Rev. Cathy Thacker  Senor Pastor is an Ordained Elder in the Florida Annual Conference. She has served churches in Lockhart, Taft, Winter Park and Lake Alfred. Cathy is married to her childhood sweetheart, Rusty, and they have two adult children. Ben is a chef at Disney and has a daughter, Opal, 13 years old. Sara is married to Mark Reiter and they have a daughter, Sadie, 10 years old and a son, Caleb 7 years old. They live on the eastern shore of Virginia. Cathy was a Certified Public Accountant when God called her to full time ministry. She received her Master of Divinity from Asbury Seminary Florida Campus in 2003. She has served on the leadership team of the Florida Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation as well as the Two Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, as Chairperson of the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and she currently serves as a member of the East Central District Committee on Ministries. She loves seeing people accept Christ and grow in their relationship with Him. She has been on mission trips to Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Zimbabwe. She loves cooking, baking, reading, the beach and spending time with her family.

 
 

Joyce Perkins Church Office Manager This includes being the Treasurer. I have a great assistant in James Wise and together we try to keep communication open for everyone. I was born and raised in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. I met my wonderful husband Chuck at college and married in 1979. We moved to Texas in November of 1981 and he managed Sonic Drive-Ins. I was his Assistant Manager. In October of 1983 we moved to Florida. We each tried different jobs until Chuck became a courier and I was in retail management. I then worked in a lab which specializes in Phalaenopsis orchids. I learned so much from each job and can clearly see where God was preparing me for my current position. He saw me through brain surgery for epilepsy and then chemotherapy for colon cancer. As I like to say, “God is keeping me here for a reason!”

 
 
 
 

 Lou Murray, music director here at First UMC. Over my decades of experience, I’ve played and composed virtually all styles of music, but my real joy is in leading music for worship. My goal is always to make the music inspiring and meaningful. We welcome guest performers and often have vocal and instrumental soloists. If you’d like to hear some of my original instrumental music, it’s available for listening on all the music streaming services, or you can visit my own website: http://loumurray.bandcamp.com Come praise God in song with us on Sunday mornings!

 

Denise Dunn Pre-school Director 

Hi my name is Denise Dunn, my calling to teach and share God’s love with children launched 20+ years ago when I began teaching at First United Methodist Church Preschool.  In December 2014, I was asked to be the Director of the school.  I am blessed to be able to lead and work with an amazing staff and children.  In the past, I have served in the capacity of Children’s Ministry Director and VBS Director at FUMC.  I have been married to my husband, Jim, for 29 years.  We have 2 children, a son-in-law and a grand pup.  All are a special gift from God.

Rijean Smith Children Ministry

Rijean Smith has a great love for God and His children.  She has been a part of Children’s Ministry for over 20 years and has worked with children as a preschool teacher and as a childcare director.  She is married to her husband Andy and they have three children and five, soon to be six grandchildren.  Rijean loves to spend her spare time watching her grandson play baseball and going to camp.. 

 

                                              Bob Nye
                                             “The Sound Guy”
Live Streaming

I was invited to FUMCSC in 1985 and joined the church in February 1986 and in 1989 I began the Ministry of operating the church sound and improving  the equipment and all the sound equipment  from a couple of microphones to many microphones including hanging choir microphones, new speakers, up to date mixer, wireless microphones. Many upgrades were added and to date we now have the equipment to stream and broadcast out services, our ministries and events from our Sanctuary going out beyond the four walls. God has blessed me for 32 years with the wisdom & knowledge to “Amplify His Word.”

 
James Wise Church Administrative Assistant 
I was asked to restructure bags of love ministry in March of 2017. I was only going to stay a month, but felt the Lord calling me to this benevolent church.  I became a member a month later and have been doing the Lord’s work at FUMCSC ever since.  Working closely with Joyce the last 4 years has been a complete Joy as we both mature in Christ Jesus. 
 
 
 
Donna Regn Director of Mercy Ministries.
I have been involved with Celebrate Recovery for 20 years and I have a heart for those with habits, hurts, and hang-ups…Love being on the front lines giving a hand up.to those in the most need within our community.. Being connected to the Hope Cares gives us many resources to change people’s lives for the better.  .So honored to be serving at the United Methodist Church. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scott Weyrauch
Worship Leader for the 10:00AM Blended Service. 
He is married to Aimee and they have 2 dogs named Scout and Polly and 1 cat named Wheezie. He is the Theatre Director at Saint Cloud Middle School. Scott has worked at Full Sail University in Orlando, First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee, Disney and at St. Luke’s UMC in Orlando.
 
Amber Smith  Youth Ministry Director
 
Kissimmee Charter school, teaches 5th Grade Science
Born May 10th
Graduated from USF Environmental Sciences & Policies in the Spring 2021
Has a dog Stormie.  A cat named Sonnie.  Bearded Dragon named Rocky
Hobbies Golf sewing crafting, Sings in our Praise Team
Brother Drew, Sister Amanda, 6 nieces and nephews
Helping with set design + costumes in the Charlie Brown Christmas program at St. Cloud Middle School