Meet Our Staff

  • Dr. W. Douglas hood, Jr.

    Senior Pastor

    561-276-6338, ext. 11

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  • Rev. Jo Garnett

    Associate for Pastoral care

    561-276-6338, ext. 18

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    Jo's responsibilities are primarily centered around pastoral care.  She does hospital visitations, cares for those who are going through difficult times, and visits the homebound.  She is a Stephen Leader and staff representative to the Deacons.


    Education:

    Jo earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky, a MA in Early Childhood from Eastern Kentucky University, and a MA in Christian Education from Southern Seminary in Louisville.  Jo did 800 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education with Hospice of the Bluegrass from Lexington Theological Seminary.  She retired after 16 years as Minister of Education at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.


    Family:

    Jo and husband, Lee, a Pharmacist, have celebrated their 53rd anniversary.  Son, Daniel, and daughter, Joanna, reside in Lexington, and grandsons, Alex and Jack, attend college at FAU and FSU.


    Jo's Favorites:

    • Favorite thing about Delray Beach: I like the small town feeling and friendliness of the people.
    • Favorite books to read: I am inspired by C.S. Lewis and enjoy all kinds of mysteries.
    • Favorite hobby: I love to travel and learn new things.
    • Favorite Delray Beach restaurant: My favorite is the Blue Anchor and I always order Shepherds Pie.
  • Grace cameron hood

    Director of children and family ministry

    561-276-6338, ext. 17

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  • Don Canarozzi

    organist / director of music

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  • Jim Poch

    Associate director of music

    561-276-6338, ext. 24

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    Jim provides leadership for Handbell Choir(s) and all aspects of Children's Music and assists and/or substitutes for the Director of Music when requested.


    Education:

    Jim has a Bachelor of Sacred Music, Magna cum laude, from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary in New York.


    Family:

    Mother (age 95!), Brother and Sister-in-Law, Niece with her husband and three sons, and Nephew with his wife and daughter.  All live in Colorado Springs where I grew up.


    Jim's Favorites:

    • Favorite thing about Delray Beach:  I like the diversity and appearance.
    • Favorite books to read:  I don't dare start reading a book except on vacation.  I get pulled into a good book and just can't put it down!
    • Favorite hobby:  I guess that landscape care at my home could be called my hobby.  It certainly takes up enough time and effort!
    • Favorite Delray Beach restaurant:  My favorite restaurant in Delray Beach is Fifth Avenue Grill.
  • Nancy Fine

    Church Administrator

    561-276-6338, ext. 10

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    Nancy manages the day-to-day operations of the church, including coordinating the facility usage.  Her goal is to free the pastoral staff so they can focus on ministry.


    Education:

    Nancy is a graduate of Palm Beach State College.  She is also a Certified Church Administrator through the Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  She serves as the President and Membership Chair of the Florida Region of the APA as well as the APA National Vice-Chair of Membership.


    Family:

    Nancy has two children (Beth and Brandon), two grandchildren (Devon and Shane), and a cat (Willie) and dog (Sandy).


    Nancy's Favorites:

    • Favorite thing about Delray Beach:  I like that it has a small-town feel with all of the amenities of a big city.
    • Favorite books to read:  The Book of Order of the PCUSA, historical romances, and anything by JD Robb.
    • Favorite hobby:  I love doing home improvements and gardening. 
    • Favorite Delray Beach restaurant:  DaDa, I love their food and the atmosphere.
  • christine Davis

    accountant

    561-276-6338, ext 16

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  • MINDI COLE

    secretary

    561-276-6338, ext 22

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  • aaron strippel

    head custodian

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  • rita avery

    custodian

    Rita is responsible for cleaning the interior of all of the church buildings.


    Education:

    Rita completed her high school, secretarial qualifications and cosmotelogy in Costa Rica.


    Family:

    Rita is married to Richard and has three children (Ronald, Allan, and David), one grandchild (Camilla) and a dog (Yuki).


    Rita's Favorites:

    • Favorite thing about Delray Beach: I love the city, the people, and the beach.
    • Favorite books to read:  Spiritual and positive books.
    • Favorite hobby:  Crafting and crocheting.
    • Favorite Delray Beach restaurant:  Lemongrass.
  • Jessica Davis

    Administrative Assistant

    Jessica assists the Church Administrator, Accountant, and Secretary with administrative help

  • Miles knapp

    video technician

    Miles is responsible for recording and live-streaming the worship services as well as assisting as needed on Sunday mornings.

  • ray schechtel

    Sound and lighting technician

    Ray is responsible for running the sounds and lights during the worship services.

  • sandy polane

    parents' morning out director

    Sandy is responsible for the coordination of the Parents' Morning Out program.  She provides a loving atmosphere for the participants.

  • alice barrett

    parents' morning out

    Alice assists with the Parents' Morning Out program.

  • merrill beveridge

    parents' morning out

    Merrill assists with the Parents' Morning Out program.

  • amanda tidmore

    nursery worker

    Amanda works in the church Nursery on Sunday mornings, providing loving care to the children.

  • nate hood

    nursery worker

    Nate works in the church Nursery on Sunday mornings, providing loving care to the children.

  • liz landes

    nursery worker

    Liz works in the church Nursery on Sunday mornings, providing loving care to the children.

 

First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach

33 Gleason Street 

Delray Beach, Florida  33483

561-276-6338