Steve and Maxine Carlson have been directors of this chapter since 1999. They have been training and equipping Christians in the North Central Florida Chapter to reach children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and speaking in area churches about the need to minister salvation to the little ones.
It was shortly after they took the lead here, in 2001, that the door opened for Good News Clubs to be held in public schools. The Supreme Court decided in Good News Club v. Milford Central School that schools could not discriminate against speech based on the viewpoint it expresses. Before this decision, Good News Clubs were held in people’s homes, and day care centers, and community rooms and the like. So Steve and Maxine had the honor of opening the first clubs in North Central Florida!