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Pastors & Staff

Jonathan Thomas

Lead Pastor

Pastor Jonathan and his wife Tatum are originally from Tallahassee and have been in full time ministry for over 17 years.  Pastor Jonathan attended Southeastern University and graduated in May of 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministries.  Tatum attended Tallahassee Community College where she graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2002.  They were in Ft. Walton Beach, FL for 7 years as Associate/Youth Pastors and in Marianna, FL for over 10 years also as Associate/Youth Pastors.  They have three children Caleb, Luke and Kiersten who are their greatest blessings!  They are so excited about God calling them back to Tallahassee to launch Fresh Life Church Tallahassee.  They know that with the team that God has surrounded them with great things are in store for Tallahassee and the kingdom of God!

Shannon Mercer

Worship Pastor

Shannon grew up in Marianna, FL . He has a Masters degree in Counseling and Psychology. He first felt the call to lead worship in his youth group while in high school. Since then, he has served and led worship in some capacity. He has been a worship pastor for over 3 years now faithfully following the call of God. He and his wife kimmy have three kids and currently live in Tallahassee. Shannon is passionate about creating an environment where the congregation can experience God in a greater and more powerful way!

Ethan Strickland

Youth Pastor

Ethan is from Marianna, Florida where he grew up under Pastor Jonathan and Tatum as his youth pastors. He graduated from SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary with a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies with a Concentration in Youth Ministry. Ethan is passionate about seeing the next generation impacted by the power of the gospel and is excited to be able to see that here in Tallahassee!

Lauren McAllister

Children's Pastor

Lauren is from Marianna, Florida where she grew up under Pastor Jonathan and Tatum as her youth pastors. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Work. Lauren has been serving in kids ministry from a young age and is dedicated to helping raise up the next generation of little world changers!