Our Brave Story

In early 2015, while attending a church conference in Oklahoma, Pastor Ricky felt a clear calling to leave his position and begin the journey of starting a church. With the support of his church leadership, the journey of planting a church began. At the beginning of 2016, Bridgeway Church (located in Wesley Chapel) sent a team of people to launch a campus with the hope that one day it would branch off and become its own entity. 

After just one year the church experienced enough sustained growth and the leadership felt it was time to move forward and begin the transition to launch what is now Brave Church. The foundation of Brave is based on Acts 20:24, "But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus- the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God." We do all we can to reach as many people as possible with the hope and love of Christ.



Our Brave Leaders

Pastor Ricky & Carissa Hughes are the founders and Lead Pastors of Brave Church.

Ricky is from Dallas, Texas. In 2006, after an "aha moment" with God, he packed up everything he owned and moved to Tampa. For the next ten years he served as the student pastor of Bridgeway Church and received his master's degree from Southeastern University. Pastor Ricky and Carissa live in the Trinity area with their three children: Lillian, Samuel, and Emery.