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Our Team



Lead Pastor | Ryan Burgess Ryan@ComeGather.com

Before coming to Fort Walton and serving as the Lead Pastor with The Gathering, Ryan has served in various ministerial positions in Texas. Most recently he has served as an associate pastor with a church plant in Fort Worth, TX. Ryan has a Master’s in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the past six years he has also ministered in Kenya, Africa alongside International Living Streams. In his free time Ryan enjoys exercising, playing sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends.





Children & Families | Lindsey Martin  Lindsey.Martin@ComeGather.com

Lindsey is originally from Mississippi but moved to Fort Walton Beach in 2012 when she married her husband Chris. Lindsey has served as a missionary in India and has been a teacher here in NWF. She has a Master’s of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Now, outside of leading the families of The Gathering, Lindsey spends her day with her daughter Ila who was born in 2014.  Lindsey loves sweet tea, games, people and Jesus. As a former kid herself, she is excited to serve at the Gathering and love on the future generations.





Connections and Hospitality | Nicci Weinfurter  Nicci.Weinfurter@ComeGather.com

Nicci (pronounced Nikki) has spent nearly her whole life in the Southeast and moved to Fort Walton Beach almost two years ago when her husband Eric, was assigned here with the Air Force. Nicci has been married almost 10 years to Eric and they recently bought a house! Eric and Nicci have two children, Hannah and Hunter and lots of pets! Since her early twenties the Lord has blessed Nicci with the opportunity to serve Him and others in various ministries. Nicci is passionate about encouraging those in the Lord and connecting other believers together in their walks to build the body of Christ!





Administration | Shelagh Tatum  Shelagh.Tatum@ComeGather.com

Shelagh is a New Mexico to Florida transplant after she met her husband of 4 years, Patrick, online. Together, they own and run a local coffee shop that serves to minister to the community. Apart from serving there and taking care of administration duties at the church, Shelagh is usually outside playing with her son, Judah and her dog, Elsi.






Worship | Tony Gibson  Tony@HeartOfTheBride.org

The Gibsons live in Crestview, Florida. They have 3 adult children, Trey, Hannah, and Jeremy and three living at home, Alina, Sam, and Jon. Tony has been leading worship for over 20 years. He also is the founder and overseer of Heart of the Bride,  a ministry that provides orphan care all over the world. In his free time, when he has it, Tony enjoys time with his family and various outdoor activities such as biking and paddle boarding. Most of all, he enjoys being Pop Pop to his grandsons, Graham and Ambrose.





Church Elders

Chris Martin | fervly@gmail.com

Todd McGinnis | toddm534@gmail.com