Pastor & Staff

Dr. Kevin M. James, Sr., is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has more than forty years in Pastoral Ministry. Dr. James was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Sociology from Bethune-Cookman University. He also earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia and received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Bethune-Cookman University. He completed further studies at Duke Divinity School, in Durham, North Carolina.

He is a former District Superintendent of the St. Petersburg District in the Florida Annual Conference, having been appointed in 1998 and serving until 2005. He was the first African-American in that position. In 2005, he received a cross-cultural appointment to serve as Senior Pastor of Palma Ceia United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. In 2012, he received his next appointment, as Cross-Cultural Pastor of the Palm Coast United Methodist Church.

Dr. James has worked at Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University and has spoken at numerous high school and college graduations. His travels include Zimbabwe, Africa; London, England; Hawaii; Nassau, Bahamas; Paris, France; South Korea; Frankfurt, Germany; Egypt and the Holy Land.

His writings have been published in the United Methodist Interpreter, the Black College Magazine, and Develop Inter-Cultural Competence How to Lead Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Churches. His first published book is entitled  Guess Who’s Coming to Church: The Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Experience.

He is a member of the Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the past Chaplain. He is a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry and a mentor-coach for Diverse Church by Design for the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Bethune-Cookman University (2005-2014), Gammon Theological Seminary (2005-2012), and United Methodist Children's Home (2012-2021) and on the Board of Directors for the Janice Wilson Foundation.

His wife of thirty-six years is Mrs. Linda Gail Wilson-James, a thirty-eight year retired State of Florida worker. They are the parents of two young adults and have three grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

  

Rev. Theresa Waters joined the staff at Palm Coast UMC as our Congregational Care Pastor in January 2016. She brings experience and knowledge gleaned through two careers from which she is now retired: one as a United Methodist Church elder and the other as a collegiate-level administer and professor. Rev. Waters worked at several Colleges for 21 years instructing on a range of subject matter from religion to the social sciences. Also during her time in higher education, she served in several supervisory positions. As an Elder in the North Georgia Conference she served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and chair of the Extension Ministry Committee. She conducted Issues in Diversity Workshops for the Bishop’s Cabinet and the annual conference. She participated in the New Church Start Program. In addition to her career in higher education, she served as Associate and Senior Pastor of several churches. 

Rev.Waters received her Bachelor and Masters of Education degrees from the University of North Florida before going on to earn her Master of Divinity, with a concentration in religious education, from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. 

   

 

 

 

 

Glenn joined the PCUMC staff in August 2016.  He has spent his entire life serving the Lord in and through music. He recently relocated from Michigan to Palm Coast Florida to become part of the PCUMC Family! He is an experienced contemporary worship leader having served many churches in the mid-Michigan and Nashville, TN areas. In his former life Glenn was the Director of Operations for the Gospel Music Association in Nashville, TN. Glenn spent nearly 10 years working in the music industry and played an instrumental part in what was then the only Christian Music Training School of its kind, Doulos Training Schools. He later took that experience to the GMA to help them launch the Academy of Gospel Music Arts which is now a part of Christian Artists’ Seminar in the Rockies. Some of you might know the winners of the very first Academy of Gospel Music Arts….Jars of Clay! Doulos Training Schools began when it’s founder Russ Hollingsworth dreamed of bringing together experts in the Christian music industry to provide networking and training opportunities for aspiring Christian musicians. Many Nashville Christian artists at the time supported the school. Artists like Steve Camp, Kim Boyce, Paul Smith of the Imperials and even Steven Curtis Chapman! Glenn is also a Nashville Recording Artist with 2 solo album projects to his name. Glenn’s passion is leading people in authentic worship, to the throne room of grace, where they can get lost in the presence of God and leave whatever stresses, concerns or doubts they might have at the feet of Jesus.  

 

 

 

 


Tawn B. Thomas resides in Daytona Beach, Florida with his wife and two year old son. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education at Bethune-Cookman University. His research thesis (A Study of Historical Style and Its Effect on the Interpretation of Choral Music) was published in the 1998 Bethune-Cookman College Undergraduate Research Journal (Volume 3). Tawn received his Masters of Music Education degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University, where he studied choral conducting under the direction of Rodney Eichenberger. He has taught in Florida's public school system for eight years and recently ended in his sixth year as Choral Director of Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida. His choirs have consistently received superior ratings at district and state choral festivals. They were also invited to represent the State of Florida in Washington at the 2003 American Music Salute and were invited to perform with the Florida Youth Chorale at Carnegie Hall. He is an active member of several music organizations; including, The Florida Vocal Association, Florida Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He is an active choral arranger, clinician, and adjudicator. He sang with the Bel Canto Singers Community Choir for three years under the direction of Judson Rogers. His arrangement of Get on Board Little Children was performed by the Bel Canto singers at the Salute to American Music festival in Austria and Prague, Czech Republic. In 2004 he served as chairman for the Volusia County All-County Festivals. He actively serves as a clinician for several middle school choirs. Mr. Thomas is recognized and honored for his contributions as an educator in the 2004-2005, Ninth Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and was nominated to appear in the 2006-2007 addition, Prior to Palm Coast United Methodist Church Tawn served as choir director at the First United Methodist Church in Bunnel. 



Mary graduated from Cheyney State Teacher’s College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education prior to beginning her teaching career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

While living, working, and teaching in Philadelphia, Mary co-founded Camp E.C.H.O. (Exceptional children Have Opportunities), a summer day camp for special needs children and served as its first Administrator. Following multiple teaching roles, Mary received a Master of Education degree with certification in Special Education from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania in 1981 and Intermediate Administration and Supervision in 1986 from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.

In 1992 as Principal of Rogers Elementary School, in Stamford, Connecticut, along with teachers and parents, she instituted the S.M.A.R.T Magnet School Program (Science, Math, Arts, and Reading through Technology), the Math and Robotics Olympiad, as well as the Higher Order Thinking School (H.O.T.S) programs. The programs brought various musicians, poets, writers, and members of the Stamford Symphony into the school for an Artist Residency Program that worked with students at each grade level sharing their talents and engaging students in the Arts. Under Mary’s leadership Rogers Elementary also received the Yale University School of the 21st Century designation and grant award for two consecutive years, leading in part to Roger’s designation as a Technology Magnet School in 1999. In 2001 in a new assignment as Principal of the Hart Science and Technology Magnet School she was able to continue the goals of fostering the development of students through Science, the Arts, and Technology innovations.

In 2013 Mary became the Director of Early Childhood Development and Interventions for the school district. The program enrolled students’ ages 3 to 5 in a preschool program provided by certified Pre-K teachers. This PreK school district program served over 800 students, regardless of their socio- economic levels, with full school day, school year programs. She administered and supervised programs for regular and special education teams and teaching staff.

While living in Connecticut, Mary served as the Director of the Mount Aery Baptist Church Mass Choir, in Bridgeport, Connecticut for approximately ten years. She developed the choir through music theory, harmony, and choral singing. This group of singers was comprised of thirty women and men, with various singing abilities, who took joy in singing to the glory of God.

Mary retired from the Stamford Public Schools in 2016 as the Director of Early Childhood Development and Intervention, and former Principal of two Elementary Magnet Schools bringing to a close a successful and memorable forty-year career in education.

Her Husband of fifty-four years is Howard Jennings. They are the proud parents of three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is a member of PCUMC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Cheyney University Alumni Association, NAACP, the African American Cultural Society, and Choral Arts Society of Palm Coast.

Mary graduated from Cheyney State Teacher’s College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education prior to beginning her teaching career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

While living, working, and teaching in Philadelphia, Mary co-founded Camp E.C.H.O. (Exceptional children Have Opportunities), a summer day camp for special needs children and served as its first Administrator. Following multiple teaching roles, Mary received a Master of Education degree with certification in Special Education from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania in 1981 and Intermediate Administration and Supervision in 1986 from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.

In 1992 as Principal of Rogers Elementary School, in Stamford, Connecticut, along with teachers and parents, she instituted the S.M.A.R.T Magnet School Program (Science, Math, Arts, and Reading through Technology), the Math and Robotics Olympiad, as well as the Higher Order Thinking School (H.O.T.S) programs. The programs brought various musicians, poets, writers, and members of the Stamford Symphony into the school for an Artist Residency Program that worked with students at each grade level sharing their talents and engaging students in the Arts. Under Mary’s leadership Rogers Elementary also received the Yale University School of the 21st Century designation and grant award for two consecutive years, leading in part to Roger’s designation as a Technology Magnet School in 1999. In 2001 in a new assignment as Principal of the Hart Science and Technology Magnet School she was able to continue the goals of fostering the development of students through Science, the Arts, and Technology innovations.

In 2013 Mary became the Director of Early Childhood Development and Interventions for the school district. The program enrolled students’ ages 3 to 5 in a preschool program provided by certified Pre-K teachers. This PreK school district program served over 800 students, regardless of their socio- economic levels, with full school day, school year programs. She administered and supervised programs for regular and special education teams and teaching staff.

While living in Connecticut, Mary served as the Director of the Mount Aery Baptist Church Mass Choir, in Bridgeport, Connecticut for approximately ten years. She developed the choir through music theory, harmony, and choral singing. This group of singers was comprised of thirty women and men, with various singing abilities, who took joy in singing to the glory of God.

Mary retired from the Stamford Public Schools in 2016 as the Director of Early Childhood Development and Intervention, and former Principal of two Elementary Magnet Schools bringing to a close a successful and memorable forty-year career in education.

Her Husband of fifty-four years is Howard Jennings. They are the proud parents of three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is a member of PCUMC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Cheyney University Alumni Association, NAACP, the African American Cultural Society, and Choral Arts Society of Palm Coast.