Dr. Jeff Iskra - Senior Pastor

Dr. Jeff was born and raised in Ft. Myers, FL and has been married to Charlene since they met in Tallahassee, 28 years ago.

He has earned a bachelor's degree from Florida State University, a Master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX and a doctorate degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Hamilton, MA.

He has served on staff at churches in FL, TX, AL, & GA.

Jeff & Charlene are parents to Spring & Eli

Chris Howard - Pastor of Worship Arts


Pastor Chris is a talented musician who loves to see Jesus lifted high.

He has been a musician for more than three decades and has been leading worship almost as long. 

He understands how to deliver both traditional and contemporary style services.

In addition to his raw talent, he understands his role as a Pastor and loves to shepherd and love the people he leads.

He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in World Religions from Eckerd College.

Pastor Chris is married to Katy Howard and together they have five children and are grandparents of eight grandchildren.

Jonny Grubbs - Associate & Youth Pastor


Jonny’s full-time ministry journey began seven years ago when he joined Operation Mobilization Ireland. While a missionary, Jonny served as a Children’s Minister, a Youth Minister, and a lead creator on two Gospel television programs for children on RTE 1 Irish National Television. It was in Ireland he met his now-wife who came from her home country in Brazil to serve with OM on a short-term basis.

After returning to the states Jonny received a call from Church By The Sea to interview for the position of Youth Director. He married during his first year on staff, and now - nearly four years later - he serves as the Associate & Youth Pastor.

While assisting the Senior Pastor with practical and administrative aspects of his ministry, Jonny fulfills his passion to see young people encounter Christ through regular meetings and events for our local teens.

He holds a Bachelor of Ministry (with an emphasis in Youth Ministry) from West Coast Bible College & Seminary.

Jonny is married to Suellen and they are the parents of Zoe

Lisa Greeno - Children’s Ministry Director


Lisa has been serving the children and families of Church by the Sea on staff for four years, and served as a lay person here for over a decade more before that.

She has a great passion to see kids grow in their faith. 

Hard-working, fun-loving, and ready to come alongside parents in the spiritual formation of their kids Lisa is a Kidmin powerhouse.

Lisa has a Diploma in Children’s Ministry from Kid Ministry Academy.

She is married to Howard Greeno and they are the parents of Hope and Howie and are grandparents to their baby granddaughter Delilah.

Suellen Grubbs - Nursery Coordinator


Suellen always wanted to be in full-time ministry.

While working as an architectural appraiser in her home country of Brazil she would spend her extra money to go on mission trips to Uganda, Ecuador, Haiti, the Amazon & Ireland where she met her now-husband. 

Suellen started at the church serving as a volunteer in the youth ministry alongside her husband, but was soon offered the job of Nursery Coordinator on staff

Suellen loves to plant the seeds of faith early in the life of children and care for them on Sunday mornings.

She is married to Pastor Jonny and they are the parents of Zoe.

Carole Kinney - Administrator


Carole has been working in administration for 20 years and has been serving on staff at Church By The Sea for seven.

Between coordinating staff calendars, managing church information, and administrating the practical aspect of virtually every operation during the work-week, Carole also manages the Church’s distribution of food to the homeless. 

She understands that her work here is a ministry, and offers a kind & compassionate spirit that represents Christ and His Church well to the homeless in our community.


Jeff Jansen has a desire to use his skills & passions in the area of design, sound, photography and technology in order to create an environment for worship on Sunday mornings and throughout the week.

You’ll often find him running around on Sunday mornings with his Ipad making finishing touches on sound, or you can see his behind the scenes handiwork in certain Sunday morning graphics, and in our video library.

Jeff is a graduate of Pinellas Technical College, with ten years experience, and certifications in Adobe Suite and Rich Media communication.

Jeff is married to Nancy Jansen

They have 8 children & 4 Grandchildren.

Jazz - Maintenance & Grounds Supervisor


Knowledgeable, hardworking, and always ready to help, Jazz is Church By The Sea’s maintenance and grounds supervisor.

Jazz has gone to great lengths to improve the landscaping of the campus and make sure things work.

He’s constantly looking for ways to improve upon the systems we have in place to keep our historic church looking beautiful.