Church of the Holy SpiritSong (COHSS) -
Church of the Holy SpiritSong (COHSS) -

our church leadership and staff

Rev. Leslie Rutland-Tipton

Senior Pastor

Pastor Les joined COHSS in September of 2000 after moving to South Florida. It was then that she realized her calling to be an ordained minister, and began serving the church as a deacon and pastoral candidate. After ten years of service in the USMC and another ten in non-profit work, Pastor Les was ordained a minister in the Christian faith on May 27, 2007.

She is currently working on her Master of Divinity at Grand Canyon University. She met her wife, Sandee, at the church in January of 2009, and they live together with their many furry and feathered companions.

Dr. Mike Smith

Church Elder

Dr. Mike became a Christian in 1999, despite being raised Catholic his entire life. It makes sense though, considering Mike thought Grace was a woman for most of his childhood. Interestingly, Mike began his new life as a Christian by becoming addicted to crystal meth. But in the darkness, God continued to help him to step into his new life through Jesus Christ.

Today, Mike teaches, councils, and ministers to the church and community, bringing a message of hope within the Gospel of love.

His dog, Edy, is learning how to use the microwave, and once she does, Mike will be kicked out of the house. So he's preparing for a move.

Diane Simeoni

Church Elder

Diane and her wife, Ann, joined COHSS in November of 2011. They were previously and independently, members of another church but felt the desire to worship openly as a couple. One visit to COHSS with it's warm and inviting people was all it took to make the transition.

Diane was ordained as an elder in February of 2017 after serving in leadership at COHSS as a deacon.

Besides her wife, Diane shares a house with 10 (ten!) furry four legged children. Their two legged child is off at college.

Shawn Thomas

Worship Ministry Coordinator

Shawn joined the COHSS family in January, 2016 after 13 years of full-time travel in music ministry. He and his husband of 10 years, Brian Ladd, live in Boynton Beach where their Pug, Zoe, and Aussimo, Murphy, allow them to share space.

You can learn more about Shawn's ministry at, as well as tune in to hear him host programs, interviews, and reviews on

In addition to leading worship at COHSS and continuing to tour and record, Shawn serves on staff for The Evangelical Network (TEN).

board of directors

President - Rev. Leslie Rutland-Tipton
Vice President - Stephanie Key
Treasurer - Robert Toney
Secretary - Donna Wallace
Pastoral Candidate - Audrey Demuth

Pastor Emeriti:
Rev. Deanna Jaworski (founding pastor) and Rev. Tom Millner

Email Addresses:

Rev. Leslie Rutland-Tipton -
Elder Dr. Mike Smith -
Elder Diane Simeoni -
Shawn Thomas -



2038 N. Dixie Hwy, 102
Wilton Manors, FL 33305


(954) 533-9205



P.O. Box 23306
Oakland Park, FL 33307