Our Staff

  • Henry Link

    LEAD Pastor

    Pastor Henry and his family arrived at The Church On The Hill in 2021 from central Alabama where he served on staff of a church for eight years as Family and Discipleship Pastor and then Lead Teaching Pastor. He has a passion for preaching the Word, making disciples, and shepherding the flock of God. His aim in life is "to proclaim Jesus to everyone, everywhere, every day."


    Born and raised in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, Henry grew up going to church and hearing the stories of Jesus. But it wasn't until he was 15 years old that his eyes were opened to the truth of the Gospel and his heart was awakened to life through faith in Christ. He was called to ministry his senior year in high school and has served in ministry for almost 20 years including time with Life Action Ministries as well as serving the local church in pastoral ministry. Henry earned his Bachelor of Science in Religion with an emphasis in Christian ministry from Liberty University and is in the final steps of the Advanced Master of Divinity program through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    While serving and traveling with Life Action Ministries, Henry met his wife, Kayla who also traveled with them in children's ministry, and they were married in July of 2006. Kayla is a stay-at-home mom as they homeschool their daughter and son, Kherington and Hudson. They love to go to the beach and watch superhero movies together as a family.


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  • Kyle Kilpatrick

    Student Pastor

    Kyle Kilpatrick is the Student Pastor here at The Church on the Hill. He grew up in Polk County, Florida, and he currently lives in Lake Wales, Florida. Kyle graduated from The Baptist College of Florida in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Missions. During his time at BCF, he was a youth pastor at a small church in Graceville, Florida, and completed an internship in the chaplaincy department of Graceville Correctional Facility.


    Kyle was called into ministry in July of 2013, and preached his first sermon when he was 18 years old in Auburndale, Florida. He has a burning desire for the gospel of Jesus Christ which collides with his burden for the lost. Some of his biggest influences in modern history are Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, R.C. Sproul, and John Piper. He is always looking for opportunities to share the gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ.


    Kyle has been married to Emily since June of 2017 and she is a major help in our youth ministry. Kyle enjoys spending time with his family and watching and playing most sports, with the exception of basketball. He is a loyal Florida Gators football fan and becomes very "passionate" during their games. In his spare time he likes to travel to new places, workout, go to the beach, and give theological lectures to his wife, unsolicited of course.


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  • JEREMY Shick

    Worship Leader

    Jeremy Shick is the Worship Leader at The Church on the Hill. He moved to Lake Wales from PA when he was in first grade and has lived here ever since (minus time away in college). He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. Jeremy began leading worship here at TCOTH in January 2022.


    Even at a young age, Jeremy was serving in the local church and volunteering for worship teams. From drums, to bass guitar, to acoustic guitar and singing, he has volunteered in many teams. Around 2004, he felt the calling to one day lead believers in worship and began doing so a few years later in 2007. For 10+ years, Jeremy has been leading worship at various churches in the Lake Wales area. He has a tremendous desire to see The Church engage in true, authentic worship as he believes one of the greatest joys we have as believers in Christ is to lift our praises to the One who created us and is worthy of our praise.


    Jeremy has been married to Lindsey since 2014 and they have 2 amazing children. Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and practically anything outdoors (with short breaks in air conditioning… of course). Lindsey is a “semi-retired” school teacher and is blessed to be a stay-at-home mom as she homeschools Everett and Ruby.


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  • Katie Sheffield

    Children's minister

    Katie Sheffield is our Children’s Minister at TCOTH.  She is an Army Brat who has lived all over the United States starting in the Pacific Northwest and slowly working her way East and South with stops in Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Miami.  She has a degree in Music Education from FSU with a focus on Instrumental Education.  She can play almost any instrument (to varying degrees) but says that the strange ones are the best.  She has taught music to all grade levels, from band to middle and high school students, and General Music to elementary students.  Elementary students are where her heart lies and has spent the last five years of her teaching career with these students.  


    Her calling became more specific after reading the book “Mama Bear Apologetics” by Hillary Morgan Ferrer.  It showed her just how much our children are exposed to and how early.  As such, her passion has become to equip children and their parents with the tools to defend their faith and question the societal norms that are forced on them.  


    Katie and her husband Cory were married in The Church on the Hill in 2018.  Both being self-confessed nerds, they enjoy computer games, movies and theological or historical conversations.  Cory is a Polk County native and serves the church anywhere his IT knowledge is useful.  Both have been saved from a young age and see the value in equipping our children with sound doctrine.  Neither is a fan of the beach, but in the trees with a hammock is where they are the most relaxed.  


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  • Wendy Pelland

    Administrative assistant

    Wendy Pelland has been attending TCOTH since 2008. Her husband, Eric, and She were married in January of 2010 at TCOTH and were both baptized into membership together that same year. In February of 2018, Wendy joined the TCOTH staff as the Administrative Assistant where she serves in so many capacities; from answering the phones, coordinating the church calendar, and being the first smiling face you meet in the office! She also serves as our Reflections of Grace coordinator, our primary outreach and serve ministry for those in need out in our community!

    Wendy loves Jesus and her family. She is the mother of two boys, James (18) and Matthew (11), who keep her smiling and laughing. Wendy doesn't meet a stranger and you will find her striking up a conversation with people you would have thought she had known for years. Wendy and Eric have both been served on Short-term mission trips to Guatemala. I was on these trips were Wendy gained a love and passion for Christian Missions! In her free time you will find her spending much of her time with her family out enjoying God's creation through activities such as hunting and fishing. Oh... and her favorite color is purple!

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  • NANCY CRAWFORD

    ACCOUNTING MANAGER

    Nancy has served as the TCOTH's Accounting Manager since 2020 but has been working as a church bookkeeper since 2006. Originally from Pennsylvania, Nancy's family moved to Polk County in 1977 and she has lived here ever since. She has an Associate of Science degree in Accounting as well as her Associate of Arts in Computer Information Sciences. She has a deep love for Jesus and her attention to detail and and love for the Church drives her to help us fulfill God's mission with excellence and the utmost financial integrity.


    Nancy has been a member of TCOTH since 2004 and she was baptized here in 2005. Her and her husband, John have been married since November 23, 1990. They have three daughters and a son, along with six grandchildren that they absolutely love spending time with!


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