Who We Are

Who We Are

“Oh people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

–Micah 6:8

Build Community

Praise Cathedral is united in purpose to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, and is growing a nonjudgmental community that is open to all regardless of race, disability, language, nationality, sex, or income level.

Experience God

Praise Cathedral is a place for people to experience God’s presence, find and utilize their spiritual gifts, and facilitate spiritual growth among the body of Christ.

Take a Stand

Praise Cathedral is taking a Kingdom oriented stand both personally and corporately in both word and in deed on injustices as they manifest in our communities, nation, and in the world.


For purposes of fellowship, accountability, and world-wide mission, Praise Cathedral is part of the Church of God.


Lead Pastor

Eric Shonebarger

Eric currently serves as the lead pastor of Praise Cathedral. He holds a masters degree in ministerial leadership from Southeastern University and a bachelors degree in economics from the University of South Florida. Eric is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). Prior to accepting the position of Lead Pastor at Praise Cathedral in 2015, he served at Praise Cathedral as an Associate Pastor(2012-2014) and as a Youth Pastor (2007-2012).  Eric and his wife Jessica live with…
Ministires Director

Jessica Thomas Shonebarger

Jessica currently serves as the Ministries Director  of Praise Cathedral. She holds a bachelors degree in Political Science  and minors in Bible and Psychology from Lee University.  She married her husband Eric in January of 2007.  Jessica’s parents were the Pastors of Praise Cathedral for 37 years before her Husband Eric became the Lead Pastor.  Jessica and her husband Eric live with their two beautiful daughters Abigail and Madelyn in Seminole, FL.
Worship Director

Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas (Music Director/Worship Leader) gail@praisecathedral.com Gail came to Praise Cathedral in 1978. She and her husband Mike were Lead Pastors until 2015.  She is from Bartow, FL and graduated from Florida Southern College with a BA In Music Education.  In 1972, she and Mike met while attending Lee College in Cleveland, TN and were  married in December, 1973. Their beautiful daughter Jessica was born in 1980 and now she and her husband  Eric Shonebarger are the Lead Pastors at…
Children’s Pastor

Tina Neuhauser

Tina Neuhauser was raised in Largo, FL and currently resides in St Petersburg, FL. Her passion for God has brought her on a journey to working in ministry full time. Currently, the full time children’s pastor at Praise Cathedral, Tina has also worked voluntarily in ministry with not only children but homeless adults, as well executing help in other operations within her local church. Tina is happily married to William, and they work as a team in all aspects of…
Youth Pastor

Nick Sheridan

Nick has served at Praise Cathedral as the Youth Pastor to middle school and high school students since 2014. Before coming to Praise Cathedral Nick served at the Los Angeles Dream Center, a faith based organization that provides humanitarian needs to low income residents. Nick is driven by the strong desire to help everyone understand the love that God has for them. Nick serves alongside his wife Amanda.
Pastor Emeritus

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas (Pastor Emeritus) mike@praisecathedral.com Mike pastored at Praise Cathedral for 36 years before He retired in 2015. He is Director of our Primetime Senior Adult Ministry. He was born in Logan,West Virginia and grew up in North Ridgeville, Ohio. While attending Lee College  He met Gail and they were married in 1973.  They moved to Alma, Georgia and where he served as  Youth Pastor and Gail directed music. About a year later they moved to  Bartow, FL, became the…
Associate Pastor

Todd Marshall

Todd Marshall I am currently the associate pastor at Praise Cathedral and have been a believer for over 30 years and am in the process of obtaining my license and ordainment with the Church of God.  I am recently married with two children, daughter 14, and son 10. We live an active lifestyle with our children but try to be always available when needed. I am an encourager and love to help in virtually any circumstance.
Spanish Ministries Pastor

Ramon Tirado

Ramón y Dora Tirado pastores principales El ministerio hispano de Catedral de Alabanza está a cargo de los pastores Ramón y Dora Tirado con cinco años al frente de la obra, pero sirviéndole al Señor por más de 30 años. Durante 22 años fungieron como co-pastores de la Iglesia cristiana Ebenezer y tiempo después vieron la promesa cumplida al llamado pastoral. Están felizmente casados hace 32 años y Dios los bendijo con 2 hijas y 3 nietos. El Pastor Ramón…
Spanish Ministries Associate Pastor

Rene Chirinos

René Chirinos pastor asociado Egresado del Instituto Bíblico Asamblea de Dios; SESDAG (Southeastern Spanish District of Assemblies of God) Se ha desempeñado como pastor asociado desde el comienzo de la obra Catedral de Alabanza. Trabajando y colaborando con los pastores principales. Casado hace 10 años con la líder del ministerio de niños; Jenny Chirinos y padres de dos preciosos varones que nacieron en este ministerio. Anteriormente se desempeñó como tesorero por cinco años en la Iglesia cristiana Ebenezer.
Spanish Ministries Children’s Director

Jenny Chirinos

Jenny Chirinos líder del ministerio de niños Hace cinco años recibió el llamado para trabajar en este precioso ministerio. Los niños son su pasión y el motor que la impulsa a traer innovación al ministerio. Este ministerio les enseña a los niños a crecer en la fe, a compartir con otros niños lo aprendido y a desarrollar sus talentos para que puedan honrar a Dios con sus vidas.

Pam Beck

Pam started the Office Manager position after retiring from the US Postal Service in 2003.  Her back ground and government training is in finance, budgets & training of employees.  Her jobs at the church consist of helping with yearly budgets, and insure funds are issued to the designated departments.  She is also responsible for paying church bills, balancing the books and giving proper credit to every donation received. Pam is willing to help where ever and whom ever to achieve…
Communications Director

Shakira Jinks

My name is Shakira (go ahead, you can sing it once) and I work on the communications here at Praise Cathedral. Those are fancy words for I like planning things and talking to people. I would describe myself as a person who wears her emotions on her face. I have a heart for children, so more often than not you can find me somewhere in our youth group’s activities or holding a baby. I have been attending Praise for the…