On October 3rd, Harborside Church will take part in a Elder Election. Members 18+ years of age will cast a digital ballot in support/or not of the elder recommendations. These additions are wonderful men of God. Take a glance at their bios.
Bill Fink grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio in a large family of 7 sisters and 2 brothers. He went to Catholic schools until he attended college in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shortly, after graduating College he moved down to Saint Petersburg Florida. “Although, I knew Jesus in my head, it wasn’t until I moved down to Florida where Jesus moved into my heart. As I lived here and pursued my career, I could see God working in many areas of my life.” It was either through people or through circumstances but God kept drawing me to Him. That spiritual journey led me to Fifth Ave. Baptist church.
It was at this Baptist Church where I served for 15 years as a Deacon, Adult Bible Teacher, Head of H.R., Men’s Ministry Leader, and Youth Leader. “It was during my service to God during these years that I fell in love with God, His Word, and His people. “
Bill moved to the Oldsmar area in 2012 to be closer to his vocation and he started to come to Harborside Christian Church where he felt the love of God and the warmth of the Holy Spirit through the worship music. Bill knew he was drawn to serve and worship God in this place.
Bill is married to Traci Fink and they have 6 wonderful children that God has blessed them with. They have three daughters- Brittani (28), Tessah (19), and Hannah (18)- and three sons- Kyle (26) who is married to Lindsay, Tylor (26) who is married to Lauren, and David (21). All of their children love the Lord and they are either college graduates or currently working on a degree. Bill and Traci enjoy spending family time with their children and they’re excited to become first time grandparents in March as Tylor and Lauren are expecting their first child.
Bill has been involved with many global mission trips through LifeShape ministries that have forever touched his heart, including trips to Kenya, Scotland, Russia, China and Ethiopia. At Harborside, Bill and Traci have been involved with several ministries. Bill leads a Couples’ Adult Connect Group, and they have been involved with various ministries over the years including Project Primavera, the Youth Skate Club, Fireman’s outreach, and others.
When asked about serving as an Elder, Bill’s response was, “I would be humbly, grateful to serve the Lord. I can pray that He can show his love to others through me as I live out my faith. God’s love is amazing and His love needs to shown to everyone in today’s world… now more than ever.”
Alec was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1961, and grew up mostly in Cape Cod, as the youngest of four children. He grew up in a “Christian” home, attending church regularly. When he was ten years old, while watching a Billy Graham Crusade, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, and entered the U.S. Navy afterwards, serving for 7 years. His faith in God was very private throughout those years, as he never really knew anyone with a strong faith. Not until his marriage to his wife Debbie in 1988, did they both begin to seriously pursue a deeper faith in, and relationship with God, while living in the Atlanta area. They lived there for 20 years, while growing up their two children, Nina and Tyler, who both accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior as preteens.
Alec and Debbie moved down to Florida in 2010, following their kids to the Clearwater area, settling in Dunedin. They both knew that they had found a new church home while visiting for the first time Harborside Church, which was their daughter Nina’s and son-in-law Graham’s church home.
Alec has been a pilot for Delta Air Lines for the last 31 years. He served in the men’s ministry at their church in Atlanta, spearheading the Promise Keepers group for many years. He has been in a connect group since moving and joining Harborside, realizing the importance of the small group connections that mimic the ministry that Jesus exemplified in His life. Debbie was involved for 16 years as a group leader in the Mom To Mom Ministry in Atlanta, a Titus 2 ministry. She has volunteered at Harborside in Guest Services, and loves pouring into their 4 grandchildren’s young lives.
Alec & Debbie love being on the water in any form, boating sailing and just enjoying God’s beauty on the ocean. Alec is a lifelong sailor, having studied Ocean Engineering and Marine Biology in college. Debbie has always been an island girl, having been born in Key West.
Alec has been and remains committed to frequent, intentional, focused prayer support of family, including the Harborside Church family, and its ministry. Alec’s desire is to serve the church family in whatever form God wills. Alec just wants to be obedient to His calling, and would be humbled to serve as Elder for Harborside.