Leadership

David Harding, Pastor

Dave has served as pastor of SPPC since planting the church in 2002. Originally from Jacksonville, Dave came to saving faith in Jesus Christ during his high school years through the influence of his parents and his church.  After college, he worked in the financial planning field for several years before sensing God’s call to pastoral ministry. Dave attended Reformed Theological Seminary and then served churches in Georgia and Alabama, prior to planting SPPC. He completed his doctoral studies at Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013. Dave and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters, Lindsey and Sarah, and her husband, TJ. In his free time, Dave enjoys being with family and friends, and rarely turns down an opportunity to go hunting or surfing.

Derik Jenkins, Elder

Originally from Denver, Derik has lived in Florida since his high school years, during which he met his wife, Laura. They were married in 2005 and have 3 children: Ben, Riley, and Wesley. Derik came to saving faith in Christ in 2009 through the preaching of the gospel and seeing its transforming power in Laura’s life. Derik is a graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Advanced Theological Studies. When he’s not studying and writing about theology, Derik enjoys entertaining family and friends at his home for fellowship and games.

Chad Martin, Elder

Chad has lived most of his life in the Tampa Bay area, with the exception of 5 years spent teaching English abroad in South Korea. It was during this period abroad when Chad came to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When he’s not working in the insurance field, Chad enjoys reading biographies, going to USF football games, and eating Korean food.

Bob Berry, Deacon

Bob and his wife, Linda, moved to St. Petersburg in 2017 when Bob retired from advertising and publishing. They were married in 1971 and have two married children and six grandchildren. Linda and Bob both came to faith in Jesus Christ in 2001 at Windy Gap, a Young Life camp in North Carolina, after hearing the gospel proclaimed during the week of camp. Bob is a native Floridian, born in Vero Beach, and a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism. He previously served as a deacon at Orangewood Presbyterian Church in Orlando, and he is a children’s leader in Bible Study Fellowship. Bob has been a deacon at SPPC since 2019.

Mike Eldridge, Deacon

Mike is a retired veterinarian, having practiced in St. Petersburg for 32 years. He grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University. Mike came to faith in Christ through the ministry of the Christian Reformed Church, and the leading of his late wife, Margaret. While at SPPC, the Lord introduced Mike to his new wife, Kerry. They live in the Crescent Heights area with their dog, Geena. Mike enjoys woodworking, and he and Kerry canoe and hike together. Between their combined families they have five children and seven grandchildren. Mike has been a Deacon at SPPC since 2017.

David Shadle, Deacon

Originally from Pennsylvania, a career change led David to move to St. Petersburg in 2014. He and his wife, Beth, have been married since 1983 and they have two grown children and 3 precious grandchildren. David attended Shippensburg University for Marketing, and came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1978 at a Campus Crusade ministry outreach event. He has served as Deacon at SPPC since 2017.

Michele Hurm, Administrative Assistant

Michele has served as SPPC’s Administrative Assistant since 2005. Originally from New York, she has made Florida her home for 27 years. Michele came to trust in Jesus Christ in 1982 through the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Eastern Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Michele and her husband, Blair, have one daughter, Hannah. While she’s not keeping things running smoothly at SPPC, Michele, enjoys floral photography and visiting State Parks.