Meet the Team

The staff of First United Methodist Church of Sarasota is dedicated to bringing people to Christ and serving the community and the congregation through worship, mission, and spiritual support. Each person has his or her own role , but all work together to serve the local church and to honor Christ's Holy Church.

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Rev. Dr. Sam Wright

Senior Pastor

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Michael Stuart

Director of Music/Organist

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Rev. Robert (Woody) Woodward

Associate Pastor

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Donna Maynard

Director of Ministries


Julie Miller

Director of Finance

and Administration

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Joyce Johnson

Pastoral Care Assistant/

Faith Community Nurse

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Director of Children and Youth


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Baron Garriott

Contemporary Worship Leader

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Marc Nordstrom

Technology Coordinator

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Candy Bell

Director of Early Care Center

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Maria Mossbarger

ECC Office Manager

Tammy Ralston

Administrative Assistant

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Mike Pepe

Sound Engineer

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Kerry Sanders


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Jeff Croy