Pastor Scott Carlson has been serving as the lead pastor of Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church since 2005. Before taking the position of lead pastor, he served with his father, Loyal Carlson, for 16 years as associate pastor and two years as co-pastor. Pastor Scott has been married to his wife Rebecca for 15 years and they have two sons and a daughter. Pastor would love the opportunity to meet you and your family and introduce you to his!
John has a passion for God and for helping young people grow in their faith. He has been serving as the youth director of Elevate at Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church since July of 2019. John graduated from The Baptist College of Florida with a B.A. in Ministry Studies in May of 2020. His life verse is 1 Timothy 1:5, which says, “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.”
Christian has a strong desire to see others grow closer to God through singing, praying, and reading God’s word. He has been serving as the worship leader since June of 2020, and is also leading our Young Adults ministry. Christian graduated from the University of Central Florida with his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2021 and has been married to his wife Jackie since September of 2021.
In July of 1966, Pastor Loyal Carlson and his wife Dixie came to minister to a small country church that would later become Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church. A visionary seeing the need for outreach in the community, Pastor Loyal continued seeing growth in his ministry, and saw the need for Christian education in the community. In 1966, he founded Altamonte Christian School. The school started with kindergarten, with the teachers being Pastor Loyal and his mother, Mabel Carlson. As services grew, so did expansion. In the early 1970's, a new church auditorium was built to accommodate the growing church body of Palm Springs Drive Baptist Church. After nearly 40 years of faithful service to the Lord, Pastor L.W. Carlson retired as Pastor on January 1, 2005.