John T. Griffis, Sr.

I married Vickie Russell in January 1968.  We both graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, Florida.  I attended Freed-Hardeman University and Florida School of Preaching in Lakeland, Florida.  We have three children, John Jr., Melissa Folks and Aaron McPherson.  We have nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  I began preaching full time in August 1978.  We came to North Jackson Avenue in Bartow, Florida in August 1988.

One of our greatest loves is working with children in Bible camp.  We have worked with Weeki Wachee Christian Camp at Weeki Wachee, Florida for over 40 years.  We have also worked with Central Florida Bible Camp at Eustis, Florida for 21 years.  We love children and Bible camp.

Vickie works with the Polk County School Board in the Exceptional Student Education Department.  She teaches two Bible classes each week.  I am the full time minister and I teach two Bible classes each week.

I am blessed to work with a friendly active congregation.  The congregation cares for one another and welcomes visitors.