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Senior Pastor

randy-karen Randy and Karen Helms have pastored Glad Tidings since January, 1995. Dr. Helms has over 40 years of full-time pastoral experience. He graduated from Southeastern University and holds a Master’s Degree in Church Leadership as well as a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren: Joshua, married to Lindsey – proud parents of Jacob Michael, born May 31, 2008 and Everley Marie born August 26, 2012 . Jeremy, married to Autumn – proud parents of Jeremy Cole, born November 8, 2010 and Ryder Jamison born June 27, 2014. Jonathan, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, holds a Master of Arts Degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and is a Student Adviser at St. Petersburg College.

Dr. Helms began his ministry at Moffat Road A/G in Mobile, Alabama. While attending Southeastern College in Lakeland, he became the youth pastor at Carpenter’s Home Church and ministered there for six years. He also served as an associate pastor at Cathedral of the Cross in his hometown, Birmingham, Alabama for three years. He felt the Lord calling him to pastor and he moved his family to West Memphis, Arkansas where they pastored First Assembly of God before accepting the pastorate at Glad Tidings. Dr. Helms has ministered in over 50 countries, is the co-author of the book “Connecting Points” and most recently authored “The Joy of Connecting.”