Pastoral and Church Staff

Ricardo & Anna Alvelo

Lead Pastors

An Orlando, FL native, Ricardo has been a part of the Friendship Family from the start. He began serving Friendship as Associate Pastor in 2017.  He is an ordained minister with a Bachelors Degree in Practical Ministries and a Master's Degree in Theological Studies.  He also serves as Senior academic advisor at Southeastern University.  In his spare time, he loves to watch movies, have game nights, and cheer on his St. Louis Cardinals.

A Lakeland, FL native, Anna Alvelo has been an integral part of Friendship Church leading worship and volunteering in various roles for over 5 years. She now leads the Ladies ministry and other initiatives within the church. In her spare time, she loves writing, curling up with a good book, being outside, and drinking lots of coffee/tea. 

Lyndal Bedford

Church Licensed Social Worker

Lyndal is a Georgia native who moved to Florida for new opportunities.  He has a bachelor's degree in sociology, and a master's degree in social work from Southeastern University.   Lyndal is the group leader and facilitator of Hope Connections, Friendship's mental health support group. He also works a mental health therapist.  In his free time, he loves to watch movies, play card games and board games, and hang out with friends.