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 Lead Pastor – Rev. Craig Blocher
Craig is the interim pastor of COF through June 2021. His main responsibilities are to preach, to lead, and to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus. Craig grew up in Columbus, Ohio and recieved a call to pastoral ministry while about to graduate from the University of Florida. A big change from his degree in finance, but following the path of his grandfather and uncles in ministry as pastors in the UMC. In addition to UF, he is a graduate of Emory (M.Div.).
 
Craig is married to Erin and they have two children who keep them busy, Andrew (4), and Josie (2).
 
 

What is your favorite Scripture verse or passage?

Isaiah 61:1-4. In addition to being the words Jesus reads at the beginning of his ministry in Luke’s Gospel, that passage is a great reminder that God’s Kingdom doesn’t always work the way we might expect it to.

What was your childhood ambition?

That certainly changed a few times but I wanted to be an architect for a good stretch as I liked building new things.

What was your first job?

Besides some babysitting jobs, my first job where I got a paycheck was working as a lifeguard at the local pool. I grew up swimming and playing water polo so the pool was a second home for me.

What is your favorite food?

I love good BBQ. It is coffee that keeps the engine running though!

What would a perfect day be for you?

I love going to new places and trying new food. The regular spots are Disney and the beach with the family.

What are your favorite characteristics of Jesus?

One of my favorite characteristics of Jesus is that he saw people for who they could be, not just who they were. Jesus called Peter a ‘rock’ well before he demonstrated being one.

 

 
  
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staff

Pastor of Hispanic Ministry

Fernando Malave
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Director of Worship Arts

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 McConahy
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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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