Meet Our Staff
Lucas Almeida, Pastor
Lucas was born and raised in Brazil. He came to faith at an early age under his father's preaching. As a teenager Lucas and his family moved to South Florida, where he met his now wife, Indira (Indy). He has served churches in South Florida and Kentucky for the past two decades.
Lucas has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Florida International University and a Master's in Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lucas has a passion for expository preaching. He proclaims Christ and the hope of the gospel in every sermon. Lucas loves his family, people, cooking, and specialty coffee! The Almeidas have a beloved son called Boaz and a baby girl due in April 2022.
Jeffrey Hagans, Music Minister
Jeff calls Alabama his “sweet home,” but when he crossed the state line to study at Florida State University, the Sunshine State became a second home. He began leading music in his teens, but it took a message during a revival service he was co-leading at age 19 for him to understand his personal need for God. He began serving at Central in 2003 with the support of his wife, Eldean, and their three children. Adult choir members often say that Jeff should write a book about the many hilarious misadventures he has experienced throughout his life, which they look forward to hearing during rehearsals.
Aside from exercising his musical gifts at Central, Jeff also sings with the Florida Worship Choir and the Florida Singing Men, comprised of ministers of music, choir and worship team members from around the state. He and Eldean have participated in two international tours with the groups, visiting Australia and Indonesia. His ongoing seminary classes have allowed him to travel to an archeological dig in Egypt and tour parts of the Holy Land, an experience Jeff has said he will never forget.