W. Glen Bell

Rev. Bell is currently the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, FL after having served as pastor of the Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church in Laurinburg, NC; pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN; and executive pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN.

Originally from Charlotte, but raised in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Glen is married to Anne, who is a family practice nurse. Together they have four young adult children: Laurel, Meredith, Matt, and Rachel.

Rusty Benton

Rusty has a BA Philosophy/BA Psychology from the Univ. North Carolina Charlotte and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. Currently he is the Head of Staff at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (GCPC) for the last 5 years in Mauldin, South Carolina, a suburb of Greenville SC. Prior to Grace Covenant, he served in churches in Richmond Virginia, Gallatin Tennessee and in Alpharetta, Georgia.

He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have a daughter. Rusty is an avid runner, guitarist, loves to just hang out, take trips, play Wii with his family. They also have a huge Newfoundland dog named Daisy.

Phil Blackburn

The Reverend Phillip L. Blackburn is a native of Oklahoma. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, he graduated high school in 1993 before attending the University of Kansas. He graduated the University of Kansas in 1997 with degrees in History and Religious Studies and with an avid passion for Kansas basketball. Upon graduation from KU he enrolled at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. It was in Austin that he met a fellow seminarian named Tasha Hofmann, whom he married in July of 2001. Following his graduation from APTS, he attended the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland where he received a Master of Theology degree. He then accepted a two year fellowship at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. He had the opportunity to reflect critically on ministry and the Church and was blessed with an excellent preparation for his next call. That next call led him to Lincoln, Illinois where he was the pastor of First Presbyterian. He currently lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas with his wife, who together are co-pastors at First Presbyterian Church. They have two children, Calum and Alena.

Tasha Blackburn

Reverend Tasha Blackburn is currently co-pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She loves working with young people and their parents to nurture and strengthen faith in the home. She keeps busy raising two young children, Calum (6 years) and Alena (3 years) with her husband and fellow pastor, Phillip Blackburn. If you would like to learn more about Rev. Blackburn, feel free to visit her church’s website at http://1pres.org.

Amy Camp

Rev. Amy Lehr Camp is Parish Associate at Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine FL. She has a M.Div. and a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She has served in pastoral ministry in churches in Virginia and Florida since 2001. Amy enjoys reading, long walks and jogs on the beach, and playing kickball and tag with her 8 year old son, William.

Hunter Camp

Hunter Camp is the Pastor / Head of Staff at Memorial Presbyterian in St. Augustine, Florida. Hunter is a graduate of Flagler College and Columbia Theological Seminary from which he received both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

Prior to coming to Memorial, Dr. Camp served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Green Cove Springs, Florida. He is active in the ministry of the larger church through the Presbytery of St. Augustine. He is a Columnist at The St. Augustine Record and enjoys surfing, reading, writing, bird watching, and Tai Chi in his spare time. He is married to the Reverend Amy Camp and they have one child, William.

elizabet-deibertElizabeth Deibert

Rev. Elizabeth Deibert is the pastor of Peace Presbyterian Church in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelors in Music Education, Elizabeth worked as a music teacher for a year, before following the call to ministry. She and husband, Richard, a physician, attended Columbia Theological Seminary, and after ordination, they served as co-pastors at Immanuel Presbyterian in Montgomery, Alabama from 1990-1999. She served as interim pastor of Faison Presbyterian Church in Faison, North Carolina before being called to serve as Peace Presbyterian’s founding pastor in 2005. Elizabeth has four children, is a Tarheel basketball fan, a flower gardener, and a lover of Montreat, the Presbyterian Conference Center in the N. Carolina Mountains as well as a talented musician.

Alistair Drummond

Rev. Alistair Drummond is the pastor of West End Presbyterian Church in New York City where he has served for eighteen years. He was born and raised in Scotland and studied at the University of Edinburgh. Before moving to the United States he was ordained by the Church of Scotland and served for seven years as minister of Kelty Church in the Presbytery of Dunfermline. He has two daughters Jocelyn and Chloe who are currently in graduate studies. His interests include soccer, piano, running and looking after his two pet bunnies Arnie and Izzy.

bobBob Griffiths

Bob is Chaplain at the Pines of Sarasota, southwest Florida’s oldest and largest not-for-profit senior care facility. Prior to joining the staff in 2010, Bob worked in hospice chaplaincy for seven years. He is the past Spiritual Life Director at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Sarasota and is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross, an Episcopal Benedictine religious order.

Ann HerlinAnn Herlin

The Reverend Ann Herlin is an Associate Pastor at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, Virginia, where she has served since 2001.  Over the years here, Ann’s work has touched on many different areas, including mission, advocacy, adult education, young adults, membership, and pastoral care.  She was raised in Palacios, Texas, and received her BA from Yale University in 1993 and her Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary, she taught first grade for two years in South Texas (as part of Teach for America), and then spent 16 months teaching English to elementary students in Costa Rica.  Ann and her husband are the parents of two preschool children, and she spends her “down time” visiting construction sites, making long lines of toy cars, playing princesses, doing crafts, building with Legos, and playing outside.

Mark Hults

Mark Hults is a graduate of Purdue University and the Columbia Theological Seminary. Early in his career Mark worked for the InterVarsity Ministries, and he is now serving as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Green Cove Springs, Florida.

Chuck Jones

Dr. Chuck Jones is currently a Professor of Religious Studies at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Chuck earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College, Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Nineteenth Century Studies from Drew University. He is a retired Presbyterian Minister having served churches for 30 years. He and his wife Jeanne live in St. Petersburg, Florida and they have one daughter, Catherine.

Charles Landreth

Charles (Charlie) Landreth served 20 years as a pastor in churches in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.  He also worked 20 years in the field of community mental health where he served as a Community Health Administrator for Florida State Government, and as Executive Director of the Florida Council for Mental Health in Jacksonville, Florida.  After officially retiring in 2005, Charlie served five interim pastorates.

As an honorably retired minister in the Presbytery of St. Augustine, Charlie now resides at Westminster Woods in Saint Johns, Florida.  He reports that it is like living on a cruise ship with a wonderful variety of people and new things to do each day. Charlie enjoys exercise at the gym, walking, reading contemporary fiction, and computer technology.

Andy Odom

The Rev. Andrew S. Odom grew up in Dallas, Texas and currently serves as senior pastor of Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, a large and vibrant congregation in Richardson. He and his wife Denise, who is also a pastor, have two girls, Marguerite (8) and Mackenzie (6). He holds degrees in economics and history from the University of Texas and completed his Master of Divinity degree at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

After graduating seminary, they went to Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana for a two-year residency program that, in Andy’s opinion, held some of the most formative years he has known. They followed that with a move to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where Andy service 8½ years as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, a mid-sized congregation in the heart of cattle and oil country.

When not spending time with family, Andy enjoys fishing, bird hunting, and playing golf. He is also a private pilot and, although he has not flown in a while, hopes to be able to get back up in the air someday.

Don Olinger

Don Olinger is a retired Presbyterian Minister. He lost his vision to Stargardt’s Disease and became legally blind in 1998. In 2011, he ended his career as a minister and left New York City, and moved into an independent living facility in Florida. He lost all hope of living a normal life but after graduating from Southeastern Guide Dogs and with his “superhero” Labrador named Ralphie, Don is now able to live life independently. Currently, Don is paying it forward, raising funds and speaking on behalf of Southeastern Guide Dogs. For more information visit: www.guidedogs.org

Fredrick A. Robinson

The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson is Rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, Florida, where he has served since 1994.  He and his wife, Linda, have two grown children, and watching the young people of the Redeemer parish grow from childhood to adulthood, he says, is one of his greatest joys, and one of the parish’s greatest strengths.  Under his tenure, Redeemer has added a full-time Youth Minister, an on-staff Director of Christian Education, established a thriving Hispanic Mission, and undertaken many mission trips to the Dominican Republic, helping build new churches and a school in that country.

Prior to being called to Redeemer, Father Robinson was Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe, Louisiana; he also previously served as Rector at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Grand Prairie, Texas.  In Southwest Florida, Fr. Robinson is the chair of the Southwest Episcopal Diocese Commission on Liturgy and Music, and has served on the Diocesan Council on various committees, and as Alternate Deputy to the General Convention.  He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Nashotah House, and President of the Board of Trustees for Resurrection House, a day care facility for the homeless in Sarasota.

Eric WantEric Want

Pastor Eric is currently the pastor at Freedom Christian Church of Sarasota, and is ordained as a Baptist Minister of the Gospel. He came from England in 2002 to join the staff at First Baptist Church of Sarasota, where he ministered for nine years. Eric grew up Catholic and attended seminary to become a priest. As a visitor to a prison in Manchester, England, he was challenged by a prisoner about his relationship with Jesus. On realizing that the prisoner had something which he did not have (Jesus in his heart) he prayed the prayer of salvation accepting Christ into his life. God quickly led him into the ministry, and after completing his Bible training at the Emmaus Bible College, he began serving the Lord in Baptist churches in England. He started the church at Freedom five years ago after leaving First Baptist Church. Visit Freedom Christian Church of Sarasota at www.fccsarasota.org

Eric Wogen

Pastor Eric Wogen was born in Chicago, Illinois, and claims mid-western roots, even though he lived in many different places while growing up due to his father’s employment with the Pennsylvania Railroad. A graduate of Radnor High School in suburban Philadelphia, he received an AB in History from Gettysburg College and a MDiv degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. His first call was to a wonderfully affirming congregation in Sellersville, PA, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ridge Valley, where he joyfully served until being called as Assistant to the Bishop of the Southeastern Synod (LCA). He returned to parish ministry in 1979 when he was called to serve St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hanover, PA. After more than twenty years at St. Matthew, he was called by St. Armand’s Key Lutheran Church in Sarasota, Florida to be its pastor and served there until his retirement in 2008.

Pastor Wogen and his wife Sandy, who presently reside in Sarasota, have two sons and four grandsons.In retirement, he has remained actively involved in various ministries by serving on a number of Boards and Committees, doing an interim ministry assignment and preaching when requested. Providing messages for DIAL HOPE, when needed, is a privilege he enjoys. He relishes the arrival of each new day and looks forward to the many opportunities those days bring to share God’s love with others.

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