Our Team


  • Joe Jackson

    Lead Pastor

    Joe and Jennifer Jackson, originally from Indiana, have lived in Kentucky, Michigan, New York and Ohio. They are committed Christ followers who have been powerfully sent to Wesley Chapel to start Savanna Church. They have been married for 21 years and have 3 children; Julia, Jillian & Josiah. They love Jesus, family, meeting new people, & sharing their life with others. They enjoy having fun, laughing, and living life with passion!


    Joe Jackson is the founding and lead pastor of Savanna Church. Joe has a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Ball State University and Master’s in Ministerial Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. Joe enjoys spending time with his family, the Indianapolis Colts, and playing drums. He left a successful career after 18 years to begin full time ministry and has been involved in church planting for the last 10 years. Joe is an energetic, engaging pastor who is excited about seeing lives changed as they are introduced to Jesus.


    Contact Pastor Joe at Joe@SavannaChurch.com

  • Victoria Johns-Paradise

    Assistant Pastor

    Co-Youth Director

    Victoria is originally from Belton, South Carolina, but is excited to make Florida her home during this season of her life. She received her Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2016 and is working toward her Master's in Spiritual Care with a specialization in congregational formation. Victoria is very passionate about serving the "least of these" in communities both near and far. She strives to minister to others by meeting them where they are at and walking alongside them in compassion and understanding. Currently, she leads Savanna Church's outreach and mission ministries as well as co-leads Elevate Student Ministries with her husband.


    She has been married to her husband, Austin, since June of 2016. Together, they have one dog named Gordon and one cat named Gotham. In her free time, Victoria enjoys taking nature walks, playing board games, baking, and binge-watching Netflix shows. 


    Contact Victoria at savannaoutreach@gmail.com

  • Austin Johns-Paradise

    Co-Youth Director

    Austin is originally from Seneca, South Carolina. He graduated from Southern Wesleyan University in the Spring of 2015 with a Bachelor's in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Recreation. Austin is passionate about working with teens and showing them the love of Christ through recreation and fellowship. 


    He has been married to his wife, Victoria, since June of 2016. Together, they have two pets. In his free time, Austin enjoys playing video games and board games. Austin also enjoys outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, camping, caving, and white-water rafting. 


    Contact Austin at elevatesavanna@gmail.com