William J. Colclasure, Senior Pastor
Pastor Bill was a science teacher after college. After graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia with an M. Div., he became a Presbyterian minister in South Florida. Eventually, Bill was asked to plant a church in Southwest Orlando. He and his wife Mary Katherine have been at Pine Ridge ever since. Bill loves natural science, has a patent in magnetic physics, enjoys playing 12-string guitar, and loves spending time with his two sons and three grandchildren. Most of all, Pastor Bill loves Jesus, and his love for Jesus shines through his teaching and in his faithful shepherding of the Pine Ridge family.
Eric Burket, Worship Leader/Youth Director
Eric holds a dual-role at Pine Ridge in two areas he is passionate about: students and music. He began working in ministry at Pine Ridge at age 18. "I love getting to know students in a way that is actually an investment in their life. For me it's all about making them feel loved and pointed toward God. I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of their lives." says Eric about his ministry at Pine Ridge. Now 25, Eric is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida where he studied radio/TV and digital media. He comes from a family of seven and grew up a dedicated baseball player, musician, and avid surfer. Two highlights of his year are attending the middle school and high school camps with Pine Ridge students.
Rob Colclasure, Ministry Coordinator
God has been "way too kind" to Rob over the years, as he puts it; most recently, leading him to serve at Pine Ridge alongside his father, Rev. William Colclasure. Having earned a bachelors in marketing and risk management & insurance and a masters in economic demography this past decade, we asked Rob about his relative departure from his educational path. He replied, "It's not so much an occupational departure, as much as it is a matter of the heart. I remain interested and educated in global economics, but for me it was an existential decision. I had to honestly judge my fears and intentions; ultimately, what the point of my life was: to serve my ego or to serve this God I professed to believe in. I chose the latter, and God led me back here." Desiring to bring the peace of Christ to His brothers and sisters by encouraging them to trust God actively in their own lives – to build their house on the rock of Christ, so to speak – is one of his natural emphases; as well as living the gospel out among the city's often prodigal, artistic communities. He presently seeks to share the holy love of God with grace and impartiality, welcoming your prayers and desiring future fellowship. Rob's role as Ministry Coordinator involves organizing and directing all internal and external ministries of Pine Ridge Church, to the glory of God.
Greg and his wife Kathy have been attending Pine Ridge for approximately 28 years and have been blessed with five children, who have all grown up at Pine Ridge. Over the years, Greg has served in a number of capacities, which currently includes helping lead our Sunday morning worship service. Professionally, Greg works in the commercial electronics industry, having just recently achieved 25 years of service with his company. Following his recent ordination as an elder, Greg stated, “I am honored to help our church leadership in ministering to and serving our Pine Ridge family in the future and look forward to seeing the amazing things that God has in store for us as a local church body under Christ here in the Orlando area.”
Wesley has been an elder at Pine Ridge since 1988. He also serves as the church treasurer. He and his wife Ceil have been married since 1972 and have two sons and six grandchildren. His grandchildren are a great source of happiness, and he loves spending time with his family. “I thank God for His gracious act of salvation that He has given me, and I look forward to the new heavens and earth where everything will be right for eternity.”
Mark has been a member at Pine Ridge for over 30 years and has served in the Diaconate for 22 years. He has also served in pro-life ministries as member of the Board of Directors at the medical pregnancies centers of True Life Choice (Choices Women's Clinic) and Cornerstone Ministry Village (Thrive Orlando Express) for the last 20 years. For his professional life, Mark is a mechanical engineer working at Kennedy Space Center as a space ship designer. In his spare time, Mark enjoys trivia games and studying ancient and American history as well as enjoying the beauty of nature and its creatures that come though his backyard.
Greg has been an elder at Pine Ridge since Pastor Colclasure first planted the church in the 80's and other than a brief absence to attend Westminster Seminary he has been here from the beginning. Greg and his wife Susan have three children with their oldest now with the Lord. Greg enjoys being a landscape architect professionally and claims "gardening" is the oldest profession. In his spare time gardening, reading, paddle boarding, following the Gators and keeping up with his son Calvin and daughter Sophie occupies most of his time. Most of all Greg enjoys the fellowship at Pine Ridge and can't wait to spend eternity with these great people and his family.
Richard Morrison is one of the founding Elders of Pine Ridge. He and his wife Diana were married in 1974 and have four children and 6 grandchildren. Professionally, Richard does government relations and public policy for Adventist Health System, the owner of Florida Hospital but his real passion is teaching about Christ and Christianity. "I love to teach, from children's Sunday School to adults. I enjoy the interactions and discussions and always examining what I believe."
Volunteers are such a crucial part of the team at Pine Ridge. There are many hands that work behind the scenes serving faithfully on the worship team, nursery, children's program, student ministry, A/V, church-wide events, property maintenance, and so on. Without them, our ministry would look much different. They are at the heart of the church!