Staff

 

We are a community of imperfect people who love, follow and serve a perfect God.  We’re all about community and serving others outside of our walls.

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Nichole Batten
Finance Treasurer / Administrative Asst.

Nichole recently came to work at the church.  She has been married for over 21 years, to an amazing man named Clint.  They met while serving together in the United States Navy.  They have two wonderful girls.  

Nichole handles the finances for the church as well as assists the Pastor as needed.  This position can be challenging at times but she considers it a blessing to work at the church and tries hard to fill the needs of MUMC.

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April Watts
Children's Ministry

April  is a local mother who feels blessed by the opportunity to become our new Children’s Ministry Coordinator. She has been President of the Middleburg Museum for the last three years, and helps run her family’s tree service. She grew up close to Middleburg, in the Ortega Area of Jacksonville. 

She loves Mexican food.

April hopes to lead our children with a good dose of old fashioned values balanced with what today’s parents need. Two focuses will be memorizing Bible Verses and singing before the congregation on a more regular basis. She is very honored by this new position.

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Peggy Washington
Youth Ministry

Peggy and her husband of over 14 years relocated to Jacksonville through the Navy, over a decade ago.  She then left her EMS career to start raising and homeschooling their 2 kid’s full time. Missing a more rural life, they moved to Middleburg and started attending worship for the past few years at MUMC. Peggy really loves to study history and cultures in her down time. If she doesn’t have her nose in a book, chances are she is in a garden or a horse pasture at a local animal rescue. Other odd facts Peggy thought you night enjoy… she’s a Navy Vet, Loves tea, Can’t be serious very well, her Life verses Philippians 3:12-16, and her Favorite hymn is the Gift of love.

Peggy has worked with youth groups in the past and really loves teaching teens. Peggy says it’s thrilling trying to help teens learn how to navigate the importance of faith and worship as they grow into young adults.  

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Marie Livings
Nursery Superintendent

November 2021 started her 39th year in the MUMC nursery.

Marie's hobbies include sewing, rubber stamping, and baking cookies. She has been in 2 square dance clubs. Marie has lived in the area since November 1968 and has been married for over 50 years. They have one daughter,  retired Navy/Marine and one grandson who is a graduate of the University of West Florida. They found their home church in 1983. 

Marie's focus in the Nursery is to keep all of the babies and young children safe, dry, fed, and happy. She helps with potty training. They read stories. She helps teach them to share. She tells them God loves them (and so does she) and is happy when they share and are nice to others. When she can not be there, she is the one who finds a person or persons she knows and trusts, to cover for her. She wants her precious little ones to be well taken care of. "Piece of mind for when I am out of town."  She has been an active UMW member since 1988, as well as holding offices. She is an Active church member, with countless hours devoted to the annual Black Creek Winter Festival and the church sponsored Pumpkin Patch; All while holding down a full time day job.

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Susan Hendry
Choir Director / Accompanist

Susan is a willing servant in the realms of music and worship. She is Blessed to play the piano in the 830am & 11am Sunday services. She also rehearses and directs the Chancel Choir and the Hand Bell Choir. Presently she is serving as Minister of Music on the Worship Committee and assists the Pastor in choosing Calls to Worship, Responsive Readings, and congregational hymns. Her husband, Gayward,  leads congregational singing for the 830am & 11am Sunday services. She also serves on the Trustee Committee and participates in Bible Study on Monday nights and Wednesday mornings.

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John Lynch
Custodian

John joined the Church family in September of 2019.  He is a retired US Navy Surface Warfare and Hospital Corpsman and high school science teacher.  He is responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of the campus and grounds, and other tasks as assigned. 

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Heather Humphrey
Media Specialist

Heather and her family have been part of MUMC for several years now. She is a military wife to Ben and they have 4 children. She has a background in Graphic Design and also runs a Photography business.

Heather has been volunteering behind the scenes for several years. She has helped revise our website and streamline our social media accounts. She was also a big part in helping bring the church's mobile application online.

Heather has accepted this position within the church as a Media Specialist. She will continue to manage our website, social media, mobile app and videography. And any other media and marketing requests as they come up.

Heather's goal is to keep the imaging and messaging for the church consistent and relevant. She will keep the church focused on the future digital needs of the congregation and the public, as they interact with our church.

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Lina Calderon
Custodian

Lina is Columbian and has lived in the United States since 1998.  She has worked as a custodian for our church since 2006.  Lina is mother of two boys who are 21 and 19 years old, respectively.  Her eldest son is finishing his last semester at the University of Florida.  He hopes to continue his studies in law school.  Lina's younger son is attending St. John's River State College.  She is very grateful for the support our church has provided her.