Our Deacons help those in need and serve the church in the name of Christ.

The office of deacon comes directly from the Bible. Christians in the first century realized that they were not taking care of their own people well (specifically, the widows in their congregation). So the leaders of the early church decided to appoint seven people to care for them.

The word “deacon” is a transliteration of the Greek word διάκονος, which means “servant.” That is the main goal of the deacons at Orangewood: to serve others in times of need! The office is one of sympathy and service, after the example set by the first century deacons as well as Jesus himself, who showed tangible expressions of love by serving others.

It is their duty also to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts wisely. They are also entrusted to the care of the property of Orangewood. The deacons are under the supervision and authority of the elders. For more on deacons, check out: Acts 6 / 1Tim3 /  Book of Church Order

A word from our deacons: “We hope that our efforts, and the efforts of those who serve with us will make you feel welcome here at Orangewood as we desire to be the face, voice, and hands of Jesus Christ to our congregation and the wider community. We cannot do this alone, so we need the participation of the greater congregation.”

If you would like to contact the deacons, please email the Chairman at




Deacons Fund

Request Financial Help

Orangewood deacons administer a fund for our members who find themselves in temporary financial need. As the body of Christ, we would be honored to care for you! To request assistance from the deacon’s fund, please fill out the confidential request form below, and one of the Deacons will get back to you shortly.


The Deacons Fund is a non-budgeted item, made possible by the generosity of our members. We have a special collection for the Deacons Fund every communion Sunday, but you can contribute at any time by designating “Deacons Fund” on your checks or on selecting “Deacons Fund” on the drop-down menu on Orangewood’s online giving platform.

Meet the Deacons

Ed Kent

Bio coming soon!






David Castor

I started attending Orangewood in the summer of 1992. I went on the first mission trip to Mexico in 1993. Since that first mission trip, I have been on 70 mission trips around the world to 10 different countries. I have worked for the Walt Disney Company for the last 27 years where I have learned many logistical skills that are utilized on mission trips and around Orangewood. I share my house with RTS students and enjoy coming alongside them with their call to the ministry. True confessions: when I walked into Orangewood Church I really felt I had nothing at all to offer to His kingdom. I thoroughly enjoy exposing others how they can be used to serve Christ locally and globally. Prayer reminder: When you see or hear a Disney commercial, pray for me, I really need it.

Steve Demarest

Steve and his wife Michelle have three children: Stephanie, Jesse, and Randy, whom they homeschooled. Steve has served faithfully as a deacon for many years, while Michelle & Stephanie have affectionately cared for countless children to keep the Tuesday morning Women’s Ministry functioning smoothly.

John Gammichia

I was born in Brooklyn, NY but I have lived in Orlando since I was two years old. My wife and family have been members of Orangewood for almost 11 years. My wife and I both grew up Catholic but gave our lives to Christ in our early 30s. We jumped in with both feet and have been on fire for Jesus ever since. My wife, who has been the director of women’s ministries, now stays home with our four children: Luke, Madison, Noah, and David. As much as I love being a dentist I have many things that fight for my time. I love watching a good movie with the family. I love watching all my kids play sports (and sometimes coach). And last but certainly not least, I love all things Gators.

Freddie Crespo

I was born in Manhattan and moved to California when I was nine. When I was thirteen, my older brother came home with a Bible and presented the Gospel to me. I had never heard it before. I was shocked at what my actual condition under God was, and even more shocked at the cure. I gladly accepted Christ and was on fire for him until reality set in. Until January 17, 1994, at 4:30 am, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake violently awakened me physically and spiritually. I suddenly came to grips with my sin. As I prepared to meet my God at that moment, I cried out for forgiveness. That was the beginning of my return to my first love. Soon after, I met a girl named Deborah, a sweet, genuine, midwestern girl. Deborah and I got married in 1998 and now have four kids: Lindsay, Emily, Kylie, and Jaden. We currently own a Real Estate Company. I now seek to help others and bring the light of the Lord to those who are in darkness as I once was.

Tom Eldredge

I graduated from University of North Florida in Jacksonville, and met my beautiful wife, Janice, a­t my first job out of college. She helpe­d point me to Christ with emails such as­, “If you were to die tonight, are you s­ure you would go to heaven?” We have bee­n married over 27 years, and have two chil­dren: our daughter is married, and our s­on has nearly graduated from college and is living with us again. When we moved to Or­lando for a new job in 2012, we wanted t­o try several churches; we visited Orang­ewood first and fell in love with it, so­ we didn’t try any others. I have been a­n elder and deacon at other PCA churches­ (in Florida and California), and am exc­ited about how God is using Orangewood t­o impact people for His kingdom.

Johnathan Lein

Johnathan and his wife, Amy, moved to central Florida from northern Michigan ten years ago and soon after discovered Orangewood. Johnathan is a former elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He is a licensed clinical social worker, former school principal, coach and guidance counselor, and zoning official. He is the director of medical social work, intake, and counseling at Grace Medical in Orlando. Johnathan and his wife have one son, a daughter-in-law and beautiful granddaughter; as well as three spoiled rescued dogs. He loves the beach, reading, and sports.