Our people make the difference. And it all starts with our leadership team. Meet them and connect with then below.
Dr. Bruce Oldham
DR. BRUCE OLDHAM has served as Lead Pastor at Winter Haven First Nazarene since May 12, 2019. Pastor Oldham came to us from Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, where he served as President and Professor of Christian Education. Prior to election at APNTS, he was on pastoral staff of churches in Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama for 13 years, worked in administrative and teaching positions at Nazarene universities in Ohio, Tennessee, and Kansas for 21 years, and in the Nazarene Youth International office for four years. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Religion from Trevecca Nazarene University and doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Vanderbilt University. His wife Dr. Peggy (Jenkins) Oldham holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from Spalding University, master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Tennessee State University, and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trevecca. She was on faculty at two Nazarene universities and held positions in student development, student success, and alumni/church relations at two other schools. The Oldhams have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Rev. Bill Vinson
Associate Pastor for Missional Outreach
Pastor Bill is a graduate of Mt. Vernon Nazarene College (now University), Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Duke University School of Nonprofit Management. He is married to his best friend and ministry partner, Jan, a northwest Ohio native. They have three adult children: Eric (Nashville, Tennessee), Drew & wife Laura, grandsons Joel and Elliot (Nampa, Idaho), and Molly Ranson & husband Carter (Nashville, Tennessee).
Foreign travel and mission opportunities have allowed Bill to pack his bags for over 50 Work & Witness mission trips. He is also passionate about sports, photography and spending time doing anything with his family.
Pastor Bill’s life verse is “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)
Rev. Tom Whitesides
HIS Mission Pastor
TOM WHITESIDES is the Pastor of HIS Mission Outreach Ministry. This is an exciting, rewarding and challenging ministry to those less fortunate. Pastor Tom has been involved in this outreach ministry since 1996 and became HIS Mission Pastor in 2000. God is accomplishing wonderful things through this ministry and in the lives of HIS people. The theme of this ministry is HIS Mission - OUR Mission.
Pastor Tom is happily married to his beautiful high school sweetheart, Kathy. The Whitesides have two sons, Jason and Jonathan. Tom considers it a privilege and joy to share Christ and make disciples in Christ’s Church
Rev. Scott Oldham
Pastor for Youth and Music
Scott Oldham is Pastor to Youth and Young Adults, arrived in Winter Haven on August 12, 2019 with his wife Kristen and their three children. Scott earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee in theology and youth ministry, and was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene in 2015. He has served previously in ministry leadership assignments at Trevecca, at Twin Lakes Church in Santa Cruz, California, at Victory Church of the Nazarene in St. Petersburg, Florida, at First Church of the Nazarene at Nashville, Tennessee, and at Owego Nazarene Church in Owego, New York.
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