Tom Nelson
Tom NelsonSenior Pastor

Welcome to First Church of Port Orange! Thank you for considering making this your church home. We have exciting worship services and ministry opportunities for all ages. Our small groups offer the opportunity to connect with other Christ-followers in a loving community focused on service to others. Join us as we share life together!

We hope to see you soon!

Tom Nelson
Senior Pastor, First Church Port Orange
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Tony Sorrell
Tony SorrellYouth Minister & Communications
Suzi Rodriguez
Suzi RodriguezChildren's and Family Minister
Ashley Gonzalez
Ashley GonzalezPre-School Director
Janet Kelley
Janet KelleyChurch Administrator
Miguel Rodriguez
Miguel RodriguezContemporary Worship Leader / Director of Derbyshire Ministries
Kimberly Scaccia
Kimberly ScacciaChancel Choir Director
Ryan McDowell
Ryan McDowellThrift Boutique Manager
Melissa Cargile
Melissa CargilePianist
Jody Sherman
Jody ShermanChild Care Teacher
Shirley Ranew
Shirley RanewChild Care Teacher
Ronnie Dawson
Ronnie DawsonWeekend Custodial Technician

Lay Leadership

First Church is not only comprised of a Staff who sees to the ministries and facilities on a daily basis, we also have a tremendous team of servant leader volunteers who carry on the role as  leader over church committees and facility maintenance.  These generous servants lead other teams to ensure the church’s ministries can thrive and help fulfill the needs of our each other and our guests.  Below is a list of those leaders and a little about them.

Jennifer Kelly
Jennifer KellyLay Leader

Jennifer Kelly – First Church Lay Leader

What is the lay leader’s role, in a nutshell?
The lay leader represents the members of the church and is a bridge between the congregation and the pastor. As the lay leader, I am a member of the Family Staff, Facility & Finance, and the Nominations and Leadership Development Teams. I also lead the Servant Leader team (church council).

How long have you lived in the area?
I grew up in the Daytona Beach area, going to school at Ortona Elementary, Seabreeze Junior High (now the Ocean Center parking lot), and Seabreeze High School. I went away to school at the University of Florida in the 80’s. My husband and I have raised our family in South Daytona and remain there now.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
I grew up in and out of different churches and denominations (I related to the video we watched during April’s sermon series… my church history was “a little bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing!”) We found First Church and became members in 2008 – we immediately felt at home here and sensed the authenticity of this church family.

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
I recently retired from a career in Volusia County Schools, starting as a classroom teacher in 1990 and working for many years as a district special education administrator, supporting programs Pre-K-12 for students with significant disabilities. I have now begun a second career as a birth doula and owner of Meant to Be Birth Services.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
I love experimenting with and learning different art forms, spending time with friends and family, marveling at how much fun it is to spend time with my two now-grown sons, and camping.

What is one interesting thing people might not know about you?
I spent two separate years in college studying abroad. The first year was at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where I had the opportunity to travel Europe and the then-Soviet Union. My second year was as a Rotary Graduate Scholar at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where I represented the USA and Florida and came to love public speaking at Rotary events throughout Australia.

Bob MacKendree
Bob MacKendree Leader, Family Staff Team
What does your team do, in a nutshell?
The Family Staff Servant Team is an active link between the congregation and members of the staff at First UMC of Port Orange. We support the staff of FCPO in its ministry to the congregation and the community. We support staff members of FCPO as they relate to each other and to United Methodist supervision of our church and staff. We communicate regularly with staff members through assigned liaisons and are available to congregants to receive communication from them. We review policies, procedures, responsibilities, and performance of staff members to ensure staff members are supportive of each other and of the congregation. As a team, we commit to pray for the staff and the congregation, to respect the boundaries of staff relationships (including their need to maintain appropriate work-life balance), and to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality in all our actions and communications.

How long have you lived in the area?
We moved to this area in 2017 after spending the previous 24 years in the Nashville, Tennessee area.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
We joined First Church in 2018, transferring membership from Rehoboth UMC in Gallatin, TN (members there for 24 years).

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
I retired from The United Methodist Publishing House in 2017. I began my career at UMPH in Music Resources publishing and ended as Executive Director, Financial and Business Analysis. In “retirement”, I have served as Project Manager for the new United Methodist Hymnal.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
I enjoy traveling with family, woodworking (mostly small projects), and gardening for veggies.

What is one interesting thing people might not know about you?
Karen and I have lived in eight states and have been fortunate to travel to 47 plus a few locations outside the US. We hope to knock out the remaining three states (Alaska, Montana, Wyoming) soon.

Jake Johansson
Jake Johansson Leader, Facility and Finance Team
What does your team do, in a nutshell?
Nothing in a nutshell. Outside the nutshell, we ensure the church’s budget is maintained and appropriate funds in are expenses in accordance with the approved budget. We also plan for upkeep and improvement of the buildings and infrastructure and capital assets on our campus and at Derbyshire Place.

How long have you lived in the area?
We have lived in Port Orange since 2015. Before that I was active duty Navy and we lived in multiple locations to include Virginia, California, Hawaii, Maryland and Florida.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
We arrived in First Church in 2015 after visiting multiple Methodist churches in the area. First Church was the most welcoming.

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
Navy for 35.5 years and Port Orange City Manager for five. I work now as an Executive Coach, leadership speaker, and consultant.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
Brewing beer, tracking my sports car, and watching my boys play soccer and baseball. We also camp often.

What is one interesting thing people might not know about you?
I worked in the White House for 3 years.

Connie Van Brocklin
Connie Van Brocklin First Church Treasurer
What is your leadership role, in a nutshell? As the church treasurer, I provide oversight of church finances.

How long have you lived in the area?
I moved here in 2004 from Northern Virginia.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
I’ve been a First Church member since 2004.

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
I was a chemist and environmental program manager for the Department of the Army, in the Pentagon.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
Gardening, traveling, quilting, and spending time with grandchildren.

What is one interesting thing people might not know about you?
I lived in more than 10 places (and 15 homes) between college and Port Orange, moving with my first husband’s Navy career.

Hal Maskiell
Hal Maskiell Leader, Welcome Servants
What does your team do, in a nutshell?
The Welcome Servants Team greets worshipers on Sunday mornings, welcomes new visitors, and seeks to establish an initial relationship that will bring people back to First Church again.
How long have you lived in the area?
My wife, Gail Magnuson, and I moved to Ponce Inlet from Chardon, OH, where we were active in The Federated Church of Chagrin Falls, seven years ago. We saw the FUMCPO sign out front, decided to try it our first Sunday in town and never left. We joined in late summer of 2014.
What is your career, or what are you retired from?
I’m a retired marketing manager and have been enjoying my “encore career” of flight instructing at Epic Flight Academy. I focus on training new flight instructors.
How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
Flight instruction has grown to take up most of my free time. I do enjoy cooking and occasional baking when not working.
What is one interesting thing people might not know about you?
I lived in Naples, Italy for 3 1/2 years while in the Navy and speak a few words of conversational Italian.
Donna Knott
Donna Knott Leader, Word Servants Team
What does your team do, in a nutshell?
Word Servants is another name for Christian education. Our team will help classes obtain materials, prepare an Advent and Lenten devotional each year and oversee the church library. The team members are Donna Knott and Shelly Boehm.

How long have you lived in the area? Where were you before moving to this area?
I was born in Kentucky, where my dad was a coal miner. When that work ran out, my family moved to Daytona to be close to our grandparents. I graduated from Mainland and Daytona Beach Junior College and was recruited by the FBI and moved to the DC area (no, I was not given a gun). I’ve been in Port Orange for over 30 years, coming from Maryland, where I worked in a law firm before the girls came along. Then it was all the things you do when you are a “stay at home mom”: teach Sunday School, assist the school librarian, chair the PTA, substitute teach at the girl’s school, church secretary, newsletter editor and babysit all the neighborhood kids.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
I joined First Church in 1991. In addition to Word Servants, I volunteer in the church office and at the Thrift Boutique.

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
Before retirement, I spent 17 years with the Speedway. Since retirement there has been more time for volunteering, visiting, and keeping up with family and church members.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
Since my dad moved into my home, there is not much spare time, but some time is made for reading.

Jim McGregor
Jim McGregor First Church Lay Delegate
What is your role, in a nutshell?
As Lay Delegate to Annual Conference, I attend monthly meetings of First Church Lay Leaders and the Facility & Finance teams. I also serve on the Board of Derbyshire Place, enjoy helping out on the sound board for Sunday services, doing odd jobs around campus and driving bus for the youth group.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
After singing in the choir and participating in Discipleship classes, I joined First Church in 1998.

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
As a medical ultrasound tech, I moved from Michigan in 1980 and formed my own company, Mobile Ultrasound Specialists, serving hospitals, physicians offices and Coleman Federal Prison until my retirement in 2015.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
I love to spend as much time as possible with my two granddaughters.

Brenda Bain
Brenda Bain Chair, Thrift Boutique Board
What does the Thrift Boutique do, in a nutshell?
The Thrift Boutique is a ministry of First Church. We believe that everything that comes through the doors is a gift from God. We are called to be good stewards of these gifts and to respond to the needs of our community and beyond.

How long have you lived in the area?
We got married in May 2015 and moved from a northeast suburb of Atlanta a few months later. My husband passed away last November from lymphoma.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
Since 2016. Before that, Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead.

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
I am a retired nonprofit healthcare executive.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
Volunteering at AdventHealth Daytona Beach, reading, interacting with friends and family, travel and walking my dog.

What is one interesting thing people might not know about you?
I was a volunteer and executive during the early days of hospice care. I chaired a national task force and wrote 2 monographs on how to successfully get reimbursed by private insurance and managed care programs.

Kay Luzier
Kay Luzier Chair, Preschool Board
What is your role, in a nutshell?
I serve as the leader of the First Church Preschool Board, which directs and supports the preschool program at First Church.

How long have you lived in the area? Where were you before moving to this area?
A native of Virginia, I moved with my family in 1980 to Port Orange.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
Lloyd and I began to worship and serve at Port Orange UMC shortly after moving here in 1980.

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
I am a retired educator, with over 40 years of teaching experience, working in Volusia County Schools for 30 years.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my grandson. I am also active in the leadership of Florida Sonrise Emmaus Ministries.

What is one interesting thing people might not know about you?
I was the Volusia County Teacher of the Year in 2006, and the first full time classroom teacher to serve as State President of the Florida PTA from 1992-1994. I also served on the National PTA Board of Directors for 3 years.

Lloyd Luzier
Lloyd Luzier Interim Chair, Derbyshire Place Board
What is your role, in a nutshell?
I am the leader of the Derbyshire Place Board, which directs and supports the mission and work of Derbyshire Place, a faith-based community outreach center in Daytona Beach.

How long have you lived in the area? Where were you before moving to this area?
My family moved to Port Orange in 1980.

How long have you been a member of First Church Port Orange?
We began to worship and serve at First Church Port Orange shortly after moving to the area in 1980.

What is your career, or what are you retired from?
I retired from a career as an insurance claims adjuster in 2014.

How do you like to spend your time when not volunteering in your lay leadership role?
I am active in the leadership of Kairos Prison Ministries and Florida Sonrise Emmaus. I am also a volunteer and board member at the First Church Thrift Boutique and serve as an usher in church on Sundays.

What is one interesting thing people might not know about you?
Those who know me well would not be surprised to know that I have in fact kissed the blarney stone in Ireland.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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