Primavera Mentoring began as a dream of Ethan Parker, a musician and Worship Leader at Harborside Christian Church, who envisioned children of the community who find themselves in tough situations being lifted up by members of local churches.
This dream evolved into Project Primavera, which became a nonprofit that provided free music lessons to youth. It also hosted an annual festival called Primavera Music Festival, which welcomed over 29,000 attendees into its gates. After being absorbed into Harborside Christian Church’s outreach program, the organization is now beginning to serve youth across Pinellas County.
Today, the newly named Primavera Mentoring is ready to launch its first on-site mentoring program at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch in September to serve the youth who reside there.
Meet Our Leaders.
Lissette Metellus has lived in Florida for the last seven years. She is a Palm Beach Atlantic graduate who majored in communication with a minor in ministry. In college she met the love of her life, Hantz, and has been married for two years. Throughout her college experience she was heavily involved in the leadership of the community and global outreach programs. After graduation she began her full-time ministry career as Worship Leader and Outreach Director at Harborside Christian Church. She has been volunteering as a mentor for the last year and is passionate to take on a leadership role in this ministry. She has a passion to see the people of this world experience the love of Christ.
Wesley Dennard grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Virginia with degree in environmental sciences. He served as the Education Liaison at the Boys and Girls Club in Asheville, North Carolina from 2011 to 2012 and the Director of Development at LaAmistad, Inc. in Atlanta from 2012 to 2017. He worked for Project Primavera from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, Dennard joined the staff of Harborside Christian Church as its Outreach Associate. He loves connecting people to programs where they can serve God by using their skills, talents, and passions to meet needs in the community. Wesley lives in Palm Harbor with his wife Chelsea, and the couple has a baby on the way.
Ethan Parker, a musician and Worship Leader at Harborside Christian Church, was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved to Safety Harbor, Florida at the age of 14 and graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2013 with a degree in music. He was the headliner for the Ethan Parker Band for some time and now tours the country as a solo act. Parker founded Project Primavera in 2013, which provided free music lessons to youth and played host to the Primavera Music Festival in Safety Habor. Parker serves as an integral part of Harborside Music, a Christian group whose first album will be released in the fall of 2018. He has a heart that breaks for youth who have little in the way of guidance from older generations, hence his involvement in this ministry.