Pastor Tim is a Florida native! He was born and raised in north Florida where he grew up with his two sisters and parents. He attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, earning his B.A. in philosophy & religion. He began ministry working with Young Life as a volunteer, then as a Young Life Church Partner in Tampa.
Tim earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Virginia and Florida and has led mission teams in Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Tim is blessed with marriage to his Junior High School sweetheart, Lisa. Together they are the parents of Stephanie, Xavier, Zoe, and Luke and grandparents to Jessy, Jack and June.
During his free time, Tim likes to travel with his family, read, surf, fish, kayak, hike, play guitar, and listen to live music. He especially enjoys good Central American coffee and getting to know people. He would love to hear from you!
Mark Nygard was born in NC while his father was finishing seminary but moved to South Florida at a very young age and has lived in FL ever since. Mark graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Church Music.
Mark and his wife Dorian are the proud parents of Allie, Abbie, Zachary, Cole and Zoe. In his free time he loves to spend time with his family, go fishing, paddle boarding, go to the beach, play music, or just sit around a campfire with good friends.
Kids often call Pastor Ray by the affectionate name "P.Ray." Ray grew up as the child of New Jersey "snow birds," so south Florida is home. In 1992 Ray put his full trust and faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior. After a career in graphic arts/screen printing, God called Ray to full time ministry in 2001. Ray has served all ages and stages of ministry from pre-school ministry to the lead pastor at Island Baptist Church in Beach Haven, NJ. Ray also served as the coordinator of the Christ Fellowship Belle Glade Life Center. Ray believes a multi-generational church is a healthy church and every one has a part to play in God's great story no matter their age. Sharing God's story is one of his passions and he does it with energy and enthusiasm! P.Ray and his wife, Beverly live in Jensen Beach and together they are parents of Katie and son-in-law Jeff Nelson, and the very proud grandparents of Jeffery Nelson III.
Krista was born and raised in Stuart/Palm City. She is married to Andrew, and they have three children, Austin, Brandon, and Lexi. The entire family enjoys caring for their many animals on a small farm. Krista is a seasoned home school parent, and she holds a bachelor's degree in Public Administration. Krista continues to home school her daughter even as she manages and directs the For the Love of Learning Co-op and Waldorf Inspired School. Krista loves educating children and sharing her love for learning.
Jeanne comes to us via New York having moved to Florida full time, three years ago. While living in New York she was employed by West Islip Public Schools for more than thirty-two years. For the last nineteen of those years, she served as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education before retiring in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing, cooking and spending time with her family.
Esther has served as Director of Music and Choir Director at Stuart Congregational Church since 2003. Before coming to Stuart Congregational Church, Esther served as Music Director at First Congregational Church in Palm City. In addition to serving the Lord through our Music Ministry, she has 25 years of teaching at Hobe Sound Bible College, as well as six years of directing the High School and Middle School choirs at Hobe Sound Christian Academy. Esther is from the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, where she grew up as a preacher's kid. She now resides in Hobe Sound, Florida where she enjoys sewing, reading and taking walks with her shih tzu, Daisy.
Rosemary was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her BBA in accounting and finance from Grand Valley State University. She is married to Tim and has two daughters, Lindsey and Nikki.
Rosemary also works part-time as the accountant for 6:8 Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization helping the Costa Rican people with basic food and housing needs. Tim and Rosemary have missioned in Costa Rica several times to help build an orphanage. She enjoys family time, boating and traveling.
John was born in Albany, NY and moved to St. Petersburg, FL in 1984 where he
worked as a General Manager for a landscape company. He moved to the east coast of Florida in 2004 to assist his father-in-law after his wife passed. He previously worked at Harbor Ridge Yacht and Country Club and now works for SCC as our awesome Custodian as well as Martin County School system.
Lisa created and maintains stuartcongregationalchurch.org and sccsummercamps.org. She also manages hardware and software technology needs for SCC Staff and volunteers.