Pastoral StaFF

  • Mr. Steve HArtog

    Director of Music & 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.

  • Rev. Dan Harrington

    Youth 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.

  • 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.

Support Staff

  • Jenny Parry

    Ministry Assistant

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  • Debbie Kohnle

    Financial Secretary

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  • Brian Machado

    Children's Ministry Director

    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

    Technical Director

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