Pastors & Staff

Jeff & Kathy Rudolph

Lead Pastors

In an amazing story, I began my ministry career here at First Assembly after having a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ in 1980 at the age of 22 here at the church. Shortly after my salvation, I felt a call to the ministry, attended and graduated from Southeastern University and came on staff here at the church as the Young Marrieds’ Pastor. I met Kathy here and we were married in 1988 and we enjoyed a very successful ministry to the young married couples until 1992 when God called us to be the Pastors at New Life Assembly in Marathon Key. In 2001, we accepted the call to Portsmouth, NH where we were the pastors of Connect Community Church until January of 2012. In February of 2012, after 20 years of being away, the congregation here at First Assembly called on us to come back to our spiritual “home”, the place of my ministry’s beginning; and to be the new Lead Pastor. Kathy and I have three children: Our sons Jeffrey and Christian and our daughter Jordan. When not here at the church, I absolutely love to salt water fish and ride my Harley!

Ken & Laura Hope

Executive Pastors/Creative Arts

We started out our ministry as Youth Pastors at First Assembly of God Church, Clearwater. After 10 years serving there, we accepted the call to become Senior Pastors in the Daytona Beach area for 16 years at Abundant Life Assembly of God, Spirit Life Harvest Church, New Life Church and Living Stones Community Church. I also serve as a Board member of a pastor driven fellowship of churches and ministries; New Life International, Jacksonville, Florida under the direction of Bishop P.D. Zink.
Our ministry has developed over the years as I have served in the capacity of pastor, worship leader, songwriter, and preacher of the Word.
Just recently, March of 2012, God changed our path again and we felt called to join our long time friends, Jeff and Kathy Rudolph back here at First Assembly where it all began! We have “come home”!
Laura and I have a passion for God and for people …to evangelize the lost, to teach and train believers and leaders, to ignite a fire and hunger for revival.
Our ministry is to inspire and encourage people to run after God with a reckless abandoned passion…to ignite hearts to live and discover the destiny that God has for each of us…to infuse a world outlook and a call to reach OUR Generation with the power of the TRUTH of Jesus Christ …

Eddie Lamb

Pastoral Care

Thirteen years ago, having moved from my previous pastorate in Okeechobee, FL., I prayed that I would be able to have a group of Seniors, locally, for ongoing ministry here in Clearwater.  Within days the prayer was answered and I was invited to launch a brand-new ministry and become the Senior Adults Pastor here at Connect Church. It is now also my privilege to be leader of 'Pastoral Care Ministries' here in our local church and it is my joy to serve.

Matt & Judy Pfaltzgraf

Connections Pastors

We have been in full time ministry since 2011. I (Matt) hold a BA in religion/ministry and Judy has extensive training in soul care/counseling.  We are the connections Pastors here at Connect church, serving our new guests, teaching, and leading in our community. Our hearts and passion is to help others in their journey to discover God’s rich love for them, the freedom we have through Jesus, and the divine purpose in the Kingdom of God. We have three beautiful children and three amazing Grandkids. We love the beach, going on walks with our dog, and spending time with family and friends.

Roberto & Carmen Melendez

Connect Care Pastors

Hello, Connect Church of Clearwater family, friends, and guests.  We are Roberto and Carmen Melendez.  
To know us is to love us as God our Father, through Jesus, has given us strong pastoral hearts for His people to help assure the total well being of His followers.  
We are a bilingual (Spanish/English) couple that was born and raised in the Midwest, but our story is best heard in person for you would not believe it otherwise, besides we love telling our story.

We are here to make certain the NO-ONE under our care is lost in the mundane everyday life experiences.  We are here as your Care Team Leaders.  
How can we help you become all that you can be in Him (Jesus)?  We are looking forward to personally connecting with you.  Much love and respect.

Laura Sebold

Dream Team Leader

Hi! I’m Laura Sebold and I am so excited that God has called me to serve at Connect Church Clearwater. Marketing is my profession and art is my passion. I have two children and two grandchildren, soon to be three! From the moment you arrive at Connect Church it is my desire for you to feel at home. We have a great team of parking lot assistants, greeters and ushers.  Our guest services area is staffed with friendly people ready to answer your questions and to show you around.  After the service, you’re invited to stop by the café for some refreshments and friendly “hanging out” time. I would love to get to know you or pray with you!