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Pastor Byron Bledsoe of C3 Church, with his daughter Kayleigh Oser (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)


C3 Church’s Pastor Byron Bledsoe says he wants to change the way people treat themselves and others.

The founder and leader of the east Orlando church, which has grown from 400 members in 2008 to 2,600 today, says they attract people of all backgrounds looking to explore their faith, whatever that may be.

“There are too many people walking out on people and not enough are willing to walk in,” he says. “You should walk with people in a loving way, not a judgmental way because all of us are broken. All of us are messed up.”

To do that within his own family—which includes his wife, Angie, their four children and four grandchildren—they started a birthday tradition where everyone at the table says something they love about the person of honor. This ritual inspired his eldest daughter, Kayleigh Oser, to create a popular podcast called What I Love About You (which was voted by readers as Best Podcast).

Growing up, Bledsoe says he felt a disconnect from the church he attended and its “pastor on a pedestal.” He doesn’t shy away from discussing his own life’s messiness, including his and Angie’s marital separation years ago and the work it took to reunite.

“I believe it’s our greatest sources of pain that are often our greatest platforms. Because we’ve been there,” Bledsoe says.

— Megan Stokes


Spiritual Leader

1 Byron Bledsoe

Senior Pastor at C3 Church, Avalon Park


2 Clint Harrison

Oviedo Campus Pastor, Grace Church


3 David Uth

Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Orlando


Community Leader

1 Buddy Dyer

Orlando Mayor


2 Anna Eskamani

State Representative


3 Jerry Demings

Orange County Mayor


Music Radio Station

1 Z88.3 FM


2 XL 106.7 FM


3 The Wire 98.5 FM


Local Radio Show

1 Johnny’s House

XL 106.7 FM


2 Mornings With Ellis & Tyler

Z88.3 FM


3 Chad & Leslye in the Morning

Magic 107.7


Orlando Magic Mini Figure With Jonathan Isaac Jersey, Photo By Roberto Gonzalez

Chuck Lindlau and husband Rob Privitera with Orlando Magic mini-figure. (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)


Onlookers gathered as Chuck Lindlau lay belly-down to photograph a scene he and husband Rob Privitera created on the sidewalk off Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando: a chef Lego man forking over a hot dog from his stand to a cash-wielding customer.

Lindlau, an Orange County Public Schools area director, and Privitera, a Lake Nona middle school history teacher, routinely comb the City Beautiful for cool things to do and decided last spring to tell that story on social media through Legos, which they both loved as kids.

Lego Explore Orlando has nearly 1,750 followers on Instagram with anywhere from 100 to nearly 500 “likes” on their weekly posts.

“Overall, our intention is to be something positive in your newsfeed,” Lindlau says.

Most-liked photos for @lego_explore_orlando include a masked Lego woman walking in Lake Eola Park, accompanying information about Orange County’s mask requirement; a Lego character holding a saw with the Majesty Building—also known as the I-4 Eyesore—in the background; and figures in front of the angel wings mural on Bites and Bubbles in Mills 50 with a message honoring Pulse victims.

— Megan Stokes


Local Social Feed

1 Lego Explore Orlando

Instagram: @lego_explore_orlando


2 Bungalower


3 Rayyan

Instagram: @rayyan


Local Podcast

1 What I Love About You

With Kayleigh Oser


2 The Experience With Chris Fio

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3 A Mediocre Time With Tom & Dan



1 Mo Bamba

Orlando Magic


2 Aaron Gordon

Orlando Magic


3 McKenzie Milton

UCF Knights Football


Greg Martha On Set Loose

Greg Warmoth & Martha Sugalski (WFTV-CHANNEL 9)


TV News Team

1 Greg Warmoth & Martha Sugalski

WFTV-Channel 9


2 Amy Kaufeldt & Bob Frier

(Frier left the station in June)

Fox 35


3 Jim Payne & Meredith McDonough

WESH-Channel 2


TV Weather Forecaster

1 Amy Sweezey

(Sweezey left the station in May)

WESH-Channel 2


2 Eric Burris

WESH-Channel 2


3 Tom Terry

WFTV-Channel 9


Local Band or Singer

1 Vendeta Baby


2 Jonnie Morgan


3 Outatime


Social Media Influencer

1 Christina Thomas

Go Epicurista


2 Elizabeth Zaks

Fitness and Fashion Personality

Instagram: @elizabethzaks


3 Brendan O’Connor




1 Jessie Dee



2 Jim Hobart-Macbeth Studio



3 Arlene Laboy


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