Church AdministratorBill is born and raised in West Virginia. He spent 30 years serving on active duty in the US Army before retiring to Pensacola, Florida. He has served as the Community Center Director for Perdido Bay UMC and as the Church Administrator for Vestavia Hills UMC, First UMC of Pensacola and Perdido Bay UMC. Bill also worked as a church consultant with Missional Movement International. He holds a BS in Business and a MA in Human Relations and Personnel Management. He is married to Beth Brown and they have two adult children and two grandsons. Bill and Beth have a home in Port Saint Joe.
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.
REBUILD/FEMA Administrative Assistant
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz
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