Our Staff

Rev. Dave Barkalow

Senior Pastor

Meet Pastor Dave! Dave has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with an emphasis in Christian Education from Huntingdon College and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. He served as the Minister to Youth at Capital Height UMC, Chaplain of Huntingdon College, Associate Pastor at Marianna FUMC, Senior Pastor at Tallassee FUMC and 8 years at Ft. Walton Beach FUMC.

Rev. Chelsey Brown

Associate Pastor

Rev. Chelsey Brown joined our church staff in July of 2020. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. During her years in ministry, Chelsey served the United Methodist Church through various local churches in the Montgomery area. Chelsey has a passion for discipleship and spiritual growth development of the local church, and providing pastoral care for the local church and the surrounding community.
Chelsey moved to Gulf County alongside her husband, Rev. CJ Brown, in July of 2018. Their house is filled with an energetic one-year-old daughter, Madeline, and a snuggly dog named Oliver!

Laura Barkalow

Director, Children’s Ministries

Please welcome our new Children’s Director, Laura Barkalow! Laura is coming back to work after a fairly extended time of chasing babies and volunteering in schools and churches. She has a masters degree in education and has worked in children’s ministry and as a public school teacher, even though her own children like to remind her that that was during the 1900s. She loves to paint, look for seashells, and teach kids about the love of Jesus.

Lynn Marshall

Director, Youth Ministries

Lynn Costin Marshall joined our Church staff in 2019. She earned a business degree in Hospitality from Georgia State University and has been planning events for 25 years. She is passionate about serving in missions and working with teenagers! Her love for God and passion for building relationships with students is why she loves ministry.

In her free time, you’ll find her hanging out with her twin boys Costin and Jacob and husband, Brian along with many other youth from our community. She is happiest when her house is full of students from her youth group.


Paul Brown

Director, Music Ministries

Paul’s bio

Courtney Knox

Director, Methodist Learning Center

Courtney serves as the Learning Center director at First United Methodist Church. She has her Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining the church ministry she taught third grade in Gulf and Bay District Schools.  She was also Rookie Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year.

Courtney and her husband Chris are Port St. Joe natives. They have one daughter, Nellie Kate Knox and are welcoming a little boy in the summer of 2020.

Heather Jones

Pastor’s Administrative Assistant

Heather Jones serves as the church’s Pastor’s Administrative Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Auburn University, with majors in both English and History. Upon graduation, she moved to Port St. Joe and taught History and Language Arts courses at Port St. Joe High School for many years. Heather is an active volunteer in the community, as well as a Master Gardener.

Diann Farnsley

Financial Manager

Diann Farnsley serves as our church Financial Manager.  She is a native of Pennsylvania and has been a Florida resident for over 25 years.  Diann is both a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.  Prior to joining the church, Diann worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a world-wide Financial Analyst for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group.  Diann sings in the church’s choir and enjoys creative writing.  In year 2017, she published a poetic spiritual memoir titled Be Still the Dawn to impart insightful and inspirational messages to others.

Dr. Karl E. Burgher, PE

FEMA Church Administrator & Project Manager

Dr. Karl E. Burgher, PE, CPT serves as the FEMA Church Administrator and as the Director of Fitness. He was a professor and administrator for 30 years and retired from Indian State University as the Chief Strategy Officer. Karl specializes in change management, contract acquisition and management, and strategic planning. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from Michigan Technological University, specializing in engineering operations and costing, and a B.S. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Engineering, specializing in rock mechanics, pricing, and market modeling, both from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He has published two books, Volunteering: Managing Yourself and Others in Service and The Ozarks Cinnamon Road. A third is in progress titled Managing Chaos: Eliminating Crisis.

Paula Ramsey Pickett


Paula joined our staff in 2019 as a REBUILD coordinator.   She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Florida State University in Interior Design and works closely with the REBUILD committee and architect. This PSJ native is married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren and previously served as the Director of Tourism for Gulf County.  Her ability to pack a week worth of clothes in carry luggage is her special talent.

Deborah Brierly

REBUILD/FEMA Administrative Assistant

Regina Washabaugh

Director, Care Closet

Nancy Dimitrijevich

Care Closet Manager

David Odom

Facilities Manager

Carolyn Sims

Kitchen Manager/Housekeeper

Linda Reinhart




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