Ross was born and raised on the west coast near Los Angeles CA in the town of Upland. He Received a degree in music performance from California State University Northridge in 1981 and began his music career as a musician for Disneyland in Anaheim CA playing trombone there in a brass quintet. Following an internship at a church in Palo Alto CA in 1994, he was hired as the pastor of Worship and Music for an Evangelical Free Church in Burbank, CA where he served from May of 1996 to December of 2004. In January of 2005 he moved his family from Burbank, CA to his wife Margaret’s home town of Ocala, Fl. where they were privileged to help plant Christ Community Church that same year. He began leading worship as a volunteer and continues today in an expanded capacity as part time staff overseeing music and men’s ministries. Needing to be bi-vocational he also works as an independent insurance agent. He and Margaret have been married for twenty-one years and have five daughters.


Karen Lahr is our Administrative Assistant. Karen has an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science and retired from State Government as a secretary after 35 years of service. Karen acts as liaison for the church by answering incoming calls and trying to help the person or point them in the right direction and greeting and helping those who drop by the church for help or information. She handles incoming/outgoing mail, orders/purchases supplies, makes sign-up sheets, directories, mass mailings for Good News 5-Day Clubs and VBS, etc., Sunday Bulletins and works with Pastor Jim, the Elders, Ministry Directors and Syd, the Financial Director to assure smooth and accurate operations of the church office and church as a whole.

Karen and her husband, Jim, moved to Florida in 2011. After being very active in an EFCA church up North, they joined Christ Community Church and have since become active there.

Karen loves to bake. She and her husband are pet sitters to approximately 25 dogs in their community.


Charlie is our assistant worship leader and tech team leader. Charlie has an associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Broward Community College. His last corporate job was working for Motorola as an engineer in the radio communications business in the Public Safety industry supporting Police and Fire departments throughout Florida. He has been a musician since he was 7 years old and a church worship leader and music director all of his adult life.

Charlie owns and operates Digisonic Productions and promotes national Elvis Presley and Blues Brothers tribute bands that have toured throughout Georgia and Florida. He led a Christian Rock band named Metanoia back in the late 80s and 90s. He now uses his worship leader, recording and live sound engineering skills here at Christ Community Church. He has recently become a writer for Technologies for Worship Magazine. Charlie is married to Virginia Stracuzzi and they both enjoy aviation and flying in their spare time.

Our Directors

Ross Lehman: Men’s Ministry
John Clifton: Missions
George Rowe: Buildings and Grounds
Susan Belshaw: Children’s Ministry

Our Elders

Branko Dimovski
Peter Magnuson
Dave Phelps
George Rowe
Ross Lehman