STAFF

Staff Members

Jason Williams

Lead Pastor

Jason and Emily have been married for 14 years. They have four children, Adalee, the oldest is 13, Brantley, the only boy he is 11, Cyris Leigh is 8, and Daeyln Grace is 5. 

The verse God has used in the last few months as Jason and Emily have prayed for God’s direction is, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses according to the riches of His grace, which he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” Ephesians 1:7-10

My heart for 5 Bridges Church is that we can be a community of believers who submit ourselves to the authority of scripture and give our lives away for the gospel of Jesus Christ! To be a place where people find deep, biblical community and, by the grace and mercy of God, invest their lives and gifts to see one another be daily transformed into the image of Christ.

Tyler Helms

Associate / Community Pastor

Tyler has recently rejoined the 5 Bridges Church staff for his second time! Tyler has served churches in North Georgia and Florida in various positions. He has served most recently in Fl as a Next Generation Pastor where he gave oversight and direction to all ministries birth-college as well as interim pastor. He accepted his call to ministry in 2013 and has been serving in ministry since. After completing his degree from Leavell College at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary he was ordained into the pastoral ministry in 2019.

Chad Winder

Worship Pastor

Chad is the Worship Pastor  at 5 Bridges Church. Chad and Natalie grew up in Pennsylvania and both hold degrees in music from Cedarville University. Chad is graduating in May with a Master of Arts in Worship leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chad and Natalie have four blessings: Brayden, Marlee, Kai, and Caedmon. They are all happy to be a part of the 5 Bridges Church family and look forward to many years of serving in this place!

Rod Thornton

Student Pastor

Rod Thornton serves as Student Pastor here at 5 Bridges Church. He has a passion for teaching the Scriptures and leading others into a deeper love and understanding of God’s word. He and his wife Herrika have 4 children: Brycen, Carson, Edward, and Henley. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida State University before being called into ministry. He has since earned a Master’s of Divinity from Liberty University and was ordained into gospel ministry in 2019.

TJ Kollar

Discipleship Pastor

TJ came to faith in Christ in 1987 and has been serving in pastoral ministry ever since. He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity majoring in Biblical Languages. Over his years of ministry, he has served in the capacity of Student Pastor, Lead Pastor, and presently as Discipleship Pastor at 5 Bridges Church. TJ’s greatest ministry passions are preaching, teaching, discipleship, and mentoring. His favorite passages that have shaped his ministry are Isaiah 40:8, Titus 2: 6-8, 2 Timothy 2:15, and 1 Thessalonians 2:8.

TJ married the love of his life, Laurie, in 1987. They have 4 married daughters Lauren & Jason, Lindsey & Nate, Leigh Ann & Travis, and Lydia & Dalton. Additional, they have 4 grandchildren- 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson. TJ and Laurie love spending time with family, relaxing on the beach, hiking in the mountains, and traveling.

Roberta Bernhardt

Ministry Assistant to Pastor

Roberta comes to 5 Bridges with six years experience with Woodstock PCB as an Administrative Manager.  Prior to retiring, she worked in and around the hospitality industry using her skills in operations, management, and sales.

After growing up in Detroit, Roberta freely gave up her snow shovel and headed south. For the next thirty years she called Atlanta, GA home. In 1985 she discovered the beautiful gulf coast beaches in Panama City Beach and moved here permanently in 2014.

Roberta finds joy with family, friends, and her 5 Bridges faith family.

Emily Williams

Kids Coordinator

Emily has been involved in ministry from a young age, ever since her years of attending her home church, Victory Baptist Church, in North Augusta, SC. To her, serving in her church was an important part of growing up. Now, being married to our Lead Pastor has continually provided many opportunities to do ministry. In particular, having four kids has led to a desire to make an impact for God’s glory within our 5 Bridge Kid ministry. Emily’s desire is to show our kids how awesome Jesus is and how awesome they can be when Jesus is first in their lives.

Lydia Kollar

Creative Arts Ministry Associate

As the Creative Arts Ministry Associate here at 5 Bridges Church, Lydia is actively involved in the worship ministry as well as marketing, branding, and maintaining social media platforms. Through her role in worship and communications, she seeks to engage in every aspect of the 5 Bridges’ mission statement- to worship God, cultivate community, and engage the world for the glory of God. While working at 5 Bridges, she is also in the process of completing her Undergraduate degree in Church Ministry with an emphasis in Worship Studies. Lydia thoroughly enjoys the opportunity the Lord has given her to work in this ministry and looks forward to seeing how God will use 5 Bridges to impact the local and global church.

Trey Ethridge

Operations Pastor

Trey joined 5 Bridges by way of Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN where he previously served two incredibly healthy churches as Student Pastor and Campus Pastor, respectively. He has a Bachelor’s in Christian Leadership from Boyce College and a Master’s in Christian Education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He desires to see hope restored in the church, the community, and the world through life transforming relationships with Jesus. His biggest ministry heartbeat is equipping parents to win at home by modeling what it means to be faithful disciple-makers of their kids towards Jesus. He has been married to Hailey since 2013 and they have one son (Barrett) and one daughter (Owen). His desire at 5 Bridges is to serve faithfully in a way that honors God, encourages his lead pastor, our staff, and their families, and to see peoples’ lives be rescued and transferred in relationship with Jesus. Outside of soaking up time with his family, he loves to fly and play bad golf.

Abby Johnson

Kids Leader

Abby has been a Panama City resident her whole life and has a desire to see the local church reach this community with the gospel. She graduated from the Baptist College of Florida with a Bachelors in Christian Education and Leadership. Her joy is in sharing the gospel with children, helping children establish a solid foundation on the Word of God, and equipping the families of 5bridges to disciple their children.

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