Meet our staff
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Kelly W. Smith - Senior Pastor - July 1, 2022
Pastor Kelly is an ordained elder who has served various churches in the conference over the last 30 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (vocal performance) and Religious Studies from Florida State University and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Divinity School at Duke University. He and his wife Marybeth have been married for 32 years. They have three adult children, all boys - David (27), Kevin (25), and Joshua (22).
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 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.
Jennifer Landstedt - Creative Design and Program Assistant
Jenn joined our Community staff in 2018, lending her amazing talents to our program staff. She helps to keep us organized and moving forward as we seek to engage with those around us. Jenn and her husband Joey, have three children; Shya, Elsa, and Josiah.
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 & his wife.