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 firstname.lastname@example.org, the church office.
Reverend Chris Sheriff, Director of Outreach
Pastor Chris comes from a Presbyterian (PCA) and Congregational Church background and brings with him a zeal for the Word of God and a heart for people. Prior to beginning his service at UCMI, Pastor Chris served as the Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at a non-denominational church in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Before receiving the call to full time ministry, Pastor Chris worked in the corporate/retail sector and served from 2001-2009 in the US Marine Corps.
Pastor Chris was born and raised in the Greenville, SC area and received his B.S in Psychology from Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fl.), M.Div from Knox Theological Seminary and his MACC (Master of Arts in Christian and Classical Studies) from Knox Theological Seminary. He is married to Barbara and has a son and daughter, Michael and Adelynne. Pastor Chris' hobbies include reading, gardening (read, "yard-work", jk) and spending time with his family.
Chris is inspired by seeing people set free from the burden of guilt by the grace of God and watching as the Holy Spirit transforms their life. He feels called to UCMI to do all he can to proclaim the Gospel both near and far, and to help shepherd both UCMI and the Bargain Basket Thrift Store Ministry. His heroes are the men and women that sacrifice their own desires for the needs of others.
Favorite quote: "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." (unknown)"The grass is not in fact greener on the other side of the fence. The grass is greenest where it is watered." (unknown)
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28, "For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Debbie R. Lord, Finance Assistant
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.
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.
Don Kenyon, Custodian
Don is a "jack of all trades" and is responsible for keeping our church campus and buildings clean. A U. S. Veteran, Don spent many years in the resort management field before joining UCMI.
Edna Grod, Handbell Director/Choir Accompanist
Samantha "Sam" Kopren, Bargain Basket Manager
Evelyn Defino, Bargain Basket Staff
David Cyphert, Bargain Basket Staff