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First United Methodist Church Staff – First United Methodist Church of Ocala

Staff


Rev. Rwth Fuquay
Co-Pastor
352.622.3244
rwth@fumcocala.org
Rwth most recently served as the Associate Director in the Office of Clergy Excellence of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Her nineteen years of ministry experience includes serving as a pastor and associate pastor in a variety of local churches in Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Florida, as well as a chaplain at Millsaps College. She also serves as a spiritual formation teacher, retreat leader, and pilgrimage guide. Rwth graduated summa cum laude from both Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature and Religious Studies, and from Boston University School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity degree. The spelling of her first name reflects her Welsh heritage.

Rev. David Fuquay
Co-Pastor
352.622.3244
david@fumcocala.org
David most recently served as Director of Higher Education and Campus Ministry for the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Prior to that appointment, he served in Gainesville as Pastor/Director at University UMC and Student Center, which became the Gator Wesley Foundation during his tenure. He served previously as a pastor of churches in Mississippi, as well as a program coordinator at the Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta. David graduated from Millsaps College with a Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies and from Duke University Divinity School with both a Masters of Divinity degree and a Masters of Theology degree.

Rev. Dr. John Few
Visitation Pastor
352.622.3244
Dr. John Few is a native of North Carolina. He is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, Duke University, and holds a doctorate from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He and his wife Jean have been in Ocala for twenty years where he has been serving as Visitation Minister.

Dr. Jeff Rogers
Director of Music
352.622.3244
jeff@fumcocala.org
Dr. Jeff Rogers grew up in Springfield, IL where he enjoyed a music filled upbringing. He has earned a Bachelors and Masters of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and a Doctorate in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Prior to moving to Florida, Jeff was on the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University and served as Director of Music at New Covenant Presbyterian of Mandeville, LA.
Jeff is married to his wife Lauren and they have two young boys, Graham and Miles. When not at the church, Jeff enjoys playing with his boys and spending family time at the various Florida attractions.

Shannon Vianello
Director of Children’s and Family Ministries
352.622.3244
shannon.vianello@gmail.com
Shannon Vianello born in Hattisburg, MS and moved to Ocala, FL at the age of seven. The youngest of three sisters, she was confirmed and even sang in the Children’s Choir at Ocala First UMC. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Elementary Education and married her husband Mark Vianello in 1992. Shannon and Mark have three wonderful kids, John, Nicole and Christine who keep them very busy. When she isn’t doing Children’s Ministry stuff or “being a mom” she enjoys decorating, going on adventures, playing with her Golden Retrievers, being with her family and then finding more ideas for Children’s Ministry!”

Austin Holland
Director of Youth Ministries
352.622.3244
austin@fumcocala.org
Austin Holland comes to FUMC from the Charlotte, NC area. Born and raised in Statesville, NC he attended college at Campbell University, near Raleigh NC, obtaining a B.A. in Christian Ministry. Austin has worked extensively with youth groups throughout his college career and spent each of his college summers working with the youth program at Lake Junaluska. Austin is an outdoorsy human, (being from the mountains of NC will do that to a person) and is always down for a hiking/camping/backpacking adventure.

Ennis Wynne
Director of Nusery
352.622.3244
Ennis Wynne was born in Charleston, SC but grew up here in Ocala. She joined FUMC in July 1988. She formally served as Director of the Preschool and presently is Director of the Nursery. Ennis feels that she has the perfect job because she has the opportunity to provide a loving and caring place for our little children and their parents. She was married to the former Bob Wynne, and she has one daughter, Alexis. In her spare time Ennis loves playing bridge.

Bobbi Deriso
Director of Preschool
352.622.3244
bderiso@fumcocala.org

Karlie Harper
Director Tuesday Morning Outreach 
karlieharper@gmail.com

 

Sue Ross
Secretary to the Ministers
352.622.3244
sue@fumcocala.org
Sue Ross joined the staff of Ocala First United Methodist Church in September, 1994 as a part-time receptionist. In January, 1995 her position changed to full-time. Since then she has held several different staff positions – becoming the Secretary to the Ministers in 1997. Sue is married to Larry and they have one daughter, Amanda. When she isn’t in the Church Office she enjoys motorcycling with her husband, reading and watching sports.

Faye Knotts
Financial Administrator
352.622.3244
faye@fumcocala.org

Nancy Francis
Receptionist
352.622.3244
nancy@fumcocala.org
Nancy was born in North Carolina but has lived in Ocala most of her life. She grew up in the First Methodist congregation and has been employed at FUMC since 1996. In her spare time Nancy enjoys music, photography, reading, and spending time with friends.

Butch DeRosa
Maintenance Supervisor
352.622.3244 ext.353
butch@fumcocala.org

Barry Shields
Maintenance