Les and Tressa Woodard have served Rincon Church of God in a variety of roles for over 12 years. They have served as Youth Pastors, Worship Pastors, and Associate Pastors. On Sunday, July 23, 2017 they were installed as the Lead Pastors of Rincon Church of God by former Pastor Wayne Merritt, who had served RCOG for 34 years.
Les and Tressa have a passion to see people experience a personal, life-long relationship with Jesus. Through Christ-centered worship and practical, creative, Word centered teaching, the Woodards believe RCOG to be a place where people of all ages can find Jesus, grow in their faith, and reach others with their witness. Pastor Les leads a small group for young married couples on Wednesday nights and Tressa leads a Sunday morning adult small group.
Pastor Les has served on a variety of boards and committees. He currently serves on the South Georgia Music Committee and has served on the South Georgia Youth Board and MIP Board, as well as the Smoky Mountain Winterfest steering committee. He is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God.
The Woodards have served as Associate/Worship Pastors at Azalea Garden Church in Virginia Beach, VA and Youth and Music Pastors at Open Door Community Church in Erlanger, KY.
Les and Tressa met while attending Lee University in the early 90s and both hold degrees in Music Education with minors in Bible, Christian Education, and Intercultural Studies. Tressa teaches music at South Effingham Middle School and directs the 6th - 8th grade choirs.
The Woodards have three children - Trent, Jaden and Brock. All three of their children are involved in ministry at RC such as the Worship Ministry, Youth Movement, and Kids City. Trent is a sophomore at Lee University and a member of Campus Choir. Jaden is a Junior at Effingham High School where she is a drum major of the Rebel Regiment marching band. Brock is a freshman at ECHS and plays snare in the Rebel Regiment drum line and enjoys playing rec basketball and baseball.
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Youth Pastor - Youth Movement
Kevin and Renee Summitt have served as Youth Pastors at RCOG since October of 2013. The Summitts began attending RCOG in the summer of 2007.
The Summitts bring with them an abundance of ministry experience. They have served as full time Youth Pastors, Music Pastors and Outreach Pastors, as well as serving in a variety of areas, such as music ministry, Sunday school, Church and Pastor's Council and much more.
Kevin and Renee met while attending East Coast Bible College. Kevin graduated East Coast with a BS degree in Biblical Studies, and Renee with a BS degree in Music and Christian Education.
Kevin's ministry experience ranges from becoming an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, substitute teaching in middle school, being a Deputized Chaplin, to working youth events for the Church of God on a national and state level.
After his relationship with Christ, his wife and family are his most prized possessions. "My bi-vocational commitment to RCOG is one of the highlights of my life. Getting the opportunity to engage the youth of our community is a full-time job but brings great rewards when a life is changed forever."
Kevin and Renee have 4 boys - Josh, Jordan, Jared, and Cody. Each of their boys are involved in ministry here at RCOG, including Kids City, Youth Movement, Creative Team, and video tech.
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Children's Worship Director
Josh Summitt has been a senior leader in Kids City (formerly Kidsvillle) since the spring of 2008. He has had the pleasure of serving and learning under many influential leaders within the church and has been a member of Rincon Church of God for the past decade. Josh's heart is to see that those working and learning under his ministry experience and connect with the heart of Heaven. Josh's life goal is to use his gifts and talents to help the history and the future of Jesus come alive visually for the church.
Additionally, Josh is also a current member of the Creative Team and the Youth Movement Staff at Rincon. Josh was a key leader in creating our "Welcome Home" theme launched in January of 2015. He also regularly contributes graphics and designs for a variety of ministries here at RCOG.
He is a recent graduate from Georgia Southern University (2016, Cum Laude). While spending his time at GSU, he studied Business and Marketing and also obtained a minor in Public Relations. Josh received over 15 prestigious awards while in school including the 2015 Communication Design Award. He also received a certificate in Worship Fundamentals from WorshipU (Redding, California). In his free time, Josh loves spending time on the coast, spending time by the pool with friends, and enjoying Mexican food.
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Vickie Steele serves as our church Administrative Secretary. Vickie and her husband Dewey began attending Rincon Church of God in 1987.
Besides serving in our church offices Tuesday - Thursday, Vickie serves as the Sunday School teacher for the Bridge Builders small group, and on the Women's Ministries leadership team. She and Dewey have served in a variety of ministries through the years at RCOG, including Christian Education Director, sanctuary choir, youth ministry, college and career, women's ministry, and the benevolence ministry.
The Steeles have been leaders in our church for decades and their service for the Kingdom of God at RCOG is very appreciated.
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Brandy Clark serves as the bookkeeper for Rincon Church of God. Brandy and her husband Jason began attending Rincon Church of God in 2001.
The Clarks have served in a variety of ministries through the years, including Royal Rangers commanders, head of the Ushers Committee, Church and Pastor's Council, and the sanctuary choir.
Brandy and Jason play a valuable role in the life of Rincon Church of God. Their service has made an eternal impact in the lives of boys and young men through the Royal Rangers program.