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 Lead Pastor – Rev. Chris Jones
Chris is the pastor of COF where he has been serving since July of 2015. His main responsibilities are to preach, to lead, and to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus. Chris grew up in Fort Lauderdale and answered a call to pastoral ministry at the age of 16 after experiencing God’s love in a profound way. He is a graduate of Florida Southern College (B.A.), Duke Divinity School (M.Div.), and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.A., Pastoral Counseling).
 
In addition to pastoring COF, Chris sits on the Board of Ordained Ministry, which evaluates and recommends candidates for pastoral ministry in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He also serves as the chairperson of the East Central District Committee on Ordained Ministry.
 
Chris is blessed to share life with his wife Amanda and their twins Hannah and Noah – and their 2 dogs, Nala and Teddy. 
 

What is your favorite Scripture verse or passage?

John 8:36: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

What was your childhood ambition?

This changed constantly when I was growing up. One minute I wanted to be President. The next I wanted to be an inventor or a neurosurgeon. However, I felt called to pastoral ministry at 16 and haven’t looked back since then.

What was your first job?

I was the “Bagel Boy” at Chesapeake Bagel on Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Basically I wore a plastic bagel and waved to cars on the street. Don’t make fun…nobody else wanted to hire me at 13!

What is your favorite food?

Is coffee a food? Just kidding…probably sushi.

What would a perfect day be for you?

I love going to the beach, museums, historical places, Disney world. For me it’s not so much what I am doing as who I am with.

What are your favorite characteristics of Jesus?

His radical love for everybody, but especially those nobody else wanted.

 

 
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staff

Pastor of Hispanic Ministry

Fernando Malave
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Director of Worship Arts and Discipleship

Julia Nicholas
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Director of Operations

 Diana Petras
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Director of Children and Families

Kathy Beuttenmuller
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Director of Youth Ministries

David Stump
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Learning Center Director

Sarah Dodson
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Administrative Assistant

Sophia Burgess
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Finance Coordinator

Teresa Terranova
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leadership team

Lay Leadership

Lori Austin
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Administrative Council Chair

Steve Huffman
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UMW Leader

Diane Abresky

Chair of Trustees

Lynn McConahyl
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Chair of Staff Parish

Ami Sinibaldi
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Chair of Finance

Linda Mcconahy
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banner ministry leaders

Live By Faith Leader

Joe & Gillian Wolfe
 
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Known By Love Leader

Kimi Lloyd
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Voice of Hope Leader

Annette Reyes-Burnsed
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