AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH OTHER CHRISTIAN MEN, LEARN FROM QUALITY SPEAKERS AND APPLY BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES TO YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

Connect

The Gathering Lunch Series is a place for men to connect with other Christian men in a non-threatening environment for fellowship and substance.

Our Lunch Series is held at Fellowship Hall on the campus of 1st Presbyterian Church in downtown Orlando. Even though we have always held our lunches at 1st Pres., The Gathering is a non-denominational men's ministry.

We host five Series throughout the year in January, March, May, September and November. Each series consists of four or five consecutive Tuesday lunches from 12 - 1 PM and the cost is $10.

Learn

The Lunch Series is an opportunity to hear and learn from some of Orlando's highest-quality speakers

  • Pete Alwinson

    Senior Pastor

    Willow Creek Presbyterian Church

  • John Tolson

    Founder

    The Gathering

  • Jeff Jakes

    Senior Pastor

    Orangewood Presbyterian Church

  • Steve Brown

    Director

    Key Life Ministries

  • Doug Holladay

    Partner

    Park Avenue Equity

  • Ron Peri

    Founder & CEO

    Radixx International

  • David Uth

    Senior Pastor

    1st Baptist Church Orlando

  • David Swanson

    Senior Pastor

    1st Presbyterian Church Orlando

  • John Morgan

     

    George Bush Impersonator

  • Joel Hunter

    Senior Pastor

    Northland Church

  • Eddy Moratin

    Director

    Lift Orlando

  • Mike Adkins

    Senior Pastor

    Grace Fellowship Church

Apply

Finally, the application of these biblical principles in your life will lead to a greater relationship with God, a better homelife and fuller relationships with others. This application can also mean inviting your friends and using this lunch series as your personal outreach opportunity.

Ron Peri - January 9

Founder - Radixx

Ron was born in Manhattan, and grew up in Madison, New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. After college, he joined IBM in systems and marketing of mainframe computers. In 1975, he left IBM to pursue full time ministry. He graduated from Biblical Theological Seminary with an M. Div. in 1978 and subsequently pastored a church until 1985. In that year, he started a consulting business, Computer Support of North America, that grew to be a major installer of Local Area Networks in the United States. He has since started two other businesses and is currently CEO of Radixx International, Inc. which provides reservations systems and hosting services to thirty airlines on five continents.

Ron speaks extensively to Bible studies, retreats, churches, and other groups. He is particularly active with ministries reaching businessmen. In 1981, he participated in starting a new interdenominational seminary in New Jersey (first in 140 years), Regional Seminary of the Northeast. Ron was president of Regional Seminary from 1981 until 1989.

Jason Walker - January 16

Exec. Team Consultant - Jason Walker & Associates

"Transform your workforce into an Elite Team"

Although business owners and executives strongly desire the performance of an Elite Team, so many of them have never experienced operating within an Elite Team, and thus do not know what one looks like from the inside, yet alone how to achieve one.

Developing Elite Teams for over 25 years, Jason capitalizes on his experience as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer, a Naval Academy Graduate, and various leadership roles in the private sector to be a catalyst in developing a culture of accountability and high performance that few experience outside elite military units. Jason implements his proven Elite Team Mastery SystemSM to get everyone on the same page, hold everyone accountable, and increase profits and productivity by 50% or more.

Jason sees business owners and executives as the most influential leaders of our society, and thus a primary target of the Enemy of God and His image. Who else gets 30, 40, or 50+ hours a week of our time to influence our World View. There is a battle raging and business owners and executives of faith need Elite Teams to pursue their respective God-given missions.

Jason and Nancy have two sons and live in Winter Garden where they are actively involved in their community, Mosaic Church, and the family U-Pick strawberry farm – Bekemeyer Family Farm.

Jeff Jakes - January 23

Lead Pastor - Orangewood Church

Originally from upstate New York, Jeff met his wife, Katie, at Florida Southern College and upon graduation; they married and moved to New York City to pursue professional careers in business. After moving back to Florida in 1989, Jeff received a call to ministry and attended Reformed Theological Seminary where he received a Master’s of Divinity. Jeff served at Orangewood as the Youth Pastor for 10 years before becoming the Lead Pastor in 2003. Jeff is a visionary leader with a passion for preaching the Gospel and shepherding the church at Orangewood to advance Christ’s kingdom.

The Jakes have been blessed with four children: Jessie, JP, Caleb and Allie and a son-in-law, Todd. There’s never a dull moment at the Jakes’ home and their three dogs help keep things exciting!

Brad Staton - January 30

Exec. Director - Heart of the City Foundation

Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Brad earned a BBA degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. After having served churches in various capacities in Savannah and Augusta, he went on to lay the groundwork for a new church plant in Florida. 

Brad began his ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando in March 2009 in the areas of pastoral care and 20's-30's ministry. In May 2011, he was appointed Executive Director of the Heart of the City Foundation, responsible for overseeing its donor-based grants and fund programs. Additionally, Brad is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. 

Brad and his wife Lindsey have three children: Beau, Sydney and Caroline.

OJ Aldrich - March 6

Pastor - Summit Church/Lake Mary

O.J. Aldrich is the campus minister for Summit Lake Mary. After graduating from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a degree in Business Administratino, he moved to Lake Mary in 1997 to start Young Life at Lake Mary High School and continued on as the Area Director, growing Young Life in Seminole County until 2004. He then spent 8 years in the marketplace doing sales for Quintiles and helped Eli Lilly launch the blockbuster drug Cymbalta. During that season, he met his wife of 12 years, Rachael Aldrich, as she served with students at First Presbyeterian Church of Orlando. The last 6 years he has been on staff at Summit as the Director of Student Minstry and the last 4 years leading the Lake Mary campus of Summit.

O.J. has been a volunteer with Young Life's Capernaum, a ministry to high school students with a disability, since it started 8 years ago and is one of the things that makes his heart beat fast. The last 3 years have also opened the door to great ministry, partnership and leading trip to Malawi with Children of the Nations and the work they are doing with kids with special needs.

He is married to Rachael and has 3 wonderful children, 2 daughters and one son - A.J. (8 years old), Andi (5 years old), and Maverick (3 years old). They currently live in Longwood and love spending time at the beach, camping, biking, and adventuring together.

Ron Peri - January 9

Founder - Radixx

Ron was born in Manhattan, and grew up in Madison, New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. After college, he joined IBM in systems and marketing of mainframe computers. In 1975, he left IBM to pursue full time ministry. He graduated from Biblical Theological Seminary with an M. Div. in 1978 and subsequently pastored a church until 1985. In that year, he started a consulting business, Computer Support of North America, that grew to be a major installer of Local Area Networks in the United States. He has since started two other businesses and is currently CEO of Radixx International, Inc. which provides reservations systems and hosting services to thirty airlines on five continents.

Ron speaks extensively to Bible studies, retreats, churches, and other groups. He is particularly active with ministries reaching businessmen. In 1981, he participated in starting a new interdenominational seminary in New Jersey (first in 140 years), Regional Seminary of the Northeast. Ron was president of Regional Seminary from 1981 until 1989.

Tanner Fox - March 20

Minister of Mission - First Pres Church Orlando

Tanner is the Minister of Ministry at First Presbyterian Church Orlando

Tanner attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL and graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Religion. From there he went on to pursue a Master's in Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, FL.

Tanner Fox is a Florida native, born and raised in Lakeland. He now resides in Orlando, FL with his wife of nearly four years, Ashley, and their dog Sam.

William Andrews - March 27

Director - Mercy Drive Ministries

William Andrews spent seven years living on the streets of Orlando; fifteen years in and out prisons as he affectionately calls it his (installment plan). Twenty years addicted to "every kind of drugs one could think of "until the day he came face to face with Christ and his life has never been the same since.

Today William Andrews is Senior Pastor of The Heart of Mercy Community Church of the Nazarene on Mercy Drive in Orlando Florida; Pastor Andrews attended Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield Massachusetts with an Associate Degree in Broadcast Journalism. He attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston campus where he studied political Science. William was ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2005 after finishing his ministerial studies at the Nazarene Bible Institute of Central Florida.

Pastor Andrews's long involvement in the community started at Restore Orlando Inc., where he served as Senior Pastor and a member of the Board of Directors. William was appointed by City Commissioner Robert Stuart to serve as one of the representatives for the City of Orlando on the Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness. He continues his involvement in the community as one of the founders of the Mercy Drive Corridor Initiative along with First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and Jobs Partnership. Pastor Andrews continues to work to bring the various partnerships and resources to the Mercy Drive Community and its residents.

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