get to know our team!

Gabriel Zamora

Gabriel Zamora

Student Ministries Pastor

Gabriel Zamora was pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence and poverty and called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth For The Nations Summer Camp. With the mandate of loving like he was loved, Gabriel became the youth pastor of Takeover Student Ministries at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New City, NY. This vibrant and growing youth ministry became five times the original size under his leadership and has transitioned average seat-warming students into radical lovers of Jesus. He has been in ministry for over ten years and is now currently the Student Ministries Pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. Pastor Gabriel is a graduate from Christ For The Nations Institute where he served as student body president, as well as the leader of the Evangelism student ministry. He is currently a student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has ministered nationally and internationally in over 21 countries and is passionate about seeing the person of Jesus revealed in and through every believer with power and demonstration of the finished work of the Cross, he is a voice and an example for his generation to follow. Gabriel has been married for eight years to his beautiful wife Domonique Zamora. They have two boys, Gabriel and Judah Zamora.

Aaron Larva

Aaron Larva

Middle School Director

Minnesota born and raised on a vegetable farm, Aaron came to Fort Myers in 2009 to attend the Florida School of Discipleship (formerly Fort Myers Master’s Commission) here at First Assembly. He was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home with a wonderful family of eight. During his time here, Aaron grew in his walk with God and had the opportunity to be trained for the ministry he knew he was called to do. Aaron has his pastoral license in the Assemblies of God and is currently going for his Ministry leadership degree at Lee University. Aaron also had the privilege to meet his wonderful wife, Jesenia, at First Assembly and was married in October of 2012. Aaron and Jesenia now have two boys named River and Canyon. Having been involved in First Assembly’s student ministries since coming to Southwest Florida, he and his wife happily accepted the position as the Middle School Directors in April of 2013. Their heart and passion is to see young people develop a relationship with God, be transformed by the power of the Gospel, and to build them up to be students who live out the mission of Jesus.

Janice Zarick

Janice Zarick

Ministry Coordinator

Janice has been a part of Youth Church for over 30 years! Janice organizes events and projects as well as oversees budgets for First Youth Church but her real passion is  encouraging  young people to grow  in their relationship with Christ and helping them to find and develop their gifts and use them for ministry.
Janice had been married to her husband Ed for 36 years. They have two boys, Eddie (30) who is a fire fighter and Dusty (27) who is also in youth ministry and  is married to Melony. And no one brings joy like her granddaughter, Adeline.

Robin Mitchell

Robin Mitchell

Administrative Assistant, Worship Leader

Robin Mitchell was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. She is currently in the process of getting her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry from Southeastern University. Robin has attended First Assembly her whole life and was involved in the youth department as a student in middle and high school. She joined the youth staff in January of 2017 as the administrative assistant and worship leader. Her goal is help cultivate a lifestyle of and passion for worship, along with developing and encouraging the next generation of spiritual leaders. Robin loves coffee and always tries to make sure that the office coffee supply is stocked up

Drew Lang

Drew Lang

Intern

Drew Lang was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. He finished two years at the Florida School of Discipleship and is now currently working on his ministry license in the Assemblies of God and also a Bachelor’s in Biblical and Theological Studies. Entering his third year in ministry, Drew’s main goal is to see the next generation rise up and start a deep movement towards holiness and honoring God. His favorite movie is Inception and is a fanatic about table tennis.

Sam Gazunis

Sam Gazunis

Intern

Sam Gazunis was born and raised in Georgetown, Massachusetts. After graduating high school, Sam moved down to Fort Myers to attend the Florida School of Discipleship. He has a passion for worship and youth, and hopes to someday pastor his own youth group. Sam is currently working on a Bible and Theology degree through Lee University. Sam first got involved with Youth Church during his time in the Florida School of Discipleship and has been helping lead and serve on the worship team for the past three years. His goal is to see young people fall in love with Christ and help them understand why the Bible is a true, defendable, and important part of their life.