“What you see is what you get!” That’s how a lot of folks describe me. The what you see is what you get” part is probably because I was raised in a small south Georgia farm town (Camilla). I have a graduate degree in French and taught elementary and high school French for 6 years and before choosing to stay home with our 2 sons until they were school age. At that point, my 3rd career began when I was called to Princeton Seminary to become a pastor. As Palma Sola’s 4th senior pastor in its 60 years of ministry, I have had the rare privilege of serving this church in 2 different capacities-first, as its associate pastor (2000-2007), and now as its senior pastor (2014-present).
As a pastor, I love being with people, encouraging them in their lives and faith, helping seekers discover God’s love in Jesus and their place in the church and world, leading worship, preaching and teaching the Scriptures, and connecting our church with needs and opportunities in the community and larger world.
For fun and relaxation, I love to read, walk, swim, watch good movies/TV, meet people from around the world, and speak French whenever I have the opportunity (and did I mention, eat?)! My husband Ron, a chemical/environmental engineer, and I love to travel and find great joy in working with international students (both having studied abroad ourselves). In our 40 years of marriage, we’ve lived in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina and Bradenton. Everywhere we’ve lived, the church has been our “home,” our brothers and sisters in Christ our family. We long for people to experience the joy of being deeply connected to a local Christian congregation and of discovering God’s calling on their lives.
Billy was born in North Providence, RI and moved to Bradenton, FL at the age of 12. In his high school years he spent summers leading worship at various Christian summer camps. Soon thereafter, he started a band and spent several years traveling the United States performing original songs. He first came to PSPC in 2010 as an Audio Technician. In 2012, he became the leader of the Dawning Service Praise Band.
Elenita has been the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church choir director since June 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from USF in Tampa. She is an active member of the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra since 2006. She studied voice in high school under the direction of Jim Forsell, a former choir director at PSPC, and has been a member of the PSPC choir since 2006. Elenita has worked with multiple churches in the Tampa Bay area since 1988. She also works as a registered nurse. She strives to create a fun, welcoming environment for worship through song.