I’m Joe. Before entering the ministry, I taught high school Spanish in Cape Hatteras North Carolina and Lawrence Tavern, Jamaica. I have a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies / Spanish from Flagler College in St. Augustine, and received my Masters in Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta in 2001. Since graduating from seminary, I have served churches in Sarasota and Jacksonville, Florida. I also currently write daily devotionals for the Dial Hope Foundation. Now I’m blessed to have three daughters.
At the invitation of the Session, Dr. Bob Smith began his service as Parrish Associate on August 1, 2016. Bob and his wife Phoebe grew up in Jacksonville and returned here in 2015. A graduate of Princeton Univ. and Harvard Law School, he served in the U.S. Navy and practiced law in Jacksonville. In mid-life he attended Columbia Theological Seminary where he later served on the faculty. Bob has been pastor of Presbyterian Churches in Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.
Patty has been secretary for Geneva for seven years and a church secretary for over 25 years. She and her husband, Gregg, (both Florida natives!) moved to the Jacksonville in 2010.
Gregg and Patty have two children and two granddaughters. When not working they love to travel, explore, going to concerts and especially spending time with our families. Patty loves the Lord and has been involved with the women of the church, assisting with Sunday School, helping out with VBS and Wednesday night fellowship dinners.
Teri received her BS degree in Finance from the University of Florida. She has lived in St Johns for over 20 years and has worked at Geneva for over 10 years. Currently, she handles the financial responsibilities at the church. She is married and has two daughters. Teri loves to teach Sunday School and share her faith with children. She loves God, her family, going to the beach and cheering for the Gators
Lorrie teaches 62 1st Graders at once! Through a virtual classroom, which is an amazing testament to her ability to handle groups of young folks and technology. Lorrie received her BA in Christian Education from Presbyterian College and MA in Christian Ed from Pfeiffer University. She also holds a MA in Early Childhood Education from Converse College. Lorrie is a life-long Presbyterian, ordained elder, and has served churches through the years as Youth Director, Christian Educator and volunteer!
Director of Music and Fine Arts
Fred Kunkel has a Bachelor in Church Music and All Level Music Education, as well as a Masters in Vocal Performance, with advanced studies in Musical Theater and Choral Conducting. As a professional Christian Artist, Fred worked over 2 years with the Bill Gaither Ministry. He was selected as both the tenor soloist and vocal coach for the Gaither’s travelling vocal group, Eternity. Fred also worked with both Billy Graham and Oral Roberts as a soloist and director of crusade choirs. For more on Fred, please visit our music ministry.
Esther moved to North Florida in September of 2010 from South Florida where she had been organist at First Presbyterian Church in Boca Raton for seventeen years. She earned her B.A. with a major in music from Malone University in Canton, Ohio and her M.M. in applied organ from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Additional organ study was done under Diane Bish at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale and additional piano study was with Judith Burganger of Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of the Jacksonville American Guild of Organists and serves on the Executive Board. She sings with the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale.
Director, Pre-School and Children's Ministry
I am so excited to be the director of the preschool at Geneva Presbyterian Church. I feel that I have been led to this position and church to help start the preschool and grow the children’s ministry. I am passionate about early childhood education and am eager to put my knowledge and experience to work.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and am certified to teach Prek – 3rd grade. Most recently I have worked as independent contractor with University of Florida as an online instructor for Early Childhood courses. Before working at UF, I worked at Episcopal Children’s Services as an Early Learning Specialist. I have also worked as a Kindergarten teacher in Saint John’s County and continue to substitute with the county. I am married to Kenny and we have three daughters.
Our Defining Vision
By God’s grace, this is the kind of people we want to be…
Our life together is characterized by Trusting God, Nourishing People, and Encouraging All in a Christ-centered Walk.
As people of intelligence, energy, confidence, we often are guilty of handling things ourselves, or trying to handle them ourselves. Too often, we turn to God for help only when we are overwhelmed. Recognizing that God’s Word directs us to depend not on ourselves, but entirely on God, we commit ourselves to become people who fully trust God and call on him in everything. With God’s help, we will trust God to provide for our needs. We will trust God to keep his promises. We will trust God to be with us always and to guide us when we listen. We will trust God when we face challenges and circumstances that disturb us. As God has made Jesus Christ Lord of all and Head of the church, we will trust ourselves and our church to him.
As a people nourished by the love of Jesus Christ, so we are called to nourish one another in love in the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes nourishing people means sharing hugs or sharing tears. Sometimes it’s as simple as sharing meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Sometimes it requires bandaging a wound, protecting a reputation, or helping someone face a significant personal challenge. Sometimes it calls for a discrete word of truth or honest feedback. Sometimes it is holding a quiet conversation, sharing a word of prayer, or taking a walk through the scriptures to find guidance and hope; peace and answers; comfort and spiritual growth. Always, it means responding to what God has done for us and taking the initiative to love one another.
Encouraging All in a Christ-centered Walk:
As a people, we affirm God’s call to lead lives centered on Jesus Christ. As sinners saved by grace, we recognize that maturity in Christ forms over seasons, the fruits of the Spirit ripen over time, and developing a relationship with God is never a flash and you are done thing. A Christ-centered walk is a journey. It involves seasons of ease and difficulty, of joyful discoveries and unanticipated trials, of rest in green pastures and restless desert wanderings. In this journey, we recognize our need and our calling to find and give encouragement as we worship together, as we study and apply God’s Word, as we seek and share wisdom, and as we actively invite others to walk with us as we follow Jesus.