Who We Are

Who We Are

Vision
To be a church that inspires and equips people to live out their life as if heaven has invaded earth.

Mission
We exist so every person can experience life that is elevated in Christ

The Elevated Life is lived out in a diverse community and for a higher purpose.
At our core, we are united in purpose to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. We are actively growing a nonjudgmental community that is open to all regardless of race, disability, language, nationality, sex, or income level. We believe that life was not meant to be lived out in isolation and that our different backgrounds are a testimony to the power of forgiveness that we all experience in Christ.

Core Values: Unity, Evangelism

The Elevated Life grows in their knowledge and experience with God.
We create opportunities for people to learn about God, experience God’s presence, find and utilize their spiritual gifts, and growth spiritually. We believe that there is a lot to learn and experience in Christ, and that we have been called to a lifelong journey of faith which produces results in this life and reward in the life to come.

Core Values: Lifelong Learning, New Experiences, Worship and Prayer

The Elevated Life loves God and loves people.
At Elevated Church we love God passionately. This is ultimately best expressed in how we live out our lives. We challenge ourselves to see other people how God sees them–regardless of their past. We believe that in order to live up to our calling, we must serve others. We feel passionately that we must speak out against injustice and be a voice for those that do not have one.

Core Values: Passion, Love, Service, Humility, Justice

The Elevated Life expects the impossible to become possible.
We’re not afraid to expect big things. We’re not afraid to try something new. We’re not afraid of failure. All things are possible for us because we believe.

Core Values: Faith, Courage

Lead Pastor

Eric Shonebarger

Eric currently serves as the lead pastor of Elevated Church. He holds a masters degree in ministerial leadership from Southeastern University and a bachelors degree in economics from the University of South Florida. Eric is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). Prior to accepting the position of Lead Pastor at Praise Cathedral in 2015, he served at Elevated Church (previously Praise Cathedral) as an Associate Pastor(2012-2014) and as a Youth Pastor (2007-2012).  Eric and his wife…
Ministires Director

Jessica Thomas Shonebarger

Jessica currently serves as the Ministries Director  of Elevated Church. She holds a bachelors degree in Political Science  and minors in Bible and Psychology from Lee University.  She married her husband Eric in January of 2007.  Jessica’s parents were the Pastors of Praise Cathedral (before we became Elevated Church) for 37 years before her Husband Eric became the Lead Pastor.  Jessica and her husband Eric live with their two beautiful daughters Abigail and Madelyn in Seminole, FL.
Worship Director

Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas (Music Director/Worship Leader) gail@elevatedchurch.com Gail came to Praise Cathedral (now Elevated Church) in 1978. She and her husband Mike were Lead Pastors until 2015.  She is from Bartow, FL and graduated from Florida Southern College with a BA In Music Education.  In 1972, she and Mike met while attending Lee College in Cleveland, TN and were  married in December, 1973. Their beautiful daughter Jessica was born in 1980 and now she and her husband  Eric Shonebarger are the…
Youth Pastor

Nick Sheridan

Nick has served at Elevated Church as the Youth Pastor to middle school and high school students since 2014. Before coming to Praise Cathedral Nick served at the Los Angeles Dream Center, a faith based organization that provides humanitarian needs to low income residents. Nick is driven by the strong desire to help everyone understand the love that God has for them. Nick serves alongside his wife Amanda.
Pastor Emeritus

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas (Pastor Emeritus) mike@elevatedchurch.com Mike pastored at Praise Cathedral (now Elevated Church) for 36 years before He retired in 2015. He is Director of our Primetime Senior Adult Ministry. He was born in Logan,West Virginia and grew up in North Ridgeville, Ohio. While attending Lee College  He met Gail and they were married in 1973.  They moved to Alma, Georgia and where he served as  Youth Pastor and Gail directed music. About a year later they moved to  Bartow,…
Children’s Pastor

Michael Lindsey

Michael Lindsey is the Children’s Pastor at Elevated Church. He attended Brownsville Revival School of Ministry and has worked with kids for the past 12 + years. He has lived in Florida most of his life and is married with three beautiful girls.
Associate Pastor

Todd Marshall

Todd Marshall I am currently the associate pastor at Elevated Church and have been a believer for over 30 years and am in the process of obtaining my license and ordainment with the Church of God.  I am recently married with two children, daughter 14, and son 10. We live an active lifestyle with our children but try to be always available when needed. I am an encourager and love to help in virtually any circumstance.
Spanish Ministries Pastor

Ramon Tirado

Ramón y Dora Tirado pastores principales El ministerio hispano de Elevated Church está a cargo de los pastores Ramón y Dora Tirado con cinco años al frente de la obra, pero sirviéndole al Señor por más de 30 años. Durante 22 años fungieron como co-pastores de la Iglesia cristiana Ebenezer y tiempo después vieron la promesa cumplida al llamado pastoral. Están felizmente casados hace 32 años y Dios los bendijo con 2 hijas y 3 nietos. El Pastor Ramón estudio…
Spanish Ministries Associate Pastor

Rene Chirinos

René Chirinos pastor asociado Egresado del Instituto Bíblico Asamblea de Dios; SESDAG (Southeastern Spanish District of Assemblies of God) Se ha desempeñado como pastor asociado desde el comienzo de la obra Elevated Church Spanish Ministries. Trabajando y colaborando con los pastores principales. Casado hace 10 años con la líder del ministerio de niños; Jenny Chirinos y padres de dos preciosos varones que nacieron en este ministerio. Anteriormente se desempeñó como tesorero por cinco años en la Iglesia cristiana Ebenezer.
Spanish Ministries Children’s Director

Jenny Chirinos

Jenny Chirinos líder del ministerio de niños Hace cinco años recibió el llamado para trabajar en este precioso ministerio. Los niños son su pasión y el motor que la impulsa a traer innovación al ministerio. Este ministerio les enseña a los niños a crecer en la fe, a compartir con otros niños lo aprendido y a desarrollar sus talentos para que puedan honrar a Dios con sus vidas.
Treasurer

Pam Beck

Pam started the Office Manager position after retiring from the US Postal Service in 2003.  Her back ground and government training is in finance, budgets & training of employees.  Her jobs at the church consist of helping with yearly budgets, and insure funds are issued to the designated departments.  She is also responsible for paying church bills, balancing the books and giving proper credit to every donation received. Pam is willing to help where ever and whom ever to achieve…
Communications Director

Shakira Jinks

My name is Shakira and I work on the communications here at Elevated Church. Those are fancy words for I like planning things and talking to people. I would describe myself as a person who wears her emotions on her face. I have a heart for children, so more often than not you can find me somewhere in our youth group’s activities or holding a baby. I have been attending this for the last 10 years, and can attest to…