MEET THE TEAM
Dedication. Experience. Passion.
Dr. Raymond R. Pichette has faithfully spent the past 42 years in Christian ministry, serving both at the local church and administrative levels. He has worked here at our East Pasco Adventist Church for over four years. He and his wife Yvonne, have been married 43 years. He has worked at EPAC 6 years. Both love being part of the wonderful church family.
Leonardo Oliveira is originally from Brazil and has been serving Jesus and the church as a pastor in different roles for 22 years. He and his wife Vanessa have been happily married for 14 years and have two wonderful girls. They moved to Florida early in 2022 and love the East Pasco Adventist Church family.
If you call or visit our church office during the week, you will be warmly welcomed and helped by Liz Helms, our church’s Administrative Secretary. Liz was baptized into Jesus Christ and became a member of the East Pasco Adventist Church in 1991. She previously has worked as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the Zephyrhills Hospital. Also, she has served as the Executive Director at the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce.
Chuck has been the Treasurer since 2014. He is married to Kathie, and they both
work at the East Pasco Adventist Academy because they enjoy children so much.
They say the kids keep them young! Chuck keeps the grounds mowed and
oversees the after-school program; Kathie works in the school office. During the 5
years they have been married, they have been traveling throughout the United
States and by the end of 2023, they will have visited all 50 states! They are also
involved in the “Signs” magazine ministry, placing the publication in bright yellow
boxes located in various places in Zephyrhills and Dade City.
Norm was born in Flint, Michigan and was later baptized into the Grand Rapids Seventh-day Adventist Church by Pastor Bruce Fox. He served there for 20 years as Head Deacon. Retiring from the tool rental industry after 30 years, Norm and his wife Margie moved to Florida in November of 2004. The following year they officially joined the East Pasco Seventh-day Adventist Church, where Norm continues to serve the Lord as Head Deacon.
George was in the Gospel Ministry for 43 years. He served as a pastor, an evangelist, and a chaplain. His last 17 years were spent at two of our local nursing homes. George and Rose were married at East Pasco in 2001. They have four children, numerous grandchildren, and a great grandchild that is expected in February. He also serves as the Head Elder, Director of Personal Ministries and leads a Small Group Bible Study.
Edye accepted a call to work as a Chaplain for AdventHealth. He has worked as a Pastor, Teacher, Social Worker, Actor, Communications Director and Business Owner of a Media Production Company. No matter the job Edye has always been passionate about using his gifts and experience for ministry. Edye has a beautiful wife Erika who also works for AdventHealth as a Respiratory Therapist. Together they have two children Alex and Zoey.
HEALTH FOOD STORE MGR
Margie, a lady of many talents, came to us from Grand Rapids, MI, where she was employed at Apple Valley Natural Foods. She is a very caring person because she loves Jesus and is so grateful for all that He has done for her. Margie loves serving others at our Health Food Store. She is a mother of eight children, enjoys reading, music, and encouraging young people.
Charlotte has been involved in church ministries as long as she can remember. Growing up in a small country church in North Dakota, she was frequently drafted to read the mission story, recite a poem in German or have prayer. Charlotte graduated from Union College with a degree in Nursing and worked 43 years for Advent Health. She and husband Randy have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. She is passionate about hospitality and making our visitors and members feel welcome.
Jesse Benton has been at East Pasco Adventist Academy since 2013 where he has served as Principal since 2018. Jesse and his wife, Tarah, have a daughter named Odessa who attends EPAA as well.
EPAC STUDENT INTERN
Chaplain Natali was born in Colombia and raised in Miami, FL. Natali has worked as a part-time hospital chaplain and volunteer law enforcement chaplain for the past 10 years. Natali is currently serving as an intern for the church, while completing a Master’s in Science for Spiritual Care. She is a Junior Sabbath School Teacher. Natali has been married to Josman Gamez for 30 years; together they have two adult children, son Josman-Paul (JP), daughter Jessica-Paola (Jessi). Natali loves Jesus and spreading joy.