Our Leadership Team

The Leadership Team acts on behalf of the Congregation between congregational meetings and works with the minister and staff to coordinate the total program of the church. The members of the Leadership Team are the Moderator, Assistant Moderator (which is currently an open position), Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Endowment Team Chair, and three at-large members who coordinate three different ministry teams: Discipleship, Fellowship and Stewardship.

 

·     The Discipleship Ministry Team is responsible for educational opportunities in faith development for all ages, for outreach efforts in the local community and the world, and for coordinating all aspects of worship with the pastor, including music and media.

·     The Fellowship Ministry Team is responsible for congregational activities, fellowship events, and the assimilation of guests and members into congregational life.

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·   The Stewardship Ministry Team is responsible for the care and maintenance of the physical and financial resources of the congregation.

The Leadership Team meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  If you would like to have an item placed on the agenda, please contact the Moderator via the office: (941) 637-8443, office@puntagorda-ucc.com.

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Moderator:  Melissa Stoehr Brown

Melissa grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, but has lived in the New York metropolitan area and Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She and her husband, Steve, moved to Punta Gorda from the Mitten State in 2015.  She has previously served as Treasurer of the Leadership Team.  

Melissa enjoys playing bridge, biking, and accompanying the church choir.

Clerk:  Kathy Frantish

Kathy was born in Rochester, New York, and called Palmyra her home.  After attending college in New York, she worked as an IBM Systems Administrator at the United Way of Greater Rochester, which is where she met her husband, Ron. They moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina, where she worked as IBM Systems Manager. Since 2018, Kathy has called Punta Gorda home and enjoys volunteering at Sallie Jones Elementary School, being active in her community HOA, and being close to family.  Serving as Clerk on the Leadership Team is only one of many roles that Kathy undertaken for our church.

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Assistant Clerk:  Bill Colson

Bill moved to Florida in 2015 from Clay Center, Nebraska. He is currently serving as Assistant Clerk, having most recently served as Moderator of the Leadership Team, and, prior to that, as Assistant Treasurer.  He is also in the choir.

 

Prior to moving to Nebraska, Bill lived in and around Madison in southeastern Indiana for 20 plus years. 

 

Bill has three adult children:  two daughters living in Gilbert, Arizona, and a son (and two grandsons) living in Madison, Indiana.

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Treasurer:  Rev. Michael Robinson

Michael has a diverse background, having worked for General Electric, in the family lumber business, and as an ordained minister, a career he began at the age of 60.  He--like Pastor Mike--attended Bangor Theological Seminary.  He is a talented musician.  He contributes his talents as a pianist and organist, and he and his wife, Carol, are members of the choir,

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Assistant Treasurer:  Dick Michael

Dick was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which was named by his ancestral Moravians on Christmas Eve 1741. He attended Moravian College (Earth Science), University of Hawaii (Civil Engineering and Mathematics), and the University of Vermont (Environmental Engineering). His 45-year engineering career took him to Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and, 25 years ago, to Punta Gorda for what was billed as a two-year “temporary assignment." Dick and Paula raised two daughters in Maine where five grandchildren now draw their attention. They--especially Dick--enjoy traveling within and outside of the United States, which has led Paula to call him a cruise-aholic.

Endowment Team Lead:  Bil Tucker

Bil joined the Leadership Team in 2021 as the Endowment Team Lead.  He and his wife, Judy Minier (a former LT Moderator), have been active members of our church since 2006. Bil has B.A. and M.S. degrees from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming: all in chemistry. and haspent his career in the utilities industry.  Over the years,  his international consulting firm allowed them both to reside in Indonesia, Egypt, the Philippines, Jordan, Tanzania, and Ukraine.  Bill has previously served as lead of our Pastoral Relations Team.

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Discipleship TeamLead:  Isaac James

Isaac joined the Leadership Team in January 2021.  He has served as Music Director since January 2019, having relocated from Upstate New York.  He is an accomplished classical pianist of national acclaim who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. Isaac has always had a church home where he has used music to worship and glorify God.  We are blessed to have him as our music director.  

Isaac is also manager of the Gulf Theatre at the Military Heritage Museum.  Never idle, he gives private music lessons, is a private pilot, loves to sail, and is also a piano technician.

Fellowship Leads:  Dennis and Jessica Danner

Dennis and Jessica are the newest additions to our Leadership Team. They retired to Punta Gorda in 2019 and adopted the CUCC-PG as their new church home.  They are both retired registered nurses who moved here from Springfield, Illinois. While in Springfield, Dennis was a volunteer fireman and Jessica volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.  Dennis plays several musical instruments and is a member of the choir.  They love to travel and are looking forward to some post-COVID adventures.

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Stewardship Team Lead:  Elden Wick
 

Elden was an avionics/system engineer for the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, for 31 years, utilizing his engineering degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Wright State and The Ohio State University.  He created and managed Wickee Biomedical Engineering.  He and his wife Diane now divide their time between Punta Gorda, Alpharetta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina (home of granddaughters Oliva and Grace).  Both Elden and Diane are members of the choir.  Elden is also an active member of our Social Justice Ministry.  In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, boating, hunting, sports, visual and performing arts, latch-hooking and quilting.