Our Staff

Kirkwood is fortunate to have a number of wonderful staff members who strive to model Christ-like behavior and demonstrate loving attention to everyone they serve.

  • Rev. Alex Regets - Lead Pastor

    Alex and his wife Amanda grew up in Manteno, IL, and have four children, Payton, Emma, Eli, and Finn. Alex was ordained by the PC(USA) in 2019, has a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies from Olivet Nazarene University, a Master’s in Divinity from Western Theological Seminary, and a heartfelt desire to reach the people of our community with the radical message of God’s steadfast love and the transforming power that is available in Jesus.


  • Rev. Helen HartaiAssociate for Teaching & Care

    Helen joined our staff in 2016 as a volunteer. She is a snowbird who usually spends half the year in Canada. Helen leads Bible studies, preaches on occasion, and provides pastoral support. While in Canada, Helen and her husband Zoli continue to worship with us online and keep in touch. She is a wonderful source of knowledge for the staff and a blessing to our congregation. 


  • Carolyn RoskampCoordinator for Missions & Outreach

    In 2023, we celebrated a decade of Carolyn's service in her position within our community. Her unwavering commitment extends to her impactful contributions to non-profits and the organization of events such as Hope4Communities and the Annual Christmas Market. Carolyn's enduring dedication makes her an integral part of Kirkwood and especially our mission programs. 


  • Emily JohnsonYouth Director (Middle School/High School)

    Emily has been the dedicated and exceptional Director of our Youth Group since 2021. Emily, her husband David, and their children are all active in our church community. While also leading Young Life in the area Emily has proven to be an outstanding fit for our middle and high school ages here at Kirkwood. Her care for our kids and her passion for showing them the love of Jesus is a gift to us all. 


  • Angel MorrowOffice Manager

    Angel joined us in August 2021. She helps coordinate and schedule church events and room use, she runs the day-to-day operations of the church office, maintains the membership rolls of our congregation, and helps the Finance Team with financial reconciliation, weekly giving, and other financial matters. We are grateful for her outstanding skills and her willingness to take on all kinds of challenges. 


  • David Ryall Director of Traditional Music

    David has been with Kirkwood since October 2022 and provides our traditional worship music for the 11am service while also leading the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir. In addition to his other musical expertise, David enriches our worship experience with his skillful playing of our organ, and his dedication and talent contribute significantly to the prayerful atmosphere of our Traditional Service. 


  • Shon MorganAssociate for Contemporary Music, Media, & Technology

    In July of 2023 we welcomed Shon onto our staff in order to oversee all things to do with our contemporary worship at the 9am service, along with our media and technology here at Kirkwood. Shon has decades of experience leading contemporary worship, and we are so grateful to have him here. Shon and his wife Becky made the move from Ohio, along with their twin boys, and they've been a wonderful addition to our community. 


  • John VanHouten - Maintenance Supervisor

    John joined our staff in November 2023, bringing with him a wealth of skills and initiative. Originally from New York, he has called Bradenton home for over 20 years. John's dedication is evident as he willingly takes on all kinds of tasks (and usually notices what needs to be worked on before anyone else has a chance to mention it). Outside of work he is a family man with three sons and two grandsons and he enjoys, golf, mission trips, and taking his grandkids fishing. 

  • Chris May - Custodian

    Chris has been serving as our dedication custodian since assuming the role in May of 2023. Chris has been a valued member of our congregation for a long time, and goes above and beyond in this role taking care of table set-up and tear-down, sanctuary seating, and ensuring that our building always looks welcoming to new visitors. And his commitment to maintaining our place of worship always embodies the sprit of service that we're all called to. 

  • Isis Mavenyengwa - Nursery Director

    Isis joined our staff in January of 2024 to help oversee our Nursery which is offered for the 9am Contemporary Service and the 11am Traditional Service, as well as the 10am Sunday School hour in between services. And we have a dedicated group of volunteers from within the congregation that partner along with Isis to ensure that we always have at least two people watching out for our little ones on Sunday mornings! 

Our Leadership

At Kirkwood every member of the congregation has an equal vote, and Elders are elected from within the congregation to serve as a representative democracy (men and women are both encouraged to serve in the leadership of the church). Elders agree to serve three-year terms (with the option to serve an additional three years at the end of their first term), so that most years we have 2 elders leaving the Session while 2 new elders take their place. And the elders oversee the pastor and other staff, while also serving as the main decision making body of the church. They are a great resource if you're new to the church and looking to get connected!

  • Ed Hurd

    Class of 2025

  • Midge Goeth

    Class of 2025

  • Bob Frederick

    Class of 2026

  • Carolyn Schamens

    Class of 2026

  • James Lynch

    Class of 2027

  • Beth Anderson

    Class of 2027

Our Denomination

We are a congregation of the PC(USA), to learn more about our denomination's history, theology and approach to ministry you can click here. And you can also find information about Peace River Presbytery (the Presbytery we belong to here in Southwest Florida) at this link as well.