Board of Directors

Pastor Jim Way

President of Capernaum Ministries which also operates Capernaum Inn Pastor’s Retreat & Center and Capernaum Lakeside Lodge Banquet and Conference Center. Formerly, Jim Pastored Capernaum Church in Indian Lake Estates, & is Past President of Indian Lake Estates, an eight thousand half-acre residential and commercial community. Jim served as Executive Director of Renewed Life Ministries for twenty-four years. Renewed Life Ministries involved over five-hundred Churches from Palm Beach County through Indian River County in various outreaches, conferences, leadership meetings, etc. Fourteen Senior Pastors served on Renewed Life Ministries Board, representing close to forty-thousand parishioners on the east coast of Florida. Jim was a Management Consultant to National Manufacturing Industries for twenty-five years before he was called to full-time ministry.

Bishop Fred Shipman

Vice President, Capernaum Ministries and Pastor of Winners Church in West Palm Beach, FL for nearly twenty years, with an attendance close to three thousand. Fred served as Assistant Superintendent, State of Florida, for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and serve twenty-three years as Senior Pastor of various Churches in Oklahoma before moving to West Palm Beach.

Mr. Chris Fogal

Secretary/Treasurer, Chris has been operating as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in Florida, for 43 years. He is currently a Senior Partner with Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A., since August, 2009. Chris’s heart for the Lord and ministry has caused him to partner with Capernaum Ministries in order to reactivate St. Lucie County Business, Civic and Ministry Coalition to effectively affect Kingdom matters in St. Lucie County. His mission is to evangelize in accordance with Acts 2: 42 – 47.


Pastor Roger Ball

Pastor of Freedom Church in Vero Beach, FL for nearly twenty years and served as Associate Pastor for eight years prior. Previous to his work in the ministry, Roger was President of Adventure Inc., advertising and public relations company, and President of Market Source Florida, a marketing consulting firm. Roger served as Vice President and General Manager of Atlanta Communications and owner of WTTB Radio in Vero Beach.

Pastor Ron Burks

In March 2016 Ron planted and serves as Pastor of United Community Church in Bartow, FL, Previous to this from 1998, Ron was the Pastor of First Baptist Church also in Bartow. Other Pastorships include Elliott Baptist Church, Camden, AR, 1988 – 1998, Linwood Baptist Church, Moscow, AR 1983 – 1988, Brownstown Baptist Church, Brownstown, AR, 1979 – 1980 (served while attending college). While pastoring at Elliott Baptist, he started a Christian school at Elliott Baptist Church for grades 1 through 12 with an administrator, 8 full time teachers, and over 100 students.

Mr. Allan Casey

Polk County Attorney, graduated with a law degree from the University of Florida, Allan has been an Attorney in Polk County for over 40 years. He is the past President of the Board of Directors of “Pride of Polk County”, an organization which educates parents and children concerning the abuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, focusing on prevention. Allan has served on numerous civic organization Boards in the Polk County area. Allan is an attending member and past Board member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven.

Pastor Phillip Cook

Phil moved to Denton, GA where he has been pastoring the Macedonia Church of God for nearly 3 years, continues to serve with the Tres Dias community in North Florida and Georgia, and is President of Wounded Warriors, an affiliate of Capernaum Ministries, located in Cleveland, Tennessee. Wounded Warriors is a restoration ministry to Christian Leaders and Pastors.  He has been a pastor and serving the Lord in so many ways for nearly  fifty years.

Mr. Kevin Respress

In 2013, Kevin was ordained and became the Pastor of Capernaum Church on the Lake which meets at Capernaum Lodge in Lake Wales, FL. In 2012 he became the Director of the Business Civic and Ministry Coalition of Lake Wales. Since 2009, Kevin has been serving as Chairman of Central Florida C12 Group; including Polk, Osceola, Lake, and Orange County where he facilitates a monthly meeting of Christian Business Owners ranging from $1 million to $1 billion is gross revenue. Other positions he has held include President Lake Wales Main Street, Board member of the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce,  VP Lake Wales Economic Development Council, Chairman of Lake Wales Chamber and Economic Development Council, Awarded City Leader of the Year by LWCC.

Pastor Herb Schlenker

Pastor Herb has been serving as Pastor of Wayside Baptist Church, Lake Wales FL since December of 2007. He is currently also serving as Pastor’s Prayer Leader of the Business, Civic, & Ministry Coalition of Lake Wales which meets weekly at Capernaum Lodge. Prior to this he pastored at First Christian Church (DOC) in Haines City, FL, Associate Pastor and Fill in Senior Pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church (SBC), and as an Interim Pastor in Zirconia, NC. Aside from being a pastor, Herb has served on several Boards over the years; Lake Wales Care Center – Board of Directors,  American Association of Christian Counselors, Heart of Florida Chaplains / on call, and Pastors for Nouthetic Ministry – Greensboro, NC. From 2009 through 2015 Pastor Herb served in various positions of Denominational Leadership with the Ridge Baptist Association.

Pastor Roscoe Williams

Pastor of GST: The Family Church in Lake Wales, FL for over twenty years and prior to this, served as Bishop of Church of The Living God Upon The Rock. Roscoe enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard in May 1975 and still is in active duty. Roscoe received his Masters degree in Business Administration in 2002 from Warner Southern College, Lake Wales, and FL. His involvement with his community in leadership positions is numerous.

Corporate Advisors

Pastor Greg Sempsrott

Senior Pastor of First Church of God, Vero Beach, FL since 2005. First Church is the largest church in Vero Beach, which includes Masters Academy – Christian education from Pre-K3 through 12th grade. Greg also served as Associate Pastor for three years and then Senior Pastor of Church in the Gardens, West Palm Beach for eighteen years. For many years, Greg was an integral part of Renewed Life Ministries.

Pastor Tom Peters

Senior Pastor of Trinity Church International for over Thirty years. Tom is now semi-retired, but still has an active role in leadership of Trinity Church.  Pastor Tom served as the first President of Renewed Life Ministries.

Dr. Harold Armstrong

Retired, Teaching Pastor of Journey Christian Church, and Past President of Florida Christian College in Kissimmee, FL for six years. Harold served as Senior Pastor for thirty-one years and as Secretary for the North American Association of Christian Churches. Harold continues to seek ways to serve.


Capernaum Ministries Board cumulatively has a significant background (245 total years) in ministry and Pastoral leadership as well as business, military and entrepreneurial expertise

Monthly Spotlight


    This is the most difficult news that I have to tell you. My dear husband and President of Capernaum Ministries, Jim Way went home to be with the Lord last Saturday, January 6. A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 am at Capernaum Lakeside Lodge, 3111 Masterpiece Rd, Lake Wales, FL.

    Jim was all about the Kingdom of God – on earth as it is in Heaven. Because of the love he had for people, and the dedication to God’s work, his legacy will continue far beyond and  into the future. This is a sure promise.

    One of Jim’s favorite Bible passages is Acts 2:42-47. This translation is from his well worn New American Standard Bible:

    42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    Jim will be missed greatly by many, but mostly by me.

    Thank you and God bless you.

    Sherry Way



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