Your Pastors & Staff

Our Vision: 
We are disciples of Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit,

transforming our world into a community of love, mercy, and justice.

Meet Your Pastors

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Rev. Riley Short

Interim Senior Pastor

Rev. Riley Short has joined us as our Interim Pastor for the remainder of 2021. Since his retirement, Pastor Riley has served as Interim Pastor for ten other churches before arriving at St. Pete First.

 

Earlier in life, Pastor Riley was raised in the parsonage. He went to high school in Jacksonville and Nashville before earning his BA at Vanderbilt and his MDiv at Emory. Before retiring, his appointments included one in North Georgia, two in the Holston Conference, two in the Tennessee Conference, and four in Florida (including Associate at Christ UMC St. Pete right down the street). His Interim appointments have all been in Florida as well. He also taught Homiletics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando for 3-1/2 years.


Riley’s first wife, Claire, passed away 12 years ago. They have four children: Sally, Phillip, Hunter, and Susan. He is now married to Patty, and has three step-children: Jason, Julie, and Jill.

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Rev. Margaret Rountree

Associate Pastor

The Rev. Margaret Rountree is St. Pete First’s new Associate Minister. She recently graduated with her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2021, and was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in June in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

 

She was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate years, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Go Gators!). She is recently married to Chris who is the Associate Manager of Technical Operations at Global Payments, a technology and software company.

Meet Your Staff

Yvonne Malague

MINISTRY

Yvonne Malague

FUMC Preschool Director

Derek Weston

WORSHIP

Derek Weston

Director of Traditional Music & Worship

Kim McMillian

ADMINISTRATION

Kim McMillian

Financial Records

Scott Nieves

ADMINISTRATION

Scott Nieves

Visual Worship

KayLee Bennett

MINISTRY

KayLee Bennett

Director of Youth Ministries

Rick Nay

WORSHIP

Rick Nay

Organist

Kelly Bonyata

ADMINISTRATION

Kelly Bonyata

Communications Director

James Schellhaas

ADMINISTRATION

James Schellhaas

Audio Engineer

Lora Ulrich

MINISTRY

Lora Ulrich

Director of Children's Ministries

Craig Wills

ADMINISTRATION

Craig Wills

Facilities Director

Hugh Adcock

ADMINISTRATION

Hugh Adcock

Director of Ministries

Elizabeth Nagel

MINISTRY

Elizabeth Nagel

Children's Ministry: Preschool Coordinator

Kendra Aumack

ADMINISTRATION

Kendra Aumack

Pastors Administrative Assistant
& Special Projects Coordinator

Chad Simonds

ADMINISTRATION

Chad Simonds

Hospitality Coordinator