Jeffrey Weenink is a third-generation church professional. Over the course of 39 years of ordained ministry, Jeffrey has served three long-term pastorates which have included service to Presbyteries, the General Assembly and time in the mission field. Most recently, he served as the Interim Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, NY. Growing up on and around the Great Lakes, the entire Weenink family loves all aspects of the shoreline, and that means anything that takes them in, on, under or by the water. Jeffrey's wife, Jeanne is a retired early elementary school educator, and, a potter. Together, Jeffrey & Jeanne have three daughters. Jenneke (Dutch for Jennifer – Jenn-eh-kah), Justyne, and Jaime. And their "diva" golden retriever dog – Jaelah. Walking with God is a magnificent adventure, one which is full of serendipities, surprises and good gifts. I am looking forward to all of those things in covenant with you as your Interim Pastor. By definition, that means our time together will be limited to this time of transition. During this time we will be busy with all aspects of our Lord’s work, witness, mission and ministry. In addition, we will be intentionally looking into our heritage, our current context, ways we do ministry, our connections to the larger church, imagining the future and committing to new directions in ministry. I look forward to living the adventure together in a dedicated effort, playful times, prayerful moments punctuated by healthy doses of good humor.
Associate Pastor of Serve Ministry
Rev. Dr. Laurie Furr-Vancini is a native of North Florida. She grew up in Gainesville and then Macclenny, Florida, and is a graduate of Baker County High School. Following high school, Laurie attended Wake Forest University earning a B.A. with double majors in Religion and Sociology. She earned an M.A.Ed. from Virginia Tech. Upon leaving Virginia Tech, Laurie worked in the Housing and Student Activities offices at Georgia Tech, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Laurie attended Candler School of Theology at Emory and Columbia Theological Seminary, earned an M.Div. and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament, PC(USA) in October 1999. Laurie is married to Jeff, and they have three children: Charlie, Sam, and Abbie. Laurie enjoys her book club, working out and traveling.
Associate Pastor for Community & Connection
Rev. Dr. Holly Inglis came to Palms in 2015 after spending over 20 years as a Christian educator in PC(USA) churches in Indiana and Colorado and five years as a co-pastor in a Quaker church in rural Indiana. Holly holds a Master of Divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana and a Doctor of Educational Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. In addition to her years of congregational ministry, she was elected President of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators in 2017. Her hobbies include fishing and dancing (not at the same time).
Director of Faith Formation & Nurture
Rev. Jenn Green grew up in Arizona and moved to Colorado after graduating from Northern Arizona University with a B.A. in psychology. She discerned her call to ministry in the United Church of Christ and received an M. Div. with an emphasis in children and family ministry from Bethel Seminary. After serving in several congregations in Colorado, she moved to Jacksonville three years ago to serve as Associate Pastor of a local church. She is a trained Godly Play specialist and has a passion for nurturing spiritual growth in disciples of all ages. Jenn has two teenage sons, Ryan and Jonah, and two four legged babies, Peanut and Buddy. She loves the beach, reading, and all things Disney!
Older Adult Ministry Coordinator
William (Bill) Wildey, took early retirement from Church World Service following 31 years of service. During his tenure at Church World Service, Bill traveled to many countries around the world. He has taught workshops on effective public speaking, storytelling, major gift fundraising, and more. Bill has hosted and been a guest on many radio and television programs through the years. Early in his career, he worked with singer/songwriter Harry Chapin in his efforts to address global hunger. Throughout his career he has worked with various performers, including Pete Seeger, Lou Rawls, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary), Tim Janis, and others. Following his retirement, Bill served as Interim Pastor at Zion United Church of Christ in South Bend, Indiana before he and his wife, Maureen, moved to Ponte Vedra.
Director of Music and Fine Arts
Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Ronn Cummings holds degrees in piano performance and conducting from The University of Wisconsin, Southern Methodist University and The University of North Texas College of Music. He studied conducting with Joseph Hawthorne, Elizabeth Green, Murry Sidlin (Aspen School of Music), Herbert Blomstedt and Anshel Brusilow. In 1997 he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of North Texas and subsequently joined the faculty of UNT where he served as Assistant Director of Orchestras, conducting the UNT Chamber Orchestra and teaching conducting. In 2000, he accepted a position as Director of Orchestral Studies at The University of Akron where he led the University Symphony Orchestra and taught music history, conducting and orchestration. While in Ohio he also served as Director of Music at The First Congregational Church of Hudson. In 2004, Dr. Cummings was appointed as Director of Music and Fine Arts at Palms.
Church Business Director
Lori Vaughn moved to Jacksonville in the fall of 2016 from central Nebraska where she grew up on a cattle ranch. Using her degree in Nonprofit Management with an Accounting Emphasis, Lori worked for a large church in Nebraska as their business manager for 22 years. Family and fantastic weather motivated Lori and her husband Steve to relocate to the Jacksonville area. She has two grown children; Amy, a Coast Guard officer who lives in Jacksonville, and Andy, a computer engineer, living in Toronto with his wife Josie. Lori enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching college football and volleyball (especially the Huskers), volunteering, and walking her pug dogs, Porky and Petunia.
Director of Palms Preschool & Childcare Center
For the past 10 years, Lauren Lee has been navigating the world of elementary and early childhood education as a teacher, student, administrator, and mom. In 2010, she graduated from the University of North Florida with her M.Ed. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Literacy. Lauren then completed her Ed. S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida, with a focus on Language Arts and Children’s Literature. Most recently, Lauren served as Director for The Salvation Army Child Development Center in Jacksonville. She sits on the Duval Early Learning Directors Network Board, is an author of numerous articles and a nationally recognized presenter on early childhood literacy.
Although not a “native Floridian,” Jimmy Steele considers himself “close enough.” He grew up in Winter Haven where he would later teach middle school for seven years. Prior to coming to Palms, he served churches in Orlando, Fort Myers Beach, Lakeland, and Winter Haven. He is an ordained ruling elder in the PCUSA, has served on leadership teams for the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, and Presbyterian Youth Worker’s Association, and has been active in presbytery ministries wherever he has served. As a former Camp Board of Directors member, Jimmy felt his call to full time ministry while serving as a summer camp worship leader. Triennium, Montreat, Cedarkirk, and the mountains of Vermont are just a few of his favorite places to experience God’s presence. In addition to his love of the ministry, he loves sports, going on retreats with students, “playing golf”, visiting his family, and traveling. Jimmy is married to Katie and they have a daughter Hadley, and a cat Ginger.
Rev. Lloyd Alamsha
Administrative Assistant Session & Worship Ministry
Administrative Assistant for Connection & Finance
Administrative Assistant for Nurture
Administrative Assistant for Serve & Outreach Ministry
Administrative Assistant for Baldwin Grant
Facilities & Maintenance Manager
John Paul Schexnayder
Preschool Administrative Assistant
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