GET TO KNOW US

WHO WE ARE

The Name of our Church, the Gathering, defines who we are. It is derived from the greek word “Ekkelesia,” which the New Testament commonly translates as “Church.”  An Ekkelesia was a GATHERING of like-minded people with a common mission, and that’s exactly who we are. We are a GATHERING of like-minded people in the belief that Jesus died for the sins of the world. We have the common mission of making disciples through preaching the Gospel, teaching disciples by applying the Gospel, and sending disciples in the power of the Gospel. Despite the different backgrounds, cultures, races, ages, activities, and interests of the members of our GATHERING, we are all united under our common beliefs and mission. We are not a religious organization or social club, but a GATHERING of people who are redeemed in Christ and living on mission for him.

Whether your a seeker who wants to know more about who Jesus is, or a committed follower of Jesus,  we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings as we Gather to worship and study God’s Word.

OUR MISSION

We desire to see people come to faith in the Gospel and to see their faith expressed in growth, community, ministry, and mission.

BELIEFS

Click here for  our Statement of Faith and Foundational Beliefs. For further questions please reach out to an elder.

DISTINCTIVES

Each Church has a personality that is driven by it’s core values. Our Distinctives shape how we do ministry.

BYLAWS

If you would like to obtain a copy our church bylaws can be digitally downloaded from the button below.

Get to Know Our Amazing Team

Ryan Burgess

Ryan Burgess

Lead Pastor, Elder

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.

Adam Novak

Adam Novak

Worship & Student Ministry Director

Adam, a Florida native, grew up in Auburndale. He was called to vocational ministry his freshman year of college at Warner University. As a second generation worship leader, he has been involved with worship in some capacity since age 12 and has been leading since he was 16. Adam and his wife Bree met in 2012 while serving in Warner’s chapel band. They’ve been happily married since October 2015. Aside from worship, Adam has a passion for all things baseball. He also enjoys reading and good conversation over a cup of coffee.

Lindsey Martin

Lindsey Martin

Children and Families Director

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 South Asia 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 Gathering, Lindsey and Chris spend their time with their four daughters: Ila, Gwen, Izzy, and Sylvia. Lindsey loves sweet tea, games, people and Jesus. As a former kid herself, she is excited to serve at Gathering and love on the future generations.

June Johnson

June Johnson

Administration Communication

June spent most of her life in the Chicago area. She and her husband Dewey, settled here in Fort Walton Beach in 2017 to help care for Dewey’s mother and to be part of the Gathering Church.  They have six grown children between them and eight grandchildren. June has a degree in Civil Engineering and retired as the Director of Transportation and Schaumburg Regional Airport Manage in 2014.  Her experience with contracts, budgets and people management are what led her to become part of the staff at the Gathering.

Nicci Weinfurter

Nicci Weinfurter

Connections and Hospitality

Nicci has spent nearly her whole life in the Southeast but moved to Fort Walton Beach in the fall of 2015. She has two kids named Hannah and Hunter and a cute pup named Destiny. For more than a decade now God has blessed Nicci with the opportunity to serve in a variety of ministry roles and capactities. Nicci is passionate about the Gospel and people and enjoys looking for ways to minister and love on the body of Christ. Aside from her roles at Gathering, Nicci loves all things leopard print, spending time with her family and friends, working out, reading and going to the beach! When you visit, be sure to find her in the lobby, she would LOVE to meet you!

LaDonna Bradford

LaDonna Bradford

Kids Ministry Associate

LaDonna was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She moved to Navarre, Florida in 2018 when her husband Justyn transferred to the area for his job. LaDonna and Justyn have been married for 19 years and have two sons, Alex and Anthony. They both have served in kids ministry for more than 18 years. LaDonna loves to spend time with family and friends.

Bree Novak

Bree Novak

Communications and Tech Director

Bree, a North Alabama native, moved to Florida in 2011 to pursue a degree in ministry from Warner University. She and her husband Adam have been part of the Gathering Church community since 2017. Bree has a passion for creating a distraction free environment that enhances the worship experience. When she’s not spending time with Adam and their two pups, you can find her playing video games, watching anime, drinking a cup of coffee, or behind the lens of a camera. Bree greatly enjoys hearing other people’s stories and how God has worked in their life.

Dewey Johnson

Dewey Johnson

Church Elder

Todd McGinnis

Todd McGinnis

Church Elder

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Church Elder

Keith Bankston

Keith Bankston

Church Elder