Richard Cooper

Senior Pastor

Richard Cooper, our senior pastor, is a graduate of the University of Memphis (B.S. Education), The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, CA. (Masters of Divinity), and is completing his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida at present. He has been on staff at PVPC for 30 years and has served as the senior pastor since 2001. Richard and Tracy have been married for 39 years and have three adult children—Caleb, Jonathan (“JT”), married to Valerie, and Whitney. He loves spending time with his family, especially his grandson Wyatt Bear, and living at the beach, enjoys a variety of outdoor sports and recreation activities, but most enjoys being a part of the PVPC cross-fit/Spartan sprint exercise crew each morning. 

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Student Ministries Director

Austin began in ministry as PVPC's Youth Ministry Assistant and a leader in YoungLife.


He loves sports (go Gators!) but is most passionate about helping youth become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.



Receptionist & Women's Ministry Assistant

Beth and husband, Martin, have been at PVPC for over 20 years.  She assists PVPC's Women's Ministry Director and, on occasion, helps the "head bean counter."  Beth considers it a privilege and a blessing to be a part of PVPC.


Her loves are Jesus, husband, children and oh, yeah the most precious grandchildren ever!  Her hobbies include quilting and canning.



Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor

Gretchen brings a strong background in business administration and a desire to serve God to her role as assistant to the Senior Pastor.  She has served in children & youth ministries for over 18 years at PVPC.


Gretchen & Tim have two daughters, Kendall & Kaelyn, their Special K’s.  Her hobbies include baking (ask about her zucchini bread) & traveling with her family.



Facilities & Security Manager

Although his demeanor  is unassuming,  Bill has lead a life that would rival that of Forest Gump. Not only has he served our country while he served in the Navy, he also loves to drive hot rods and jump out of perfectly good airplanes for fun. 



Women's Ministry & Small Groups Director

Thirty four years ago, Cherie and her husband, Bill, left their snowy Indiana roots and moved to Florida to begin their married life together. She loves Florida life including gardening and golf year round.


Her strongest passion is her love for Jesus and encouraging other women in their relationship with Him.



Children's, Nursery & Promisetown Preschool Ministry Director

Marleen was born and raised in Washington State. Go Seahawks!  Her family did not attend church growing up but neighbors drove her to church every Sunday. God planted a seed of passion for Christ in those early years and during a Young Life meeting at age 13, Marleen accepted Jesus as her Savior.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two adult daughters, son-in-law, 15 year old dog, Molly, and the most beautiful grandchildren you've ever seen!


Their family secret - they love rollercoasters and anything that goes fast!



Director of Administration for Student Ministries

Gena and Phil have been dedicated members at PVPC for over twelve years.  Phil serves as a deacon and Gena uses her gifts and passion of leading students into a deeper relationship with Christ, while also handling communications and administration for student ministries.

They have four children who have grown up in PVPC's youth ministry.  In their spare time, they enjoy attending sporting events and traveling.



Financial Secretary & Human Resources

Lee is our official bean counter. A native to Jacksonville, her favorite past time is spending time camping with her family and watching her Georgia Bulldogs play. 


Lee became a Christian around the age of 8, but did not become a disciple of Christ till well into her 20’s.  Experiencing God's mercy and grace through a personal relationship with Jesus changed the whole trajectory of her life.


Lee's outlook...thankful and blessed.