Pastor James Hilton :: Lead Pastor & Teacher
James was born in Orlando and had the privilege of being raised in a home where his father was a pastor. Though he attended church during his childhood and accepted Christ at an early age, he did not fully grasp the power of Christ and radically begin to follow Jesus until the age of 17. During his college years, he served as a youth minister in two churches while completing a degree in Business Communications from the University of Central Florida.
In 1997, soon after graduating from UCF, James married his sweetheart, Shana. She is the love of his life and the incredible mother of their four children; Josiah, twins Halyn and Gracyn and Ansley. Once James fully committed to full-time ministry, he headed to Southeastern Seminary to further his education. He received a Master of Divinity degree with Biblical Languages, and then continued on to earn a PhD in Systematic Theology with an emphasis in ecclesiology. During seminary James had the privilege of leading several ministries, doing itinerant speaking ministry, and teaching on the college level. However, God continued to place a strong call upon his heart to pastor a local church. James has felt that the primary means in which God transforms people and radically converts communities is through the power of a local church.
Then in 2004, feeling led by God and unanimously called by God's people, James became the Lead Pastor & Teacher at the Journey. James has seen God's miraculous hand as hundreds have come to know Christ and experience His amazing love and joy. It is because of these encounters that James has an even deeper hunger to see God move even more in our church and community so that Jesus Christ will be glorified.
Pastor John Smith :: Executive Pastor
John was born and raised in New Jersey. The Lord has blessed him with a great family; his wife Maria and three kids, Sarah, Jessica and Chris and his wife Tiffany. He also has two grandchildren, Eva and Sean.
John graduated from Farleigh Dickenson University with an undergraduate degree in psychology and also from Baptist Bible Seminary in Pennsylvania with a Master of Divinity degree. John also worked in management with UPS, and previously pastored in Michigan and Iowa before coming to Florida to start a church.
Pastor Jason Wilson :: Sanford Campus Pastor
Jason has been the Journey's Sanford Campus Pastor since 2014. Previously, Jason served as Worship Pastor at the Orange City campus. He was born in Richmond, Kentucky. He and his wife Karen have five children; Allie, twins Ethan and Anna, Eli and Abby. Jason received his BA from the University of Kentucky in Mathematics, his MA from Eastern Kentucky University in Counseling and his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor John Sellers :: Pastor to Students & Families
John has been a part of the Journey family since September 2011. He was born in Panama City, FL, and met his wife Rebecca while they both were attending the University of Central Florida. John and Rebecca were married in 2003 and the Lord has blessed them with three children, Brighton, Raelyn, and Harrison Fisher. John graduated from UCF in 2004 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also graduated from Southeastern Theological Seminary in 2007 with a Master of Divinity degree. John served on staff at a church in Tennessee before moving to Florida to be a part of the Journey.
Jeremy Beeler :: Director of Adult Ministries
With twenty years of ministry experience Jeremy loves to help people grow spiritually by connecting them relationally. Previously he served as Pastor to Students and Families on the Orange City campus. Originally from Tennessee, he attended the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!). He's been married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 15 years and they have 4 children. Jeremy is focused on creating a thriving community so that more people will connect and experience grace and truth.
Cindy DuBreucq :: Director of Operations
Cindy has been a member of the Journey family since 2006 and joined the Journey staff in March 2014 as Director of Operations. She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. God has blessed Cindy with two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law and seven beautiful grandchildren.
Cindy received her BS in Business Administration & Accounting from Saint Francis College, Loretto, Pennsylvania and successfully passed the CPA exam in 1996. Her accounting career started working in public accounting as a financial auditor of governmental institutes and non-profit organizations. She then moved to the private sector as a Controller and then CFO of small businesses.
Tom Wycuff :: Director of Worship Ministries
Tom came on staff at the Journey in July of 2014 and has been attending the Journey since 2013. He has been married to his best friend, Lauren since October 2009. Lauren and Tom have a son, Carter David. Tom is currently a Senior, pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at Liberty University Online in Biblical Studies. He enjoys watching LOST with Lauren, eating anything but mayonnaise and obnoxiously cheering on the Cleveland Browns. Tom has a huge passion for the Word of God and loves pointing people to the beauty and glory of Christ. His favorite part about working at the Journey is how all ministry is shaped and centered in the Gospel.