Meet the FUMC Staff  



Brittany Boyer - Communications and Church Office   372-8523  Ext 11

My name is Brittany Boyer and Iím looking forward to getting started as the Communications and Church Office Manager! I am currently in the process of moving to Florida from Fort Wayne, Indiana and I will be marrying my fiance, MaKenzie, on March 4th before the big move! MaKenzie and I met in college while I was attending Ball State University. We are huge animal lovers and have three "fur-children" that we rescued. Their names are DaKoda, a white shepherd, Harper, the mutt, and Lucy, a Great Dane mix. I can't wait to move to Florida to be closer to my family in Ocala and begin my journey at FUMC!




Wendy Callahan - Church Hostess

Wendy grew up in Miami and came to Gainesville in 1989 with Eastern Airlines. When Eastern went under in 1991, she and her Mom opened a restaurant in Hawthorne called PJ's. There they met the late Julia and Ray Massey, members of FUMC, and were asked to cook for the Methodist ladies. After the birth of her daughter Leah and son Chase, they closed the restaurant and devoted their cooking skills to FUMC. Wendy and her mom worked together at FUMC for 8 years before her Mom's untimely death. Wendy continues to provide wonderful meals for FUMC.


Michael Ekbladh - Director of Music Ministries 

I was born in Dallas, Texas (1970) as a life-long Methodist and served a number of churches as Music Director. I hold a Masters in Music in Conducting from Texas Christian University and attended Southern Methodist University for a Masters in Sacred Music. While at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, I served as choir director and Lead College Project Coordinator for the Arkansas roll-out of the Affordable Care Act in 2013-2014. Multi-faceted to say the least. I have been blessed to work with many amazing mentors and colleagues. My husband, Charles, and I have been together for 17 years and married on the beach October 15, 2016. We live with our 19 year old cat, Precious. My parents are originally from Central Florida (Lakeland, Davenport, etc) and many of my cousins and Aunt and Uncle still live nearby. We are excited about our move to Gainesville and feel it will be perfect for our family. Together, our best days lie before us.


Beth Farabee  - Senior Pastor  372-8523  Ext. 27

Pastor Beth is a native Floridian who has been in ministry for over sixteen years, the last three of them at First United Methodist Church, Eustis, FL. Sheís a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Elementary Education and completed her Masters of Divinity at Duke University. Beth is excited about building bridges between the church and the community based on trust, respect and service. Sheís also passionate about sharing Godís boundless love with all people. A few of her favorite things are: her amazing daughter Anna and her two wonderful parents, great friends, going to the movies, live theatre performances, going out to eat, FSU football and, of course, Jesus!"


Annette Johnson - Director of Childrens Ministries and Preschool Supervisor  373-0108


Kevin Johnson - Associate Pastor  372-8523  Ext 14  

"Greetings First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. My name is Kevin Johnson and I have been appointed as your Associate Pastor. I have a wonderfully large family. My wife of 13 years, Annette, and I have 5 children - Seamus (age 11), Julianna (age 9 and our only daughter), Rowan (age 6), Teague (age 4) and Finlay (age 15 months).

My family and I are very excited about being at First United Methodist Church. We are looking forward to what God has in store for us in this new town and church. We are eager to move back home to Florida where most of us are from. My wife, Annette, is from Tampa and I am from Lakeland, where our oldest 2 children were born as well. The other 3 were born in Texas. We are very excited to be coming home and are enthusiastic to share in this new ministry opportunity with you."




Mickey Letourneau - Director of Youth Ministries 

My name is Mickey Letourneau.  I am a current student at the University of Florida. I enjoy learning fun facts about history and watching Ted Talks in my free time.  Youth Ministries  seeks to provide a safe space for teens from 6th-12th grade where they can feel accepted and spend time with their peers. We teach them what it means to be a follower of Christ through the Bible. We encourage our youth to have an open mind, an open heart, and offer an open door.



Cheryl Katterhenry - Finance Manager  372-8523  Ext 18

My name is Cheryl Katterhenry and Iím very excited about joining the FUMC staff as the new Finance Manager! I was born in Wilmington, NC but have lived in Jacksonville, FL since I was five years old. I worked as an Office Manager/Bookkeeper at a furniture store for seventeen years, but for the past twelve years my husband John and I have owned and operated our own restaurant. We sold the restaurant last year and moved to Keystone Heights. We had purchased our home in Keystone six years ago but we fell in love with the area and wanted to live there permanently. Weíve been married for twenty-six years and have three children, Christine, Joshua and Winter and three grand-children, Jordan, Christian and Emma who all live in Jacksonville but love visiting the lake house.

Staci Selph - Nursery Attendant

My name is Staci Selph and Iíve been a Gainesville resident for 24 years. Iíve studied for 4 years in child educational classes and have worked in  private childcare services for the past 6 years. Helping children grow and reach their greatest potential is a passion of mine and I am also a Mom to a wonderful 2 year old boy. Iím pleased to be part of your church team and working with you and your children.

Lorin Winters  - Preschool Director  373-0108

My name is Lorin Winters and I am the new Preschool Director here at First United Methodist. I am so excited to join the team, and I look forward to meeting all of you. I attended UF and graduated in 2011 with my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, and have been working in childcare since. Most recently, I have served as the Childcare Director of another local facility.

I will soon be celebrating my 5th year wedding anniversary with my husband, Codey. We currently have one child, Kaleb who is 3 years old, and we are currently expecting our second child, Grayson, this June. We are so excited to begin a new chapter of our lives with the FUMC family!

First United Methodist Church     419 N.E. First Street    Gainesville, Florida 32601      352-372-8523

This page Updated 2/24/17