John and Michelle Skorski
John and Michelle have worked with young people in our region for over 30 years. In 1989 then went full time with Youth for Christ, and have also been youth pastors at Church of the Cross, Christian Retreat, Why Outreach Inc and other churches and Christian organizations. They have a passion to see this generation step into their God given destiny!
John is an itinerate worship leader as well and Michelle also has been an inspirational voice on the JoyFM Network since its inception in 1986. She is currently on the air as a radio host on 6 radio stations in 8 states daily. John and Michelle married in December 1983, and have been blessed with 6 children and one grandchild. They are currently pastoring the work at The Front in Bradenton.
Michelle has been with the Front since 07/07/2007 when she joined us for “The Call” in Nashville, TN. Michelle was born again at age 17 and has been involved in youth ministry since the age of 19. She has a loving heart for youth and young adults and believes in the importance of doing life and encouraging others in their daily walk. She has worked with young single moms and is known by many as “Mama Michelle”. She has been on six mission trips to Nicaragua, Spain, Africa, and Mexico and believing for another soon. She is currently on the ministry team at the Front and helps coordinate special events.
Her favorite drink at the Coffee Shop is Pumpkin Pie Spice Smoothie.
Carrie has been running with the Front since 2008. Previously to serving with the Front, she worked with the Tampa Bay Dream Center doing sidewalk Sunday School and later served as a young adult leader at a local church. At the Front, Carrie heads up the outreach department and you can often find her prayer walking 14 the Street, working on a community project, or bringing the word on a Monday night.
Her favorite drink at the Justice Coffee Shop is Dancing Goats.
Carolyn Farris has been with the Front since 2000 and would best describe herself as an intercessor with technological capabilities. She can usually be found in the sound booth helping in any and all aspects of the media department. Her main focus at the Front is video editing and production, but she can also be found running sound and overseeing the media departments at the Sarasota House of Prayer and Hope International Ministries where she trains kids and teens to be media messengers for the Lord.
Her favorite drink at the Justice Coffee Shop is Jer Beary Lemonade.
Kristen began attending the Front in 2005. Prior to that she spent years in attendance and leadership at Calvary Baptist Church. Her current role at the Front is barista in the Justice Coffee House. She also is the contact point between our distributors in Africa and the Justice Coffee House in pursuit of providing stable income for women and children who have been rescued from slavery. In 2008, she attended Youth With A MissionDiscipleship Training School ( YWAMDTS) traveling the United States and an outreach in New Zealand. She also moved to China for a year loving special needs foster babies!
Her favorite drink at the Justice Coffee House is Mrs. B’s Sweet Tea.
CiCi Has been running with The Front since 2009.Before she became part of the ministry team, she went to Southeast High School and was the president of the Bible club for two years. It was at the Front where her relationship with Christ grew deeper. He taught her to be a lover of His presence and a doer of His word. He allowed her to speak life and to pray for her classmates at Southeast and now at the State College of Florida. Now she is a part of perservice prayer and she volunteers at the Justice House.
Her favorite drink is Jer Bear lemonade.
Verlin is from Sarasota, FL born and raised’ he grew up in church and made the decision to follow Jesus at the age of 9yrs old. He has served on leadership with The Front since 2006. First met John and Michelle when he was about 10yrs old at Youth for Christ where John was the campus life director.
Verlin currently works with Michelle at The Joy FM, as the Music & Promotions Director for LightForce Radio. His Current role in leadership at The Front is as Tech Director of the media department, managing everything from running sound to maintaining the webcast and podcast on the website. Also organizing sound for events outside The Front.
Verlin’s favorite drink from the Justice Coffee House is Ms. B’s Sweet Tea!
Jeremy has been serving in leadership with us since 2010. He plays bass with the worship team, and helps to lead the men's group and our Worship U small group as well as the Truth Project. He also helps take teams on international missions. Before he joined us, he spent his early 20's traveling the world with YWAM out of New Zealand.
Jesse is a 25 year old singer/songwriter born and raised in Bradenton, FL. He is a part-time barista and is currently working towards a successful music career, with original music already available online worldwide. On Monday nights, we are privileged to have him as one of our worship leaders at the Front, where the desperation of punk-rock roots and a heart that burns for God merge into a unique and evocative sound. Jesse exudes a passion to see people reach their God-given potential and, in his words, "nothing less." In his own time he also loves to travel and is currently studying Japanese.
Justin has been serving alongside of John and Michelle Skorski and the Front since 2006. He assists John Skorski and Jesse Sliger in the Worship Ministry and helps with the administration of the worship team. To Justin, worship is not solely the playing of music, “For everything we do is to be worship unto the Father.” His passion is to lead people into the throne room of God through the avenue of music, as well as to see people have an encounter with the Lord and walk away changed forever. Justin desires to build strong, healthy worship teams that have a sense of tight-knit community, as well as to lead with excellence for the purpose of exalting the name of the Lord, and bringing people closer to Him. Justin also serves with Jeremiah as part overseer in the Finance department of the Front.
Derek describes himself as the hairy, barefoot Florida native who loves Jesus tons, and eats just about the same. Amen! Derek first came to the Front for a work day back in 2005, and finally came to a Monday night service after being invited for about six months. The family connection was immediate, the love grew, and from that moment on he was committed. He was eventually asked to join the leadership team, and decided he'd give it a whirl. However, it's been more like an amazingly crazy whirlwind, taking him further in God's will than he ever could have imagined! Derek felt called to help Leslie and Jeremiah Coker with the Friday night homeless outreach, and ever since 2009 he claims the most spectacular Friday nights one can imagine. People are the most lovely things on the planet. Sometimes though, we find ourselves hurt, dirty, or simply hopeless. Yet...there's a love, the love of Jesus and a perfect Father, which is greater than anything anyone has ever known outside of Him. The dare is for you to check Him out, and see His goodness for yourself. Love is not a force to push someone, but a wave that can carry one off if they allow it. A reminder from God; 'I love you, and I've got you covered. I'm still here, here for you.'. God is good.
Julie joined The Front family in 2010 after moving from Orlando, but she is originally from Memphis. She is a chaplain with the International Fellowship of Chaplains, a prayer counselor with the Prayer & Crisis Referral Network, an intercessor, a missionary and a caregiver. Her heart longs to see people set free from bondage and addictions and set on fire for Jesus, as she, herself, was set free. She has completed two internships with the Sarasota House of Prayer and leads prayer sets there weekly. She also leads hospital prayer at Manatee Memorial Hospital and prayer walks New College campus.