Mitchell

Senior Pastor

Pastor Bill Mitchell is a third generation Boca Ratonion. Born and raised locally, he graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a B.A. in Bible and Theology and a Masters of Christian Ministry. His heart is truly to reach out to people both locally through compassion ministries and internationally through mission trips to other countries and bring them to the saving grace of Christ, our Savior.

Bill and his wife Elizabeth met at Boca Raton Community Church. They have four wonderful children.

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Clay Hecocks

Worship Pastor

Clay has served in a worship and leadership capacity for most of his life. He is an accomplished keyboardist (undergraduate studies at University of Michigan and graduate studies at University of California Santa Barbara-piano performance), songwriter and arranger, and has led and taught worship at numerous national and international venues. Clay has recently written a book titled The Framework of Worship which addresses many of the issues that ministry and worship leadership face in today’s culture.

Clay and his wife, Sheri, have three adult children and three adorable grandkids.

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Jody Shelton

NextGen Pastor

Jody has worked full-time with students since 1998. His passion is for the church and the home to work together and for every leader, volunteer, and parent to be on the same page to make a greater impact in a child’s life. Jody graduated from Liberty University with a specialization in student ministry. He has also received an MAR and MDIV from Liberty Theological Seminary. In addition, Jody leads a nonprofit organization called Breakthrough Ministries. He has been married since 2000 to his wife Ruth and has two boys Dawson and Graham. He loves Netflix, football, Mexican food, and Nike.

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Cameron Free

Groups Pastor

Cameron grew up in South Florida and obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Along the way, he met his wife Sarah, who currently serves in the Women’s Ministry. Cameron leads our Groups Ministry, which includes Study, Serve and Outreach Groups. His goal is to help people connect in authentic relationships that lead to spiritual transformation. He also enjoys ultimate frisbee, singing too loud, Apple products, and a good cup of coffee.

Cameron and Sarah have an awesome son named Carson.

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Haley Baughman

BocaKids and Merge Director

Haley is a native Floridan who is originally from Jacksonville, FL. Upon interning at a church there, she learned about her love for children and youth. Her passion is that kids learn who Jesus is and know how to follow Him in such a way that would eternally impact the world. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a B. A. in Sociology and in Communications, she worked in different facets of ministry and higher education and is currently finishing a master’s in Educational Leadership. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Carl Crispin

Groups Director

Carl and his wife Lori are originally from Michigan and moved to Boca Raton in 2003 shortly after getting married on the beach in Ft Lauderdale. He has been on staff at Boca Community since 2018. Carl’s ministry background includes several years of working with College Students, Young Adults and Young Married Couples. In addition to his responsibilities as the Groups Director, Carl and Lori also lead the Young Professionals group and enjoy mentoring young men and women in the church.

Carl, Lori, and their daughter Elsie enjoy spending time together at the beach.

Carl’s life verse is Ephesians 3:20-21. God can do more than we can ask or imagine and only He deserves the glory.

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Josh Good

Middle School Director

Josh was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Clearwater Christian College with a B.S. in Physical Education. He and his amazing wife Jamee have 3 children: Joshy, Brooklynn, and Ryleigh (AKA Reggie). Prior to Boca Community, he was a teacher and coach at Highlands Christian Academy. He has a passion for students, faith, and fitness. His life verse is Matthew 5:16 and his goal to let his light shine so others can glorify God.

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Tim Goodchild

Technical Director

Tim is a native Floridian who grew up in Fort Lauderdale through his teenage years, then moved to upstate New York with his family, where he worked in the emergency medical field. Since then he has moved back to sunny South Florida where he has worked in the audio visual industry for over 20 years. Tim enjoys reading, fitness, time with family, and anything involving the ocean.

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Kim Heizer

Communication Director

Kim was born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. She moved to South Florida to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University and graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design. She has been a part of the Boca Community family since 2014 and has been working as the church’s graphic designer ever since. Kim met her husband, Pedro, while serving with the Student and Young Adult ministries. Her goal is to use her gifts of design, marketing, and creativity to help the church communicate the gospel message clearly and effectively. Kim enjoys photography, spending time with friends, laughing too loud, and singing constantly.

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Bill Hood III

Young Adults and Assistant Groups Director

Bill grew up in Boca Raton. After receiving a B.A. in Christian Education from Wheaton College in 2015, he returned to join the staff of Boca Community.  Bill has a passion for worshipping the Lord through music (as well as dance) and helping others do the same.  He also loves the young adult community here and is excited for the ways the Lord is growing them into authentic and mature Christians.

Bill and his wife Natasha met at Boca Community and enjoy frisbee, Spartan races, and lots of board games.

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John Lucas

WorldLead Director

John has over 30 years experience as an entrepreneur in Financial Services. He moved from Texas to South Florida for business reasons in 1993. That same year John and Debby joined Boca Raton Community Church. It was a church mission trip to Haiti in 2002 that changed John’s life. He found his purpose and passion in international ministries. John feels humbled by the opportunity to be a part of WorldLead. John’s partner in ministry is his wife Debby. They have been married since 1975.

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Karen Palmer

Awana Director

Karen and her husband, Bob, moved to Boca Raton from Salem, Oregon to be with their grandchildren. Karen loves children and has worked in Children’s ministry and Music ministry for more than 30 years. She was commissioned through the Evangelical Church for ministry. Her desire is to love and invest in boys and girls so they will learn to trust Jesus and know Him as their personal Savior. Bob and Karen have three wonderful daughters and three godly sons-in-law, all of whom are faithfully serving God around the US.

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Crissie Romani

Events Director

Crissie grew up in Brazil and moved to Florida in 2015 where she attended FAU and was involved in Boca Community’s Young Adults, Awana, and NextGen ministries. Following graduation from FAU with a Biology degree, Crissie joined the staff at Boca Community where she is now the Events Coordinator and Director. Her greatest joy is training volunteers to use their gifts and talents to their full potential. When Crissie is not working, serving in Young Adults, or discipling others, she enjoys a good book, coffee, and sea turtles.

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Danielle Sherbondy

Preschool Director

Danielle loves to work with children of all ages. She began her career 25 years ago working in the medical field with a focus on pediatrics. She has since transitioned to education and continues to work with and serve the children in our community.

Danielle and her husband have three wonderful children.

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Wendy Stapleton

Head of Christian School

Mrs. Stapleton holds a BA in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Columbia International University. Since joining BRCS in 1997, Mrs. Stapleton has served in many capacities. She has taught in the elementary, middle, and high schools, served as Middle School Supervisor, Dean of Students & Instructional Quality, Assistant Headmaster, and Interim Headmaster, and now serves as Head of School. An avid sport fan, she and her husband can be seen supporting the many Blazer sports teams.

Mrs. Stapleton and her husband Kent have two grown sons. Her life verse is Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

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Debbie Winston

Women's Director

Debbie hails from New England, born and raised in Manchester, NH. She lived in many different states before settling in South Florida in 1989, where she began a career in the financial services industry, retiring after a 25-year career.

With a heart for Jesus, and helping women, she has served as a Sunday School teacher, participated in various women’s ministries, and now serves as our Women’s Ministry Director. Debbie loves to spend time with her three beautiful grandchildren, go to the beach, cook, and travel. She and her husband, Bob, reside in Parkland.

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Church Membership

Membership Class

We offer a 2-hours class for those who are regular attenders at Boca Community and want to pursue membership. We will answer questions like…

  • What does this church believe?
  • What is its mission?
  • How do I become a member?
  • How can I get more connected?
  • How can I grow spiritually?
  • How can I serve?

Membership class is designed to answer these questions and more while helping you connect with God, with others and with the Boca Community family. It is our hope that through this class you will discover what your next steps are and how to connect with others just like you, traveling down a similar road in life.

When Is The Next Class?

Membership class is offered several times a year after Sunday morning service.

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