Meet Our Staff

Robert Ball - Senior Pastor

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Originally from Green Cove Springs, Florida, Robert served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 20 years.  He surrendered to the ministry while on active duty and entered full time ministry upon his retirement from the Navy.  Robert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, a Master of Arts  Degree in Biblical Theology, a Master of Divinity Degree, a Doctorate of Ministry (DMin) from Luther Rice University and is completing a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.  Robert has served as the pastor of OakLeaf Baptist Church since its inception in 2000.  Robert is married to Sherrie and they have four children, Meagan, Nathan, Hunter, and Hailey.

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Jeff Adams - Worship Leader

Jeff Adams 150pxSince coming on staff in 2015, Jeff serves as the Worship Leader at OBC, Previously, he attended the University of North Florida, where he recieved a B.A. in Music Education. Jeff and his wife Amanda have been married for 9 years and have one child, Jayden. Jeff and Amanda both teach at First Coast Christian School

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 Wesley Lewis - Youth Pastor 

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Coming on staff in 2005, Wesley serves as Youth Pastor at OBC. Previously, he attended Liberty University, where he received a B.S. in Religion, and a Masters of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Wesley and his wife Amanda have been married for 13 years and have three children, Micah, Hannah, and Addie. They are native Floridians who love the beach.

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Debra Knowles - Financial Administrator

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A Jacksonville native herself, Debra has been working in the accounting business for over 37 years. Coming on staff in 2005 as secretary and treasurer, Debra has become an invaluable asset to the staff here at OBC. She has one daughter Carly, son-in-law-Carlos, and granddaughter Chloe.

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Rhonda Carmichael - OBCKidz Director & Awana Commander

Rhonda-Carmichael-150pxRhonda Carmichael was born in Canton, Ohio and moved to Florida at 15. She has a heart for children because she came to know Christ at 8 years old. Since being in Jacksonville she has served in several churches teaching Sunday School, directing VBS, and being our Awana commander here at OBC. She and her husband have 3 beautiful daughters.

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