Staff

Staff

Pastor John Phipps

Pastor John has served numerous churches as an assistant and senior pastor. He has a bachelor’s degree in ministry and psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Counseling. Pastor John has been married to Dina for 20 years and has two sons, Weston and Montgomery, they are 17 and 18 years old.

Bobby Kraus, Associate Pastor

Pastor Bobby Kraus has served in full time ministry since 2000 and joined the PPWC staff in 2018 where he pastored the Park Place Worship and Technical Arts Community, Youth group, Chi Alpha, and support Park Place Kids Connection. As of June 1, 2019 Pastor Bobby was appointed as Park Place Associate Pastor.

His wife Amy Heintz Kraus has been a worship leader since 2000 and joined Bobby in 2018 as PPWC’s worship leader.

Their son Josiah, born in 2005, serves alongside them here at Park Place. 

Peggy Higgins, Assistant Pastor & Stephen Ministry Leader

Pastor Peggy Higgins has called the people of Park Place her family and home since 2012. Her heart and greatest desire is to help hurting people and leading others into a new and deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One of her biggest passions is serving on the praise and worship team. She received her Ministerial License and joined our staff in July 2018 and serves as an Assistant Pastor leading the Stephen Ministry and assisting with care and counseling. She has her Bachelor degree in Church Leadership and Counseling and is working toward ordination within the Wesleyan church by the summer of 2020.

Peggy’s husband Kevin Higgins leads the Cornerstone Men’s Ministry for PPWC. They have been married for 30 years and have two daughters and “son-in-loves”, Mandy and David and Tiffany and Jacob. They recently celebrated the birth of their first grandchild in the Spring of 2019.

Dan Lemke, Pastor of Maintenance and Safety Teams

Pastor Dan Lemke has served in ministry since the late 1990s, beginning as a volunteer in an Ohio prison hospital. Dan was ordained in 2006, and served as Pastor of a small Wesleyan church in Ohio for more than 12 years.  He joined the PPWC staff in 2019.  He currently pastors the Park Place maintenance and safety teams.  With the direction of the Trustees and the help of wonderful volunteers, Pastor Dan is continually repairing and upgrading various parts of the church facilities.  As he tells it, Pastor Dan has over 40 years of construction experience, more than 20 years in ministry, and is only in his early 60s!  (That’s just one example of God’s amazing math miracles!)
His wife Nancy Lemke has been a ministry worker her entire adult life, and especially loves helping children grow to know, love, and serve the Lord.  Nancy and Pastor Dan were married in 2009.  Between them, they have 5 grown children, and expect grandchild number 14 to arrive in late 2019.  Two sons and 2 grandchildren are here in Pinellas County; the rest are currently living in various parts of central Ohio.

Bev Lewis, Business Administrator

Bev Lewis serves as Park Place Business Administrator. She is involved in our Music Ministry and Women’s Ministry and is a member of our Audio/Visual team. She loves God’s Word and helping others grow in their relationship with God. She joined our staff in June 2017, and she and her husband Marty have two married daughters and eight amazing grandchildren.

Wendi Squier, Administrative Director

Wendi serves as Park Place Administrative Director.  She is involved in the Music Ministry and the Technical Arts Team.  She and her husband Matt have been married for 20 years and have 5 children.  They have attended Park Place for 15 years.  Wendi joined our staff in November 2018.