I am a native of Bucks County, PA, outside of Philadelphia, and I come from two long lines of Quaker families. At the age of 19, I had a spiritual awakening and ended up joining the Doylestown Presbyterian Church. Subsequently, God called me into ministry, and I served churches in Pennsylvania for over 36 years.
In February of 2018 I finished a 17-year pastorate at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton and moved to Sarasota in anticipation of retirement. Since then, I have served interim positions in North Ft. Myers and Bradenton.
Director of Worship Arts
Susan was born and raised in Wilkes Barre PA and graduated from the Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford with degrees in Music Education and Performing Arts. She taught elementary and secondary school music for 33 years. She was also the Vocal and General Music Coordinator for the Arlington Central School District in Poughkeepsie NY.
Susan has sung leading roles with the Westchester Civic Opera and the Hartt Touring Opera and was Assistant Conductor for the Rappahannock Choral Society in Fredericksburg, VA.
Robin provides secretarial assistance to the pastors, other staff, session members, church committees and organizations; answers phones and email, maintains data bases, distributes mail, prepares bulletins and newsletters, orders supplies, maintains equipment and completes any other duties upon request. Born and raised in Bristol, RI, Robin, together with her husband, Leonidas and their son Nikolas, moved to Port Charlotte in July 2010. They came to help Robin's parents move into their new winter home and liked the area so well, they decided to make it their home. Robin, Leonidas, and Nikolas have a beautiful home in Port Charlotte which they share with their min pin, Marty and yellow lab, Charley. They enjoy spending their free time together as a family while having fun in the sun.
Joe graduated from Lutheran High School in St. Louis and then Missouri University in Columbia from which he received a BS in Electrical Engineering. After college, Joe was employed by the General Telephone Company (GTE). While with GTE, he enrolled in school again, this time receiving an MBA from Pepperdine University in California. GTE promoted Joe twelve times over the 34 years he was in their employ. These promotions caused his family to experience inter-state moves each time. By the time Joe retired in January 1999, the company had changed it's name to Verizon. Can you hear me now? Another focus in Joe's life has been doing volunteer work. He has made four trips to New Orleans to help with the Katrina restoration; he built websites for six non-profit organizations; he was on the Frye Island "Town Council" for more than two decades (currently serving as Town Treasurer since 2007). Joe was appointed to the Missouri University's Dean's Engineering Advisory Council in 2010.
Praise Team Director
Eric has been leadng the music and singing in our contemporary service since 2011. With no formal musical training, Eric uses the experience of over twenty years of praise and worship team participation and a leaning on the Spirit to find the blend of music each week that helps bring the congregation into the presence of God. He strives to bring fresh contemporary music into worship each week, while retainng the songs that have meant so mush to so many for so long.
Bryan began keyboard studies on the organ at age 6 in his hometown of Bel Air, MD. At age 9, he was actively playing in church as a substitute service organist. At age 12, he assumed his first full duties as a church organist and continuously served in that capacity for 28 years, supporting congregations in Maryland, Florida, and Ohio. Upon relocating to Virginia in 2003, he served as interim and substitute organist to multiple congregations including Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian.
Bryan obtained a B.S. Degree in Computer Science from Embry-Riddle University in Florida and a MBA from Loyola University Maryland. He is a former U.S. Air Force officer supporting multiple large scale acquisition efforts within the DoD. After departing the Air Force, Bryan pursued a career in IT, specifically focused on software/systems development and most recently as an Enterprise Architect supporting several large Federal agencies. He retired from full time employment in November 2019 and relocated to southwest Florida in May 2020.
Jim, the son of a Washington DC police officer, was born in the capital even though he lived and grew up in Annandale, Virginia. Jim graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an associate degree in business management. After graduation Jim moved to Manassas, Virginia and commuted to work at Capital Camper Supply, a family business back in Annandale. Jim eventually became the owner of the business and from it he retired in 2004. He had other pursuits until he moved to FL in 2018, joining other family members who live in Punta Gorda. Jim has two grown children who both live in Virginia. His son is a school teacher in Norfolk and his daughter is a school psychologist in the Stafford County school system.
Tony Toth (he pronounces his last name with a long “o”) was born in NW Virginia in the coal town of Thorpe. Tony moved with his family to Ft. Myers in 1959. Tony, however, is a graduate of Charlotte High in Punta Gorda. After graduation Tony worked with painting contractors in our town. Tony then started his own business, “Call the Painter.” Tony’s business pursuits changed as in semi-retirement his new business is called, “Anthony Charles Toth Pressure Washing.” Tony is married to Jennifer (formerly Nash) and the two exchanged vows in our sanctuary on December 3, 2016.