our staff

Get to know our Pastoral and Ministry team.

  • dr. evon & deborah horton

    senior pastor  circlefacebookcircletwitterbirdcircleemail

    Evon has been the pastor of Brownsville assembly since September 2006. 

    He commented, "The moment I stepped into the sanctuary at Brownsville I sensed the Spirit of the Lord in a powerful way."

    He believes the move of the God at Brownsville is continuing. Not necessarily in the same manner, but in a way of speaking into the surrounding community, as well as the Pensacola Gulf/Bay Area.  

  • elizabeth mederO

    EXECUTIVE PASTOR circleemail

    Elizabeth Medero was the Children's Pastor at Brownsville for 15 years after graduating from Southeastern University with her Bachelor of Arts Degree. 

    In 2022 she became out Executive Pastor. 

    She loves being a wife to Juan,

    Mother to Charlotte and Ethan as well as participating in Run Disney events.

  • Ben Kiesler

    Associate PASTOR / Worship LEADER  circlefacebook circleinstagramcircleemail

    Pastor Ben was raised in church his whole life, but when he was 16, he fully committed his heart to Christ. He attended Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, FL where he and his wife, Ursula met. They were married in 2005 and began their journey in ministry. 

    In 2015, they started their Christian apparel company, Faith Outfitter.

    Ben and Ursula have three children, Grace, Faith & Daniel.

  • Gabe & emily suarez


    women's Pastor (Emily)  circleemail

    Gabe and Emily were both raised in church and at a young age were called to ministry.

    Gabe has an Associates of Applied Science in Digital Video Technology and an Associates of Applied Science in Network Administration. He is our head Tech Supervisor and has been at Brownsville for over 25 years. 

    Emily has an amazing testimony and answered God's call to be in ministry. She is the Women's Pastor and has dedicated her life to helping women on their journey with the Lord. 

    Both of them feel very blessed to be apart of the Brownsville Ministry Team and love seeing God do amazing work here at Brownsville! 

    They have two children, William Christopher & Elijah Jonathan Evon. 

  • terry & Rosemary van gilder

    associate pastors circleemail

    Terry and Rosemary began fulfilling their call in pastoral ministry in 1978, attending Asbury Theological Seminary from which Terry received his Master of Divinity degree. 

    In the beginning their pastoral assignments were with small congregations. Now, more than 25 years of pastoring a variety of congregations from the small town, where you can become pastor to the whole community, to the bigger city churches and interacting with pastors of all denominations. 

    While participating in the Brownsville Revival the Holy Spirit reignited new fire in them in Pensacola, Florida. Through their ministry Terry has preached, taught and counseled on hundreds of subjects and events. Finding himself a pastor in the need of victory many years ago, he discovered freedom to live victoriously through applying the Word in his life. 

    Their lives are transparent and the teachings are practical and can be applied in everyday life. It is all under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Their testimony is truly the saving work of Jesus Christ. They believe, teach, and live the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven and no matter anyone's background or mistakes, God has a place for them in His purpose and can help them on their path to enjoying their call to ministry in everyday life.

  • valerie may

    Hope center director  circleemail

    Valerie was raised in a Christian home, so she has been in church all of her life.  She has been a member of Brownsville Church since  2004. Valerie retired from Navy Federal in December of 2021 after sensing a shift in her purpose.                               

    That same year she became Executive Director of The Hope Center, a non-profit organization that seeks to meet the needs of the community via free groceries, clothing and other services. Valerie also oversees Brownsville Church's Hospitality team.

    Valerie has a heart for people and believes that she is following her mother's legacy of giving and serving. 

  • isabella shoemake

    YOUTH PASTOR  circleemail

    Isabella Shoemake was raised in church and called to ministry at a young age.  She attended the Ramp School of Ministry from 2018 to 2021.  After ministry school, she spent two years as Young Adults Pastor and Worship Pastor in Picayune, MS.  At the end of the two years, she felt the stirring to minister to young people more and to help teach them and train them.  This led her to begin her journey as Youth Pastor here at Brownsville at the end of August of 2023.

    Raising up the next generation of leaders for true awakening and revival has been a passion of Isabella's all her life.  Her desire is to see the younger generation of teenagers lead with purpose and walk in their true identity as sons and daughters of God.  

  • sherri tipton

    CHILDREN'S PASTOR  circleemail

    Sherri and Brandon met and married in 1998 and began their journey together of

    seeking God’s purpose for their family. In 2011 they felt the Lord calling them to pastoral

    ministry and to serve the local church in whatever area was needed. Since then, they

    have served in various roles within the church, from youth pastors to children’s ministry

    to support staff. It is their number one desire to see God glorified, His church thriving,

    and to follow His cloud wherever that may take them. When the Lord opened the door

    for them to come to Brownsville for Sherri to be the Children’s Pastor here, they knew

    they had to say Yes! Sherri has 10 plus years of children’s ministry experience, and the

    Lord has given her a deep passion for children and their families. She is currently

    finishing her Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies with the intent of

    becoming a Certified Family Life Educator. It is her desire to see children and families

    walk in wholeness, and the abundant life that Jesus gives us!

    Sherri and Brandon have 5 children; Jake (married to Hannah), Brooke (married to

    Eric), DJ (married to Christiana), Caleb, and Sadie.