Our Story & Our Team About Church Together


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A few years ago, because of some experiences and promptings of the Holy Spirit in his life, Pastor Andy began to ask some questions. What would it look like if there was an agency that was able to pull all the different sectors of society to make our culture better? What would it look like if we were able to pull people from a variety of different sectors of society to work towards a common goal? What would it look like if we could do more than just fill children’s tummies with food, also enlightening them with values that could change the trajectory of their lives? What’s the answer to the deep needs and hurts of many in our community? What if there was a place that was so radically committed to loving people with the unconditional love of Christ that a whole community could be changed? The answer to all of these questions is Jesus and his Church.

Church Together was launched in February 2014 under the name and association of The Venue Church. A year later, as we have started to figure out who we are and what we are doing, we were able to rebrand ourselves around what we believe God is calling us to be. We believe that God is calling us to be together - together in worship, together in prayer, together in relationship and together in mission. As a Church we believe that God wants to walk through life together with us in the same way that, 2000 years ago, when Jesus dreamed of His church He prayed that it would be together. Being together means we value relationships where we can remind each other that He’s our hope, You are loved, and We need each other!


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We believe that Jesus is the only answer to the problems that people, our society and our world are experiencing. Only Jesus can bring the healing and health our lives and world needs. He is our hope. We believe that people matter most. The great commandment and the great commission are all about loving people as God does. Love is best expressed in shared relationship. You are loved. We believe that the church is called to partner together to establish the kingdom of God. There is no one group, agency or church that can fully accomplish all that God wants to accomplish. We need each other.

As a Church we are building a culture that is:

  • Loyal - We’ll be there for you.
  • Supportive - We are balanced, stable and safe for you.
  • Authentic - We will be honest and vulnerable.
  • Encouraging - We will express to you how much you matter to God.
  • Loving - We will compassionately care.
  • Inspiring - We inspire you to become the person that God had in mind when he created you.

The Ministry Team

Andy Searles

Andy Searles - Lead Pastor

Andy was born, raised and educated in the United Kingdom. He married Tracie in 2000 and together they have two fantastic children, Bethany and Jonathan. Andy has significant pastoral and ministry experience, including 15 years at Aloma United Methodist Church in Winter Park. He is an established leader who loves pulling people together around the purposes of God to make a difference in the world. Andy works to enhance the welfare of students in Seminole County where he serves on the Business Advisory Board, the annual “Teacher of the Year” committee and on the leadership team of the “Red Bag Movement”, providing food for students around the county. He is also the Chaplain for Orlando’s Major League Soccer Team, Orlando City, where he helps players become winners off the field as well as on it. Andy is a graduate of Leadership Seminole, where he serves on their Executive Council and leads the annual “Leadership Summit” bringing together some of the county’s most dynamic leaders. He is actively involved in non-profit ministries such as "Christian Help" in Casselberry and serves as a board member for “Sports for the Kids” providing scholarships for children to engage in local sports opportunities. Locally he is on the Light House Team for South Seminole Middle School, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a part of the Casselberry Leaders Forum. He is on the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at his son’s school and the School Advisory Council (SAC) at his daughters. Andy values truth, diligence, integrity, commitment and laughter and yearns for the Kingdom of God to come on earth as it is in heaven. Sacrifice and submission impress him and people of hope and vision energize him.

Tracy Salzer

Tracy Salzer - Administrator

Tracy is married to her husband, Scott, since 1993. They have been blessed with three children; Zachary, James, and Rachael. They moved to Florida in 2002 from Virginia. Tracy has been a stay a home mom for the past 10 years and has served in several administrative positions in women’s and children ministries. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at UCF. Tracy is very excited and looking forward to assisting Church Together as we serve and minister to Casselberry and surrounding communities. If I can be of any assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Tracy@OurChurchTogether.com.

Mike Himes

Mike Himes Worship Leader

Michael has been leading worship for 14 years and is passionate about helping others connect with God through music. Michael leads worship at Church Together, and he is also the band director at Lee Middle School in Orlando. His heart for teaching fits in with Church Together’s mission for ministering to our community. Michael and his wife Heather have been married since 1998. They have 3 wonderful children who are part of our church community.

Brittney Crawford

Brittney Crawford - Director of Children’s Ministries

Brittney Crawford has been married to her husband Paul for since 2009 they have 4 beautiful children, Zoey , Xander,, Zeta and Xaiden age 2. Brittney is a stay at home mom who homeschool's and is a herbalife health coach. She is the second oldest of 8 children and has been working around kids from a young age. Her most recent role was at Good Shepherd United Methodist church in West Palm Beach, working with children and youth.. She is CPR Certified and so excited to be a part of this amazing church and the children's ministry.

Mark Collantes

Mark Collantes - Director of Student's Ministries

Mark Collantes will be marrying his fiancé, Katlyn on June 9, 2017. They are both passionate and believe in the next generation to change the world through the way God has shown His love to them. Katlyn will be graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, eventually a Masters degree in Marriage and Family. She is a full-time Nanny and a high school small group leader. Mark graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelors degree in Sports Management, minor in religion, and concentration in Organizational Leadership. Building relationships with young students and leading them to Jesus has been a strong desire for Mark, since graduating high school from Orlando Christian Prep (O.C.P.). He teaches P.E. and coaches multiple sports at O.C.P. In addition, Mark has been deeply invested at Orlando Baptist Church youth ministry, while serving with Pastor Michael Schmitt. Katlyn and Mark are very excited of how God will mold and use them at Church Together. Ephesians 2:8-10

James Buettner

James Buettner - Technical Director

James has been with us since the very beginning when we launched in February 2014 and is passionate about the way worship is presented and administered to our congregation. In addition to overseeing all of the media and technical aspects coordinated during worship at Church Together, he also serves as the Director of Media Relations at Ascension Lutheran Church in Casselberry, as well as an Editor at Good Life Broadcasting in Lake Mary. If you have any questions regarding the media presented at our worship services, or would like to assist in any sort of technical form, please feel free to contact James at james@ourchurchtogether.com .

Contact a Team Member

Andy Searles - Pastor

Tracy Salzer - Administrator

Mike Himes - Worship Leader

Mark Collantes - Director of Student's Ministries

Brittney Crawford - Director of Children’s Ministries

James Buettner - Technical Director

Bre Talley - Board Treasurer

Tina Benitez - Board Secretary

Doug Prusak - Vice Chairman

Andrew Neal - Board Member

Kathy Rexroad - Board Member

Scott Schmitt - Chairman of the Board


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