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Mark Reynolds - Senior Pastor
Rev. Mark Reynolds has been the pastor at First UMC since July 2016. As a native of Lakeland (Florida), he graduated from the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in 1992 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Southern College (Religion/Sociology 1996), Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University (1999), and Master of Arts in Religion at Vanderbilt University (2007) while pursuing a PhD in Christian Theology. After serving in various ministries beginning in 1994, he was ordained in the United Methodist Church as an Elder in Full Connection (2010).
In addition to being a full-time minister, Pastor Mark is a teacher in the License to Preach School for the Florida Annual Conference. He served eight years as a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL) and on the theology teams for the South Central District Committee and the Atlantic Central District Committee.
Pastor Mark and his wife, Emma, have four children, and on days off he enjoys surfing, reading, and writing.
Dr. Phil Maynard - Minister of Discipleship
Dr. Phil Maynard is an ordained United Methodist pastor who served 27 years in the Florida Conference of the UMC. He took an early retirement following a calling to support congregations in developing effective ministries and maturing disciples of Jesus. Phil is serving First UMC Cocoa Beach in a part-time capacity as Minister of Discipleship. He also continues to support congregations around the country through his own businesses for coaching, consulting, and training.
Phil is the author of several books, most of which are devoted to growing maturing disciples, creating an intentional pathway for discipleship, and developing effective ministries. He is also a certified coach (International Coach Federation) and trains professional coaches. He is married to Becky and has 2 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He enjoys cooking, pool time, and is an avid reader.
Dee Casale - Administrative Assistant
Dee Casale is a native of Paducah, Kentucky but has lived in Brevard County for over eighteen years. She has more than 35 years of administrative experience in the corporate world and in academia. Dee is married to Christian, a software engineer, and has a daughter, Angelina.
Shelly Deliz - Child Care Center Director
Shelly Deliz is a native of Oswego, New York but has lived on the Space Coast for over 20 years. She has more than 15 years of experience educating and sharing her Christian faith with preschoolers and their families. Shelly is married to Michael, a geologist at NASA, and has two adult children, Michael Jr. and Gabrielle.
Kyra Langston - Minister of Children and Families
Kyra Langston joined our staff in September 2021. She is a Cocoa Beach native with a background in early childhood education, family ministry, and drug and alcohol counseling. She and her husband, Mike, are parents of two adult children and a ten year old daughter. Kyra enjoys hanging out at the beach, art, cooking, and gardening. She also has a passion for serving the larger community.
Ducel Jean-Berluche - Contemporary Worship Leader
Ducel Jean-Berluche is a Haitian American who was born and raised in the Washington metropolitan area. He is a self-taught musician who developed a love for music as the son of a preacher in a Pentecostal household. While facing various life challenges, he also developed a passion for helping those with mental health issues and drug addiction.
Amanda Tate - Treasurer
Amanda Tate is a Brevard County native. Though she moved around through childhood and early adulthood, she returned home in 2013. Amanda serves part-time as treasurer for First UMC and our preschool. She is mother to an adult son, Max, and enjoys time by the water, gardening, and new adventures.