Pastor Sammy and Claribel Nieves

Pastor Samuel Nieves was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. He and his family moved to Florida at the young age of seven. He is 1 of 6 siblings and has 12 half siblings.


Growing up in church he was very involved in the music ministry, youth groups, and leadership. He had multiple leader positions throughout the years such as... Youth President, Education Superintendent, Education Secretary, several Men's Ministry positions, Music Director, and Youth Pastor.

Not only was he involved in leadership, but he continued to pursue higher education in the Gospel. He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors in Theology.

He has been married to beautiful wife Claribel for over 20 years. They have three precious children Josh, Isaac, and Jacob. They have all been a blessing to all of us.


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James Hilsman

Jim gave his heart to Christ as a young teenage boy. He has been here at The Connection for more than 45 years. He has been working in the board for over 15 years. He is married to Rosanne and has four children: Stephen, Stephanie, Jeff, & Laurie; and four grandchildren: Ashley, Scotty, Chloe, & Gabby

Jim's Favorite Verse:

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20