Rev. Josh Bell was appointed as Lead Pastor of Spring of Life in July 2014. Pastor Josh was born and raised in Crestview, FL. He is a native Floridian and lifelong United Methodist. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Asbury Seminary. Pastor Josh and his wife, Katie, met while they were serving on Student Staff at University UMC (now Gator Wesley) in Gainesville. They were married in 2008 and have three sons, John David (born in 2011), Joseph (born in 2013) and Jacob (born in 2016).
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Holly Eby joined Spring of Life as Children’s Ministry Director in July, 2016. She is an Orlando native who brings 15 years of experience working in Children’s Ministry in a United Methodist Church. She has a passion for children’s ministry and has served on numerous boards with various organizations in multiple leadership positions. Her current volunteer work includes serving as an education docent at the Orlando Museum of Art and in the classroom of her daughter’s second grade class. Holly has been married to her high school sweetheart Kevin for more than 30 years. They have two grown up children, Savannah and Randy.
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Brittany Hawthorne joined the Spring of Life Staff in 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a music therapist, music educator, and session vocalist in the NYC area.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Miami. Brittany and her husband Ash have a daughter, Eloise (born 2014), and a son, Kit (born 2017).
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Joel joined the staff of Spring of Life in April 2017 after volunteering and serving as the Interim Church Administrator. Joel is a native of North Dakota and has been a member of Spring of Life since moving to Orlando in 2007. He has extensive experience working with Christian non-profit organizations as well as government and private industry experience in accounting, development and business management. Joel and Kristie are proud parents of two grown girls Mya and Kalee. He enjoys making memories and building stronger family bonds with life experiences including travel, sporting events and concerts.
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Katie Bell joined Spring of Life as a member in 2014 and became Interim Youth Director in April of 2017. She grew up in Orlando and graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English and from Vanderbilt University with a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Katie spent 8 years as a high school English teacher and loves working with teenagers. Katie has 10 years of experience facilitating adult Bible studies, and she served on the Discipleship Committee at Spring of Life as well. Katie is married to Pastor Josh, and they have 3 sons — John David, Joseph and Jacob.
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Shirley began serving at Spring of Life in the fall of 2002 and continues to serve as the Financial Secretary. She was born in the island city-state of Singapore, attended college at West Virginia Wesleyan and graduate school at the University of Miami.
She is married to Randy Stoffer. The couple has twin sons, Ryan and Shaun; and a daughter, Lianne. Lianne and her husband, Ryan Hurtado, have blessed the family with another boy — Rylan, who was born in June 2017.
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Ailin joined Spring of Life to serve in the Christian community. A South Florida native, Ailin moved to Orlando in July 2011 to attend the University of Central Florida.
There, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism before briefly working for a small-town paper. In addition to promoting God’s word, Ailin freelances for different companies. Her favorite pastime is spending it with family and friends.
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