Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Pastors

Nick & Kandyn Mathes

Lead Pastors

Nick and Kandyn began serving Friendship Church as Lead Pastors in November of 2016.  The high school sweethearts met at Mulberry High School in 2002.  They've been married since 2009, and have two children: Jaida and Ezra.

Nick is an ordained minister with a Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Ministry and a Master's Degree in Human Services.  He works as an Adjunct professor and tutor at Polk State College.  In his free time, he likes to ride his mountain bike and play Dungeons and Dragons.

Kandyn works behind the scenes at Friendship.  She's been a stay at home mom since 2010; and an advocate for mental health since  2016.  She spends her free time running her Etsy shop.

Ricardo Alvelo

Associate Pastor

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 an academic advisor at Southeastern University.  In his spare time, he loves to watch movies, have game nights, and cheer on his St. Louis Cardinals.

Lyndal Bedford

Associate Pastor

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.  He is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God.  Lyndal is the executive director of Friendship Services.  In his free time, he loves to watch movies, play card games and board games, and hang out with friends.

DeeDee Mathes

Children's Pastor

DeeDee began serving Friendship as Children's Pastor in 2016.  She is an ordained minister with a Bachelors Degree in Church Ministry.