Pastor Bobby is a West Virginia native who put down roots in Florida after his college years and received Christ into his life at the age of 25. He has been in full-time ministry to his Lord and Savior since 1988. Bobby received his education from Atlantic Baptist College and Seminary in 1997 and has been a Senior Pastor since the year 2000.
Pastor Bobby started Shades of Grace Citywide Church in June of 2002. After 10 years of inner city ministry and growth, he was approached by a sister church in Winter Haven, Heartland Community Church, to double as a mission center in Eloise and an additional campus of Heartland. The Lord blessed the work of God's people, and the Eloise campus went to two services in three years. As Heartland began her work towards building a single, unified campus in downtown Winter Haven, they commissioned Pastor Bobby and the Eloise campus as an independent work in 2015, which was named Thrive Church Ministries.
Thrive Church inherited the campus on Carl Floyd Road as a second campus debt free. Eventually, Thrive Church moved into the Carl Floyd Campus full-time. Today, Thrive is a young church consisting of mission-minded people.
Bobby has been married to his wife and best friend, Yvette, for 30 years as of May 2016. Together, they have three grown children: Joshua, Natalie, and Noah.