Pastoral StaFF


  • Dr. John S. Connell

    Senior Pastor

    Dr. Connell brings extensive ministry experience to Countryside. He has pastored churches in Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia. At one of those churches he was superintendent of a 1,000 student Christian school. Dr. Connell also served as Chairman of the Christian Studies Department at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. Holding a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Alabama, he also earned a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Seminary. He, joined by his wife, Donna, became Senior Pastor at Countryside in January 2015.

  • Rev. Dan Harrington

    associate pastor

    Dan has been the Youth Pastor at CBC since March 2008. He and his wife Jamie and their sons, Chase and Aidan, came to us after serving as the Minister of Music and Youth at his home church of North East Park Baptist Church in St. Pete. Dan has his BS in Business Administration and a minor in Biblical Studies from William Jennings Bryan College. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Seminary.


  • Mr. Steve HArtog

    Director of worship arts

    Steve joined the CBC staff in December 2010 with his wife Valerie and children Joshua, Jonathan and Jessika. He studied music at St. Petersburg College and has a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Liberty University as well as a Certificate in Counseling from the Association of Christian Counselors. Steve has used his proficiency in 5 different instruments to serve the Lord in full time music ministries in Pinellas County for over 20 years.


  • mr. nick shalna

    youth pastor

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Support Staff


  • Brian Machado

    Director of children's church & activities

    Brian joined the staff in February of 2018. He is joined by his lovely wife Tami and their five

    children (Devan, Alyssa, Aliyah, Ashley, and Aidan). He graduated from the University of South

    Florida and has his Bachelor of Science in Education. Brian has 18 years of experience as a

    teacher with Pinellas and Pasco County schools. He currently teaches 6 th grade American History

    at Gulf Middle. Brian brings his experience and passion to help children and families find a

    closer walk with Jesus. Our goal at CBC is to guide children to discover an eternal faith and

    empower them to spread peace, hope and love throughout their lives.

  • Olivia SPurlock

    director of audio/visual & creative production

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  • Debbie Kohnle

    Financial secretary

    Debbie came to CBC in October of 1998 and serves as our financial and membership secretary.  She has an AS degree in accounting from St Pete College.  Debbie and her husband Len have two grown sons.  She feels that God has put her here so she can use all her skills, talents and interests in one remarkable place. 

  • Jenny Parry

    Ministry Assistant


  • Scot COnrad

    Maintenance

    Became a member of the CBC staff in 2016.

    He is a highly skilled and talented Facilities and maintenance manager.

    He has been in various ministries and this field

    Expertise for over 30 years. Scot is well versed on all forms of construction, remodel, crown molding, painting and specific plumbing and Electrical. He supervises many and various projects on a ongoing basis throughout  Countryside Baptist building remodels and day to day maintenance needs.

    Scot and his wife Susie have been married for 37 years and met in high school. 

    They have also remodeled and re-designed  a number of homes together.

    They have HomeSchooled and raised three boys -Joshua, Isaac and Mathew.  Their family has a love for the Lord - History - fellowshipping, sports, nature and gardening.