Pastoral Staff

Nick & Kandyn Mathes

Lead Pastors

Nick and Kandyn began serving Friendship Church as 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, a Master's Degree in Human Services, and a Master's Degree in History.  Nick is the Museum Director at the Florida Air Museum.  He also works as an Adjunct professor at Polk State College.  In his free time, he likes to play racquetball, ride his mountain bike, and play Dungeons and Dragons.

Kandyn works behind the scenes at Friendship.  She works from home as an office manager for Ori Energy.  She has been an advocate for mental health since  2016.  

Ricardo & Anna Alvelo

Associate 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 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 & Admin

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