About > The Session




Uriesou Brito



Rev. Dr. Uriesou 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 an M.Div. and D.Min. on Pastoral Theology from Reformed Theological Seminary/Orlando 

Dr. Uri Brito is the editor of The Church-Friendly Family, author of The Trinitarian Father, and co-author of commentaries on Ruth and Jonah published by Athanasius Press. He is the founder of Kuyperian Commentary, an online resource for essays with over 20 contributors.

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.

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





Associate Pastor

Alan Stout


Rev. Alan 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 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.


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.



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.



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.