SOUTHSIDE CHURCH

Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Pastor Phil Stephens

lead Pastor

Pastor Stephens came to Southside Assembly of God in Lakeland in April 2005.  He has prior pastorates in Excel, Ozark, Sylacauga, and Hartford, Alabama, as well as Bastrop, Louisiana.  He and his wife have also served as missionaries in Mexico City, Mexico.  Pastor Stephens graduated from Southeastern University.

Pastor Deborah Stephens

Pastoral Counselor and Women's Pastor

Pastor Deborah has her Master's Degree in Counseling and has been counseling families since 1995.

Pastor Rich & Nancy Gorgone

Associate Pastor

Rich and Nancy Gorgone relocated to Lakeland Fl in 2020 from their lifelong residence in Long Island N.Y.
Rich is a U.S. Navy veteran, retired NY police officer, graduate of Global University's Berean School of the Bible. Rich is an Ordained Minster of the Assemblies of God. He has served in multiple ministries over the last 20 years and pastored a church on Long Island from 2017-2019.
Nancy is an active registered nurse. Rich and Nancy have been married for 30 years, have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.
Rich and Nancy both believe that God’s Word teaches that the marriage covenant is God’s greatest sign on earth of His love for the church! And therefore, those that are married are called to be a sign and a wonder to the world around them of Gods love!

Brandon & Sabrina Gorgone

Youth Pastor

Pastor Brandon Gorgone, who is originally from Long Island, New York and his wife Sabrina, originally from Menifee, Southern California are both excited for what God is doing in our Student Youth Ministry. They both have felt God call them to lead, grow, and build the kingdom with the gifts He has given them. With two kids of their own, they are excited to be part of a youthful environment and to lead the youth to grow in their relationship with the Lord.

Pastor Scott & Christina Futch

CHILDREN'S Pastor

Pastor Scott and Christina Futch want to see your kids grow in God. KidZone meet Sunday mornings at 10:30 in the FLC. Royal Rangers and Girl’s Ministries meet Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM. Sundays at 10:30 am upstairs in the Family Life Center in Room 2206.
KidZone is a fun and exciting place for kids, K thru 5th grade, to come and begin to build a lasting relationship with God.  We teach them God's Word, as well as how to deal with everyday situations in life.  We work to instill a servant's heart in each of our kids so, as they are growing, they too, will want to serve Jesus. 

Pastor Gary & Ruth Kirchoff

media pastor

Gary & Ruth Kirchoff are the Media Pastors here at Southside Church. Both are graduates of Evangel University. Gary has been working broadcasting since 1975. Ruth is a professional educator since 1973. Both served as missionaries to Latin America for 20 years. Media and Education are extremely powerful tools. Their goal is to use them to the best of their ability.