About Point Washington United Methodist Church
At Point Washington United Methodist Church, we offer a wide variety of ministry opportunities for every age and stage of life. God loves each one of us the same, and at PWUMC you will never feel alone or excluded!
We are eager to know you, eager for you to become involved in the life of our church, and also eager for you to see the wonderful way that God is working in our lives. It won’t take long for you to discover that this is truly a church “family,” rich in the kinds of relationships that matter most. We worship together, serve together, laugh together, love together, cry together, and reach out to the world together with the life-transforming truth of Jesus Christ.
Meet Our Staff
AMY PERSONS, SENIOR PASTOR
I am passionate about faith development, spiritual formation, preaching, and writing; and I have been profoundly influenced by my participation in the Upper Room’s Two Year Academy for Spiritual Formation. The Christian mystics of the Middle Ages, as well as the writings of the early Christians a presented by the book The Sayings of the Desert Fathers fascinate me because I believe these early Christians along with St. John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich, the writer of The Cloud of Unknowing, and the like, have much wisdom to convey to us in a modern age.
My goal in worship is to help connect the ordinary person with the Spirit of the Living God as revealed to the world in Jesus Christ. For me, worship means singing old and new hymns, chanting our prayers, grounding ourselves in the beautiful rituals and sacraments of the church, embracing the prayer of silence, and deeply listening to the Word of God as proclaimed in Scripture. One of the foundational scriptures that shapes me is “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).
Being influenced by and formed by many people and their writings and teaching, I give particular thanks for the lives and works of modern folk like Roberta Bondi, Kathleen Norris, Parker Palmer, Howard Thurman, and Richard Rohr. In addition to the sense of fulfillment I receive from working for God in the church, I also enjoy gardening, walking, and running.
As for “where I come from” and my background in work and school, I grew up in the very small town of Hurtsboro, AL. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Huntingdon College, with double majors in English and History. After graduating from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Master of Divinity, I began serving as a pastor in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. From 1998 – 2009, I served in four appointments within our conference. Just before my appointment in January 2017, I served at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Panama City, Florida, I spent several years in Toronto, Ontario serving as a pastor in the United Church of Canada.
In addition to pastoral duties in the local church, I served as the chairperson of the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry for the annual conference from 2005-2009 and as a member of the CORE Team, the Alabama-West Florida annual conference leadership group. This work was particularly gratifying because of my belief in the need for the church to make intentional efforts to reach and be in ministry with young adults. I have also worked closely with conference and district United Methodist Women’s groups, Clergywomen in Ministry, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women committee, and the Youth Ministry Academy. Another facet of my ministry is in the written word. I have been published in two editions of The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2011 & 2012, The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual 2014 & 2015, the Upper Room’s Disciplines 2015, and I write my own blog called An Everyday Mystic (http://aneverydaymystic.wordpress.com/).
KARLA DANIEL, ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Karla Daniel grew up outside Atlanta, Georgia. She is married to Judson Daniel and together they have two children: Lila and Wells. She attended Wofford College (BA in English and Religion), Boston University (MA in English), and Duke Divinity School (MDiv) before returning to Georgia to serve as an elder in the North Georgia Conference. After serving ten years in churches in Carrollton and Atlanta, GA, Karla and her family moved to Santa Rosa Beach for a new job assignment for Judson.
When she’s not chasing around two kids under the age of two, Karla enjoys taking advantage of living near such beautiful beaches and lakes, reading, cooking, and traveling. One day she will take up tennis again!
Karla loves helping people see God's loving grace at work in their own lives and inviting God’s people to share that love abundantly with our neighbors as we seek to bring God’s Kingdom into being.
MARGARET COX, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Margaret's photo and bio are coming soon!
PAUL BARNETT, YOUTH DIRECTOR
Paul Barnett has served as Director of Youth Ministries at Point Washington United Methodist Church since July 2005. Prior to joining the ministry team at PWUMC Paul served on staff at Niceville UMC, as a volunteer youth leader at St. Augustine UMC, and as a short term missionary to Guinea-Bissar, Africa. Paul came to know Christ at the age of 16 in 1997 and experienced the call to the ministry in 1999 while working as a youth ministry intern at Niceville UMC. Paul was born and raised in Niceville Florida. He graduated from Niceville High School in 1998, He received a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in History and Religion from Flagler College in 2004. Paul has one child, Isaiah and a spoiled rotten Boston Terrier named Quasimodo. Paul has a passion for connecting teenagers to Christ and to each other in true Christian community. When not hanging out with the students of POWASH Youth, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing disc golf, ultimate frisbee, kayaking, throwing his cast net, watching movies, and watching college football (especially his beloved Crimson Tide.)
EMILIE OGDEN, CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR
Emilee Ogden holds a Master of Arts degree in Childhood Ministry from Dallas Baptist University, and Emilee has served in various children’s and worship ministry roles for the past 14 years. Her most recent positions were at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. In addition, Emilee has served on staff with The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. Her passion for ministry encompasses cultivating meaningful relationships with children and their families, teaching, and writing curriculum. She loves to help children, and others, develop a loving and thriving relationship with Jesus.
Emilee enjoys writing, playing French horn, and watching or participating in musical theatre. She loves the Texas Rangers and listens to Broadway soundtracks too loudly in the car, and will NEVER say “no” to chips and queso OR Disney World. Emilee is lively, engaging, and has a quick wit. Our interview committee and staff were won over by her passion for children’s ministry and her fun personality. Emilee looks forward to building relationships with the children of Point Washington UMC and their families and to exploring the beauty of our beaches!
TERRI ALEXANDER, BUSINESS MANAGER
Terri and her spouse Sam have been attending our 11am worship service for a few years and they are excited to be more involved in our congregation in the coming years. Growing up in DeFuniak Springs, Terri is a Walton County native who has returned home after many years away. Terri graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in Business Management and an Accounting Major. For most of her career, Terri held various positions in leadership with Penske Truck Leasing. She has served as District Administrator, District Financial Manager, Branch Manager and Lease Sales Representative in Atlanta and Montgomery. Terri is happy to be part of our staff where she can offer her gifts in business administration and finance to the work of God through our church. Terri has a long history with the United Methodist Church and has served in several leadership capacities in other churches in our conference, and she is happy to be back “home” at Point Washington UMC. Not only is Terri qualified for this position from her knowledge and experience in the business and church world, you will find that she welcomes everyone in her office with a broad smile and a bold laugh!
MADISON LEWIS, COMMUNICATIONS & OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Hello Everyone! My name is Madison Lewis and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve the community through PWUMC. I grew up in Freeport (back before there was a Publix) and moved to Tallahassee in 2009 to attend Florida State University. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Family & Child Sciences in 2012 and began working on my Master’s Degree in 2016 in Human Resources Management from Florida Institute of Technology. I moved back to the beach while working on my degree and graduated in 2018.
I love working in the church office and having the chance to make an impact on others!
SONNY COBURN, FACILITIES MAINTENANCE MANAGER
Sonny is retired from a long career in law enforcement and currently serves as the Associate Pastor at Victory Hills Pentecostal Church in Altha. Sonny is married to his wonderful wife Linda, and they are blessed to have three children and one beautiful granddaughter. When he is not reading and studying Scripture, Sonny enjoys time with his family, fishing, and visiting Helen, Georgia.
Sonny will usually be on campus Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays making sure our facilities are in good working order so they may be used to the glory of God as we seek to fulfill our mission To Know Christ, To Love Christ, To Make the Love of Christ Known!
You can reach Sonny through his church email at email@example.com
History of PWUMC
Around 1888, Minister, John Wesley (not to be confused with the founder of Methodism) was asked by local townspeople and the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South to come to the small sawmill community of Point Washington to teach Bible classes in the schoolhouse. At that time, Point Washington was a busy place with a working sawmill and port-to-port boat travel.
By 1890, after preaching in Point Washington several times, he moved to the area along with his eldest sons. The Rev. Mr. Wesley held services and founded the Point Washington United Methodist Church.
A young man named G.N. Winslett was sent, giving the church another service. Under Mr. Winslett's leadership, the church building was begun in 1893. The lumber was donated by the local sawmill and church members supplied the other materials for labor.
In 1896, the Rev. John Wesley was admitted to the Conference and served the church until his death in 1901. Four of his eight sons and grandsons became Methodist ministers. His eldest son, S.A. Wesley, was superintendent of the Point Washington Methodist Sunday School for forty years until his death in 1943. Another son, W.H. Wesley, built the home which is now Eden State Gardens. Descendants of the Wesley family are still in the congregation today. The original building still stands, although is has been modified over the years the church has grown.