The founding Pastor of Friendship Grace Brethren Church is Dr. Rich Schnieders. Dr. Schnieders holds a Ph.D. in Christian Philosophy & Apologetics, a Theology Masters and a Bachelor of Biblical Studies. Pastor Rich is a retired Deputy Sheriff having served the citizens of Lee county for 27 years in the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, retiring as a Major in 2011. Pastor Rich served for many years in a bi-vocational role as both a Pastor and Deputy Sheriff. Linda, Pastor Rich’s wife, serves as Church Secretary and Bible teacher for the ladies. Their daughter Kaitlyn & Son in Law Brian are both active at Friendship GBC working in our technical ministries and working with children and youth.
Mr. Chuck Hambling is one of the founding Elders of Friendship GBC. Chuck and His wife Elaine have been part of Friendship GBC since the very beginning being members of the founding core group. Chuck & Elaine have four children, all living in the area and 7 grandchildren. Chuck has been a local businessman for more than 30 years owning and managing a variety of local retail enterprises.
Mr. Butch Goble is our newest Lay Elder. Butch and his wife Michelle have been members of Friendship GBC for many years. They have two daughters living outside of the area and two grandchildren along with one daughter in Ft Myers. Butch is a Florida High School Athletics Association game official and has been inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame, a rarity for officials. Michelle also participates in officiating in some spots.by