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DAVID STAUFFER
Pastor

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David grew up in the greater Leesburg area. He left the area to attend seminary in 1990 after hearing his call to full-time ministry.  He loves ‘being’ home here in Leesburg. 

David received his A.A. from Lake-Sumter Community College, B.A. in Religion from Florida Southern College (Go ‘Mocs), and M.Div. from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.  He enjoys cheering on all Florida teams (Favorites include: the Florida Gators, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tampa Bay Rays) as well as teams from the SEC.

David and his wife, Sherry, have two daughters, Christina and Brittany, (both Leesburg natives) who are married and reside in Hernando County.  They also have a grandson and a granddaughter. 

David enjoys working with other Christian traditions to model church unity. He has been an active Kiwanis Club member for many years.  His greatest passion is helping new and existing disciples of Jesus grow as followers of Jesus.  He is an avid Facebook user (yes, please friend him) and also is on Twitter @prdavidstauffer.  His favorite thing to do is spending time with family.

 
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DR. M. MC COY GIBBS
Pastor Emeritus, Minister of Visitation

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Mac earned his BA at Birmingham Southern College, his Masters at Emory University, and his doctorates at Florida Southern College and Bethune-Cookman University.  He was in active ministry for forty-three years in seven Florida churches (one of those as Senior Pastor at Morrision), and in three districts as Superintendent.  Mac was the Conference Council Director for five years, elected as a delegate to five Jurisdictional Conferences, which elect the Bishops of our church, and four General Conferences, the policy and law-making body of our denomination.  He served as Chair of five Conference Commissions, and as a member of two different General Conference Boards.  Mac spent many years in Financial Planning for Churches.  Now, his main job at Morrison is that of visiting the homebound and persons living in health care.  He fills the pulpit at worship services when requested.
 
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TERRI HESTER
Office Manager

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After four years as church information specialist, Terri became the office manager in December of 2014.  Along with her new management duties, she continues to be responsible for the bulletins, newsletters, various other desktop publishing tasks, and acting as webmaster for the church's website.  Terri and her family joined Morrison in July 2000 and were involved with Soul-utions worship from its beginning. Terri has a passion for women's ministry and arts ministry.  She is the leader of Connected Women's Ministry and occasionaly leads Bible studies, special women's events, and cardmaking/papercrafting classes.  Terri and her husband, Lee, have two adult children.  Hobbies that enrich her leisure time are scrapbooking, creating cards, and reading.
 
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 BETSY MAE WILSON
Director of Family Ministries

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Betsy Mae grew up in Leesburg and attended Lake Sumter Community College receiving an Associate’s degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood,  and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University.  She has all the state of Florida required credentials to manage a childcare center.  Betsy Mae plans all children activities at the church.  She schedules volunteer Sunday School teachers and Vacation Bible School teachers, teaches Bible Zone, leads the Friday Night Specials, and plans various other fun activities for the children.  Betsy Mae and her husband, David, have two children; a daughter and a son. Her hobbies include reading, boating, and fishing.
 
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EMILY GIVENS
Director of Student Ministries

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Emily Givens provides an interactive, safe, and caring environment for Morrison’s youth by planning and attending events and activities which enrich a youth’s faith life. She also produces social media and print publications for her program and works to build relationships with other youth organizations in the area. After graduating from Leesburg High School, she earned a Bachelors in Mass Communications with a specialization in Public Relations from the University of South Florida . During college she spent time in Exeter, England, where she attended Exeter University’s business program and toured the UK and other parts of Europe. After college, she moved to Paris, France to experience the food and culture and to attend the France Langue Language Institute for French.  In her spare time she loves to swing dance, sing, read, and practice the guitar. 
 
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DAVID BELLOWS
Organist-Choirmaster

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David Bellows, a native of Rochester, N.Y., leads the Music Ministry in our traditional worship services. He began his formal music education at Hope College, where he earned a Bachelors in Organ Performance, studying with Huw Lewis.   David received a Masters in Organ Literature and Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Hans Davidsson.  He has also studied organ with Thomas Bara, Jonathan Biggers, and Todd Wilson.  David is deeply interested in all aspects of the pipe organ and choral music. In his spare time, David enjoys perusing iTunes in search of new music to suit his eclectic tastes.

 
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BRAD AND COLETTE BONNER
Contemporary Worship Leaders
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Brad holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida where he served as an adjunct instructor for over twenty-five years.  He retired in August of 2009 from a thirty-four year career as an Elementary Music Specialist for the Lake County School System.  Brad has directed music programs in local churches for forty-one years, and he and his wife, Colette, are currently the Contemporary Worship/Music Leaders for the Soul-utions Worship Service here at Morrison.  Brad is the President of BLB Studios, a recording and publishing house.  He has published over fifty books with CD accompaniments for elementary music teachers and their students.  At present, Brad serves as the Music Education Specialist for Rhythm Band Instruments, for whom he has presented workshops and sessions throughout the USA.  When not up in his studio composing and arranging music or producing educational movies, Brad enjoys an occasional game of golf, working in the yard, reading, visiting with friends, and spending time with Colette, his children, and grandchildren.

Colette has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa.  She taught music in Lake County for twelve years before becoming the Office Manager of BLB Studios in Yalaha, FL.  Along with her husband, Brad, Colette has served as Assistant Director and, in some cases, Organist at several local churches.  Colette’s position as one-half of the Worship/Music Leader Team for the Soul-utions Worship Service here at Morrison allows her to work closely with the Pastor and the rest of the Worship Team in planning and implementing ideas for the weekly Contemporary Service.  When she is not listening to or dissecting the chordal structure of a new song from one of her favorite Christian artists, Colette enjoys scrapbooking, taking photographs, knitting, cross stitch, visiting with friends, and spending time with Brad, their children, and grandchildren.
 
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Leanna Hock
Hospitality Coordinator

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Leanna has been a member of Morrison for more than four years. She is originally from Massachusetts but has been “in and out” of Florida most of her life.  She serves as an office volunteer, a Monday morning money counter, an usher, and a Jumpstart supervisor.  Leanna is a member of the Marketing Team and, along with her husband, Tom, she sits on the Church Council.
 
In the summer of 2016, Leanna came out of retirement from a career in various types of communications work to join our staff.  She  has extensive experience working with volunteers.  She hopes to develop the volunteer program further with an emphasis on ownership and fellowship.

 
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Susan Merrill
Opportunity Shop Manager

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Susan was born and raised in Michigan.  After high school she moved to Washington, DC, where she attended a faith-based college. After college, Susan worked for a Fortune 500 company in DC until moving to Florida twenty-three years ago to be closer to her widowed mother.  After relocating to Central Florida, Susan opened her own business which she ran for twenty years.  In the summer of 2016, she joined our team as the Manager for the Opportunity Shop Thrift Store.
 
In her free time, Susan enjoys going to garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets.  She also likes doing volunteer work, especially at South Lake Animal Hospital.
 
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