PASTORS AND STAFF
Charles "Chuck" Engelhardt.
Rev. Engelhardt is a native of Fort Myers, FL. He grew up in the church and was blessed with loving Christian parents who modeled faithfulness to Jesus Christ. In the spring of 1974, Chuck asked Jesus into his life and became a Christian. In December 1974 Chuck sensed God was calling him into full time Christian service as a vocation. By the time he graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1978, Pastor Chuck believed God was calling him to serve in a full time way in the church. He attended Asbury College where he majored in Bible and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Following college he received a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1985 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky.
Pastor Nako Kellum started serving at Cape Coral First UMC as the associate pastor in July, 2008. She is originally from Yokohama, Japan, grew up as a Buddhist and became a Christian when she was 22. She went to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where she met her future husband, Edward. Edward is also a United Methodist pastor who serves at Pine Island United Methodist Church. They have two daughters who keep them busy! She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with family.
Director of Youth Ministries / Director of Operations and Finance
Adam Vernon joined the staff of Cape Coral First in December, 2014 as the Director of Youth Ministries. Adam has spent the last 17 years serving in United Methodist churches in Florida and North Carolina. His past roles have included the following: Licensed Local Pastor and Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Adam is a native of England and is passionate about creating an environment where youth discover their faith as their own. He is also a little obsessed with English football and specifically his favorite team, Chelsea.
Director of Worship Arts
Brad joined our staff in April of 2015. He is a North Carolina native and has lived in the mountains, piedmont and coastal plains of NC. He started singing and playing instruments, in church and school, at a very young age. He met his wife, Angel, at East Carolina University where they both studied music. Brad was raised in the United Methodist Church and has served in Methodist churches for the past 11 years. He has also served in Disciples of Christ and Episcopal churches. Now that they are Florida residents, his family is extremely excited to be close to their favorite place, Disney World!
Pastor of Connecting Ministries
Dennis serves as the pastor of connecting ministries for Cape Coral First. He is married to Lauramae. They met in college at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. They have three daughters living in Florida. He was a Baptist pastor in Texas, Missouri, and Maryland for 20 years. He also served as an U.S. Army chaplain with the Missouri National Guard, Army Reserves, and on active duty for a total of 20 years.
Lauramae is a new Floridian who hails from the state of MO. She is a minister’s daughter who has been involved in music for most of her life, both in the church and in the secular world. She has taught music at all grade levels in the public schools, directed choirs in every church of which she has been a member (including a German-American choir while living in Germany), and taught piano privately for over 30 years. Many people move to Florida to enjoy the warm climate, which is a good reason for sure. Lauramae and her husband Dennis, however, have moved here primarily to be close to their three daughters and six grandchildren. She is looking forward to working not only with the choir but with the entire worship arts personnel in their commmitment to use arts as a tool for meaningful worship each Sunday.
Children's Ministry Coordinator
We welcome Kristin Coke as our Children's Ministry Coordinator. Kristin is a fourth generation Floridian, born in the small farming town of Pahokee, located on Lake Okeechobee. She was raised in the Methodist church, and attended Pahokee First UMC from birth through her late teens. In May of 2003 she completed her Associates Degree at Palm Beach State College, and moved to Fort Myers to continue pursuing her career in the insurance industry. She has been with BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. (formerly Oswald Trippe and Company) since March of 2004, working in both managerial and sales agent capacities.
Originally from New York, Michelle relocated to Maryland with her job and lived there for 26 years. While there Michelle spent most of her 29 year career as a financial analyst for a credit card processing company. She retired from that job in 2013 and moved on a boat, full time, which her husband, Brad. In 2015 Michelle and Brad relocated to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and a couple of months ago relocated to Florida, where they bought a condo and a smaller boat. Michelle says they are very happy here. Between the two of them they have 6 children (all grown) and 7 grandchildren. They love boating, sports, pickleball, exercising and going on motorcycle trips
Mary is originally from Worcester, Vermont-a very small town in the snow belt. She moved to Sanibel in 1988 to get away from snow after living in Juneau, Alaska, New Hampshire and Boston. Her entire life has been about preschool aged children and she loves working with them on a daily basis. She considers them one of God’s best gifts. Mary always had a dream to start a new preschool and that came true when Cape Coral First opened Foundations Early Learning Center in June of 2011. She still LOVES coming to work and finding a new God sighting somewhere during her workday with “her kids”.
We welcome Nancy Serzan as our Administrative Assistant, a new part-time position for Cape Coral First UMC. Born in Missouri, Nancy is the granddaughter of a Methodist Minister from the Illinois Conference. Nancy and her family moved to South West Florida at the beginning of her high school years and she graduated from Alva High School and the University of South Florida in Tampa with a degree in Business Administration, where she met her husband, Jeff.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
At Cape Coral First we have discerned that our purpose is ‘To Make Disciples of Jesus for the Transformation of the World.’ To do that our Church Council, along with other church leaders, came together to put in place a vision plan for the next five years. This plan seeks to build from our strengths: worship, leadership, and small/study groups. It also seeks to transform our facilities so they are better equipped as venues for ministry as well as add new ways for our church to reach out into the community.
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