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Elders

  markh

Mark Herndon

Elder

Tell us about your family.
Cheryl and I began our marriage in June of 1970. She is the focus of my love. . ..On our first date  we compared our “List” - what are my goals and priorities in life? How important is family, church, friends, children . . . I was BLOWN away that first day - someone with the same direction in life - and it’s been that since - we share so much (she does not like her music as loud, but she does enjoy a strong cup of coffee).
We have two adult children - Peter and Sarah.  between them and other family relationships we have ten wonderful grandchildren who we have the privilege of spending time with. My parents live here in Vero, so we have large birthday parties each month to celebrate that month’s milestones! 

What was your first job?
My first regular paycheck was at a mink ranch (they live in cages, so not much herding of mink ever happened) - lots more stories where that came from.

What movie can you see over and over?
I would watch Princes Bride again (oops! already have numerous times)

Besides the Bible, name a book that has impacted you.
I have read C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce at least 8 times. - (among others)

What was your worst job ever?
I have no worst jobs - I LOVE to work - maybe strangest was cleaning a boiler system - we spent eight hours inside this huge piece of equipment this is normally filled with super heated steam. 

What job, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
A job I have would love to do (but likely will not be able to) is to go into space and fix some problem with one of the systems up there. 

What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most folks don’t know that I have claimed to the top of the mast on an aircraft carrier while out at sea - a switch on a piece of equipment had to be reset. 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always loved fixing things. So, I am what I have wanted to be since I was a kid.

772.532.3455

 
  jasonk

Jason Keen

Elder

Tell us about your family. 
I met my wife Vanessa while I was finishing up my undergraduate degree and while she was working on her Doctor of Pharmacy graduate degree at Samford University. We got married in 2000 and now have three wonderful kids. Preston and Peyton are our 14 year old identical twin boys that love sports, and Paige is our 10 year old daughter that likes to spend most of her time doing gymnastics. We love to stay active and have fun just hanging out with friends and family. 

What was your first job?
Bag boy at my dad’s grocery store 

What was your worst job ever?
Pharmaceutical representative 

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I’m an identical twin that has identical twin sons. 

What movie can you see over and over?
Lonesome Dove 

Besides the Bible, name a book that has impacted you.
Tale of Three Kings 

What job, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
Organizing large scale ministry events 

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Entrepreneur or an Audio Engineer 

772.202.2233

 
  Davem

Dave McQuinn

Elder

Tell us about your family.
My wife is Marilyn and we will celebrate our 50th anniversary in March, 2017 and I would marry her again tomorrow. Marilyn is a certified teacher/trainer of Precept Upon Precept Bible Studies.She serves on the First Church Women’s Leadership Team and currently teaches a Thursday morning class. We have two daughters, Lisa and Molly. Lisa lives and works in Beavercreek, Ohio. Molly lives with her husband in Sarasota, Fl working for a realty company.

What was my first job?
At 14 I started work for Elite Ice Cream and Candy as a soda jerk.

What was my worst job ever?
Armco Steel Company, Middletown, Ohio working cleaning out the blast furnace.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I am a private pilot. I have written two full length novels and short stories. I make jewelry.

What Job, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
Archeological digs.

Name one thing on my bucket list?
Learn to paint with oils.

If I could go back and say one sentence to myself what would I say?
It would be, “What in the heck were you thinking of to do that?”

When I was a kid what did I dream about being when I grew up?
A pilot.

772.247.4949

 
  tims

Tim Smith

Elder

Tell us about your family.
My wife, Karen and I have lived in Vero Beach since 1999. I have a son who is a Marine nearing 20 years of service stationed in Quantico and a daughter living in northeast Alabama. We have four grandsons and one granddaughter. And of course, 3 dogs – Cracker, Tater and Callie.

What was your first job?
Working in my grandfather’s tomato packing business, sorting them by size off automated rollers, boxing them up, stacking them up and moving into refrigerated storage.

What was your worst job ever?
Working in the phosphate mines outside Mulberry, FL during the summer and winter college breaks.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I love to cook Cuban and Italian foods, and spicy is a good thing!

What movie can you see over and over?
“The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston.

What was your worst family vacation ever?
As a teenager, having fallen off a bike onto an old slag road, skinning up one whole side of my body, then going on a family beach vacation and it all getting infected.

If you had a chance to go back in time and say one sentence to yourself, what would you say?
“Choose God NOW!!!

What’s a guilty pleasure in the fridge?
Homemade ice cream

772.532.1974

 
  robbies

Robbie Stabe

Elder

Tell us about your family.
I married my high-school sweetheart, Debbie, 35 years ago. We met at church and fell in love, got married, and had two children, Jonathan and Brittany. In 2002, at age 16, Jonathan was killed in a car accident and went to be with the Lord. Our daughter Brittany is now 28 years old and lives here in Vero Beach.

What was your first job?
My first job was as a ranch hand at the Hearndon Ranch out west of town.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
In 1981, I broke my neck and survived. Many years later, as a Paramedic, I had the opportunity to treat the daughter of the Neuro Surgeon who saved my life in 1981. She was involved in a boating accident and had serious spinal injuries as well. God is sovereign!

Besides the Bible, name a book that has impacted you.
God used “The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception” and “Nothing but the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age”, both by John MacArthur and “Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World” by C.J. Mahaney to deeply impact me.

If you had a chance to go back in time and say one sentence to yourself, what would you say?
If I had a chance to go back in time and say one sentence to myself: “Robbie, you must make Jesus Christ your number one priority and seek the truth of God’s Word with all your heart, soul, mind and strength!

772.410.6006

 
  timv

Tim Velde

Elder

Tell us about your family.
My Jodi and I have been married 22 year. We have two daughters (Lauren and Natalie) and three dogs (Max, Cheyenne & Blue).

What was your first job?
When I was 10, I mowed our house and the neighbors.

What inspires you?
Jesus Christ & the Bible

What do you order at your favorite fast food restaurant?
Tacos

Name on thing on your bucket list.
To take my family on an Alaskan cruise

Who did you sit with during high school lunch?
Jocks

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Professional Athlete

What’s your guilty pleasure in the fridge?
Chocolate cake or peanut butter pie

772.257.1902

 
  darrels

Sandall Darrel

Tell us about your family.
We are many! People recognize us because we stand out…literally! With 7 children, my wife and I are truly blessed! Sharon and I have been married for 22 years and have many wonderful memories. We look forward to many more as our children grow up and grow closer to God.

What was your first job?
Working on my family’s cattle ranch in the Sandhills of North-central Nebraska where the population density is about 1 person per square mile (and about 50 cows per square mile)!

What is something most people don’t know about you?
I met my (future) wife in Florida when we worked together, but was dense and didn’t ‘get it’. There wasn’t even a spark! We went our separate ways, but fortunatetly God gave us a second chance almost a year later when we met again in Illinois where we were both then in graduate school. Five months later we were engaged and another five months after that we were married. Thank goodness for second chances!

What movie can you see over and over?
The Hunt for Red October, The Parent Trap (both versions), Cheaper by the Dozen (the newer version). Two of those are rather telling, I believe!

Besides the Bible, name a book that has impacted you.
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and Claude King.

Name one thing on your bucket list.
Going white water rafting the Gauley River in West Virginia (again); Skydiving; Going deep sea fishing; Getting my pilot’s license; Seeing my kids grow up and have families of their own …Oh wait, you said ONE thing?!

What is your kryptonite?
Reading my Complete Far Side Collection or my complete Calvin and Hobbes collection. My kids love them too, and I’m afraid I’ve warped them for life!

321.233.2474

 
  jackm

Jack McLoughlin

Tell us about your family.
My wife Wendy and I are so fortunate to be parents of 6 children, Dylan (33), Emily (30), Colin and Matt (26), Colleen (24) and Kieran (15). We are also blessed with 3 grandchildren, Caiden (7), Louis (4) and Addison Grace (3).

What was your first job?
My first job was as an accountant, working for a CPA in Catskill, NY. After working in accounting, I took a job in a home for children as a substitute teacher, then earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education and spent 30+ years as an educator of children with special needs before moving to Florida in October, 2013.

What was your worst job ever?
Working for the NYS Income Tax Department.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
My first name is John.

Besides the Bible, name a book that has impacted you.
Worship, The Ultimate Priority, by John MacArthur

What inspires you?
Being a part of the Koinonia Sunday school class at FCOG, children, and meeting and sharing fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Older.

772.212.0285

 
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