Reverend Dr. Mark Williams, Senior Minister
Pastor Mark believes that the purpose of the Church is to partner with God to bring heaven to earth. His denominational background mirrors the diversity of those who worship at United Church of Marco Island. Before coming to United Church, Pastor Mark served as pastor in a Congregational Church (UCC), a Cooperative Baptist Church, and multiple United Methodist Churches.
In the spring of 2012, Pastor Mark was selected to be a keynote speaker at The Quarry, a leading-edge school of Christian leadership recently heralded by Faith and Leadership magazine. In the summer of 2013, his research in the area of preaching was published by The Baptist Quarterly Review.
Pastor Mark brings passion and enthusiasm to United Church. He was born and raised in Vero Beach FL, and is the middle of 2 brothers. He received his B.A. in English from Davidson College, his M.Div. from Duke University, and his D.Min. from Mercer University. He is married and has a son named Nolan who is full of energy and poised for future greatness on the baseball diamond and a beautiful daughter, Marie! Pastor Mark's hobbies include golf, grilling, coaching children's teams and sharing time with his family.
Pastor Mark is inspired by seeing the kingdom of Heaven come to earth and feels called to preach, teach and live the Good News here at UCMI. His heroes are the many non-famous people in pews everywhere who make a quiet difference.
Favorite quote: "We cannot control the future. But what we can control is the kind of people we will be when the future comes." Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Union Army General)
Favorit Bible Verse: Proverbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard you heart for it is the wellspring of life."
Reverend Linda Johnson, Seasonal Associate Minister
Pastor Linda brings over 20 years of ministry to her position as Seasonal Associate Minister at United Church of Marco Island. During the summer months she is Associate Pastor at Zionsville United Methodist Church in Zionsville, IN. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and has done doctoral studies in Spiritual Direction at Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.
She is married to Darryl, is mother of four children, and grandmother to nine very busy young people. Linda and Darryl are privileged to have lived in Bangkok, Thailand and Johannesburg, South Africa. Linda is a life-long learner with a special emphasis on Biblical studies and spiritual direction. She also enjoys playing golf, tennis, and boating.
As Seasonal Pastor with an emphasis on Congregational Care, Linda believes that as God is full of compassion, mercy, and loving kindness that we are called to be united as God’s hands and feet in the ministry of care. Every person is of intrinsic, holy value. No one is invisible at United Church of Marco Island.
Pastor Linda is available for counseling by appointment. She can be reached at email@example.com, the church office.
Kate Muenzler-Joyce, Media Director
With a love for Church and all of its facets, Kate is happy to spend her time working with the various aspects of media that are a part of UCMI . Through social media, Church website, and preparing for various events throughout the year, she will be able to share what goes on at the Church with our congregation and those that want to join us in the future. Feel free to send photos of Church events, those of which you feel are something to share with all of God's People.
Stephen Tepper, Finance Assistant
Stephen brings a wealth of financial experience to United Church. He worked as a tax accountant for many years prior to retiring in Southwest Florida. Stephen has a life-long experience in the areas of bookkeeping, accounting software, taxation, and management. Most recently, Stephen served as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh where he taught courses to undergraduates.
Wanda Anderson, Office Manager
Wanda's unique blend of people skills and technological expertise leads our communication and administrative efforts at United Church. Wanda keeps the church office humming like a well-oiled machine!
LuWayne Arnold, Music Director
LuWayne is a professional musician who has served many churches. We are all blessed by Luwayne's faithfulness and by her musical talent. In her capacity she oversees our choirs, and provides music for all services of worship.
Debbie R. Lord, Bargain Basket Assistant Manager
Debbie's gifts, talents, and experiences make her a great fit for this role. Debbie brings to United Church 30+ years of business experience as a technical writer, compliance officer, and financial reporter. Debbie moved to Southwest Florida in 2014 and looks forward to being semi-retired at United Church working on a part time basis for 15-20 hours a week. In her spare time, Debbie sings in the choir at Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco and enjoys sharing time with her two grown children. Most importantly, Debbie is a person of abiding faith and integrity who understands the sacred role she will play at United Church as steward and servant.
Edna Grod, Handbell Director/Choir Accompanist
Samantha "Sam" Kopren, Bargain Basket Manager
David Cyphert, Bargain Basket Staff