Leadership

Pastors & Staff

FULL TIME STAFF

Jared Douglas

Lead Pastor

Jared was born in Gainesville, Florida.  He has lived throughout Central and North Florida but has called Trenton his home since 1998.  Jared earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and Master of Divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jared is married to his beautiful wife Kelly, whom he met while serving as the Collegiate Pastor at Pine Grove Baptist Church.  They married in the summer of 2011.  God has blessed them with two children, Grayson, in January 2013 and Eliza in April of 2016.
Jared is an avid dove hunter, diligent reader and a hopeless runner!

John Bongiovanni

Associate Minister

John Bongiovanni has been a part of Pine Grove Baptist Church since 2005, where he has found a deep sense of community and spiritual growth. Married to his wife Susan since 1998, their union has been blessed with three sons – Kyle, Antonio, and Zach, Daughter In-law Jessica – and three beloved grandchildren.

In his role as Associate Minister at Pine Grove Baptist Church, John is dedicated to helping others find and follow Jesus. His passion for ministry extends beyond the church walls as he actively engages with the community to spread the message of faith, love, and redemption.

Outside of his ministerial duties, John leads an active lifestyle, participating in Ironman events that challenge him both physically and mentally. The combination of swimming, biking, and running not only reflects his commitment to personal well-being but also serves as a testament to the discipline and perseverance he brings to all aspects of his life.

With a heart for service and a spirit of endurance, John Bongiovanni tries to inspire those around him to pursue a meaningful relationship with Christ and embrace a life dedicated to faith and purpose. Through his family, ministry, and athletic pursuits, John tries to exemplify a life centered on love, leadership, and the pursuit of spiritual excellence. 

Martina Driskell

Financial Secretary 

Martina grew up in the Tri-County area. She and Greg were married in June of '93. She manages and organizes multiple businesses including Pine Grove and has been on staff with us since July of '18. In her off time, which is few and far between, she enjoys her furred and feathered beasties, good coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

Joshua Newton

Youth Pastor

Joshua has been a part of the Uprising team since 2017 and  transitioned into the position of Youth Pastor in January 2021.  Joshua obtained his Bachelors degree in Pastoral Leadership with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry from Lee University in 2020.
Together with his wife Hannah, Josh is committed to seeing students come to Jesus and learn how to love others the way Christ loves us.

In his free time he loves to play basketball, disc golf, watch sports, and play video games. He loves Fantasy football, Florida State, and Chick-Fil-A. You can place a safe bet that on any given day you will find Joshua repping some sporting gear!

Mariam Newton

Children & Family Minister

Mariam was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida but Trenton is her home. Mariam has been married to her high school sweetheart Todd for 30 amazing years. They have 4 children, Annah, Carol Lynn, Rebecca, Will, and one son-in-law, Trevor. Mariam has a bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Saint Leo University. Mariam loves to travel, go on adventures, and meet new people. She has a passion for pastoral counseling and a heart for young families. Mariam has been a part of the Pine Grove Family for over 15 years.

PART TIME STAFF

Antonio Bongiovanni

Front of House Sound Engineer

Antonio Bongiovanni is the skilled Front of House Sound Engineer at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Antonio has been an active member of the Pine Grove community since 2005, where his journey began as a vibrant and dedicated youth participant.
Having gone through the church's youth group, Antonio's musical talents grew as he played guitar in the youth band for five impactful years. His love for music spans across various genres, and his passion for sound engineering has become a vital contribution to the worship experience at Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Beyond the realm of audio engineering, Antonio finds joy and relaxation in the great outdoors. A nature enthusiast, he loves hiking on the Appalachian Trail, taking in the breathtaking mountain scenery. Fishing is another cherished pastime that allows him to connect with nature and unwind from the demands of daily life.

Antonio's commitment to both his church community and his interests outside of it paints a picture of a well-rounded individual. Whether fine-tuning the sound for worship services or exploring the mountains, Antonio Bongiovanni brings enthusiasm, talent, and a deep sense of connection to everything he does.

Courtney Martin

Worship Leader

Courtney was born in Lake Wales, Florida but has lived in Trenton for most of her life. She earned a Bachelors degree in History from Liberty University in 2018. Courtney is a former dental hygienist and current 1st grade teacher. She has been involved in various ministries at Pine Grove for 15 years and has been on staff as a worship leader since 2021. She has a passion for worship and has a Masters degree in Worship Studies with a concentration in Leadership through Liberty University. In her free time, Courtney likes to spend time at the Ichetucknee River, travel, and do puzzles.

Hannah Newton

Kids Grove Assistant

Hannah was born in Tallahassee, FL, but has lived in Trenton nearly her entire life. She has attended Pine Grove since she was in sixth grade and has served in various volunteer roles in Youth Ministry and Kids Grove.  Hannah felt a call to ministry in high school and has been pursuing her opportunity ever since.

Hannah has been married to her husband, Joshua, since May of 2021, and they are expecting their first child in April of 2024!

In her free time, Hannah loves to dilly-dally with her favorite people or stay home with her two dogs!