• Mark & Angela Dowdy

    Lead Pastor

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    Mark and Angie first met at Midwestern Baptist College in 1992. It was love at first sight... well, at least according to Mark. Fast forward 28 years - they have five children and are living in Florida. In September 2016, Mark and Angie followed the Lord's leading in planting Harbor Life. 

    As they started the church, Mark and Angie knew that God was calling them to place their focus on something that really mattered in life. Reaching people with the Gospel, loving God, and loving people became their passion. In the last 3 and a half years, God has blessed Harbor Life with wonderful church family committed together in lifting the name of Jesus!

  • Brennan Dowdy

    Associate Pastor


    Brennan has served on staff at Harbor Life since May 2017. Upon graduation from college, Brennan moved back to the Bradenton-Sarasota area to serve our middle and high school students. Brennan's favorite part about serving at Harbor Life is the family atmosphere of the church. 

    Brennan moved to the area when he was 15 years old. So, yes, his driving experience is only around crazy Floridians. And yes, he may or may not also be a bad driver. Between accidents, Brennan can be found long-boarding around his cul-de-sac. (Although no one has actually seen him do it or verified his skill level. TBD.)

  • Benjamin & Kelsey Bruce

    Worship Pastor


    Ben and Kelsey joined Harbor Life in March 2017. They have always loved serving in the church. In fact, serving in worship was how the two started dating! Both Ben and Kelsey graduated with their Bachelor's degrees from Southeastern University, and of course they both studied music... Shortly after graduating, Ben joined the Harbor Life staff. 

    Together, Ben and Kelsey oversee all things worship, tech, and media. Ben also serves as an HLY youth leader and leads the youth worship team. Between church and work, you can find them hosting game nights in their home, playing music, or scheduling their next cruise. (They say it's the only way to vacation...)

  • Blake & Maria Dowdy

    Children's Director

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    Blake and Maria joined Harbor Life leadership in May 2018 after Blake graduated from college. The two met as next-door neighbors and were married in the fall of 2018. Together, they lead our HL Kids team in making the Bible come alive for our elementary students.

    Outside of ministry life, Blake and Maria can be found binge-watching Netflix, going out to eat, and spoiling their dog Dexter. Blake was voted the most-likely staff member to succeed.