Church Staff

Say hello to the staff team at Community Church

Meet our staff

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Kelly W. Smith - Senior Pastor - July 1, 2022

Pastor Kelly is an ordained elder who has served four previous churches in the Florida Annual Conference, over the past 32 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (vocal) and Religious Studies from Florida State University and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Divinity School, Duke University. He and his wife Marybeth have been married for 33 years. They have three adult children, all boys - David, Kevin, and Joshua.

Ben Spangler - Associate Pastor - July 1, 2022

Pastor Ben is a provisional elder in the conference, who has recently served a church in the Gainesville area. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University and has a Master of Divinity degree from The Divinity School at Duke University. He was an active member of the Wesley Foundation at FSU and served on staff. Pastor Ben loves the outdoors: camping, fishing & hiking.

Mal Patterson - Visitation Pastor

Mal joined our Community team in 2017 as our Visitation Pastor. He is a retired pastor with vast experience in ministry. Mal and his wife Joyce have two children and two grandchildren.

Lisa Eller - Office Manager

Lisa joined our Community team in September 2022. She oversees the administration & technical aspects of our church and front office. Lisa helps to make sure we are all on the same page and ready to engage our church with our community.

Laverne Walker - Treasurer

Laverne joined the Community team in January 2023 as our Church Treasurer.

Jill Flohr - Community Christian School, Director

Jill joined our Community Staff in 1993. She has faithfully served the children in our Community Christian School for over twenty years, seeing to their educational development and social growth.

Mary Ann Rockenbach - Pianist

Mary Ann joined the team at Community in 2014. She accompanies the Sunday morning Chancel Choir in our Traditional Worship service as well as various ensembles adding a wonderful element to our times of worship. Mary Ann also lends her talents to other concerts throughout the year.

Faye Umble - Minister of Children

Faye joined the Community Team in 2007. She oversees all of our programs for children through the 6th grade. A few of the many programs she oversees is our Tutoring program, Wonderful Wednesdays, and our Sunday Night Connect program.

Marcie Winter - Minister of Worship

Marcie has received her Bachelor of Music Education at Oklahoma Baptist University and her Masters of Music Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Marcie started as Minister of Worship here at CUMC on July 5th, 2022.

Carlos Rousseau - Custodian

Carlos joined the Community team in December 2020. He comes to us from our Warren Willis Camp and Conference Center right here in Fruitland Park. Carlos, with his eager to help spirit, does a tremendous job making sure our campus is ready to receive and welcome all who enter its doors.

Brad Rapp - Head of Maintenance

Brad joined the Community team in April 2022 as the much needed head of maintenance! In his spare time, he enjoys restoring classic cars along with spending time with his kids.