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Dr. Ray Henry - Senior Pastor

Dr. Ray Henry is a graduate of Mississippi College, New Orleans Baptist Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. He was licensed to preach on March 9, 1969 at Pass Road Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. Brother Ray was ordained to ministry at Van Winkle Baptist Church in Jackson, MS. on November 1, 1970. Prior to pastoring at Belvedere Baptist, he served seven churches in MS and LA. Brother Ray has pastored Belvedere Baptist for the past 30 years.

During his tenure at Belvedere Baptist, four mission churches have been started: United Haitian BaptGlory Baptist Church and Palms West Baptist Church. Brother Ray has, also, served six years on the Florida Baptist Convention Board of Missions and has been the moderator of the Palm Lake Baptist Association twice.

Faithfully serving beside Brother Ray during his five decades of ministry has been his wife of 50 years, Shirley Scruggs Henry. Shirley is also employed as Office Manager of Infants and Children Pediatrics in Jupiter. They have four children and twelve grandchildren.

Bill Medlock - Minister of Music/Worship, Emeritus

Bill has more than 70 years of Music Worship experience and has served Belvedere Baptist for over 17 years. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While attending the School of Church Music at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Bill was assigned to a new, young voice instuctor. Three years later, he graduated with a new voice. Bill has extensive knowledge of and experience in all styles of music and leads the congregation and choir in worshiping God.

A native of Murfreesboro, TN, Bill was appointed as Music Leader of Woodbury Road Baptist Church at the age of 16. After serving at another church in Nashville, TN, he was called to be Director of Music at First Baptist of Murfreesboro, TN. Prior to his tenure at Belvedere Baptist, Bill has served at four other churches in Florida.

Joshua Balbino - Worship Leader
Joshua Balbino - Worship Leader

Joshua was born into a Christian family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He migrated to the USA in August of 1996 with his family after accepting an invitation to become the Music Minister for a Brazilian Church in San Francisco, CA, where he served several churches around the area for 18 years. Led by God, Joshua moved to Palm Beach County, FL, in June 2014, after resigning his position as Worship Pastor at Temple Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA. Here in South Florida, Joshua has served in a volunteer position among several Brazilian Churches, leading the Worship Team and the Choir. On October 1, 2019, at the time set by the Lord, Joshua came to Belvedere Baptist Church, to start this new and blessed journey, knowing that the best is yet to come.

Joshua and his wife Fatima have three grown children and seven blessed and sweet grandchildren, and we are thankful they love God and are following in their parents’ steps.

Bob Verenna - Church Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

Bob was born and raised in the Phillipsburg, NJ area. After high school he attended Lafayette College where he earned a B.S. in  Industrial Engineering. In 1974, Bob earned an M.S. in Indusrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

Early in his career, he held positions in Quality Control. During this time, Bob learned several computer programinng languages. The rest of his career was spent in Systems Engineering and Database Engineering in both the commercial and government arenas. Bob designed the protoype Engineering database for the Space Station Technical and Management Information System; designed the database for the Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages; served as chief engineer of the GE Database Core Team as well as documenting the requirements for the databases of several highly classified government programs. He also served as chairman of the GE Database Workshop. 

Bob moved to Florida in 1997. After serving as a database consultant at Pratt &  Whitney for Signature Consultants, he started his own computer consulting business. Bob consulted at Pratt & Whitney for 12 years, developing many database applications for the Facilities Department and the Environmental Health and Safety Department; he retired in 2010 .

Linda Tropeano - Church Clerk
Linda Tropeano - Church Clerk

Linda has been married to her husband Rocco for 48 years and they have 2 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Originally from Washington State, they have been members at Belvedere Baptist since 2015. Linda and Rocco also serve as greeters each Sunday morning.

Belvedere Baptist Church
301 Cherry Rd,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
Phone: 561-683-2636

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