VENTURE CHURCH
Timothy Neptune

Lead Pastor

Timothy Neptune

Lead Pastor

Tim Neptune is the Lead Pastor at Venture Church. He is a visionary leader and a passionate teacher of God’s Word. With over 25 years of ministry experience, Tim loves seeing the church tangibly impact communities for Christ. Tim is a practical teacher and strategic thinker whose desire is to see Venture Church fully embrace the Great Commission by sharing the Gospel with every man, woman, and child in SW Florida. Tim is also the Founder and President of Leadership Outreach, a non-profit organization whose mission is to train pastors, multiply ministry leaders, revitalize churches and promote church planting as a means of community transformation across the globe. He is married to Karen and has four children and one grandchild.

Fernando Facioli

Missions Pastor

Fernando Facioli

Missions Pastor

Pastor Fernando serves as the Missions Pastor at Venture Church. He also serves as director of the Leadership Outreach Network and an honorary board member of Amazon Vision Ministries. He has devoted much of his ministry career to training church leaders and planting churches. He is driven by his passion for educating and coaching untrained pastors in remote areas unserved by local seminaries. His current work is focused on developing church leaders in Portuguese speaking countries on the African continent and several states in Brazil, especially on the banks of the West Amazon Basin. Fernando was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. He and his wife Priscilla have been married since 2003 and moved to the United States in 2006. They have two children, Samuel and Sarah Facioli.

Roger Felipe

Discipleship Pastor

Roger Felipe

Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Roger serves as Discipleship Pastor overseeing connect groups and community outreach. Roger studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A.) and at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He teaches for various seminaries and provides theological training for Hispanic pastors and leaders in Florida through Leadership Outreach Network. Roger was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. in 1966. He is married to the love of his life, Elaine, and has two daughters, Yesenia and Katherine, and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn. Roger’s greatest passion is to make God known through the sharing of the gospel with unbelievers, and teaching the Bible in order to equip followers of Christ to love and serve the Lord.

Shawn Sprouse

Youth & Family Pastor

Shawn Sprouse

Youth & Family Pastor

Pastor Shawn serves as the Youth and Family Pastor at Venture Church.  He has been ministering to students and families since 2001. Shawn started at Venture Church June 2018 and is excited to work with our children’s ministry team and kids to help them continue to grow in Christ that reaches out to the community. He has a great desire to see children grow strong in Christ and to come alongside of parents and encourage them to disciple their kids and students. His passions also include coming alongside of students building relationships in Christ and helping students become disciples that make disciples in Southwest Florida. He and his wife Lindsey have been married since 2000 and  have 3 children: Taryn, Libby, and Troy.  Shawn enjoys biking, lifting, and hanging out in the Gulf.

Lance Croy

Teaching Pastor

Lance Croy

Teaching Pastor

Born in Michigan, Lance grew up performing in the arts. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Lance has taught theatrical and public speaking techniques at various workshops while residing in New York City. After earning his MBA, he was an adjunct professor at several universities and community colleges teaching business classes while also presenting at conferences. Currently, Lance is completing his PhD, and loves to preach God’s Word at Venture Church.

John McGillicuddy

John McGillicuddy

John McGillicuddy is the director of pastoral care at Venture Church. His primary gift is shepherd teacher with a calling to minister to the needs of God‘s people in their times of sickness, bereavement, and crisis. John prepared for pastoral and educational ministry at Piedmont Bible College and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. He has been leading, preaching, and teaching the Word of God in churches and Christian schools for 46 years. His wife, Frances, and he have seven children, 15 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
Priscilla Facioli

Venture Kids Director

Priscilla Facioli

Venture Kids Director

Priscilla is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and she moved to the United States in the year of 2006. She is married to Fernando since November of 2003, and they have two children, Samuel and Sarah. They love spending time together. She has a passion for children’s ministry and is so grateful to be able to use her skills to work as the Children’s Ministry Director at Venture Church. She has worked as a preschool teacher and has been involved with Children’s Ministry for over 10 years. Working with children has been one of her greatest joy. Children’s ministry provides her a wonderful outlet to love, teach, and invest in the lives of God’s children and their families.

Amanda Seohanes

Worship Director

Amanda Seohanes

Worship Director

Amanda is the Worship Director of Venture. She leads our worship team including musicians and vocalists and contributes in the creative process of the weekend services as well overseeing all the production aspect. Amanda is from Brazil and moved to the US in 2008 to pursue her education in worship music. She is married to Jaime Seohanes and they both moved from Miami to help plant Venture Church in Naples, FL. She loves cooking, movie nights with friends, and writing songs.

Jaime Seohanes

Creative Director

Jaime Seohanes

Creative Director

Jaime is the Creative Director of Venture. He leads the creative aspects of the services and the church branding including graphics, web content, social media, and other elements. He is also involved in the worship & production aspects of the church. He was born in Colombia and moved to Miami, FL at the age 5. In Miami, he received his Bachelors Degree in Management Information Systems from Florida International University and was very involved in worship ministry at Christ Fellowship Miami for 9 years. He met his wife Amanda Seohanes at the church and after getting engaged answered the call to help start Venture Church. After they married, they moved to Naples and became a part of the core launch team at Venture. He has a passion for music recording, smart home technology, and building meaningful relationships.

Stephen Neptune

FOH Audio Engineer

Stephen Neptune

FOH Audio Engineer

Stephen is the Front of House Audio Engineer at Venture. He oversees part of the set up and production process on the weekends. He is working on getting certified in mixing and recording from Berklee School of Music. His hobbies include mixing and recoding audio, working on vehicles, and exploring the great outdoors.

Emily Ream

Worship Intern

Emily Ream

Worship Intern

Emily is the Worship Intern at Venture Church. She got her Bachelor of Music in Songwriting at Liberty University. Originally from Ohio, Emily moved to Florida to assist the Worship Director in planning and executing the worship services and to help Venture as it grows and reaches the community. Her passion is songwriting, creating, and making God’s Word real in people’s lives.

Doug Coen

Marriage Ministry Director

Doug Coen

Marriage Ministry Director

Doug and Kathy Coen have been serving to help marriages since 1977 when Doug accepted Christ during a Marriage Encounter. Since that time, they have led many marriage retreats and seminars as well as counseling/teaching for marriages. Doug currently writes a weekly marriage blog (Marriage Matters) at FindAnswers4Life.org. Doug and Kathy are SYMBIS certified counselors for engaged couples (more information available at SYMBIS.com) and also co-lead DivorceCare in Naples. They arrived in Naples in October 2017 after 40 years in the Chicago area. They have three adult sons and five grandchildren.

Mary Traudt

Treasurer

Mary Traudt

Treasurer

Mary attended Omaha University where she majored in Business and Accounting. Before retiring, Mary served as the Administrative Vice President of the Lozier Corporation and as owner/operator of the Super Bee Orchard in Fort Calhoun, NE. Mary has served many nonprofit organizations as treasurer and comptroller. She resides in Marco Island, FL.

Susan Stiles

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Susan Stiles

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Susan serves as executive assistant and office manager at Venture Church Naples and Leadership Outreach.  For over 25 years she has supported senior leadership in a similar capacity.  She is passionate about customer service, hospitality and process improvement. Her spiritual journey began after hearing the gospel through Young Life in high school.  Her new found faith led her to work at a Christian youth camp, get involved in Campus Crusade studies, and work at the Billy Graham headquarters.  She attended the University of Northwestern in Roseville, Minnesota, and has continued to be involved with the evangelical church. She and her husband, Bob, recently moved to Southwest Florida from the Twin Cities. They have two grown sons. Her other interests include tennis, cooking, watching movies, and having fun with friends.