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Uriesou Brito



Pastor Brito serves as the Senior Pastor of Providence Church. He has been at Providence since 2009.


Born in Northeastern Brazil, he has lived in the United States for over 25 years. He earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Clearwater Christian College and an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary/Orlando and successfully defended his dissertation on Pastor Theology for the Doctorate of Ministry.

Dr. Uri Brito is the editor of The Church-Friendly Family, author of The Trinitarian Father, co-author of a commentary on Ruth, and currently concluding a commentary on Jonah with Pastor Rich Lusk to be published in late 2021.

He serves as a board member of the Theopolis Institute and is the Senior Fellow for Pastoral Theology for the Center of Cultural Leadership.

He blogs at uribrito.com and kuyperian.com.


Uri has been married for eighteen years to his lovely wife, Melinda, and is the proud father of Abigail, Ezekiel, Ephraim, Elijah, and Ezra.





Associate Pastor

Alan Stout


Pastor Stout serves as the Associate Pastor of Providence Church alongside his career as a civilian in the Department of the Navy, Center for Information Dominance. 


Pastor Stout was born in nearby Milton, Florida. He brings biblical wisdom, compassion, and integrity to the leadership of the church, along with a passion for the gospel. He retired from active duty in the Navy in 2005. His Navy service allowed him to serve churches of different types in different parts of the world, affording him a broad perspective on the Church. He was licensed to preach by First Southern Baptist Church of San Diego, California, and ordained by Harmony Ridge Baptist Church in Pace, Florida.

Alan, and his wife Mary live in Pace, Florida. They have four adult children: Patricia (married to James Prado); Heather (married to Sean Johnson); Alice (married to Josh Courtney); and son Jerry is a Senior at at New Saint Andrews in Moscow, ID. Grandparents to 10 fantastic grandchildren – pictures are available on Pastor Stout's iPhone.

Pastor Stout is active in the following ministries at Providence Church:

  • Leading the Pro-Life work at Providence (He is also a board member of the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life)

  • Preaching at Waterfront Rescue Mission

  • Preaching and Teaching at Providence

  • Fellowship



Ron Gilley



Ron Gilley is the former headmaster of Trinitas Christian School. Mr. Gilley and his wife Janice are active members of Providence Church and have two married sons. Ron has been a faithful member of Providence since 2009 and in 2015 was ordained as an elder to serve the congregation.


Kevin Heifner



God was kind in blessing me with a Christian home where I grew up in the church.  God called me to himself the summer between my 3rdand 4thgrades at a church camp that was walking distance from my family home.


Although my family church growing up was not strong doctrinally, God used various church camps through the summers and personal study to continue my Christian growth. God’s providence led me to Southeast Missouri State University where I met my future beautiful wife.  Misty and I married in college and settled in St. Louis, MO where we attended Misty’s home church, First Baptist Church of Fenton. There I served as a deacon.  God continued our understanding of the reformed faith through sound teaching by our pastor, Dr. John E. Greever, numerous discussions with my brother-in-law (a reformed pastor), and personal study. One of my favorite books is The Reformed Doctrine of Predestinationby Loraine Boettner.


Next, God led us to a wonderful classical Christian school, Providence Christian Academy where I served as President of the school board. We came to love the classical Christian approach to education and the impact that it had on our children.


When we moved to Pensacola it was to send our children to Trinitas. We learned about Providence Church through the website, various online sermons, and meeting with the Bryant’s and the Stout’s. We fell in love with Providence and never even visited another church.


God has continued to bless our family at Providence. Any time we are on vacation and attend another church we miss Providence and realize how special it really is.



James Hunter



Deacon James P. Hunter and his family have been members of Providence Church since 2012. In addition to his duties as Deacon, he serves the church as a Lay Minister, reading Scripture and preaching at worship services throughout the year.  Along with Pastor Stout, Jim serves as preacher to both the University Pines Assisted Living community and the Waterfront Rescue Mission.  He was baptized into Christ’s Church in Birmingham, Alabama in January of 1964, and raised in the Presbyterian expression of the Faith.  Jim attended Rhodes College and majored in Religion, with an emphasis in Christian Theology.  He became involved in the Episcopal church in the 1980’s and eventually the “Continuing Episcopal church” movement, which was born as a result of the heresy and abandonment of the Gospel by the mainstream Episcopal church.  By God’s Grace, Jim founded St. Simon’s Protestant Episcopal church in June of 2003 and led the church as Lay Minister and Senior Warden from June 2003 through July 2005.  In 2011, Jim was accepted to Greyfriars Hall of Christ Church Moscow, Idaho (the ministerial training Institute of the CREC), electing to forgo matriculation there in order to pursue his Ordination studies in Pensacola/Valparaiso and enroll his children in Trinitas Christian School in Pensacola.  He is a candidate for Ordination as a CREC Minister, with an ordination date targeted for some time in 2019.  Jim and his wife Emily are blessed with three children, Brooks, James, Jr. and John.


Ed Gregg



Ed Gregg has been at Providence since 2010. He has been married for 28 years and has 4 children. Ed is the CFO of The Salvation Army in the Eastern Territory and has been with the company for 31 years. In 2016 Ed was asked to be a Deacon and felt honored to accept this position.



Ron Smith


Ron Smith is one of the founding members of Providence Church and one of the first two deacons. He grew up at First Baptist Church in Milton, Fl. and was baptized at the age of 10. Ron spent his whole life in the printing industry. He is married to Pauline and have four children. He is enthusiastic about sailing and models hospitality and friendship to those around him.