STAFF
Feather Sound Church
Art Dykstra
Lead Pastor

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest of Canada, I formed my ideas about God in a church following legalistic ideology. The emphasis of their ministry appeared to me to be on a stern God who was distant.

After leaving that church in my teen years, I discovered a relationship with Jesus in a wonderful, Gospel-teaching church. However, I continued to struggle, as I was living a lifestyle of compromise between worldly behavior and obedience to God. During that time, the Lord convicted my heart that a "luke-warm, fence-sitting Christian" was in danger of being spat out of his mouth (Rev. 3). 

 

I dedicated my life fully to Christ, and was baptized before leaving home for Trinity Western University that fall. During my college years, I discovered the fullness of the Holy Spirit. My life was forever changed as I began to pursue a committed relationship with my Savior. 

 

In September of 1999, I completed my MBA and moved to Florida to work for a local ministry. I later served as the missions and outreach pastor at Calvary Chapel St. Pete for 14 years.  

 

During my time in ministry, I have helped lead or organize around 150 missions-related trips and numerous local outreaches. In recent years, I have participated in translating the Bible to the Kaqchikel (Guatemalan) and Central Tibetan languages. In 2011, the team renovated a 120-year-old coffee plantation in Guatemala, transforming it into a center for discipleship, children's programs, Bible education and church gatherings. 

During my down time, I love spending time with my wife, Robin, and our boys Jericho and Edison. Being a Canadian/American, I also enjoy playing ice and street hockey.                  

                               

feather sound church
Wes Baird
Administrator &
Kids Coordinator 

I am a second-generation Floridian, and had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. I was always familiar with the Lord, but it was not until I was 11 that I publicly gave my life to Christ. Since then, my walk with God has been an amazing journey that has shaped me into the man I am today.

After feeling called to serve God in the ministry as I finished high school, I attended Clearwater Christian College, and graduated with a BA in pastoral studies in 2012. During my summer breaks, I interned with Pastor Art Dykstra at Calvary Chapel St. Pete. My experiences there shaped how I approach ministry, as well as my spiritual life in general.

 

After graduating from college, I married my beautiful wife, Jamie, who is a source of constant encouragement and blessing in my life.

 

In 2013, I began serving, and eventually joined the staff at Calvary Chapel South Tampa as an administrator and elder. For three and a half years there, I oversaw various ministries, such as the kids', safety, media and greeting ministries.

 

I am greatly passionate about my current job as the kids ministry coordinator at Feather Sound Church. I am excited to watch this ministry grow and continue to be a place that teaches and builds up the next generation of believers. I am also excited to be a part of this family of believers, and my wife and I look forward to raising our family in this community.
 

When not serving at the church, I love spending time with my wife and our two sons, Levi & Declan, and playing disc golf.