Meet the Staff

Rev. Sam Wright, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor
Elizabeth Goldstein
Director of Music
Brian Silvas
Church Technology Coord.
Donna Maynard
Director of Ministries
Joyce Johnson
Faith Community Nurse
Pastoral Care Assistant
Debi Adams
Publications Coordinator
Paul Anacki
Director of Finance and Administration
Sara Miller
Church Secretary
Baron Garriott
Contemporary Worship Leader
Sue Loncaric
Early Care Center Director
Bob Russell
Building Supervisor
Michael Stuart
Facilities Assistant
Lynn Watson-Gross
Children’s Ministry Coord.
Cherish (Ching-Ching) Caballero
Children’s Ministry Coord.
Dena Kelly
Nursery Caregiver


SteepleFirst Church is Sarasota’s first-established and continuously serving church congregation. First United Methodist Church of Sarasota has a distinguished Sarasota legacy dating from October of 1891. The original church structure stood at today’s Five Points Intersection located just a block away. The church was relocated to its present site in 1911 with our current Sanctuary constructed in 1955.  An extensive remodeling of the Sanctuary and entrances, together with the Memorial Prayer                                                                                              Garden was accomplished in 2010.