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Pastor Jody McKewen


Southern born and raised, Pastor Jody is a native of Corinth, Mississippi, the son of Joe (a prolific photographer) and Doris McKewen (Joes favorite model).

Jody graduated from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and the Memphis Theological Seminary. Jody and wife Gaylene have four adult children Ian, Kevin, Chelsey, and Krista.

When asked to Describe the ministry setting  to which you believe God is calling you.”  Jody responded: I believe that proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ should not only be by our words but also by our very lives; by giving up ourselves to Gods service and reaching out to those whom the world has turned away. The Church must be serious about ministry to all of Gods children regardless of what they look like, where they come from, or what their past is. We are all equal in Gods eyes.

 Jody loves to sing and play music. He is totally in love with Christ and knows what it means to be forgiven. His mission in life is to tell everyone, God loves you, just as you are!


Donna, originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Donna is an accomplished pianist and violinist, holding multi-disciplinary degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The University of Michigan, and Troy State University. 
Donna started playing in church at 10-years old and has served the Lord through music since then. Well-versed in both traditional and contemporary music, she has served the Diocese of Venice since 2005 as the Contemporary Mass (Lifeteen) Music Coordinator at Epiphany Cathedral and has been an accompanist for Saturday Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes. She also served several other churches in the Venice area as music director or as a staff musician since arriving in Venice in 1997.

Donna has played violin with The Venice Symphony since 1999 and is the founder and director of The Venice Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition, she has performed in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and throughout Northern Italy. Donna is also an accompanist and plays for aspiring and professional musicians. She had an opportunity to accompany her friend, Anita Johnson, a soprano soloist with the New York Metropolitan Opera for a concert in 2011.

Donna also teaches private violin, viola, piano, and music theory lessons. She is happily married to Roger.



Donna Smith,

Music Director




Juanita Fauser,

Church Administrator

  • To provide assistance and support to the Head of Staff and church organizations.
  • To schedule events, maintain the church calendar, and make room assignments.
  • To supervise the office secretary and the custodian.
  • Staff resource to Session, Boards, and Ministry Teams.
  • Helps with the on-going maintenance of the membership database.
  • Maintains church website.
Linda Trzaskos,
Finance Manager
  • Oversees income and expense records of the fiancial operations of the church.
  • Posts all charitable contributions
  • Provides quarterly statements of charitable contributions
  • Provides accurate income / expense reports to Trustees and Session
  • Maintains records of physical plant equipment and assets
  • Administers Payroll


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Doug Hamstra,


  • To provide organ or piano accompaniment for the traditional Sunday morning worship service
  • To be prepared and present for the weekly Chancel Choir rehearsals
  • To present special music , as requested
  • To provide music for special services, as requested


Todd Miller,

Director of CAM

(Community Assistance Ministry)

  • To oversee the entire C.A.M. operations
  • To apply for grants
  • To Develop partnerships with other churches
  • Maintain C.A.M.’s budgetary, financial and statistical information
  • To raise public awareness regarding hunger in our community




Walter Pratt,


  • Clean all areas throughout the entire facilities
  • Check daily for need of paper products and restroom supplies
  • Prepare area to be used for special events
  • Dispose of trash from offices, classrooms, kitchen and CLC
  • Perform light maintenance duties
  • Refinishes and buffs floors as needed
  • Bury cremains at or Memorial Garden
  • Maintains security of the building


Charlie Bartell,

Facilities Maintenance

  • Oversee the use of outside contractors
  • Supervise needed repairs and maintenance
  • Direct and assist in special event set-ups
  • Monitor settings for thermostats and lights
  • Recruit and organize volunteers
  • Works with contractors