Pastor Kenny Ellis, Associate Pastor of Christian Education & Discipleship, was raised here in Lakeland and is a graduate of Lakeland Senior High School and Southeastern University. He began volunteering in the youth ministry here at FPC while in college and eventually served as the Director of Youth Ministry. It was during this time that he married his lovely wife, Jennie, and together they have four sons (Kobe, Connor, Coleman and Cooper). After leaving FPC, Kenny served another local church as Youth Director and then became a church-planting pastor for eight years. In 2008, Kenny and his family returned to FPC and became members. In 2009, he joined the staff as the Director of Discipleship and after finishing his M.Div. at Asbury Seminary, he was ordained as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship. He enjoys spending time with Jennie and the boys, playing tennis, and fishing.