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(813) 331-3223


705 9th St. SE
Ruskin, FL 33570

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Our Leadership


Our Leadership

Matt & Alissa Syrus: Executive Pastor


Matt is a native of Indiana, where he met the love of his life and high school sweet heart, Alissa. Together they have three beautiful kids: Landen, Naomi and Elijah. He and his wife have over 10 years of full time ministry at several mega churches and countless years of experience serving together at various churches/ministries before getting married and going into full time ministry. They are very much a package deal and do ministry together.

Matt was called into ministry at the age of 15 and has been pursing ministry since. His secular & church experience makes him a utility player on any team that he's on. He holds an Associate and Bachelors degree from Purdue University in Construction Engineering Management and Organization Leadership & Supervision; as well as a Minor in Human Resource Management. 

His greatest passions in life are his wife and kids, seeing people meet Jesus and to be outside in the Great Outdoors. He loves to fish, spear fish, hunt, camp, go to the beach, play basketball…pretty much anything that involves being outside!


Karen Brooks: spiritual Development Director


Karen has been married to Paul for 38 years and they have two grown children, Bryan, 35 years old, and Kari, 34.  Their greatest joy has been to serve the Lord together and experience the faithfulness of God in their lives, marriage, family and ministry.

Karen served in one of Wellspring’s outreach ministries, LifeCare Network, for 22 years and was the Director for 10 of those years. She humbly states, “I don’t have the words to express what this ministry journey has meant to me as I have grown stronger in my faith, become more like Christ in loving and serving others, and have experienced the mighty hand of God at work in saving and changing lives!”

The Lord began stirring Karen’s heart in 2015 that a transition and new season of ministry was coming. Through much prayer and confirmation, God made it very clear that He was calling her  to become Wellspring’s Spiritual Development Director.  She feels humbled and honored to serve the Lord by loving and serving the people of Wellspring.  Her heart’s desire and passion is to lead people to Jesus and intentionally make healthy disciples and followers of Christ.


Alejo & Tara Buitrago: Worship Arts director


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Alejo was born in Pereira, Colombia where he lived until the age of 14. He moved to the Tampa Bay Area for educational purposes in 2006. He graduated from East Bay High School and is currently in his last year for his BA in Business Administration at the University of South Florida. Alejo encountered God and was radically saved in 2012. Shortly after, he served as the worship leader for Vessels Youth at CCH in Brandon, FL. During his time at CCH he also served as the worship leader for the young adults group Kingdom Culture. Kingdom Culture was focused on evangelism and homeless ministry. In 2014, KC released a documentary called City Upside Down in Tampa's Centro Asturiano Hispano theater compiling all of their evangelistic endeavors. After his time with KC and CCH he served in the Crossing Church worship team until he was led by the lord to serve at Wellspring Community Church in 2015. His Passion is to see God's people set free in order to adore their creator shamelessly and sincerely.






Ashley Sorrells was born in a small town near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She grew up attending First Baptist Church in Choctaw, where she was active in the children's and youth group. It was through those experiences that she developed a heart to serve and reach others with the love of Christ. She married her husband Joey in November of 2007. They have two daughters, their oldest Hallie and younger daughter Makenzie. They both share a passion for people and have both served in ministries in Oklahoma and Florida including worship, children's ministry, youth ministry and leading community groups. 




joE & Stephanie Ruggiero: student director

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Joe Ruggiero was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in the Ruskin area for 18 years. He grew up in the church, yet his faith did not become his own until 2008. He encountered God personally after a tragedy that sent his life into a spiral. 

During the years of High school he became deeply involved in his youth ministry as leadership at The Life Church in Riverview Florida. The Lord led Him to move to Bradenton, Florida to attended Bayside College of Ministry based out of Bayside Community Church. While at Bayside College, he taught classes, personally led teams of young adults through events, outreach, leadership trainings and missions trips all the while being heavily involved in the Next Generation Ministry. He graduated with His Bachelors in Ministerial Leadership in 2016. He felt the leading to join the Church in August 2016. His Passion is to see people encounter the reckless Love of the Father personally, that they may have an authentic relationship to be a Leader and Model in their own world.

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Eric & Mary Douglass: Care Director


Eric and Mary Douglass are from Baltimore, Maryland. They have known each other for more than 60 years and have been married for more than 38 years. They have 6 children of their own and are mother and father to hosts of others that call them Mom and Dad. The Douglasses have done Christian ministry for more than 30 years together, counseling hundreds of people from many faiths and denominations. Eric is an accomplished and ordained pastor and teacher. Eric is a veteran of the US Army and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. For his theological training, he attended Wesley Theological Seminary and The Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary. Eric has an advanced degree in management and biomedical engineering. Mary is a retired teacher who is ABD doctorate in education and was trained in church administration by one of the AME Church’s best. Eric and Mary love the Lord and each other and seek to bring joy to all God’s creation. They love Wellspring and are absolutely committed to her vision and future place in the Kingdom of God.



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Tim & Julie Hall: wellspring Kids Director


Tim Hall, a native Floridian, recently celebrated his 20 year anniversary of marriage to Julie Hall. They have 3 children, Trinity, Alexis and Jacobe, who serve alongside their parents, as a family.

Their love for children led Tim and Julie to children's ministry, where they've served in many different capacities over the past 7 years. They have a passion for children, even leading a neighborhood ministry out of their garage. Their goal is to reach children and their families  by sharing God's Love.

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Megan Millar: preschool Director


Megan Millar was born in Miami, FL and lived there until the age of 12. She moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2011 for family purposes. She graduated from Ruskin Christian School and is currently working on her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Southeastern University.

She grew up in the church and actively served in her youth group, missions team, and kids ministry. It was not until she graduated high school that she felt the Lord calling her to use her life story to not only change lives for Christ, but also to help hurting people.

Her passion is her family, writing, and helping to brighten the lives of others with the love of Christ. She loves leading in our Wellspring Kids Ministry, aspires to impact lives, and to bring joy to everyone she meets.

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Preston Eaves: Technical Director