Spreading God's Word

SINCE 1973

Our Leadership Team

The staff and leadership here at Faith Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to  contact our church office to speak with them here.

  • Kevin Nelson - Senior Pastor

    kevin@faithgainesville.org

    Kevin was called to pastor Faith Presbyterian Church in 2019. He was born and raised in New Jersey, then made his way up and down the east coast. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English, Kevin went on to receive degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div) and Duke University (Th.M., New Testament). It was in Durham, NC that he met and married his wife Christie. Prior to joining Faith, Kevin served as an RUF campus minister at Yale and an associate pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in New Haven, CT. He is a long-suffering Phillies fan and a classic movie buff. These days he spends most of his free time playing with his children, Kyra, Zoe, and Seth.

  •   Joseph Kenyon - Music Director

    joseph@faithgainesville.org 

    Joseph was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and moved to Gainesville for school. Having finished his Associate of Arts at Santa Fe College, Joseph is now pursuing a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Florida. Being the youngest of six kids, Joseph is predictably loud and obnoxious. He loves participatory corporate worship and is passionate about music that engages multiple generations. He also loves songwriting, pretending to be good at sports, and playing games of all kinds. Go Santa Fe Saints!

  • Genet Jernigan - Office Administrator

    faith@faithgaineville.org

    Originally from the Cayman Islands Genet has lived in Miami, New York, and now Gainesville. She and her husband Zack, both graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion. She’s passionate about her role in church and helping those around her. When not at work, she enjoys going to Disney, eating out with friends, and visiting family. She loves sea turtles and believes weekends should be spent at the beach, in a hammock, on Island time. 

  •    Teresa Isastia - Children's & Youth Ministry Director

    teresa@faithgainesville.org 

    Teresa is a Florida native and UF grad. A homeschooling mom of three boys she spends most days surrounded by legos, the sound of D-Day battle re-enactments, and sticky surfaces. Teresa loves to read and can often be found neglecting housework in lieu of finishing a good book. She and her husband Max love traveling, making homemade pasta, and being with their boys.

  • Tasha Scheer - Youth Ministry Director

    tasha@faithgainesville.org

    Tasha attended the University of Florida and is an avid Gator Fan. She has lived in Gaineville for the past 15 years and loves everything about Gator Country. She and her husband have 4 daughters and love being a girl family. Having come to Christ later in life, she has a passion for raising up the next generation to know Jesus. As a homeschooling mom, she especially loves teaching her girls history and reading through the classics. Tasha loves to run on cool mornings, get lost in a good book, and travel with her husband and girls to new places.

  • Sarah Bright - Youth Intern

    sarah@faithgainesville.org

    Sarah has lived in Gainesville for 11 years and is currently in the Nursing Program at the University of Florida. When not studying, she can be found distracting herself with ice cream outings or attempting art projects. She is known to laugh over the tiniest of things, cry over almost any movie, and frantically run the other direction when someone suggests playing a sport. Because of the way her mentors encouraged her throughout middle and high school, Sarah is very passionate about youth ministry.

  • Kristen Urichko - Youth Intern

    kristen@faithgainesville.org