Heart of the Father Ministry endorses and believes in plurality of Eldership. The Elders operate as a team and not a hierarchy. They make joint decisions in regards to the finances and life of the church. There is a regular preaching schedule that they rotate in as well. We believe that there is strength and accountability in multiple brothers gathering to seek the Lord and operate as a unit according to the New Testament pattern shown in the book of Acts and the Epistles.

Barry Nichols
Barry Nichols Elder

Barry & Diane Nichols

Barry Nichols is a business owner and operator of Trees of Righteousness in Lakeland. He is married to his wife Diane and they have 7 children. Barry attended Southeastern University for 2 years and completed his studies at Rhema Bible Institute in Oklahoma where he received a certificate in Teaching the Bible. Barry has a passion for holiness and to see the Word of God taught accurately and with integrity.
Keli Horn
Keli Horn Worship Leader

Keli & Cory Horn - Worship Leader

Keli and Cory Horn work in the area of music ministries and are worship leaders and musicians. Based out of Auburndale, FL, Keli and Cory entered full time ministry not long after they were married in 2002. They have served as worship pastor’s for several churches in the central FL area over the last 12 years. Since meeting in 2000, both knew they were called together to serve the Lord. They travel and minister wherever the Lord leads and have ministered in revival services, conferences and all types of events and gatherings. Keli is passionate about leading the body of Christ in worship and her and Cory’s desire is to live a life of total surrender, a lifestyle of worship. Keli invites you to enter in to worship and take a journey with the Father, catching His heart and allowing him to reveal His love. She believes in setting the atmosphere and ‘staying out of the way’ so Holy Spirit can have His way. Worshippers are inspired to join the pursuit and pour out their hearts to the Father. The result is a beautiful exchange of the sound of worship released and the response of a loving Father. Not only do Keli and Cory encourage and facilitate worship, but challenge you to press beyond your comfort zone and listen for the response from Heaven and the voice of God.
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson Elder

Jeremiah & Morgan Johnson - Elder

Jeremiah Johnson works full time at Heart of the Father Ministry and serves as an elder. He is married to his wife Morgan and together they have a daughter Bella Grace, and a son, Israel. Morgan serves as a Kids' Ministry Leader for Pre-K and under. Jeremiah attended Southeastern University where he received his degree in Practical Theology and minored in Missions. He loves world travel and has been to India, Israel, Africa, and South and Central America. Jeremiah moves in the prophetic ministry and carries a kingdom perspective to life and people. He travels throughout the United States sharing the dreams and visions that the Father has placed upon his heart. Jeremiah has a passion for repentance and abiding in the Heart of the Father.
Linda Massey
Linda Massey Bookkeeper

Linda Massey - Bookkeeper

Bio coming soon!
David Vespa
David Vespa Elder

David & Julie Vespa - Elder

Bio coming soon!
Raul & Kathleen Vasquez
Raul & Kathleen Vasquez Youth Pastors

Youth Pastors

Raul & Katherine serve on our team as youth pastors. They have a heart to see young people burn for Jesus, they desire to teach youth how to encounter Jesus through prayer & The Word. Raul is full time with HOTFM and also has a strong call to the House Of Prayer, and will continue to steward that call here at The Lakeland H.O.P.
Derek Kelly
Derek Kelly Administrator

Derek & Jessica Kelly- Admin & Pastoral Care

Derek & Jess work in the area of Admin & Pastoral member care. Derek is full time with Heart of The Father, and they both are burning to see Jesus exalted in Central FL.