Meet our staff

Rev. Peter Cottrell

Senior Pastor
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Peter is the middle son of three boys born to Les and Joan Cottrell. Les was an aeronautical engineer who worked in the space industry and Joan was a preachers kid, trained as a registered nurse who worked as the Administrative Assistant in the Melbourne District of the UMC in Florida. Peter grew up in Cocoa, Florida. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida Southern College with a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy in 1982. He earned his M.Div. Degree from The Divinity School at Duke University in 1985. 

He has served First UMC, Ft Pierce, Palm Coast UMC , Saint Paul’s UMC in Tallahassee and First UMC of Land O Lakes as well as serving as the executive director of United Campus Ministries at Florida Atlantic University. He has a passion for missions and small groups, prayer and fellowship. 

Peter loves the beach, kayaking, and fishing, reading, music and the arts. He is particularly fond of Karl Barth, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, CS Lewis, Henri Nouwen, Fr Richard Rohr among many others.

Peter is married to the most wonderful woman Carla, has two daughters, one granddaughter, one dog and one cat.

Rev. Laura Berg

Minister of Congregational Care
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Laura received her M.Div. degree from Asbury Theological Seminary-Orlando in 2006 and was ordained a deacon in full connection with the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in June, 2014. Laura serves as Minister of Congregational Care at CCUMC and is responsible for overseeing the welcoming and nurturing of visitors and new members, providing pastoral and congregational care, and facilitating support groups and CCUMC’s efforts in the area of community care.

A native of Florida, Laura enjoys camping, boating, fishing, and paddle-boarding. Laura is married to Ward T. Berg. As a “blended” family, they enjoy spending quality time with their six adult children and two grandchildren.

 

Mike Williams

Director of Music Ministries
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Mike directs all our services, assists with worship planning, and directs our various choirs. He has great experience directing musical groups of varying ages, sizes and musical abilities and appreciation for varying styles of music

He graduated from FSU magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and has been sharing a love of music and the Lord throughout a very successful career, including teaching both both middle school and high school.

 He is an accomplished musician who has performed with a wide variety of groups from high school and college marching bands to symphony orchestras, wind ensembles and musical theater. Like his father before him and son following him, he is well known for his talent on the French horn.

Mike also served at First United Methodist of Port Orange as the Director of Music for 17 years. His experience there included directing Chancel Choirs for two traditional services, praise musicians for the contem-porary service, children’s choirs, hand bell choirs, music camps, Advent and Lent programs, concerts and cantatas .

Emily Edwards

Director of Youth & Education Ministries
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Emily Edwards currently serves as the Director of Youth and Education Ministries at Coronado Community UMC and has worked in student ministry for nine years. Emily also works with individuals (ages 6 and older), couples, and families as a therapist (Registered Clinical Social Work Intern #ISW9255) at New Smyrna Beach Counseling Center. Emily is a graduate of Appalachian State University in North Carolina where she received her Bachelor degree in Sociology, Family Development and a minor in Religion. She also holds a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, Orlando and a Master of Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Emily has served as the treasurer of F.A.I.T.H. (Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony) and was the co-chair of the F.A.I.T.H. Youth and Families Committee in 2010. Emily has a passion for missions and has led and participated in short term mission projects in Costa Rica, Florida, Ethiopia, Russia, Mexico, Honduras, Louisiana, South Carolina, Miami and Atlanta. Emily has been married for 11 years,  has two dogs and is most recently enjoying a new adventure in parenthood.  

Nancy Watts-Vanderbunt

Church Administrator
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An executive level human resource professional with extensive experience in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors, Nancy’s expertise also includes all aspects of administration, facilities, operational and project management. Nancy attended the University of South Florida and is accredited at the senior level by the Society of Human Resource Management.  She has served in a variety of volunteer leadership positions with the Society on the local, district and state level.  Her extensive community and volunteer activities have focused on business/education partnerships and other services for children, seniors and economically disadvantaged individuals. After logging many volunteer hours on behalf of the Church, Nancy joined the staff in June of 2013 as the Church Administrator.

Married to Wesley Vanderbunt, they have a blended family of four adult children and six grandchildren. Nancy is an enthusiastic cook, an avid reader and is passionate about hospitality.

Maya Garcia-Rivera

Lead Financial Administrator

Maya is well qualified for her role with us having demonstrated strong computer and financial skills. She is a quick study and likes to share her knowledge, build consensus and a positive work environment. She holds a BS in Nursing and an AS in Accounting. She is a certified auditor for the State of New Mexico and most recently held a position where she wrote and oversaw the administration of grants totaling over 43 million dollars.

Shannon Schneider

Assistant Director, CorMeth Day School

Steve Taylor

Lighting & Sound

Amy Nowell

Communications Coordinator
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Amy is responsible for maintaining our church website, handling brand continuity for the church and its ministries, weekly email blasts, advertising and marketing, and other tasks as they become needed.

She and her husband, Alan Norris, have been members of CCUMC since 2001 and have raised their two children, Cooper Norris and Mason Norris, in the church.

Jack Doyle

Lead Custodian

Carmen Ramos

Custodian

Karen Merry

Custodian

Holly Foster

Nursery Coordinator

Holly works with our Sunday Nursery as well as special events. And is she qualified! She has earned an Associate Degree in Elementary Education from Daytona State College. She also has her DCF 45-hour certification and CPR/First Aid certification. Her work experience includes four years with a pre-school in Ormond Beach (working with two and three-year-olds) and another three years with a preschool in Daytona Beach (currently serving the one-year-olds).