Our team

The Vision of Journey Christian Church comes from God and is implemented by the Pastoral Staff team, led by Pastor John Hampton. This team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church. These staff pastors serve the congregation and are responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the church.

Leadership Team

John Hampton

Lead Pastor

Pastor John is from what he likes to call “the promise-land of Kentucky.” He started pastoring Journey in March of 2010. Prior to coming to Journey, he led ministries in Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. 2020 marked Pastor John’s 40th year in ministry, and 10 years at Journey! He says, “I am first and foremost a preacher, and I love sharing the treasures of God’s word that point to the ultimate treasure of Christ.”

Pastor John is married to his beautiful wife Melinda. They have two daughters, Anna and Rachel, and have three amazing grandsons. His favorite memory from his time at Journey so far would be our first impromptu baptism day when he climbed over the baptistery wall and leaped in the pool with his clothes on, only to have a young man climb over the wall and jump in right after him!

Dustin Aagaard

Associate Lead Pastor

Pastor Dustin is our Associate Lead Pastor. Originally from Orlando, Florida, he started at Journey in December of 2017 as the Family Pastor. He became the Associate Lead Pastor in 2020, and will be Journey's Lead Pastor starting in January 2023.

Pastor Dustin is married to his wife, TJ, who he met in middle school youth camp. They are blessed with three kids: Riley, Callie Joy, and Darby. Pastor Dustin loves hanging out with his family, as well as the beach, golf, and just about every sport there is. He is a big Florida Gator and Orlando Magic fan, and is also one of the only remaining fans of the only undefeated franchise in professional sports history, the Miami Dolphins.

Harvey Carpenter

Online Campus Pastor

Pastor Harvey currently serves as our Online Campus Pastor and as part of our pastoral care team.  He was born in Greenville, SC and lived both in Europe and Asia before settling with his family in Winter Park, Florida where he graduated from High School.   Pastor Harvey received his ministry undergraduate degree from Florida Christian College and a Master’s Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.   He has served at Journey on two separate occasions, from 1995 to 2005 as the Pastor of Students and returned in 2015 as a Campus Pastor.  

Pastor Harvey has been married for 37 years to his wife, Sandy. They have two children, son Kyle who serves as Worship Director at Fellowship Church in Leesburg, FL and is married to Chelsea, and daughter Kayla, a nurse and expecting her first child with husband Jake Harrell.

One of Pastor Harvey's favorite memories at Journey was the day hundreds of families joined together and walked the 2.5 miles from the old Lakeview building to our current Journey property.  It was a great day of celebration and anticipation of what God was doing to prepare Journey to further impact the community for Christ.

Russell Cushman

Lake County Campus Pastor

Originally from Columbia, SC, Pastor Russell is our Lake County Campus Pastor who joined our team in November 2021. He says, "Journey is the kind of place that greatly formed who I am, a church that proclaims the restorative power of the Gospel, and that Grace makes incredible transformations possible over time. My favorite part of being a part of that is knowing that I can be a part of that mission at a large scale, helping communities we might not reach now- be served by a life-giving church that can transform their neighborhood, city, and world.”

Pastor Russell is married to his lovely wife Kelly. While passionate about having children, they insist on occasion that their dog Link and their cat Loki somehow count. 

JD Eger

Director of Operations

JD, or, the man of many hats has been at Journey since April of 2018. He started as our I.T. Director and became the Director of Operations in 2022.

JD is married with two sons, and his not-so-hidden talent is bad puns. JD says, “The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given for work is “Learn Everything” by a teacher in college. The best piece of spiritual advice was given by my Dad when we were “discussing” tithing...‘God doesn’t want your money son, He wants your obedience.'”

Randy Green

Associate Pastor

Pastor Randy is an Associate Pastor over Adult Discipleship and Pastoral Care. Originally from a farm in South West Arkansas, Pastor Randy oversees Rooted and life groups and enjoys the process of raising up new leaders. He also enjoys the pastoral side of ministry by helping marriages that are in crisis, as well helping those who have lost hope.

Pastor Randy has been married to his wife Sandra since June 1980. The Greens have 7 children and 15 (and counting) grandchildren! Pastor Randy says, "The best advice I was ever given was to “Never Give Up,” and from one of Keith Green’s songs that said, “you just keep doing your best and pray that it’s blessed and Jesus takes care of the rest.”

Tammy Joseph

Director of Family Ministries

Tammy joined our team in 2019 as the Journey Kids Director and became the Director of Family Ministries (leading children's ministry and student ministry teams) in 2022. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Tammy is married to her husband, Wilson, with 3 kids, and loves to travel and spend time with her family.

 Tammy says, “I love everything about Journey! I am so thankful to be part of a team and church that genuinely loves God, loves people and is called to serve the world! My favorite part of working at Journey is connecting with new people and helping them discover their God given gifts and how they can use them to serve in the local church!”

Kevin Monahan

Executive Pastor

Pastor Kevin joined our team in 2022 as the Executive Pastor to lead all staff and ministries. Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Pastor Kevin is married to his wife, Megan, and has 3 teenagers. 

Jeremy Tomlinson

Creative Arts Pastor

Pastor Jeremy began working at Journey in 2015 as the Music & Tech Pastor. Currently, he’s the Creative Arts Pastor who leads the Worship, Production, and Connections teams. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Jeremy has 3 sons and 2 daughters with his wife, Crystal.

Pastor Jeremy says, “I love that I get to be a part of people’s life changing journey with Jesus. I love the fact that I have the honor to lead both up front in-person with Worship and Connections but also get to lead and serve behind the scenes with our Communications and Tech Production teams. It’s incredible to see and hear first-hand how God works through all of us at Journey to accomplish so much more than I even could imagine.”

Apopka Campus

Dawn Adams

Executive Assistant to Associate Lead Pastor

Tim Burke

Facilities/Janitorial Assistant

Kasy'e Conley

Connections Director

Jodi Dinnan

HR and Payroll Coordinator

Doug Gorrell

Facilities Director

Terri Hamel

Admin Support

Deidra Hamrick

Director of Janitorial Services

Juli Hobby

Communications Director

Hunter Jackson

Production Director

Vicki Johnson

Next Gen Curriculum Coordinator

Stacy Mackey

Food Services Director & Outside Events

Jennifer Mawson

Database Administrator/Food Services

Chandra Mohn

Adult Discipleship & Online Admin

Kaleb Pickle

Journey Kids Assistant Coordinator

Sandy Sloan

Executive Assistant

Shelly Smelski

Community Care Director

Jared Stephens

Next Gen Production Coordinator

Sarah Stephens

Family Ministry Administrative Assistant

Josh Tiaga

Student Ministry Director

Lynne Turk

Business Director

Esther Velez

Next Gen Worship Director

Chris Williams

Audio Coordinator

Mark Wilson

Media Director

Tim Wolf

Online Campus Coordinator

Lake County Campus

Russell Cushman

Campus Pastor

Julie Jenks

Director of Weekend Experience

Anthony Suarez

Student Ministry Coordinator

Austin Green

Worship Leader

Samantha Upham

Early Childhood Coordinator

Jordan Long

Elementary Coordinator

Nick Pandolph

Lead Guitar Developer

Rick Pandolph

Audio Coordinator

Residents

Ben Belangee

Student Ministry Resident

Trey Clifton

Student Ministry Resident

Leah Esakson

Melissa Papirio

Next Gen Design Resident
Children's Ministry Resident

Brooke Renfroe

Family Ministry Resident

Ashley Welter

Children's Ministry Resident