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Billy Arment
Elder

Billy moved from Missouri to the Central Florida area in June of 2016 and married the love of his life, Renee, on February 25, 2017. Billy has two daughters, Brihannon in Kentucky and Echo in Kansas, as well as 2 stepsons, Austin in Georgia and Dalton in the home. Billy was formerly a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Barnett, Missouri, where he served there in many areas of ministries: substance abuse, teaching teens, driving the Wednesday night teen pickup van, and building and grounds up-keep. Billy is a graduate of Columbia College in Missouri with a BA in Psychology and a graduate of Lincoln University in Missouri with a Masters in Education, emphasis on Community Counseling. Billy served twenty years in the Army/Army National Guard. Billy became a member and joined the Steering Team at the beginning of WHCC. He and his wife, Renee, enjoy working with and helping in many of the ministries at WHCC.

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Larry Dixon
Elder

Larry is originally from Saginaw, Michigan, and moved to Tavares in 1988. He started going to Mid-Lakes Christian Church when it was still located on CR 473 in Leesburg. He joined the church and was baptized when the new Mid-Lakes church was built in Tavares on SR 19. While being a member, the church changed its name to Adventure Christian Church. He worked at the church, Learning Center, and Academy doing maintenance. He remained at the church until January, 2017. When WHCC was established, he became an active Charter Member and joined the Steering Committee. He and his wife, Fay, enjoy working and helping in various ministries at WHCC.

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Cheryl Dykstra
Ministry Coordinator / Office Manager

Cheryl Dykstra loves her job as Ministry Coordinator. She is a person who leans toward love of teaching, of music, of children, and people of ALL ages. Her “Let’s go” spirit spins into many ministry opportunities coordinated through the Welcome Home Christian office. She had training at Purdue University and Lincoln Christian University, and added various certifications along the way (including child care admin and certified food preparation). Right now at WHCC she spearheads the music ministry schedule, the Awana children’s ministry, the Thursday food ministry, the women’s Bible studies, event programming, the daily Prayer Power emails, and the church office organization. She looks forward to great things in the future.

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Douglas Dykstra
Senior Minister

Doug Dykstra has been the Preaching Minister at WHCC since 2017. He was born in Munster, Indiana, which is in the northwest corner of Indiana, at the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan. Doug went to Christian elementary and high schools, and after graduation, entered immediately into Lincoln Christian College (LCC) on a ministerial program. He held a variety of jobs to put himself through college and graduated from LCC. He had already started preaching by the middle of his junior year of college at a little church in central Illinois, and has been preaching ever since. Doug and Cheryl were married in Lansing, IL, and he thinks of her as his best friend and partner. Doug and Cheryl came to Florida back in 1994, when he served as the Senior Minister for Adventure Christian Church.

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Ricky Flack
Associate Minister

Ricky has been the Associate Minister at WHCC since 2017. Born in La Mirada, California, Ricky served 14 years in the United States Navy traveling all over the world. He has earned degrees from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, Clarion State University in Pennsylvania, and Jacksonville University in Florida. Since leaving the Navy he has primarily worked as a Registered Nurse, and being bi-vocational, currently as an RN with the Veterans Administration. Ricky returned to school graduating from Lake Sumter Bible College and Seminary to pursue his calling into the ministry. Ricky was first ordained as a Deacon in 2009, then as an Elder in 2013. Following the completion of his ministry degree he was ordained into the preaching ministry in 2017 with plans to go full time into ministry following retirement from nursing. Ricky has been married to his wife and best friend Cindy for 24 years.

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Adam Thomas
Elder

Adam was born the youngest of 3 in upstate Oswego, NY. His family moved to FL when he was less than 1 year old. He was enrolled in Leesburg and took all of his schoolings locally in Lake County, taking various jobs after graduation, landing in the up-and-coming printer business, Business Techs, Inc where he is well-respected and moving up in the ranks. Due to the invitation of a friend, he started attending the church volleyball night of Adventure Christian Church, where he met Amelia Thomas, and they began dating for two years, then were engaged for one year. By that time, Amelia was working for the church in the daily childcare ministry, and soon was working for the office of the church, as well. Adam began attending worship and built a relationship with Doug Dykstra, the preaching minister, and was baptized by Doug 8-28-13. He moved from that church to the new work, Welcome Home Christian Church in 2017. Over the last 5 years Adam & Amelia married and now have 3 “stairstep” boys, Aiden age 4, Asher now 2, and Alex, a preemie, just now over 1 year old. Amelia is our part-time church office secretary, and she runs the children’s ministry as well. Adam is servant-hearted. He has served extensively with communion preparation, workdays, mowing and grounds keeping, and our community outreach such as annual Egg Hunts, Fall Festivals, Bonfires, and so on. He soon became an “elder in training” and after 3 years was ordained to Christian ministry as a full elder of the church.

Amelia Thomas
Children’s Director