Pastors and staff

Our pastors and staff are here to serve you! feel free to send them a email or follow them

on social media. The goal of the Radiant team is to be accessible to you!

  • Aaron and Katie burke

    Lead Pastor

    Aaron Burke first felt God’s call on his life at sixteen years old while on a mission’s trip to Nepal. Here, his eyes were opened to the love of God not only for himself, but also for a hurting world in desperate need of a Savior. 


    After graduating from Southeastern University in 2005, Aaron spent time in Sri Lanka and India: working at orphanages, assisting with tsunami relief efforts, training pastors, and conducting village outreaches. He then settled in Pensacola, Florida, and opened a thrift store to raise funds for foreign missions. In addition, he also served as Student Ministries Pastor for six years, overseeing middle school through college-aged students. During this time, Aaron obtained his Masters in Business Administration. In 2010, he married his wife, Katie, and they now have two beautiful daughters, Lily and Annabelle. 


    At the beginning of 2013, Aaron and Katie took a major step of faith. Feeling the call to plant a church, they moved into South Tampa and started the process of building a team from scratch. The mission was to reach the 87% of Tampa that is completely unchurched. After months of recruiting, praying, and strategizing, Radiant Church was officially launched on September 15, 2013 with 348 people in attendance. 


    Aaron and Katie have been living their dream ever since. They are continually amazed how God has used this local church to display the love of Jesus, develop disciples, and help people discover their God given purpose. They firmly believe that the best is yet to come for Radiant Church and Tampa Bay! 


    Katie Burke currently serves as the Care Director of Radiant Church. Using her degrees in Psychology and Nursing, she leads our focus on caring for those in need who are part of the Radiant family.


    You can connect with Aaron and Katie Burke personally through email and through social media. 


    Aaron Burke

    Email:  aburke@radianttampa.org

    Facebook: /pastoraaronburke

    Twitter: @aaronrburke

  • Doug Ley

    Associate pastor - Radiant leadership academy

    Doug came to know the Lord Jesus in a radical way on July 7, 1980. In 1986 a man challenged Doug to go all in for Jesus and he’s been walking the dynamic Christian life ever since.


    Called to ministry in 1988, he pursued further studies, earning a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Doug has held pastoral positions in churches in Ohio and was a missionary and professor for 12 years in the Middle East. He is currently an adjunct professor and president of Serving Beyond Borders, a ministry whose focus is “serving those who serve.” But his overarching passion and goal at all times has been to make disciples who make disciples.


    He and his wife Paula have been married 34 years and have always served as a ministry team. They are the parents of 4 adult children who all live radically for Jesus, and 12 grandchildren who by God’s grace, will grow to be the next generation of disciples.


    Doug and Paula joined Radiant in 2014 and could not be more excited to serve this growing and vibrant community.


    Email: dley@radianttampa.org

  • Bobby Sasser

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR-South tampa campus pastor

    Bobby was born and raised in Pensacola, Fl. After coming to faith in Jesus as a teenager, he jumped into community at his local church. Upon feeling a strong call to pastoral ministry he completed ministry training and an internship


    After his internship, Bobby married his beautiful wife Cat. Together they have served as youth pastors at a church plant in Tennessee and Campus Pastors at a multi site church in Gainesville, Fl.


    They are happily married with two amazing sons, Ezra and Elijah, and are both very excited about serving Radiant Church and the city of Tampa.


    Email: bsasser@radianttampa.org

  • Ryan Jennings

    Associate Pastor-Downtown campus pastor

    Ryan is a native Floridian, and until recently, an active duty Air Force member, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. Ryan was brought up in a Christian home and gave his life to God at a young age. Throughout his time in the Air Force Ryan has gotten involved in churches wherever he has been stationed, primarily working with High School students. He and his family began coming to Radiant in April of 2014. Ryan has been over Growth Track since January 2015  and really has a desire to see people get to know more about the church, as well as give them an opportunity to become a part of our amazing Dream Team! Ryan also oversees our small groups, which we call Radiant Groups, and is passionate about people's lives being changed in the context of relationships.


    Ryan has been happily married to Stephanie since 2004, and they have three children: Alex, Bo, and Carmen.


    Email: rjennings@radianttampa.org

  • Paula Ley

    Women's Pastor-Radiant Groups

    Paula came to know Jesus as her Savior in 1980. The Lord started her on her journey of ministry and she has continued down this path for over 30 years. She has discipled and led woman and various ministries on 4 continents, in large and small churches and para-church organizations.


    Walking alongside her husband of 34 years in pastoral ministry and as cross-cultural workers in the Middle East, Paula's passion of being a disciple-maker and helping woman walk well with Jesus throughout their changing seasons of life continues to be her heart's passion.


    Paula holds a Bachelors of Theology from the Jordan Evangelical Seminary (Amman, Jordan). She considers her greatest accomplishment her family... which brings her incredible joy. Paula is thrilled to be walking alongside woman in the growing ministry of Radiant Woman and in connecting people by into community by leading Radiant Groups!


    Email: pley@radianttampa.org

  • David SteelE

    worship pastor

    David Steele has spent most his life being involved in ministry and leading worship. He was born and raised in a pastor's home in the panhandle of Florida and was saved and called to ministry at an early age. He started playing drums and piano at the age of seven and got his start leading worship for his parent's church in Pensacola, FL. 


    In 2012 he began leading worship at Brownsville Assembly of God and was an intern under Pastor Aaron Burke. He moved down to Lakeland, FL in August of 2013 to start his degree at Southeastern University and to help be apart of the launch team of Radiant Church. He currently is working on his Bachelors of Pastoral Ministries. His heart is for the local church and is passionate about seeing people experience God through the power of music and the expression of worship.


    Email; dsteele@radianttampa.org

    Twitter: @davidhssteele

  • Jim ferguson

    Young Adults pastor

    Originally from Western Maryland, Jim was raised in a Christ centered home and felt called into ministry at a young age, but fell away from the Lord during his teenage/college years. After realizing how lost he was without Christ, he rededicated his life to Christ and pursued the calling the Lord had for him.


    Jim was the middle school pastor at his hometown church, Central Assembly of God in Cumberland, MD for a year. He then moved to Ebony, VA where he became the associate and youth pastor of Lake Gaston Christian Life Centre. He faithfully served there for three years and saw numerous students come to know Christ. There are multiple students who are now in full time ministry because of his ministry. 


    Jim graduated from Southeastern University in May 2013 with a degree in Practical Theology. His desire is to attend graduate school and pursue a Masters in Divinity. 


    After graduating, Jim moved to Tampa and became a member of the Radiant Church launch team. Soon after moving, he met Leanna. They were married in May 2015. They both serve our young adults and have a passion to shepherd young adults and help them become who God has called them to be!


    Email: jferguson@radianttampa.org

  • Katie Burke

    Care ministry director

    The defining thing in Katie’s life has always been Jesus. He swept her off her feet at an early age, and through every season of her life- good and bad, He has been by her side. 


    After college, Katie spent some time in the social work field as a Case Manager, and then went back to school in 2008 to become a Registered Nurse. In whatever shape or form, Katie has always felt called to love those who are hurting. In 2010, Katie received one of the best gifts when she married her best friend, Aaron. 


    They now have 3 beautiful children, Lily, Annabelle, and Malakai. In 2013, Katie experienced one of the greatest, faith inspiring adventures when she helped her husband launch Radiant Church and is now so excited to be loving people through the Care Ministry at Radiant.


    Email: kburke@radianttampa.org

  • John and sarah Bothe

    Youth Directors

    John was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and gave his life to Jesus in 2009. He almost immediately felt a strong call into ministry. After graduating high school, he left Texas to study Church Ministry at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Sarah was born in New Jersey and raised in Pennsylvania. She was a church staff person’s daughter who gave her life to Jesus during her youth group years. Sarah went to Southeastern University to study math, but God had other plans. After fighting for many years, she gave in to the calling God was placing on her life and dove all in to walking out His plan. John graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Church Ministry in 2015 and Sarah graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Practical Ministries in 2016.


    It was during their years here that John and Sarah met each other. 

    They got married in August 2016 and spent time as Youth Directors at a church in Sarasota. John and Sarah both have a passion for seeing young men and women move from where they are to where God’s called them to be. They both believe the local church to be a place to find purpose in Jesus and find freedom through serving Him. They are both now beyond excited to be serving at Radiant and getting the chance to love the people of Tampa! 

    John- jbothe@radianttampa.org

    Sarah- sbothe@radianttampa.org

  • Michelle martin

    Admin Director

    Michelle Martin was brought up in a Christian family and decided as a young girl to give her life to Jesus. At eighteen, she was at a youth conference when God impressed upon her heart to devote her life to ministry. Following this, she served in both middle and high school ministries and later became Assistant Director at a church daycare in Pensacola, Florida. In January 2014, she moved to Tampa to become part of Radiant Church. Her heart and passion is seeing people, both old and young, come to know Jesus and the entire family unit grow together in the Lord. 


    Email: mmartin@radianttampa.org

    Facebook: Michellemartin

  • Susanna steele


    south tampa dream team director/Growth Track director

    Susanna grew up in a pastors home, but it wasn't until her high school years that she truly came to know Christ for herself. Upon that, she did multiple internships within the church, where in 2012 she felt a strong call into ministry. Since then she has devoted her time to fulfilling that calling by serving in the local church wherever the need has been. 


    Moving to Tampa in 2015, she immediately jumped on board with the vision at Radiant. She has been serving faithfully since; Directing Growth Track, leading small groups, and working with kids. Susanna's heart is for seeing people come to know Christ, and she is passionate about getting them connected here at Radiant.


    Email: SSteele@radianttampa.org

  • AUBI MARTINEZ

    Radiant downtown Dream Team DIRECTOR

    Aubi was born and raised in Tampa Bay, where she grew up in a Christ-centered home. After giving her life to the Lord at a young age, she became passionate about telling others the good news of Jesus. 


    In 2007, Aubi earned her BBA in Marketing from Abilene Christian University, where she met her husband T.A. They were married that year and now have three God-fearing kids: Hunter, Johnston, & Gideon. Together they are passionate about training their children to serve the Lord wholeheartedly, in whatever capacity He calls them to. 


    Upon the encouragement of mentors, T.A. and Aubi began serving in 2011 at Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, and helped launch their Gastonia campus. In 2013, T.A. and Aubi heavily felt the Lord's call to reach the city of South Tampa for Christ, so they moved back home and were thrilled to find Radiant Church was reaching this city the way they had envisioned. They are beyond excited to be a part of Radiant, reaching the lost of this city and calling out people's potential the way their mentors did, encouraging them to walk in the fullness of their life with Christ. 


    Email: amartinez@radianttampa.org

  • Ricky DeLaRosa

    Director of facilities

    Ricky’s long career started at age seventeen as a Events DJ. He has a BA in Criminal Justice, with an over thirty-five year career in Security and Law Enforcement. His varied experiences as a Deputy Director of Special Events for New York City, a freelancer in Production Management, Tour Operations and Logistics led him to 'literally' run off with a Circus tour as Operations Manger for the last ten years. Now retired. 


    Ricky has been with Radiant since March of 2015, and immediately became involved in the production Dream Team, helping operate our sound and lights for worship. He met is bride Ilma here at Radiant, and was married by Pastor Burke. 


    He is so excited to be part of the Radiant Staff, working towards making your worship experience a great one in Christ!

     

    Email: RDeLaRosa@radianttampa.org