Pastors & Staff


Pastors & Staff

Dr. Michael Lewis

Lead Pastor
Pastor Lewis had the privilege of joining Sarasota Baptist Church as the lead pastor in September of 2022. He and Liliana are excited about serving here with the overwhelming support of the church’s call on August 14, following the retirement of its previous lead pastor after 24 years. Michael is married to Liliana, who is a native of Mexico City, and they have three adult daughters - Charity, Faith and Hope. He is a spiritual shepherd who desires to make disciples who love God, love people, and lead others to do the same.

Michael grew up in Savannah, GA; He is a graduate of Columbia International University with a Bible degree and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with Master of Divinity degree. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Liberty University in 2005. He began serving churches as pastor at the age of 21, and has served churches in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas. For 3 years, he was instrumental in providing a continuum of care for 46,000 pastors and their families through the North American Mission Board as he served as the Executive Director of Pastoral Care and Development.

Michael and Liliana are lead-trainers for Galatians 6:6 retreats for ministry couples through the Great Commandment Network, and he mentors churches/associations through the CALLED2LOVE Acts 2 Journey cohort process. Even as a local church pastor, he continues to serve into a continuum of care for ministry leaders both locally and nationally.

Michael Moore

Associate Pastor of Music & Media

Michael grew up in the small South Georgia town of Vidalia, but he and Suzette have called Sarasota home for over 20 years. He graduated from Brewton Parker College and The School of Church Music at Shorter University where he and Suzette met on the first day! Ask either of them if they believe in love at first sight, and the answer will be yes! They have two sons and one grandson and enjoy spending time with family, going out to eat with friends, watching classic movies, and when they can get away, spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. They enjoy working together and love helping others develop musically, grow spiritually, and use their gifts and abilities in leading the church in worship.

Edwin Lundy

Associate Pastor of Administration

Edwin and his family came to Sarasota Baptist in August of 2014. He joined the staff as Church Administrator January 1, 2017. He has served as Minister of Education at Innerarity Point Baptist Church Pensacola, Florida and First Baptist Church of Crystal River, Florida (where he was ordained). He most recently served as Children’s Pastor at Fellowship Church Madison Florida. Edwin received his Bachelors in Criminology from FSU and his Masters of Christian Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Edwin and his wife Stephanie have two sons Tyler and Connor.

Glen Rowden

Associate Pastor of Small Groups

Glen came to Sarasota Baptist with his family in July 2018. He and his wife Chrissy were married in 2000 and served as missionaries in Honduras in 2001 and 2002. After that, Glen served on the pastoral staff at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, GA for 15 years. In his time at Hebron, Glen had many roles in the church and in the community such as missions pastor, local outreach pastor, adult ministries team leader, chaplain for Gwinnett County Police and Sheriffs Department, member of Hebron Christian Academy school board, and speaker for several youth camps and church growth conferences.
Glen loves to be around people and has a heart to make disciples that make disciples. As a veteran of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne he loves all things outdoors (especially fishing).
Glen and Chrissy have 4 boys (Ethan, Collin, Evan, and Caden) that keep them busy and entertained. The Rowdens love eating out, going on trips together, and joking around at the dinner table.

Mike McLaughlin

Associate Pastor of Students

Mike and his family came to Sarasota Baptist in January 2024. He and his wife, Val, have been married for 17 years and have 4 children: Dami, Joslyn, Devoni, and Finley. Mike has 19 years of ministry experience - serving as a student pastor in 2 churches, and as a church planter of 2 churches in Nebraska. Mike's heart is to make disciples of students - leading them to know Jesus and be bold in their faith - and having fun doing so. Mike also enjoys engaging in the local schools, through speaking at local FCA meetings, hosting 5th quarter post game events, and more.
The McLaughlins enjoy spending quality time together at sporting events, and trying out new restaurants together. 

Ministry Staff

Bob Kowaleski
50’s Plus Ministry Director
Barbara Deutschle
Preschool Ministry Director
Shannon Wosniak
Children's Ministry Director
Rachel Hetzer
Sarasota Preschool Director
Stephanie Hayes
Executive Coordinator
Maurine Victor
Communications Director

Support Staff

Lisa Guinart
Office Coordinator
Jody Thompson
Financial /Ministry Assistant
Corry Farabee
Financial Secretary
Karin Ryan
Ministry Assistant - Music & Media
Courtney Varley
Ministry Assistant - Students
Ronda Hendrix
Ministry Assistant - Groups
John Cleaves
Building Maintenance Supervisor