Church Staff

Venice Bible Church Staff

Meet our staff

Scott Hill, Pastor

I came to Christ through faith while ruining my life in the drug culture of the 1960’s and was baptized at Venice Bible church in 1969. Under the tutelage of Jarl Malwin, I discovered the joy of youth ministry thru the Venice Power & Light Company, 1969-70. After graduating from CIU, I served as Youth Pastor for a church in Virginia and started the Williamsburg Community Chapel while earning a Master’s in counseling at William and Mary. My wife, Kit, finished the first two years at Columbia Bible College before we had our first child. We served with World Team Mission planting three churches in Spain from 1980 to 1996. Our last assignment before coming to Venice Bible Church was rebuilding a struggling church in Chesapeake Virginia, while Kit taught Spanish in a local High School. Our oldest son, Jarl married to Elisa, has three boys and is the director for Bethel Christian Camp in Columbia, SC. Our youngest, Scotty and his wife, Ivonne live in Mexico City with their two boys and he is the International Director for Operation Blessing in Latin America.

Brett Brooks, Pastor

After serving as Interim Associate Pastor since April 2010, Brett became VBC’s full-time Associate Pastor in August of the same year, overseeing the Worship Ministry, Adult Education and facilities. He graduated from Venice High School in 1976 and in 1985, from Word of Life Bible Institute. Brett has served in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Huntington, West Virginia, in many areas of ministry including worship, youth, administrative and discipleship. He was ordained for ministry by Venice Bible Church in January of 2011.

Brett has been married to Dona since 1976 and they have three children: Josh, who is married to Lauren with two sons, Max and Jackson, Drew, who is married to Brandi with one son, Noah, and Amie with one daughter, Aubrie.

Brett and Dona first attended VBC in 1981 where they were discipled and trained for ministry; they have returned to Venice Bible Church. They look forward to what God will do as they serve Him here

Sheila Papini, Office Manager & Administrative Assistant to Pastors Scott and Brett for more background click here

Donna Laughlin, Custodian

Donna has attended VBC since 2000 and joined the staff as Custodian in August of 2004. She earned a degree in Health Management and became a Registered Nurse in 1968. In 1969, she moved to Florida from Illinois.

Donna has 3 adult children, Joni, Jeff, and Tracy, 2 grandchildren, Kyle and Elizabeth, and a great-granddaughter, Sarah.

Donna has led a weekly small group since 2002 that ministers to mature women. They enjoy a growing friendship with Christ and each other. Donna’s life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

OUR LEADERS (click on name for photo)

Our Elders: Pastor Scott Hill, Pastor Brett Brooks, Doug Finch, Dave Mattson, (Chairman) Jack McKellar, Jim Mohnkern, Stan Olson, Jerry Smith (

Our Deacons: Chris Browne, Dean Cooper, Howard Flagler, Jim Uttermohlen, Josh Wittman (

Our Directors: Jennifer Pry, Children’s Ministry Director

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