The elders of Risen Life Church consider it a great privilege to be able to care for and to lead this church. Below you will find a brief biography for each man. Though not exhaustive, we hope that this list gives you some idea of who we are, of how we are structured, and of who you might turn to with appropriate questions.
Keith serves as our lead pastor. In 2012, Keith graduated from Sovereign Grace Churches Pastors’ College and went on to serve on staff at Kingdom Life Church in Nassau, The Bahamas, and CrossWay Community Church in Crestview, FL. Keith is committed to pursuing the study of God’s Word and using his pastoral and musical gifts to serve the local church. Keith and his wife Kristin graduated from Toccoa Falls Bible College in 1995 and have been married since 1994. They have 3 young adult daughters who all share a passion for serving in the local church. The Buntings reside in Palm Bay, where Keith enjoys planting more trees than his .3 acre lot can accommodate and relaxing in the pool with his family.
Rich was ordained as our second elder in August 2022 and works full-time as a hospice chaplain for Wuesthoff. Rich brings a wealth of ministry experience to the eldership of Risen Life. He and his family relocated to Melbourne in 2017 from Brooklyn, NY, where he had served as a lead pastor for many years. Rich graduated from Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary with a master’s in Old Testament. He loves theology and has a passion for seeing it applied to the lives of God’s people. Rich enjoys sports, especially baseball, and loves spending time with family and friends in fellowship around a good meal. He and his wife Maria have two young-adult children and one daughter still at home.
Youth Ministry Leader
John has been married to Vickie since 2004 and they have 3 children. The Merlinos relocated to Florida from New Jersey in 2017 and are thrilled to be able to serve in youth ministry at RLC. John is passionate about pursuing Christ in his personal life and desires to model that as he leads our teens in the gospel-informed study of God’s word.
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Kelly has been married to her husband, Jeremy, since 2002. They have 4 children and have been members of Risen Life since its inception. Kelly is a homeschooling mom and has a passion to see kids grow in their love and understanding of Jesus.
Keaton joined Risen Life Church staff in June 2022 and enjoys serving in whatever capacity she is able. Growing up in a ministry home, she learned to love serving the local church from a young age and feels right at home, bringing assistance wherever needed. Additionally, she serves by leading worship and is blessed to be a songwriter for Sovereign Grace Music.