OUR PASTORS

Our servant-leaders are passionate Christ-followers who are committed to

helping others know and discover their greatest joy and fulfillment in Him.

  • JERRY PENCE

    lead pastor | pastorjerry@bwcflorida.com | 352.277.1677

    Our Lead Pastor served as General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church for seven years, prior to his call to Brooksville Wesleyan in 2012.  An experienced church planting and church growth consultant, he has led congregations in South Dakota and Kansas, and also supervised 75 local churches in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City as a district superintendent.  He is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University (B.A.), Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and was ordained in 1975 by the Kansas District of The Wesleyan Church.


    Pastor Jerry is passionate about seeing "Lives Made New," and his biblical preaching, innovative leadership, creative teaching, and compassionate counseling focus on the hope and holiness we can all experience as Christ-followers.


    He and his wife Calene have two adult sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law (Kris and his wife Kehulani; Kory and his wife Kristen), and three grandchildren - all seven of whose names start with the letter "K."  He enjoys writing, water gardening, graphic design, and mountain-stream trout fishing.  His "life verse" is 1 Timothy 1:12 - "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service." 


  • RYAN HANSARD

    youth & young adult discipleship pastor | pastorryan@bwcflorida.com | 352.584.9121


    Ryan Hansard is the youth and young adult discipleship pastor at Brooksville Wesleyan Church. Ryan is married to Jen Hansard, and they have two children, Jackson and Clare. Ryan is passionate about helping people learn to read and understand the Bible. Ryan values relationships and connections with people and feels that encouraging and helping one another follow Jesus is so important.


    Ryan graduated college from Cal State Long Beach and earned a BFA in drawing and painting. After feeling God calling him into ministry, he began attending Nazarene Theological Seminary. It was at seminary that Ryan developed his love of reading and studying the scriptures. He graduated from seminary in 2011 and earned a M. Div.


    Ryan enjoys living in Brooksville, playing softball, and coaching Little League. If you are interested in youth ministry, having fun and making a difference for the kingdom of God, he would enjoy getting to know you.



  • JIM STALEY

    worship arts pastor | pastorjim@bwcflorida.com | 352.221.5745

    Having served churches in Indiana and Pennsylvania, the Staley family moved to Florida in June of 2013, when Jim began serving as Worship Arts Pastor. He’s a graduate of United Wesleyan College and counts Rev. Ken Masterman and his wife, Betty, among his many mentors in music ministry and worship. At UWC he traveled with various vocal groups, and while working on behalf of the college at Vassar Camp in East Michigan, he met Caroline Gafford, who was traveling with His Instrument from Marion College.  Jim and Caroline were married at Lakeview Church in Marion, Indiana, and worship arts and music ministry has truly been a team effort, eventually involving their children, too. Caroline also has her degree in music and is a skilled vocalist and pianist, who enjoys teaching music and accompanying for choirs and music students. 


    Jim spent a few years outside of full-time ministry and was part owner and vice president of a print music distribution and marketing company in Anderson, Indiana. Ministry has involved them in various churches over the years. Not only did they both grow up in the Wesleyan Church and attend Wesleyan colleges, for twelve years they were involved in music and ministry in the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana, where they were influenced greatly by the musicians and leadership there.  Jim was ordained in the Penn-Jersey District of The Wesleyan Church in 2007 to Dr. Earle Wilson’s charge, “Go and preach, or, in your case, ‘sing’ the Word!”


    The Staleys have five children: Lauren Jones (wife of Jeffrey and mother of Kai, currently living in Conway, Arkansas), Landon (a senior music major at Indiana Wesleyan University), Kyle (a high school senior interested in Russian history) and Cherilyn and Benjamin (high schoolers who love music and musical theatre).


  • DAN MOTTAYAW

    equipping & creative arts pastor | pastordan@bwcflorida.com | 419.989.5541

    Dan grew up in north-central Ohio and studied Christian Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University where he met his wife, Erin. Upon graduating in 2012, he moved to Tampa, FL as an assistant pastor of a Wesleyan church plant, and he faithfully served there until he moved to Brooksville in April of 2016. He has been an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church since 2015.


    The top priorities for Dan and his role at our church are to continue developing and leading the contemporary service worship team, heading up creative expressions of worship and Brooksville Wesleyan Church's online presence, and equipping people to join in the mission of building God's Kingdom here in Brooksville.


    He enjoys spending time with friends, working on creative projects, playing sports of any kind, and exploring new places. His "life verse" is the Lord's Prayer, which can be found in Matthew 6:9-13: "Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."


  • BARRY ROSS

    teaching pastor | pastorbarry@bwcflorida.com | 765.425.9097

    Raised in a Wesleyan pastor’s home, Barry became a follower of Jesus at the age of 7 in a winter revival. At the age of 10, he experienced a call to missionary service during a presentation by a missionary from Africa. He began preaching at the age of 19, a “stammering preacher,” as Barry testifies. As he continued preaching, God healed him, sermon by sermon, until at the age of 25 he was preaching without stammering. Barry was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1965.


    Barry served as a missionary teacher under The Wesleyan Church for 21 years in Asia. During these years, he preached and taught in Japan and some ten other Asian and Pacific nations. For 10 years, he also served as Asia Director for Global Partners. Barry has taught at United Wesleyan College (PA), Azusa Pacific University (CA), and most recently (1999 to 2011), at Anderson University School of Theology (IN). During the summers from 2000 through 2012, he taught Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew in Wesleyan Bible Colleges in India, Mozambique, and Jamaica.


    As Teaching Pastor at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, Barry’s love of Jesus and the Bible is apparent in his teaching and preaching.  He holds academic degrees from Houghton College (B.S.), Asbury Theological Seminary (B.D., M.Th.), The University of Michigan (M.A.) and Drew University (Ph.D.). He has published two devotional books which were translated into Japanese, study notes for Genesis in The Wesley Bible: A Personal Study Bible for Holy Living (1990, Thomas Nelson), a commentary on Isaiah 1-39 (2016, NPH), and is currently co-authoring a commentary on the latter portion of the Psalms (NPH).


    Barry lives with his wife Dorcas in Wesleyan Village, Brooksville, FL. Together they have two married sons and two married daughters, twelve grandkids and three great-grandkids, living in California, Utah, North Carolina and Ohio.