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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.

John Rouse - Teaching Pastor

After receiving his B.A. in Bible from Bryan College in 1970, John taught secondary math, science and Bible in several Christian schools. In 1983 John changed careers and worked as a computer programmer at Scientific Instruments. John began a teaching ministry in 2002 at Belvedere Baptist Church before receiving his M.S. in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2003. From 2005 to 2008 he served as headmaster in a small Christian school before retiring and returning to Belvedere Baptist Church to continue his teaching ministry.

Joshua Balbino - Worship Leader

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1952, Joshua studied music at National Music School (UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) for seven years, where he graduated as a professional musician. He then attended Law  School at UFRJ, where he recived his Bachelor degree. Joshua served as a volunteer Music Director for churches in Brazil for 22 years. In 1996 he became a Music Director in California's San Francisco Bay Area where throughout the years he served two Brazilian churches. During this time, Joshua attended Message of Peace Bible Institute, a Bible school associiated with his church. Joshua started serving as Music Director for Temple Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA in 2007. A few months later, he was ordained as a Worship Pastor. Since 2019 he has led the Music Ministry at Belvedere Baptist Church.

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 .

Katrina Crickenberger - Church Clerk

Katrina was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She graduated from Pa;lm Beach Lakes High School. Katrina worked for Wal-Mart for 13 years until she left to work with her husband as the Office Manager for thier own company. Katrina and her husband Ray have been married for 9 years. They have been members of Belvedere Baptist since 2012 and serve on several different committees as well as teaching Sunday School and Junior Church.

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

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