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Our Staff

The Openwater Church staff is here to serve you.  If you have more questions, or would like to get in contact with any of our staff members, click on their picture and you will be redirected to an email that will be sent directly to them.

  • David Towner - Senior Pastor

    David is originally from San Fransisco, but came to Tampa to be the Senior Pastor of Openwater Church many years ago! He is a graduate from California State University, Chico with a BA and MA.  He also received his MDIV from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary which he loves to say is the greatest seminary in the world!  David is married to Tonya, and is the father to Shana, Kari, and Rebekah, and a Grandparent to four boys; Caleb, Cohen, Cade, and Jack. David is known to love meeting new people! If you are able to join us for a Sunday service, you will find him outside shaking everyone's hands as they come and go! To contact Dave, click on his picture to the left!

  • Billy Brown - Worship Pastor

    Billy is an engaging and talented worship leader, and is responsible for the development of the Worship teams at Openwater Church. Billy is also responsible for weekly programming for the weekend services, video production, and the arts! He is a graduate from Trinity Bible College.  Billy is married to Ruthy, and is a father of three children, Liam, Shane, and Macie. To contact Billy, click on his picture to the left!

  • Tonya Towner - Director of Operations and Outreach

    Tonya is originally from Lost Wages, I mean, Las Vegas! Tonya is responsible for the overall operations of the church including finances (responsible to the Financial Advisory Board: FAB). She is responsible to engage the people of Openwater Church in the Acts 1:8 Missions Principle (see missions page under GROW on our website) including advertising, small group community projects, and overall missions and outreach. To contact Tonya, click on her picture to the left!

  • Herb Marlowe - Marriage Pastor

    Herb is originally from Albany, NY and came to us through an interesting series of life events that guided he and his wife Kristin into marriage ministry. Herb works a full time job but is very accessible to help with your marriage questions or just to talk. Herb and Kris have a heart and drive to see marriages work and to thrive using God’s Biblical principles. Herb oversees the Openwater Church Marriage Ministry (Marriage In Motion). To contact Herb, click on his picture to the left! 

  • Ruthy Brown- Children's Minister

    Ruthy grew up on the mission fields of Mexico as her parents served the Lord. Ruthy received her Associates degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of Florida. From there Ruthy attended University of South Florida receiving her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Ruthy left her career as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to pursue God's call of Children's Ministry at Openwater Church. Ruthy has always loved and been integrally involved in Children's ministry within the local church. Ruthy has been married to her husband Billy for 10 years and they have three children Liam, Shane, and Macie. To contact Ruthy, click on her picture to the left!

  • Justin Hoffman-Student Minister

    Justin is originally from Huntsville, AL. He is responsible for the student ministries (6th-12th grade) here at Openwater church. He is a graduate from Lee University where he received a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry. He and Casey have been married for five years and they have two children Davis and Dawson. To contact Justin click on the picture to the left.  

  • Cathy Leonard-Office Manager & First Impressions Minister

    Cathy is originally from Illinois but has always lived in Florida as an adult. She has been married for 29 years and is blessed with a daughter, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She loves to spend time with her family and taking family vacations. Cathy has a Bachelor of Science in Business (AACSB accredited), Master of Arts in Administration and a Master of Science in Organizational Learning and Leadership. She is responsible for the administrative and clerical duties associated to the church office and leader of our “First Impressions Ministry”. Cathy has over 35 years in “Costumer Relations” including 20 years of “Office Administration” with 18 years in a “Not for Profit Educational” environment. To contact Cathy, click on the picture to the left!

  • Daniel Soares-Small Groups Coordinator

    Daniel is originally from Brazil and through being an IT Director with Gerdau Steel his family moved to the United States. Daniel is married to his wonderful wife Rita and they are now grandparents to their sweet granddaughter Julia. Daniel leads our Life Group Ministry at Openwater Church and is responsible for life group leadership development. Daniel is an avid soccer fan and can still hold his own on the field too! To contact Daniel, click on the picture to the left!