Our Staff2018-06-19T16:06:53+00:00

Our Staff

Meet the Bay Point UMC Staff

Rev Dr John Guerre

Lead Pastor

When God called me into the ministry at 10 years old I simply could not fathom that Jesus Christ himself would ask me to spend my life helping him build his church in such a way that the “gates of hell would never defeat it” (Matthew 16:18). Although I didn’t have a clue as to what it all meant, or would mean, I am so glad I embraced it because this has been the greatest adventure and pleasure of my life.

As a lead pastor, my greatest thrill is to see people come to Christ and grow in Christ. I love seeing people respond to God’s Word and becoming stronger in their faith. I love the love of the saints, the challenging questions of the seekers, and especially when people take Jesus Christ as their Lord/Savior – Leader/Forgiver for the very first time.

I truly have more passion and joy for the ministry today than I did when I first started. So come along with us and for God’s glory let’s build a great church together.

Loren Vaughan

Assistant Pastor

Pastor Loren has been providing visitation to the sick, home-bound, and shut-in members of our congregation. Loren has served and provided God-inspired ministry to numerous congregations in Texas and Arizona before moving to Florida. Loren previously held positions in sales and sales management at Hewlett Packard where he developed and honed his proficient communicative skills that have been and continue to be of extreme benefit and value to all he ministers to. Life Verse: Ephesians 2:6-10

Michele Pruyn

Music Ministry

Michele and her husband, David, are longtime musicians who have decided to make Nokomis their home after 21 years in the Tampa area. Michele has served in church music ministry full time for 23 years and is a graduate of Stetson University. Her greatest accomplishment is their 17 year -old son, James. LIFE VERSE: PHIL. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Kelly Guerre

Children and Youth Ministry Director

Kelly is a highly energetic and self-motivated individual who has a passion for youth and children’s ministry. She holds a baccalaureate degree from USF and prior to joining our staff taught K-8 at a Christian school in Melbourne. She is looking forward to enhancing and growing a Christ-centered children’s and youth ministry program through community outreach and prayerful guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Marlene Claspell

Office Manager

Originally from Indiana, Marlene moved to the Venice area in 2010. She became the Office Manager for Bay Point church in November 2017, after serving several years as the Administrative Assistant for Agility Physical Therapy.

Marlene has two children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her warm smile and engaging attitude is truly a blessing to the church. Favorite bible verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

 

Dave Harvey

Small Groups Coordinator

David and his wife Barbara have resided in Sarasota County since 1980, and is originally from New York. His Christian walk began at age eight and David feels certain Jesus called him to lead and serve at Bay Point. Being the Father of three children has taught him, among other things, that we are not perfect and that it’s important to have a church family to share, care and pray for one another- just as Jesus intended. Favorite scripture: Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as he have: For He hath said, “I will never leave thee or forsake thee”.

Dan Heim

Facilities Manager

Bio Coming Soon.