Dr. Tim Passmore has been senior pastor of Woodland since 1996. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Samford University, his Master of Arts in Christian Education and his Doctorate of Christian Education in Leadership from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has four children - Emily, Michael, Alex and Abby. He is a passionate baseball fan and sailor.
Director - The Woodland Academy
Jennifer basically does everything. She is the glue that holds Woodland together. She's the REAL boss around here. But seriously, Jennifer is multi-talented and is known throughout the community as an expert in education and child development. She plays a vital role in the success of our Woodland Community Academy which houses our Fine Arts Academy, Preschool Academy, Elementary Academy and Middle Academy. She is passionate about brain development and loves working alongside her 3 daughters every day at Woodland.
Executive Pastor & MISSIONS LEAD
Affectionately known as D$, Dewayne serves as our Executive Pastor at Woodland and has served in that role since November of 2015. Coming from many years on staff with Lifeway Publishing, Dewayne brings a unique perspective on ministry and management that has helped our Woodland campus grow. Without Dewayne's leadership, we may not have seen the build out of the Treehouse for our Kids Ministry or the Lounge for our Student Ministry. Under Dewayne's leadership, we are also now underway on the construction of our brand new Academy Building which will house our new staff offices and our ever-expanding Dunn Prep and Fine Arts Academy. Dewayne is husband to Lynn, and dad to Britney and Katie. He loves traveling and missions.
executive pastor of worship - blended worship
Daniel Elias serves as the Executive Pastor of Worship here at Woodland. Along with Kane Rigney and Jordan Schultz, they work as a team to facilitate worship experiences that usher people into the presence of God. Daniel is originally from El Salvador and came to the United States in pursuit of higher musical education. As a matter of fact, it was at BIOLA University where he met Christine, his wife, and married her the day after their college graduation. They have two daughters, Joy and Hope who keep them young and busy! Daniel has a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from BIOLA and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from California State University Fullerton. Daniel is not much into titles but one he proudly "wears" is Pastor because he has been called to shepherd people to become all God has made them to be in the building of His Kingdom! Daniel's taste of heaven is a good cup of coffee and pastry with a friend or a new friend. Are you up to it?
Adult Ministries Pastor
Bryan has been involved with Adult Education Ministry for over 20 years. He enjoys seeing believers connect, grow and serve, as they share life together. Bryan is married to his high school sweetheart Michelle, they have been married for 26 years. They have seven wonderful kids, Faith, Betty, Brandt, Justin, Joseph, Morgan and Kenny. They live in Bradenton and enjoy spending time working on their house and enjoying family time on their lanai.
Middle School Pastor & Activities Director
Sammy has been involved with Student Ministry for over 10 years. He loves seeing Students connect with God and take the Next Step in their story with Him. He’s a big kid at heart and firmly believes there is no wrong time to listen to Christmas music. He’s an avid runner and an Arizonan-turned-Floridian who still hasn’t adjusted to humidity or sweet tea after 15 years.
High School Pastor
Connor has been serving in the student ministry at Woodland for 5 years now! He's a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida and initially grew a passion for student ministry when he was in High School. His freshman year of college he became the Woodland Students Intern, and from there he fell in love with Woodland and all that God was doing here! He's excited to see all that God has in store for our students, and loves helping them with their walk with Christ! Connor is also an avid Chipotle goer and a huge Tampa Bay Lighting and Buccaneers fan!
Children's Pastor & Director of Awesomeness
Mike has been serving in full time church ministry for over 15 years as a Children's Pastor. His desire is to see children grow up to be like Jesus. He believes church should be fun, exciting, and safe for children of all ages. Mike would consider himself as being a big kid doing a job that he loves…telling kids about Jesus in relevant and creative ways. Mike and his wife Brittany have been married for 15 years and they have 4 kids, Rilynn, Ansley, Lucy, and Calffrey. When he isn’t serving the families and kids at church, he enjoys running, camping in his RV, Disney, sipping black coffee, and telling dad jokes.
Executive Assistant to Lead & Exec Pastors
Melanie's family came to Florida from northern West Virginia in May of 1999 and she joined the staff at Woodland two months later. She says "I have witnessed God doing amazing things through the leadership of this church and consider it a privilege to be a part of it."
Director of Financial management
Cindy has been a part of the Woodland Staff family for the last thirteen years. She has worked in the Accounting field for 36+ years with the last 20 years being in the Nonprofit sector. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and especially her new granddaughters.
Jordan was born and raised here in Bradenton Florida. He traveled as a full time missionary for two and a half years before becoming the Technical Director for Woodland at the end of 2015. Jordan is married to his best friend Savannah Schultz.
Dan has had a long history with Woodland, from a baby in the nursery to being a full-time staff member. Presently, he is betrothed to his future wife Sydney, and has a Bachelor of Digital Media and Design from Southeastern University. Additionally, Dan is a sponsored Disc Golfer and travels the state for tournaments. He is looking forward to what God will do through Woodland in the future.
Director of Communications & Member Engagement
Jenny moved to Florida, from Michigan, in 2019 for the purpose of ministry at Woodland. Jenny has 4 children Bronson, Maxwell, Carter and Emme. She is committed to helping people find freedom in a relationship with Jesus Christ by using the gifts, talents & experience the Lord has given her. Jenny's education & experience in Marketing brings a strategic and creative plan for communications at Woodland.
Woodland Church Spiritual Formation Director &
Woodland Fine Arts Academy MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Alongside her position as Ministry Director for WFA, Danielle also is our Spiritual Formation Director for our new Woodland Academy for Adults and our IMAGINE program. Danielle is married to Angel and has 2 great kids, Ezra & Gia! Danielle loves kids of all ages and enjoys watching them grow through all ages and stages of development. Sunsets on the beach are her happy place and spending time with her family (and 2 🐶🐶) fills her love tank! Oh, and she visits Starbucks a little too regularly!
PRESCHOOL MINISTRY COORDINATOR
Sandra is part of our preschool ministry team & has worked with children for over 15 years. She’s a mom of three who loves a good suspense novel, beach sunsets, & Poppo’s chips & salsa. Say hi to Sandra on email below.
Stacy serves as our IMPACT Teams Volunteer Coordinator. Stacy and her husband believe in sharing the love of God with everyone they encounter. That includes their 5 children, countless kids that have been welcomed into their home, and anyone they meet. She believes every person wants to be seen and every person is equally important to God.
Director of Financial Management
Woodland Early Childhood Center & Dunn Preparatory School
Lynn is married to Dewayne, Executive Pastor. Lynn and Dewayne moved to Florida from Tennessee in 2015 for warmer climate, beautiful beaches and to help care for Dewayne’s elderly grandparents. They have 2 beautiful daughters, Britney and Katie that bring much joy and laughter!! Lynn is an accountant with years of experience in the non-profit business sector. She has also volunteered in Children’s and Youth ministries for the majority of her adult life. She considers it a blessing to be able to blend the two together here at Woodland!
Administrative Assistant/ Designer
Sylvia has been on staff at Woodland for 17 years and has been privileged to watch the school and church grow over those years. Sylvia is not only the person you will most likely speak with on the phone when you call, she also utilizes her passion for art and design to help all ministries of the church and school with design work. Sylvia is a mother and grandmother. Her favorite verse of Scripture is Hebrews 13:2 “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Remy has a knack for fixing pretty much anything that is broken or in need of repair. He is responsible for the maintenance of our entire campus and making sure that everything is in working order. Remy is also known for his big heart and will stop whatever he is doing to help another staff member or campus visitor in need. We are thankful for Remy!
Lety Maria Mannera
Lety helps make sure that all of Woodland's surfaces are clean and ready for you every day! And she does it with a smile! We are thankful for Lety!