Mark Ragsdale
Lead Pastor

Mark earned a BS in Education from the University of Tennessee and went on to gain his MDiv in Pastoral Leadership from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After early roles as Youth Pastor and Outreach pastor at a few churches in Tennessee and Texas, he moved to Viera in 1992 to serve as the lead pastor of Church at Viera. He has been married to his wife, Kelli, for 31 years. They have two sons, Jonmark and Luke, and one daughter, Jessica. Mark enjoys diving deep, climbing high and running long - scuba, hiking and running marathons are just three ways he likes to do those things. He is passionate about helping all kinds of people to come to know Jesus intimately and to discover His purpose for their lives. He is committed to communicating God's truth in a way that people find relevant to their daily lives.

Trevor Hislop
Pastor of Worship Arts

Trevor is a graduate of North American Baptist Seminary. Before serving as Pastor of Worship Arts at CAV, he served in churches both in South Dakota and California. He married his High School sweetheart, Mindi. They have two sons, Noah & Zachary. Trevor enjoys running marathons, bumming at the beach and anything else that gets him outdoors. He is passionate about gathering worshippers in the presence of God to lift high the name of Jesus.


George Stevens
Pastor of Children

A Kansas man at heart, George and his family answered God’s call to Florida in 2009.  Joined by his wife, Jenny, and a gaggle of kids (he has 6 total), George has led our Children’s Ministry team since early 2013.  His passion is for partnering with families to strengthen their relationship with Christ.  George loves to do almost anything with his family, but more often than not, you can find them at Disney.

Rich Lively
Pastor of Impact

Rich gained a MDiv and ThM (cross-cultural studies) from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has 17 years of experience in global missions and has visited over 50 countries around the world. He has been in Pastoral Ministry in the United States for 8 years. He and his wife Kathy have three children - Richie, Danny and Emma. Rich is passionate about teaching timeless truths from the Word that can be practically lived out every day in order to change history.

John Leathers
Pastor of Students

John grew up in West Melbourne and attended college at Florida State University. After graduating from seminary he served on church staffs in Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina before arriving at CAV in January 2014. John has a passion to reach students with the Gospel of Christ and then teach them to walk in a manner worthy of Him. John is married to Heather and they have two children, Addyson and Micah.  In his free time John enjoys hanging out with his family and loves being outdoors on the golf course.

Jonmark Ragsdale
Pastor of Communications

Jonmark grew up at Church at Viera. He moved to Tampa, FL to study at the University of South Florida and graduated with a BA in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication. After returning to Melbourne, he worked for Northrop Grumman as a Systems Engineer for 5 years. He then accepted the call to ministry and was ordained in April 2014, then took the position of Pastor of Communications / Worship Associate in June of that year. He and his wife, Clare, have a daughter named Ella and a son named Fin. Jonmark enjoys adventure in nature, as well as art, music, fiction and film. He is passionate about authentic worship through music and fellowship in Biblical community.