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Jonathan and Tatum Thomas

Lead Pastors -

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 and Kimmy Mercer

Worship Pastors -

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 5 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. He is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Practical Theology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. 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!

Craig and Mattea Hampton

Young Adult Pastors  -

Craig is originally from Leesburg, Florida and moved to Tallahassee, Florida in 2014 for college. He graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Recreational Management and Sport Fitness from Tallahassee Community College in 2018. He recently earned his Associate of Arts degree in 2022 and is looking to further his education. Mattea is originally from Tallahassee, Florida and also earned her Associate of Arts degree from Tallahassee Community College in 2018. She will graduate with a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Spring 2023. Craig and Mattea have been in ministry for over four years and were married in 2021. They both have the heart for young adult ministry and to help build relationships, love on, and shape the young men and women for the kingdom.

Trent and Tiffany Hatcher

Small Group Pastors -

Trent and Tiffany are originally from Marianna Fl, where they  served as youth sponsors for Pastor Jonathan early in his Marianna ministry. Trent and Tiffany were called to Fresh Life Tallahassee at its inception to dream big dreams and see the Kingdom of God proclaimed in Tallahassee. Trent and Tiffany live in Crawfordville south of Tallahassee where they are raising their three children Cole, Rex, and Heidi. Trent is passionate about small groups and the impact they have in our community and in our individual lives. Trent wants to create and disciple a community of people who want to impact their community for Jesus together.