Rev. Engelhardt was appointed to Cape Coral First in March of 2017. He is a native of Fort Myers, FL. He grew up in the church and was blessed with loving Christian parents who modeled faithfulness to Jesus Christ. In the spring of 1974, Chuck asked Jesus into his life and became a Christian. In December 1974 Chuck sensed God was calling him into full time Christian service as a vocation. By the time he graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1978, Pastor Chuck believed God was calling him to serve in a full time way in the church. He attended Asbury College where he majored in Bible and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Following college he received a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1985 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky.

Charles "Chuck" Engelhardt



Bonnie Knapp

Director of Operations and Finance

Brad Dobson

Director of Worship Arts

Brad joined our staff in April of 2015. He is a North Carolina native and has lived in the mountains, piedmont and coastal plains of NC. He started singing and playing instruments, in church and school, at a very young age. He met his wife, Angel, at East Carolina University where they both studied music. In Brad's 16 years in ministry, he has served at Methodist, Disciples of Christ and Episcopal churches. He is a graduate of the 10,000 Fathers Worship School (2016). His family loves visiting Disney World and Universal Studios.


Dennis Ball

Pastor of Connecting Ministries

Dennis serves as the pastor of connecting ministries for Cape Coral First. He is married to Lauramae. They met in college at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. They have three daughters living in Florida. He was a Baptist pastor in Texas, Missouri, and Maryland for 20 years. He also served as an U.S. Army chaplain with the Missouri National Guard, Army Reserves, and on active duty for a total of 20 years.


Lauramae Ball

Choir Director

Lauramae is a new Floridian who hails from the state of MO. She is a minister’s daughter who has been involved in music for most of her life, both in the church and in the secular world. She has taught music at all grade levels in the public schools, directed choirs in every church of which she has been a member (including a German-American choir while living in Germany), and taught piano privately for over 30 years. Many people move to Florida to enjoy the warm climate, which is a good reason for sure. Lauramae and her husband Dennis, however, have moved here primarily to be close to their three daughters and six grandchildren. She is looking forward to working not only with the choir but with the entire worship arts personnel in their commmitment to use arts as a tool for meaningful worship each Sunday.




Children's Ministry Coordinator

Michelle Grant

Financial Secretary

Originally from New York, Michelle relocated to Maryland with her job and lived there for 26 years. While there Michelle spent most of her 29 year career as a financial analyst for a credit card processing company. She retired from that job in 2013 and moved on a boat, full time, with her husband, Brad. In 2015 Michelle and Brad relocated to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and a couple of months ago relocated to Florida, where they bought a condo and a smaller boat. Michelle says they are very happy here. Between the two of them they have 6 children (all grown) and 7 grandchildren. They love boating, sports, pickleball, exercising and going on motorcycle trips


Mary Richardson

Preschool Director

Mary is originally from Worcester, Vermont-a very small town in the snow belt. She moved to Sanibel in 1988 to get away from snow after living in Juneau, Alaska, New Hampshire and Boston. Her entire life has been about preschool aged children and she loves working with them on a daily basis. She considers them one of God’s best gifts. Mary always had a dream to start a new preschool and that came true when Cape Coral First opened Foundations Early Learning Center in June of 2011. She still LOVES coming to work and finding a new God sighting somewhere during her workday with “her kids”.


Wendy Jonas-Bleiler

Administrative Assistant






At Cape Coral First we have discerned that our purpose is ‘To Make Disciples of Jesus for the Transformation of the World.’ To do that our Church Council, along with other church leaders, came together to put in place a vision plan for the next five years. This plan seeks to build from our strengths: worship, leadership, and small/study groups. It also seeks to transform our facilities so they are better equipped as venues for ministry as well as add new ways for our church to reach out into the community.


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