|Pastors Donnie and Leah Shinholser, Lead Pastor and Worship Pastor|
Pastors Donnie and Leah accepted the call from God to replant the Church of God in Palmetto, Florida. They moved here in October of 2008 to lead the church in spiritual renewal. Their first Sunday, they only had thirteen in attendance and their three children were the only youth in attendance. Pastor Donnie started sharing his vision with the church and began to express the importance of reaching the youth of this community. The church agreed and on faith, Pastor Donnie hired a youth pastor and set a kids ministries volunteer into place. Pastor Donnie started cleaning up the property and doing some remodeling. Within 6 months the church started averaging over 100 in attendance as well as 35 teenagers in the youth group. In October of 2009, the sanctuary was at 80 percent capacity. Pastor Donnie shared with the church of the need to continue to reach the unchurched of the community and the need to go to multiple services to accomplish the task. So in February of 2010, Pastor Donnie started a 9am and 11am service. The church contiued to grow. In August of 2010 the church started reaching over 200 in attendance and is now averaging around 80 teenagers in the youth group. It's been two short years since Pastor Donnie and Leah moved to Palmetto. They have a great passion for the lost and God is using them to make a tremendous Impact in Manatee County for Jesus Christ!
Pastor Donnie is also serving as the Chaplain for the Palmetto Police Department as an outreach to the officers and the community.