A third-generation minister, LaVon Pettis was born and raised in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.  He served as Youth Minister at Central Assembly of God in Panama City. He also served as the Youth Minister, Business Administrator, and School Principal at Jay Assembly of God in Jay, Florida.  LaVon studied with the Berean School of the Bible and Global University, both Assemblies of God distance learning schools, as well as the West Florida Assemblies of God District School of Ministry before receiving his Ordination with the Assemblies of God in June of 2010. He has served as the Lead Pastor of Evangel Worship Center since July 1997. In addition, Pastor LaVon serves as a Chaplain for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Marianna Police Department, and Jackson Hospital. He and his wife, Brenda, have been married 31 years and have two children, Lauren and Chelsey.