Rev. Xxx Xxx
Director of Music Ministry
Bruce has lived in the Sarasota area for three years. He started playing for his home church, Sardis United Methodist Church, when he was in the seventh grade. As a sophomore in high school, he accepted a position at First Christian Church in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and his father had to drive him to rehearsal and services.
Music and music ministry are a big part of Bruce’s life. He taught music in New Martinsville, West Virginia, for 38 years. Bruce also served as an organist and director of music at Sisterville Presbyterian Church for 35 years and director of music at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in New Martinsville for 22 years.
Bruce has been very active in the Sarasota area as an accompanist and previously served as the Interim Artistic Director of Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota. He enjoys swimming and cooking and is learning to quilt.
Peggy served as the Moderator of our Church Council for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 church years. She has a long family history with St. Andrew UCC, as her father, mother, and aunt joined the church in the early 1970s. Peggy’s father was active on the Board of Finance, Chair of the Building Committee for the present sanctuary, and Moderator in 1984-1985. They all sang in the choir and joined in the active social life of the church. Visiting Florida often, Peggy and her three sisters would also sing in the choir. After moving to Florida from New York in 1996, she worked at Venice Regional Bayfront Health for 20 years and attended St. Andrew UCC with her mother and aunt, all singing in the choir. Peggy served as Clerk from 2015 to 2018.
Brianne (“Bri”) is our new Church Administrator, so be sure to give her a warm welcome! She is from Arizona, and she moved to Florida to be closer to her family and to the water. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, biking, or just relaxing on the beach. Her previous experience includes management and operations experience in the retail, medical, and culinary industries. Bri enjoys pairing administrative and organizational duties, and she has a heart for social justice in the church.–
Bob has been our sexton since leaving his job as a cook at Plymouth Harbor in 2014. He is married to Bob Langlais (our previous Moderator) and they live in Venice with their two dogs, Baxter (a cocker spaniel) and Bailey (a westie).
Bob and Bob keep busy by riding their bikes along the Legacy Trail, kayaking on the Intracoastal Waterway, working out at the local gym, and simply walking their two dogs.
The Bobs found their way to St. Andrew UCC after they moved to Sarasota from Massachusetts in 2011. It was while they were buying their home that they met Claudia, a member of the church who was the seller’s agent. She suggested that they look into St. Andrew UCC. The rest is history!
Gary has been part of the St. Andrew UCC financial team for the past 15 years. After receiving an electronic engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and an Army tour in Hawaii, he spent a career in the semiconductor/microchip business. This provided an opportunity to live in Egypt, Spain, Malaysia, and the Philippines. After his wife died, he drove from Silicon Valley, California, to Sarasota with his two cats, Cleo and Neffie.
Rev. Paul Binder – in loving memory
Paul grew up in Seattle. With his wife, Peg, Paul moved to Sarasota in 1982. He was called to be the Pastor of St. Andrew UCC and he retired in 1996 as Pastor Emeritus. Paul graduated from Purdue with a degree in electrical engineering and he worked for General Electric for 14 years. He resigned to enter Eden Seminary in St. Louis, accompanied by Peg and their 3 children, ages 2, 4, and 6. He was ordained in Indiana in 1967 and earned his Doctorate in Ministry in 1989 from Eden. Paul served as co-chair of our Board of Missions and Outreach. He found St. Andrew UCC an inviting, caring people, particularly because it is Open and Affirming, strong in social justice and compassion ministries, and committed to more fully living the faith in all of life. Paul was an active member of the Academy of Parish Clergy.