Pastor Brian MacDonald was raised "just down the road" in the Lakeland/Highland City area. He met his bride, Ella, at Baylor University where they graduated in 2000. After graduation, Brian and Ella moved to Montgomery, Alabama where they served in youth ministry for 9 years while he earned his Masters of Divinity from Birmingham Theological Seminary. In addition, Brian and Ella planted a PCA church in downtown Montgomery. After establishing it over 7 years, they felt a call to return to Polk County in 2017. They found a beautiful historic home in downtown Bartow and have fallen in love with the small town community! The MacDonalds have been blessed with six children: Hudson , Henry , Nate , Jake , Oliver , and Molly .
Taylor Clark was born and raised in Southeast Georgia. He met his bride, Anne Marie, at Liberty University where she graduated in 2009 and he in 2010. After graduating from Covenant Theological seminary in 2014, the Clark family has served in full time ministry in the PCA in St. Louis, MO, Fenton, MI, Kalispell, MT, Lakeland, FL, and now Bartow. The Clark's have 3 children: Brayden , Lydia , and Ezekiel ,
Christopher Boll has spent most of his life in Polk County and has been childhood friends with Brian MacDonald for over 30 years. He earned a degree in Creative Writing from The University of South Florida and a Masters in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Christopher is currently in process of getting certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors [ACBC] and will be starting Oak City Counseling in January 2023!