Greg and Lesa Phelps are the founding Pastors of Core Church and are excited and passionate about their community in Tampa. They moved to Tampa to fulfill a calling God put on their heart to launch and plant a church that will reach, serve and equip people for a greater life in God. They have been married for 34 years and have served in church ministry for 33 years preparing and equipping people to change the world.

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Greg and Lesa met at Oral Roberts University and began full-time ministry shortly after graduation. Greg earned his BA in Theology from ORU, a Masters of Divinity from Regent University and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry at Southeastern University. They have three amazing children; two sons who graduated from the University of South Florida and the University of Florida and a daughter who is attending Southeastern University.

Greg and Lesa felt a passion for the Tampa Bay area, so after prayer and Godly council they moved to Tampa to begin the launch of Core Church in Tampa. Their journey has taken them from Arizona as Associate Pastors, North Carolina as Senior Pastors and then to Virginia as Associate Pastors at Wave Church. Senior Pastors Steve and Sharon Kelly of Wave Church and the Wave Network planted Greg and Lesa in Tampa, launching Core Church in connection with ARC church plants.  (Association of Related Churches)