Walt is the middle son of three boys, and one daughter born to Walter and Gladys Person of Anna, Texas. Most of his youth was lived on the road, moving from seaport to seaport as his Dad, a career Navy man changed assignments. After his Dad retired, his family moved to the East Texas town of San Augustine. Here his life would change forever, first marrying Loretta (Bennefield) in October 1976, then in June 1977 he obeyed the Gospel. Shortly thereafter they began a 22 year career in the United States Air Force.
During those years of service, in 1987, Walt made the commitment to serve the Lord’s church. While still on active duty, each new assignment afforded him opportunities to serve both our nation and God’s “Forever Family” the church. Utilizing Tuition Assistance through the Community College of the Air Force, career and ministry training was accomplished, while being afforded the opportunity to minister for five years in the Federal Republic of Germany and nine and a half years with congregations in Kansas, North Dakota and Virginia. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he accepted the responsibilities of planting a congregation in rural Virginia, where he and his Loretta, labored for five and a half years. Transition came again in July 2003 when he accepted the preaching and ministry responsibilities with the Sanford church of Christ in Sanford, Florida.
Walt and his Loretta have been married for over 41 years. He considers Loretta to be his best friend and greatest asset in the Lord’s work this side of eternity. She is a professional seamstress as well as a homemaker, Bible teacher, counselor to women and co-laborer in visitation, edification and benevolence. They have two adult children: Beverly and Cathe. They also enjoy the blessing of being grandparents to Hayley, Sarah, Helena and Daniel.
Walt has been a student of the Bible since 1977, preacher of the Gospel since 1987 and became an Elder in October 2013. The Persons have been with Sanford since July 2003.
Specialties: His undergraduate and graduate degree study was completed with the Theological University of America (TUA) in Biblical Studies and Ministry respectively with emphasis in pastoral care, marriage and the family, and has special interest and experience in “Domestic” missions. He earned his Doctorate in Pastoral and Theological Studies in 2001. As a spiritual leader in his community, Walt serves as a volunteer Chaplain, for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
Nick is the oldest son of Tim and Tracy Jones. He grew up in Oviedo Florida where he went to Oviedo high school and played basketball all four years. He decided to put on Christ in baptism August 1st 2010. After Graduating from high school he went on to Harding University where he spent four years studying bible and family ministry. He graduated from Harding in May of 2018.
At Harding Nick was very involved in student life on campus and spiritual life at local churches. He was an executive member of his social club and was active in his church home for those years in service to the community as well as preaching whenever he was needed. Having these responsibilities as a college student really revealed to Nick both his calling and his passion for ministry.
Nick is the Youth Minister at Sanford as of June of 2018, his first full time job as a youth minister and plans to do vocational youth ministry for years to come.
Nick enjoys all sports, especially basketball, TV comedies such as “The Office,” “Friends,” and “Parks and Rec.” his favorite movies are Holes and the Transformers movies, and really any movie starring Shia Le Bouf. His favorite band is Casting Crowns and their hit single “Jesus Friend of Sinners.”
Specialties: His undergraduate degree is in Bible and family ministry and Nick has an emphasis on New Testament Greek. He is also enrolled in Harding School of Theology where he plans to get his Masters of Divinity.