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, and a Doctorate of Ministry (DMin.) from Luther Rice University.  Robert has served as the pastor of OakLeaf Baptist Church since its inception in 2000.  Robert is married to Sherrie and they have two children, Meagan and Nathan.

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Steve Roberson - Associate Pastor/Worship Leader

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Originally from Jacksonville, Steve was converted at age seventeen and followed God's call to full time ministry soon after high school. He has a B.A. in Church Ministries from Trinity Baptist College, and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He came to OBC in early 2010 with over fifteen years of pastoral staff experience. Steve is married to Irene and they have two children, Lucy and Peter.

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Wesley Lewis - Youth Pastor 

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Since 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 later a Masters of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Wesley and his wife Amanda have been married for 9 years and have two children, Micah and Hannah. They are native Floridians and both grew up in Palatka Florida.

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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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Karon Willoughby - Administrative Assistant

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Originally from Ten Mile, Tennessee, Karon moved to Orange Park, Florida in 2006. Since coming on staff in 2013, she serves as Administrative Assistant at OBC. Karon and her husband, Jeremy have been married for 15 years and they have three children, Lane, Hunter & Makayla.

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Kim Watts - Kidz Ministry Director

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A western North Carolina native, Kim has lived in Jacksonville since 1980 when her father received orders to NAS Jax. She worked 17 years for Winn-Dixie, both in the stores and corporate office. Kim has been involved in Children's Ministry for over 25 years and came to Oakleaf in January 2008. She is married to Joe and they have five boys and a daughter-in-law, Joseph, Aaron (Brittany), Jon, Austin and Anthony.

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Rhonda Carmichael - 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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