Our Team

Our people make the difference. And it all starts with our leadership team. Meet them and connect with then below.

Dr. Desmond Barrett

Dr. Desmond Barrett

Lead Pastor

 

The Barrett Family began their ministry at Winter Haven First Church of the Nazarene in late May of 2023, with a heart to help the church reconnect with the community.

Dr. Barrett  has served in the Virginia, Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky District as a revitalization strategist. Pastor Desmond is a graduate of Nazarene Bible College with a Bachelor of Ministry degree, and Trevecca Nazarene University with a Master of Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice.

He is a podcast host of Revitalizing the Declining Church with Dr. Desmond Barrett, has done extensive research in the area of church revitalization, written numerous books on church revitalization, missional engagement, and leadership development. He serves as church revitalizer, consultant, coach, and mentor to revitalizing pastors and churches in and out of the denomination.

Coming to WHNaz is like coming home for the Barrett’s, as they both grew up in Lee County,
Florida where they began raising their four children, with one child still at home and fell in love with the Church of the Nazarene. The Barretts have been married since 2000.

They enjoy Starbucks Coffee and being a Walt Disney World Theme Park Passholder, along with
time with family and friends.

 

Jan Toney

Jan Toney

Phase 2 Thrift Store, Director

For nearly a decade the Phase 2 Thrift Store has been a help to families, individuals, and bargain
hunters in central Florida. Jan Toney has been its friendly leader for many of those years.
Through her warm smile, customers and guests feel the warmth of Christ-love. In partnership
with her husband (Robert) she serves her ‘friends’ in the community with food, clothing,
education, and encouragement through the ministry of Phase 2.

Rev. Ashley Prax

Rev. Ashley Prax

Families & Children’s Pastor

 

Pastor Ashley graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a Bachelors in Intercultural Studies.

She is currently enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene University pursuing a Master of Organizational Leadership.

As a Pastor to Families & Children she is excited to see how God is going to work in the lives of our families, children, and our community as WHNaz develops new partnerships to bless our community.

Pastor Ashley is a Kindergarten teacher in Polk County Schools and loves being an annual
passholder at Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

Dr. John Scott

Dr. John Scott

Care Pastor

 

Dr. Scott, after several decades of service to the Church of the Nazarene, has served with
distinguished honor at WHNaz.

With his wife (Marcia) they are an active part of the ministry.

In his most recent role Dr. Scott is serving as our Care Pastor which oversees our Parent Affiliated Congregation (PAC) at Brookdale, a nursing home ministry of WHNaz, and visits members who are homebound or in the hospital.

Amanda Burnette

Amanda Burnette

Kirby Community Center, Director

 

Amanda and her family have been a part of WHNaz for several decades. She has a heart for the community and is constantly thinking up new ways to connect with the community through the Kirby Community Center.

With husband (J.R.) they are active members of the church and are devoted to sharing the gospel through sports ministry.

Robert Toney

Robert Toney

Phase 2 Compassionate Ministries Center, Executive Director

 

Robert Toney and his wife Jan have a heart to serve the less fortunate in the community. He sees his work not as helping, but as being the hands and feet of Jesus to the forgotten society around the church.

He is devoted to serving ‘his friend’s’ through Christ-love each day through the Phase 2 Compassionate Ministries Center. God is accomplishing wonderful things through this ministry and in the lives of HIS people.

Robert considers it a privilege and joy to share Christ and make disciples in Christ’s Church.

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