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Scott H. Smith

Lead Pastor

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 303

Hey, I’m Scott and have been the Pastor here at First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach since July 2013. My wife Kris and I have three sons: Caleb, a middle school history teacher in the Orlando area, married to Megan, Joshua is working out west, and Jacob is at Florida State and of course Scout, the family dog!

Formerly I was the Director of Youth and Education First UMC of Ft. Pierce, Associate Pastor Indian River City UMC, and the Founding Pastor of Community of Faith UMC.

I hope all the above sounds corporate enough for those of you looking for that! Now here is the stuff you need to know:  I am passionate about Florida State football and Duke basketball! I love BBQ and will travel miles for it! I love all things Celtic (not the basketball team, but Ireland.)

I would rather be outside than inside, and I love the beauty of the Everglades. I collect crucifixes and Florida landscape art. The Highwaymen are my favorite artists and I love photos of the Everglades.  I read a lot and my favorite book is “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Most of the fiction I read is ancient historical fiction, but I’m also a big fan of Tim Dorsey, Vince Flynn, Mark Greaney, and David Baldacci.

My iTunes is filled with U2, Van Halen, Mumford and Sons, and everything in between. I love the TV shows “Big Bang Theory” and “The Last Kingdom” and my all-time favorite shows are “24” and “Cheers.”  Of course, all this is subject to change depending on the day, but right now those are a few of my favorite things.

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Amy Armistead

Pastor of the West

Office:386-677-3581 Ext 319

You may be wondering...what is a pastor of the west? I will be leading a team of folks in a new expression of First United out in the western part of Volusia County. I am passionate about exploring different ways to gather as a community of faith. The hope is to reach the skeptics, the "nones," or people who have fallen away from church but are curious about this Jesus guy!
I'm originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida but just spent the last year pastoring in Alabama. I worked in Montgomery as the site coordinator of Communities of Transformation- an organization committed to alleviating poverty through community building. Some fun stuff: my husband and I are dog parents to a very sweet English shepherd named Nora. A perfect day off would look like horseback riding and an afternoon at the beach. I'm a big foodie, so restaurant or new recipe recommendations welcome!
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Brett Robinson

Operations Manager

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 308

Originally from Sarasota, my wife Kristin and I moved to Ormond Beach in 2010 from Lakeland where we both graduated from Florida Southern College. We first began attending First United in 2011. I previously played professional baseball and therefore enjoy watching and talking about sports. I also enjoy spending time with my family, the beach, and training for local triathlons or running events. I truly am thankful for the opportunity to work at a wonderful church made up of an awesome staff and active congregation. We have two children, son Brody and daughter Reece.

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Tammy Hegel

Director of Worship

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 314

My experience includes Contemporary Worship Director, Sanctuary United Methodist, and Director of Contemporary Worship, Fairview Village Church of the Nazarene. In 2014 my husband Glenn and I, after a 19-hour car ride from Pennsylvania, with 200 pounds of dog (we have 2 Bouvier des Flandres, large, muppet-like dogs named Guinness & Brogan) and arrived here at First United Methodist Church.

God has given me a heart for music ministry and after 17 years of worship leading, the passion for it still has not waned. I love integrating songs, media, the message and multisensory elements into a powerful worship experience. I also have a passion for mentoring and raising up the next generation of worship leaders.

When not at church I enjoy spending time with my husband and dogs, weight training, scrap-booking, cooking and now; since arriving here, kayaking.

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Caitlin Bookwalter

Director of Family Ministries

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 337

I love working with children and youth of all ages as they learn and grow in their faith. Seeing a child or youth take their next step in faith is a wonderful thing. I have a strong compassion for children and want them to have a safe environment to grow in their faith. I also love planning big events like Adventure Week (VBS) and Youth Mission Weeks.  I have been in ministry since 2008. 
I graduated from Duke Divinity School with a Masters of Christian Practice. I was part of a hybrid learning program for disciplined theological reflection and preparation for ministry. I am a certified candidate for ordained ministry on the Deacon track in the United Methodist Church. 
When I’m not at work, I love to be with my husband Joe. We love to kayak, hike, and being in the mountains. I enjoy being with my family and my friends and sitting by the beach listening to the waves. Joe and I have 3 dogs, Jack, Hunter and Hank. 

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Terri Lynch

Next Steps Leader

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 307

Originally from southern California, I graduated from UC San Diego with a Biology degree hoping to attend medical school. Instead I joined the Navy and served as an officer for seven years, but as a Navy spouse for 28. I’ve moved with my family among eight states, and I'm excited to now be a “Florida Girl.” Raised from birth in a Baptist pew, I love the way First United has challenged me to LOVE BIGGER.

In addition to my calling as the mom of Josh and Luke, I love my role as Next Steps Leader at First United. In my spare time, I’m an avid Cross-Fit junkie, soap crafter, and long-arm quilter.

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Maria F. Silveira

Director of Pre-School Education

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 336

I have been the Director (and was the catalyst for the vision of the J.E.L.L.O program) for 22+ years. Every week I passionately lead infants through preschoolers and their parents and caregivers with songs, crafts, story time and much more. I have the audacious goal of connecting families from our community that don’t “do church.” When I'm not thinking about J.E.L.L.O, I enjoy time with my family; Jorge my encouraging and supportive husband, my two sons, and daughter in- law. For me, a perfect Sunday evening is a beach bike ride at sunset. The Bible verse I keep close to my heart is Mark 16:15 “and He said to them go into all the world and proclaim the gospel.”

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Carol Patton

Financial Assistant

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 310

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, I moved to Orlando with my family while still in high school and have been a true beach girl ever since. I studied Computer Programming in college, but found a career path in finance was the true expression of my gifts. I was the Director of Finance for American Door and Millwork in Sanford Florida for many years, and the Finance Coordinator for St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and School in Oviedo before joining First United in December 2014.
I live in New Smyrna Beach with my husband Joe. We have two grown daughters, Kendra and Jena, and two grandchildren, Dylan and Rainey. We love spending time with family and friends, and enjoy every opportunity to travel now that Joe has retired from the Sheriff’s department. We have two cute dogs, a pug named Tugg and a dachshund named Max. When not out to sea on a cruise ship, we spend time on our own boat soaking up the sea and the waves.

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Frank Johnston, Jr.

Congregational Care Pastor

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 311

I married my lovely wife Marty in 1967. We have one daughter Tammy Hegel and son-in-law Glenn; one son Frank, daughter-in-law Michelle and granddaughter Madelyn.
I was born in Vermont and graduated from the University of Rochester in New York State and worked for the Eastman Kodak Company for 27 years. I’ve been the Director of Congregation Care at Sanctuary UMC, a Certified Lay Minister, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, a Licensed Local Pastor, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Interim Pastor at Hope UMC, and Pastor of Congregational Care at Sanctuary UMC in Pennsylvania. 
We have lived in Ohio, Long Island, and Pennsylvania. I took early retirement, and then managed New Hope Photo for another 24 years. I enjoy travel, especially cruising. I did a self-driving tour of Northern Scotland and made two church affiliated pilgrimages to Israel. I enjoy cooking, golf, photography, music, computers and researching my Scottish ancestry.

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Linda Dares

Traditional Worship


I have served in music ministry for more than 20 years; in churches at FUMC Plant City, FUMC Boca Raton and Sanlando UMC in Longwood. My professional singing credits include: Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT center, soloist and vocal coach for the Boca Pops Orchestra, Soloist with Orchestras and Opera Companies throughout Florida.
My experience directing choirs and instrumentalists of all ages include a 40-voice youth choir that toured annually for 10 years with an emphasis on missions throughout Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina & South Carolina. If you haven't already guessed, I'm passionate about music, worship and people. My mission for music ministry is to “build relationships and encourage people to serve!”
I am married to Alan and we have two teenagers, Lexi & Scott and one grown daughter, Jena and a grandson Mason.
I am thrilled to be serving with the dynamic staff at FUMC Ormond Beach.

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Jill Murphy

Ministry Assistant

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 313

My husband Darrell and I are originally from Northern Indiana. Our greatest joy is our combined family of 6 children and 5 grandchildren. When we’re not spending time at the beach, I enjoy music, movies, camping, hiking, riding bikes, traveling, laughing, and just about anything chocolate! Professionally, I managed an Accounting Firm for several years before God called me to work administratively within the United Methodist Church. Being committed to following God’s will and His leading, I accepted previous UMC leadership roles in both Plymouth, Indiana and Coral Gables, Florida. After spending two years in South Carolina in support of my husband’s job assignment, we are thrilled to be back in the Sunshine State! I’m very excited to be part of the ministry team at First UMC and feel blessed to be serving with you. Stop by the office to say hello…I would love to meet you!

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Jason Giraulo

Director of Communications & Branding

Office:386.677.3581 ext. 316

Originally from Long Island, New York, I moved to Palm Coast with my parents in 1993 and soon most of my whole extended family joined us here in Florida. In high school I discovered a passion for digital storytelling and attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, earning my bachelors degree in broadcast communications. I met my wonderful wife Mary in 2006 and we were married just a year later. In 2018 we welcomed our beautiful son Dallan to our family. In our fleeting spare time our family loves to go exploring in the great outdoors, and as avid birders, we’re always eager to add new species to our life list. When not out and about, I enjoy playing the guitar, working on my photography, or building terrible furniture for our home (I’m getting better though). I have focused on the creative throughout my career, and am thrilled to join the First United Family. 

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Geraldine Yackel

Wedding Coordinator

Office:386-677-3581 Ext 208

Would you like to have your wedding and/or reception at First United? Contact our Wedding Coordinator for availability and planning!