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Visionary leader

People Director

Steve and Mary Beth came to Lift Church in March 2014. They met at Bible College and married in 1984. They have served in churches of all size, including planting a church from scratch. These experiences and years of marriage have created a platform of leadership experience, pastoral teaching experiences and vision for touching the local community in meaningful way. Lift Church is experiencing growth under an empowerment and training method that is engaging a large volunteer base. Mary Beth is working to involve everyone in the church in ministry, providing opportunities to serve Jesus Christ. In his “spare” time, Steve enjoys the beach, golfing, and movies. He enjoys vacationing “anywhere tropical.” His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:4, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Mary Beth enjoys people, health pursuits and networking on national and international levels of ministry. The Bradshaws enjoy traveling together and quiet evenings at home to unwind around the TV and dinner.

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purpose director

lift kids director

The Rickles family loves Jesus, having fun, eating good food, and enjoying the outdoors. Micah and Megan, along with their four sons, have been a part of Lift Church since 2014. 

Micah is involved with leading our church’s systems development. He is also part of our main teaching team. His contribution to our team continues to grow our church in leadership and effectiveness. 

Megan gives leadership to our Lift Kidz Children’s Ministry. Megan loves watching children move closer to Jesus in a fun and exciting atmosphere. She and her team continue to bring Jesus to the next generation. 

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helps director

Joey Adams has currently been on Lift Church staff for three years. Brought on by Steve as an intern, Joey has continued to serve faithfully. Finishing his undergraduate degree in ministerial leadership at our extension site for Southeastern University, Joey is currently working on his graduate degree in practical theology from Northpoint Bible College. 

Joey currently oversees the Helps ministry here at Lift Church. This includes building maintenance, landscape, and our first impressions teams. This is a new role for Joey and with the help of excellent leadership, is excited for the journey ahead. 

He is currently engaged to Kim Micalizzi who, with her family, attends Lift Church. They originally met at Lift Church, but began dating while Kim was involved in the college program at Disney. She has finished her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Florida. 

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ARTS director


Justin and Nikki moved to Venice, FL in March of 2018 to answer the call to ministry at Lift Church. Justin’s passion is worshiping the Lord and loving people. He is our Arts pastor here and leads our praise and worship ministry. Nikki serves as an administrative assistant to our pastoral staff in the office and works together with Justin on various arts department projects. They also have a sweet one- year- old daughter named Shiloh. Together they love to spend time as a family going to the beach, watching movies, and going to Disney World!  Some of their favorite verses are: Proverbs 3: 5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” And Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”.

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Callie Cowan

Director of Discipleship

Callie serves as the Director of Discipleship at Lift Church. Born in Venice, Florida, she gave her heart to Christ at a young age and has a passion for learning and teaching God's Word. With a professional background in the legal field and the non-profit sector, Callie has served the local community through various initiatives. In addition to her role at Lift Church, Callie is the Director of Programs for The Twig, a non-profit organization that ministers to children in foster care. Callie is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Callie and her husband Nathan have three children and love raising their family in their hometown of Venice. 


Dylan Kona

lift youth director

Dylan Kona was born and raised in Venice, attending Lift Church his entire life. His Great, Great Grandparents we’re founding members of the church. He and his family have continued to serve over the years.

Dylan has been on staff since January. He started as a part-time intern under Pastor Steve’s leadership. Dylan has a Bachelor’s degree from Southeastern University in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry.

Last, but certainly not least, Dylan has recently married Bianca Stephenson. They met at Lift Church when Dylan moved to go to college but began dating when he came home for summer vacation after his junior year. Bianca graduated this year with her Associates in Arts degree.