Meet Our Staff

Ray Pichette

Lead Pastor

Dr. Raymond R. Pichette has spent 36 years in the gospel ministry.  Twenty-two of those years were spent in pastoral ministry.  He served in the Minnesota, Florida, Potomac, and Illinois Conferences, where he served the last six years as president.  On July 1, 2017, he will officially start serving as the senior pastor of the East Pasco Church, in Zephyrhills, Florida.


Ray received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2000.  His focus of study was on discipleship. Thus, he’s passionate about being a faithful disciple and making disciples for Jesus Christ.  He’s also enthusiastic about servant leadership and developing leaders.  Yvonne, his beautiful wife of 37 years, is a nurse and they have three adult children.  Their first grandchild will be arriving in October, 2017.


Ray and Yvonne love traveling together.

Ricardo Barriffe

Associate Pastor

Ricardo G. Barriffe has been a faithful Christian and Seventh-day Adventist since childhood and has served the church in various capacities. He is blessed with the gift of teaching and has served as an educator: teaching Math, Physics and Electronics at different levels.  After years of teaching, he finally answered God’s call to full-time ministry. He completed a Masters of Divinity at the Seventh-day Adventist Theology Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI. with a concentration in Old Testament Languages.

In his passion to serve others, Ricardo completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (cpe) and served for 2 years as chaplain in the Adventist Health System before joining the pastoral team at East Pasco Adventist Church. Pastor Ricardo’s greatest desire is to help people transform their lives into the one God has planned for them. He is very passionate about small group ministry.

He is married to Melanie (nee Dunkley), a healthcare provider and they have two wonderful children: Richelle-Grace, and Alex.

Ricardo enjoys running, playing soccer, and cycling with his children.

His motto: “No one will care how much I know, until they know how much I care.”

Bobbie Griffin

Administrative Director
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Bobbie Griffin has been involved in youth ministries for most of her adult life and loves serving in her church. She has participated  on both the local and conference levels with Pathfinders and Youth; and, as Residence Hall Dean of Girls at Bass Memorial Academy and Residence Hall Dean for Men and Women at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. She loves a challenge and doesn’t believe the saying, “It can’t be done.” Other work background  involves Hospital Administrative Assistant, Court Clerking, Educational Administration and Real Estate, to name a few. Since 2008, Bobbie has served as part-time Administrative Director for the East Pasco Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Bobbie and her husband, Ken, have two grown children; Jamie Griffin Herr (Wesley Chapel, FL) and Jason Griffin (Mobile, AL). Their life is kept active by eight lively grandchildren.


Patrick Morrison

Head Elder

Patrick Morrison entered formal retirement after 42+ years of active ministry April 1, 2014.
Through many of those years “Teacher Jane” and “Pastor Mo” were able to work together. “I
had an amazing variety of positions in the course of my ministry–4 1/2 years in three different
settings in the North Dakota Conference, 9 years as a religion teacher and religion department
coordinator at Andrew Academy, 12 years as a chaplain for Andrews University, 11 years as
Pastor of the College Church at Atlantic Union College, and finally 6 years as Senior Associate
Pastor at Spencerville Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.”

Most of Jane and Pat’s ministry has meant membership in churches closely associated with
institutions. “Now East Pasco is our church home.”

Charlotte Reimer

Head Deaconess

Norm Claypool

Head Deacon

Norm Claypool was born in Flint, Michigan and baptized into the Grand Rapids Seventh-day Adventist Church where he served as Head Deacon for 20 years. Retiring from the tool rental industry after 30 years, Norm moved to Florida in November 2004. Norm and his wife, Margie, joined the East Pasco Seventh Day Adventist Church, where Norm continues to serve the Lord as Head Deacon and by working at East Pasco Adventist Academy in grounds and maintenance.

“I love serving the Lord, serving my church and working at EPAA! GOD is GOOD!”

Charles Brainard


Charles “Chuck” Brainard hails from Lansing, MI. He has an Associates Degree in Business Administration & Management. He has worked in the gas and oil business for over 30 years, ordering, inventorying and and handling financial records.

One of Chuck’s hobbies is traveling.  He has been to 48 of the 50 states.

Margie Claypool

Food Store Manager

Margie Claypool, a lady of many talents, came to us from Grand Rapids, MI, where she was employed at Apple Valley Natural Foods. Serving in many areas of church ministry, Margie is best known for serving others. She has worked in children’s divisions, as Community Services Leader and as Head Deaconess. She is currently serving at East Pasco as manager of the health food store and highly involved in nursing home ministry.

Margie, a mother of eight, enjoys reading, music and nursing home ministry.