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 Music
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.
Praise Team Director
Eric has been leading 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 retaining the songs that have meant so much to so many for so long.
Office Manager/Financial Secretary
Recently relocated with her husband to Punta Gorda from Door County Wisconsin, Christine comes to us with a solid skill base and years of experience in office management and marketing. You will also notice her contagious positive energy level. Stop by and say hello.
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.
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.
Mike Willis joined the BSPC Staff on Monday, June 7, bringing many years of experience with facilities management in Cape Coral. Originally from Chicago, Mike moved to southwest Florida in 1979. He is married to Brenda and they have 2 adult children & 3 grandchildren. He enjoys traveling (especially cruising) and is learning to golf. He works primarily mornings, overseeing all of our church's building needs. Please help welcome him to the family!
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.