Our Staff

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Rev. Michael Ford, Pastor

Rev. Ford began ministry among us on January 1, 2016.  He had previously served three different churches in Vermont.  Mike received a Master of Divinity Degree from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1996 and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1998.  He has a dual B.A. in anthropology and sociology from Johnson State College in Vermont.

He and his wife, Kelly, are the proud parents of Kendall, Sawyer and Cameron, and are also doting grandparents

Isaac James, Music Director

Isaac 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.

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Mary Tulip, Administrative Assistant/Finance Clerk

Mary was born and grew up in New Hampshire where she loves to return if there is no snow!  She and her husband, Dick, who is a retired ordained minister, moved to Punta Gorda in November 2015 after serving churches in Maine and New York.  Mary retired from Utica College after twelve years, Mary and Dick have three grown children living in New Hampshire, Florida and California.  Mary enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with the grandchildren whenever possible.

Pastoral Relations Team (PRT)

The Pastoral Relations Team supports and maintains an open relationship between our ordained minister, staff, and members of the congregation. It helps the pastor and members of the church share ideas, hopes, dreams and interpretations of mission. It lets the pastor know what people in the church are thinking, and it provides a framework for dealing creatively with conflict.  The current members of the PRT are listed below and are available to address concerns that anyone might have with regard to our church's interpretation and execution of our stated missions.

Jan Tulk, Lead, (941) 258-2450, jetulk@embarqmail.com

Bill Ringelstein, (941) 637-9979, biljeanr@embarqmail.com

Carol Schmuhl, (414) 331-4772, encorejc@gmail.com

Barb Smith, (608) 751-5427, barbsmith1954@gmail.com

Lee Swift, (941) 629-5857, leeswift47@gmail.com