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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!

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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!