Our Team

Meet The Bay Point Staff

John Guerre

Lead Pastor

When God called me into the ministry at 10 years old I simply could not fathom that Jesus Christ himself would ask me to spend my life helping him build his church in such a way that the “gates of hell would never defeat it” (Matthew 16:18). Although I didn’t have a clue as to what it all meant, or would mean, I am so glad I embraced it because this has been the greatest adventure and pleasure of my life.

As a lead pastor, my greatest thrill is to see people come to Christ and grow in Christ. I love seeing people respond to God’s Word and becoming stronger in their faith. I love the love of the saints, the challenging questions of the seekers, and especially when people take Jesus Christ as their Lord/Savior – Leader/Forgiver for the very first time.

I truly have more passion and joy for the ministry today than I did when I first started. So come along with us and for God’s glory let’s build a great church together.

Marlene Claspell

Office Manager

Originally from Indiana, Marlene moved to the Venice area in 2010. She became the Office Manager for Bay Point church in November 2017, after serving several years as the Administrative Assistant for Agility Physical Therapy.

Marlene has two children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her warm smile and engaging attitude is truly a blessing to the church. Favorite bible verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: 

faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

Michele Pruyn

Music & Worship Arts Director

Michele and her husband, David, are longtime musicians who have decided to make Nokomis their home after 21 years in the Tampa area. Michele has served in church music ministry full time for 23 years and is a graduate of Stetson University. Her greatest accomplishment is their 18 year -old son, James. LIFE VERSE: PHIL. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Kelly Guerre

Children & Youth Ministry Director

Kelly is a highly energetic and self-motivated individual who has a passion for youth and children’s ministry. She holds a baccalaureate degree from USF and prior to joining our staff taught K-8 at a Christian school in Melbourne. She is looking forward to enhancing and growing a Christ-centered children’s and youth ministry program through community outreach and prayerful guidance from the Holy Spirit.

David Harvey

AV Director & Visitation Minister

David and his wife Barbara have resided in Sarasota County since 1980, and is originally from New York. His Christian walk began at age eight and David feels certain Jesus called him to lead and serve at Bay Point. Being the Father of three children has taught him, among other things, that we are not perfect and that it’s important to have a church family to share, care and pray for one another- just as Jesus intended. Favorite scripture: Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as he have: For He hath said, “I will never leave thee or forsake thee”.

Dan Heim

Facilities Manager

Dan Heim is originally from Cabot, PA.,and moved to the Florida area in 1982. Dan was a construction manager for several years before coming on staff as the Facilities Manager. Dan is a longtime a member of Bay Point church, having worn several leadership hats during that time.

I true family man, Dan and his wife Lorry have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren.