Pastors and Staff

Mark and Brenda ThomasPastors Mark and Brenda Thomas are the senior pastors of Heart of the Bay Christian Center. Both Mark and Brenda are graduates from RHEMA Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In fact, it is while attending RHEMA that they met and later married.

Mark Thomas is known for his ability to share Biblical principles in a practical and faith-building way that is easy to grasp and apply to everyday life and challenging situations we all face. His powerful testimony of deliverance provides an entrance to speak hope and encouragement straight to the hearts of those who are, or have been, under the control and oppression of addiction. Having experienced first hand the compassion of the Lord, Mark is especially anointed to minister healing to the sick and restoration to the broken hearted.

Along side her husband as co-pastor, Brenda is a known minister of the Word in her own right. Along with ministering at HBCC, Brenda is also invited to minister at various women’s gatherings throughout the year. She has a passion for prayer and the ability to share practically and fervently in such a way that as the hearers receive instruction, they are stirred to action – spreading the fire of prayer. Brenda is also well known for her unique style of humor and boldness and is especially anointed to minister on the subject of joy and living the Spirit-filled life.

After more than twenty years in ministry, Heart of the Bay Christian Center’s church family has grown to over 1,000 members. As a sending station, Heart of the Bay Christian Center has been the launching point for many men and women as they have begun their own full-time ministry work and fulfilling the call of God on their lives.

In additional to our three weekly services, we presently have more than 50 ministries, including our Small Groups Ministry, designed to help people “get in where they fit in” as they grow in their walk with the Lord and help others along the way. Whether you are single, married or a senior saint, you will find a safe place to help you feel connected with others who share the same interests and desires. We also provide fun, safe and exciting preschool, children’s and youth ministries for your children infants through 18 years of age.

Pastors Tom and Kimberly Hernandez Assistant Pastors

Pastor Nancy DeMello Pastoral Care


Chuck & Sherri Woods Children's Ministers