St. Peter's Episcopal Church Vestry
Felix Haynes (Senior Warden)
Bruce has been a member of St. Peter’s since 2001. He and wife Maureen have called Plant City home since 1998. They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. This is Bruce’s 2nd vestry term. He serves as an usher and is a member of the finance committee. He also enjoys cooking with Heaven’s Kitchen for St. Peter’s fantastic fellowship feasts.
Bruce is in the construction industry, specializing in a niche sector of commercial steel erection. He is a first generation American born in Pittsburgh, PA. Outside interests include sports, music, travel, and enjoying time with family/friends.
Bruce hopes that St. Peter’s will continue to grow by welcoming all seeking His guidance in the Plant City area.
Toni and Richard Nettles moved to Plant City and joined St Peter’s at the end of 2013. They have been married 46 years and have 2 sons and one grandson.
Toni’s a cradle Episcopalian who grew up at Christ Church, Bradenton.
Originally she was an RN and Registered Childbirth Educator but retired in 2012 after 25 years as a Christian Education/Formation Director. Her passion has always been children and family ministries.
At St Peter’s she has served on the Fun Committee and the Communications Committee and currently posts parish news to the Facebook group.
She has previously served on a vestry in a former parish and on numerous diocesan committees for youth and Christian Formation and is working with others around the diocese to promote support, fellowship, and development for formation leaders in the parishes.
Caleb Johnson (Junior Warden)
Caleb Johnson was born and raised in Plant City, where he grew up in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. He and his wife, Diana, have been married for 12 years, and enjoy spending time with their 2 children.
Caleb proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, and is currently employed with local law enforcement.
As this is Caleb’s first time serving on the Vestry, he is excited to invest his time with the people of St. Peter’s, to ensure many more years of service through Christ.
Trey Stevens is a native of Plant City and has been a member of St. Peter’s his whole life. He has been married to Ashley Stevens for 8 years and they have been blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, Piper and Presley.
Trey served as an acolyte in his youth and more recently as Chairman of the Finance Committee for the last 3 years. He has also served as a lay reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister.
This is Trey’s first term on the Vestry and is excited to work with St. Peter’s youth ministry and outreach and hopes to see it flourish for years to come.
Outside of church activities, Trey and his family enjoy campfires, concerts and tending to their ever-growing bevy of animals.
I Joined St Peters 6 years ago. I moved from MCC Tampa and found a new church home the first time I walked through the front door. September 17, 2019 I married Sally and we live with our 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 fish. Sally’s children are grown with a combined 8 grandchildren around the world.
I have actually been in Plant City since 1980 and very involved in the community for many of those years. On the BOD of Unity in the Community for 9 years serving those in need in Plant City and surrounding area. The last 22 years owned Brown’s 23 ½ hr Wrecker Service here in town, again helping those in need.
I am delighted to be elected to join St Peters Vestry. It is an exciting time for our church. We are growing in many ways at this time and preparing to welcome a new Rector into our fold. I look forward to being able to share some of my experience and life lessons with the members of the Vestry as we continue to help St Peters Episcopal Church grow.
I have been blessed so many times since the fateful day back in the spring of 1982 when I was confirmed by Father Grayson Garvin and became a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. I have been spiritually fulfilled at St. Peter’s since that day!
Incidentally, I was born and raised in a small rural west Texas community with Baptist roots upbringing until relocating to Plant City in 1964.
I have traveled extensively and have been involved with various NGO organizations since I retired in 2008 as an RN Certified Case Manager. One truly life-changing experience for me was the five months spent in Madagascar as a crew nurse on Africa Mercy Ships, a floating hospital ship. Mercy Ships is a global faith-based charity fleet of ships bringing hope and healing to the world’s poorest since 1978. Spiritually, my faith in God, who provides and does the impossible, has grown beyond measure since that season of my life.
I am honored to be serving my third year as a Vestry member and currently serve on the Worship Commission as the Vestry liaison for The Altar Guild and Vestry liaison for the Prayer Ministry which includes TEAM Mercy; a group that ministers to the homebound and inpatient parishioners and the Daughters of the King ministry, actively involved with prayer activities for our parish. I also serve on the Outreach Commission as the Vestry liaison for multiple outreach ministries here at St. Peters including the Basket Ministries, the Food Bank, The Tree Ministries, the Disabled Veterans Baskets, Backpack Ministry, Empty Bowl Project. We have a robust volunteer group that always come through to help so please contact me if you have an issue or question.
God Bless us all,
Patty Linder (Secretary)