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Connecting Students to Christ and Community


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Brown Peterson

Executive Director //

Brown is the Youth Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, FL. He has been working with students in vocational ministry since 2012. He attended his first Southland event in 2018 with his middle school students on a retreat. He instantly loved how the mission and vision is rooted in the Gospel and joined the leadership team shortly thereafter.

If you have any questions about retreats or camps, please contact Brown.

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Brandon Lutz

Administrative Director  //

Brandon works for Thirdmill and is the Partnership Director in Orlando, FL. He served in student ministry for over a decade and wants to continue seeing students connect to Christ & community through Southland so they are ready to lead the next generation of His Church! Brandon attended his first Southland event as a 6th grader in 1997 and joined the leadership team of Southland in 2018. One of the things Brandon loves about Southland is how it creates friendships among students. When they go off to college and transition to their next chapter of life, they can have a friend through Southland to check out RUF or a local church. 

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Brandon. 


David Kelly 

David is the Youth Pastor at New Hope Church in Eustis, FL. and has been connected to Southland since 2001 and joined the team in 2008. His students love Southland and many have made lifelong friends.

What David loves about Southland is the design to connect students to Christ through great preaching and teaching. It also provides a connection to community for his students, not just with each other, but with other churches. He loves the commitment to get Jesus in front of the students and to show them how to enjoy their faith with others.

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Josh Gilman 

Lead Team Member // 

Josh is the Youth Pastor at Redeemer Riverview in Riverview, FL, and has been involved in student ministry since 2012.  Josh attended his first Southland event in 1999 at the Middle School Retreat as a 6th-grade student. He joined the leadership of Southland in 2014. Josh loves that Southland is Christ-centered and gives the blessing of Christian community for leaders and students for life! 

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