Board of Directors

Pastor Jim Way

President of Capernaum Ministries which also operates Capernaum Inn Pastor’s Retreat & Center and Capernaum Lakeside Lodge Banquet and Conference Center. Formerly, Jim Pastored Capernaum Church in Indian Lake Estates, & is Past President of Indian Lake Estates, an eight thousand half-acre residential and commercial community. Jim served as Executive Director of Renewed Life Ministries for twenty-four years. Renewed Life Ministries involved over five-hundred Churches from Palm Beach County through Indian River County in various outreaches, conferences, leadership meetings, etc. Fourteen Senior Pastors served on Renewed Life Ministries Board, representing close to forty-thousand parishioners on the east coast of Florida. Jim was a Management Consultant to National Manufacturing Industries for twenty-five years before he was called to full-time ministry.

Bishop Fred Shipman

Vice President, Capernaum Ministries and Pastor of Winners Church in West Palm Beach, FL for nearly twenty years, with an attendance close to three thousand. Fred served as Assistant Superintendent, State of Florida, for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and serve twenty-three years as Senior Pastor of various Churches in Oklahoma before moving to West Palm Beach.

Pastor Shan Wood

Secretary/Treasurer, Capernaum Ministries, and Pastor of Edgewood Church of Christin Mansfield, MA.  Pastor Shan moved to Massachuttes after serving at First Christian Church Orlando for more than ten years. Shan also served as President of Lake Aurora Christian Assembly, a large youth camp and retreat center in Central Florida. His service to the Lord also includes Senior Pastor for five years at the Stafford County Christian Church in Fredericksburg, VA. Previous to ministry, Shan served five years as a Naval Helicopter Air Crewman.


Pastor Roger Ball

Pastor of Freedom Church in Vero Beach, FL for nearly twenty years and served as Associate Pastor for eight years prior. Previous to his work in the ministry, Roger was President of Adventure Inc., advertising and public relations company, and President of Market Source Florida, a marketing consulting firm. Roger served as Vice President and General Manager of Atlanta Communications and owner of WTTB Radio in Vero Beach.

Pastor Ron Burks

In March 2016 Ron planted and serves as Pastor of United Community Church in Bartow, FL, Previous to this from 1998, Ron was the Pastor of First Baptist Church also in Bartow. Other Pastorships include Elliott Baptist Church, Camden, AR, 1988 – 1998, Linwood Baptist Church, Moscow, AR 1983 – 1988, Brownstown Baptist Church, Brownstown, AR, 1979 – 1980 (served while attending college). While pastoring at Elliott Baptist, he started a Christian school at Elliott Baptist Church for grades 1 through 12 with an administrator, 8 full time teachers, and over 100 students.

Mr. Allan Casey

Polk County Attorney, graduated with a law degree from the University of Florida, Allan has been an Attorney in Polk County for over 40 years. He is the past President of the Board of Directors of “Pride of Polk County”, an organization which educates parents and children concerning the abuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, focusing on prevention. Allan has served on numerous civic organization Boards in the Polk County area. Allan is an attending member and past Board member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven.

Pastor Phillip Cook

Phil moved to Denton, GA where he has been pastoring the Macedonia Church of God for nearly 3 years, continues to serve with the Tres Dias community in North Florida and Georgia, and is President of Wounded Warriors, an affiliate of Capernaum Ministries, located in Cleveland, Tennessee. Wounded Warriors is a restoration ministry to Christian Leaders and Pastors.  He has been a pastor and serving the Lord in so many ways for nearly  fifty years.

Chris Fogal

Chris has been operating as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in Florida, for 43 years. He is currently a Senior Partner with Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A., since August, 2009. Chris’s heart for the Lord and ministry has caused him to partner with Capernaum Ministries in order to reactivate St. Lucie County Business, Civic and Ministry Coalition to effectively affect Kingdom matters in St. Lucie County. His mission is to evangelize in accordance with Acts 2: 42 – 47.

Bobby Maynard

Serving as the Pastor of Thrive Church in Winter Haven, FL, a young growing church consisting of mission minded people. In June of 2002, Bobby stepped out in faith and planted Shades of Grace Citywide Church. After 10 years of shepherding the flock and doing inner city work in the cities of Lakeland, as well as Winter Haven, and with steady growth, the church was approached about joining forces with Heartland Community Church where was asked to run an inner city ministry as campus pastor of their church in Eloise, Florida. This continued for three and half years with great success. Bobby has been in full time ministry for the Lord for over 26 years. 

Kevin Respress

In 2013, Kevin was ordained and became the Pastor of Capernaum Church on the Lake which meets at Capernaum Lodge in Lake Wales, FL. In 2012 he became the Director of the Business Civic and Ministry Coalition of Lake Wales. Since 2009, Kevin has been serving as Chairman of Central Florida C12 Group; including Polk, Osceola, Lake, and Orange County where he facilitates a monthly meeting of Christian Business Owners ranging from $1 million to $1 billion is gross revenue. Other positions he has held include President Lake Wales Main Street, Board member of the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce,  VP Lake Wales Economic Development Council, Chairman of Lake Wales Chamber and Economic Development Council, Awarded City Leader of the Year by LWCC.

Herb Schlenker

Pastor Herb has been serving as Pastor of Wayside Baptist Church, Lake Wales FL since December of 2007. He is currently also serving as Pastor’s Prayer Leader of the Business, Civic, & Ministry Coalition of Lake Wales which meets weekly at Capernaum Lodge. Prior to this he pastored at First Christian Church (DOC) in Haines City, FL, Associate Pastor and Fill in Senior Pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church (SBC), and as an Interim Pastor in Zirconia, NC. Aside from being a pastor, Herb has served on several Boards over the years; Lake Wales Care Center – Board of Directors,  American Association of Christian Counselors, Heart of Florida Chaplains / on call, and Pastors for Nouthetic Ministry – Greensboro, NC. From 2009 through 2015 Pastor Herb served in various positions of Denominational Leadership with the Ridge Baptist Association.

Pastor Roscoe Williams

Pastor of GST: The Family Church in Lake Wales, FL for over twenty years and prior to this, served as Bishop of Church of The Living God Upon The Rock. Roscoe enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard in May 1975 and still is in active duty. Roscoe received his Masters degree in Business Administration in 2002 from Warner Southern College, Lake Wales, and FL. His involvement with his community in leadership positions is numerous.

Corporate Advisors

Pastor Greg Sempsrott

Senior Pastor of First Church of God, Vero Beach, FL since 2005. First Church is the largest church in Vero Beach, which includes Masters Academy – Christian education from Pre-K3 through 12th grade. Greg also served as Associate Pastor for three years and then Senior Pastor of Church in the Gardens, West Palm Beach for eighteen years. For many years, Greg was an integral part of Renewed Life Ministries.

Pastor Tom Peters

Senior Pastor of Trinity Church International for over Thirty years. Tom is now semi-retired, but still has an active role in leadership of Trinity Church.  Pastor Tom served as the first President of Renewed Life Ministries.

Dr. Harold Armstrong

Retired, Teaching Pastor of Journey Christian Church, and Past President of Florida Christian College in Kissimmee, FL for six years. Harold served as Senior Pastor for thirty-one years and as Secretary for the North American Association of Christian Churches. Harold continues to seek ways to serve.


Capernaum Ministries Board cumulatively has a significant background (245 total years) in ministry and Pastoral leadership as well as business, military and entrepreneurial expertise

Monthly Spotlight

  • Capernaum News and an Upcoming Event

    It’s off to Washington D.C. for our men. The Watchmen on the Wall National Briefing Program will take place from May 24 through 26th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, D.C. Our own Jim Way will lead two breakout sessions on Thursday afternoon described thus on the Family Research Council website:

    “Transforming Your City”

    Becoming A New Testament First Century Community

    Imagine all the leaders in your community moving in the same direction for the good of all.

    Using a true success story from Lake Wales, FL, you will hear from the Mayor, Chief of Police, Superintendent of Schools, and the recent Past President of the Chamber of Commerce. This breakout will explore how to synchronize with and leverage the business, educational, government and faith leaders working together to find common solutions to community problems.
    Jim Way*President, Capernaum Ministries

    There will be a group of pastors and leaders who will represent Lake Wales. It is such an honor to be invited back again this year to share what God has been doing in our community. Please be in prayer that our testimony will be effective, and that cities all across the US will be transformed for the glory of God.

    Other speakers at this National meeting include: David Barton, Founder of WallBuilders, Lt. General William Boykin, Dr. Frank Turek, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Dr. Kenyn Cureton, and of course, President of FRC, Tony Perkins.

     Please be in prayer for this event, and particularly lift up Jim and our men on Thursday, May 25th.

    If you would like to attend, please visit the FRC Website where you can register:




Upcoming Events


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