Pastors and Staff
Pastor Dave and his wife Carolyn have been a clergy couple and served together in ministry since 1996. They served two United Methodist Church's in Orlando for 18 years before answering God's call to move to St Augustine in 2014. He and Carolyn have a middle school aged daughter named Julia. David enjoys running, fishing, gardening, and woodworking. He brings gifts of stability, endurance, theological leadership, both/and thinking, peacemaking, preaching, teaching, pastoral care and building toward a vision. At Grace he has oversight of children/nursery ministry, discipleship ministry, leader development, pastoral care/visitation, and building/custodian/trustees.
Pastor Carolyn grew up in Winter Park, FL and began to sense a call to pastoral ministry while at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She studied at Duke Divinity School where she met her husband Dave who serves together with her now as lead co-pastor of Grace UMC. Carolyn enjoys spending time with her daughter Julia, reading, watching movies, going to the beach and spending time at their cabin in western North Carolina. Carolyn is gifted in the areas of discernment, preaching, administration and event planning. She likes coming up with new ideas and is good at putting together action plans to help them become reality. At Grace she has oversight over the youth ministry, music ministry, finance, worship and administration.
Children's Ministry Director
I grew up a Methodist in a small farming town in Illinois. I went to college at Eastern Illinois University and received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I have been a Director of Children's Ministries in a previous church for over 15 years. Teaching children about God's love is my primary passion!
Director of Music
Michael Sanflippo began his tenure as Music Director at Grace UMC in January 2015. Mike recently settled in Palm Coast, after more than two decades living and working in the Northern New Jersey area. There he directed several choruses including the Apprentice Chorus of the Newark Boys Chorus School, the training chorus for the celebrated Newark Boys Chorus. Additionally in Newark, Mike developed a challenging and thriving music theory and ear-training program that he taught to all the boys in the school. As Director of Music at Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park, he conducted the Sanctuary Choir, two Handbell Choirs, and a children’s chorus, and organized monthly community performances. In addition, he directed two community choruses, Concord Singers (Summit, NJ, a women’s chorus) and Harmony Singers (Wayne, NJ, a mixed ensemble). Mike holds degrees from Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and Teachers College of Columbia University, and spent a year the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary.
Peggy Namie (Margaret Z. Namie) is honored and blessed to be the Office Administrator of Grace United Methodist Church. She was born in Jacksonville, FL where she was adopted at a very early age, and raised by two loving and wonderful parents, Hermann E. and Evelyn V. Zink. She graduated from Jacksonville Episcopal High School and continued her education at Mercer University in Macon, GA. While at Mercer, she studied Special Education and Christian Education. However, she met her “Prince Charming”, Bernie Namie while there. Bernie was attending the Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, GA. After dating for a month and two days, they became engaged and a year later they were married (March 17, 1978). She has followed her husband from Macon, GA to Winter Springs, FL to Woodbridge, VA to Dublin, OH to Woodstock, GA to Hoover, AL to Madison, AL to Toney, AL and then to St. Augustine, FL. Peggy and Bernie are blessed with four grown children and three grandchildren. Peggy was able to be a stay-at-home mother while the children were young. Once the children were older, she worked in church Preschools and that enabled her to be home for her children. Upon moving to Madison, the pastor at the Methodist church that she attended asked her to apply for the position of church secretary. She did and served four pastors in that capacity over the next ten years. Upon moving to St. Augustine in October 2014, she sought employment with and was hired by Grace United Methodist Church in December 2014. She has a heart for God and a passion for people.
During the past 35 years, Barb has held various sacred positions ranging from organist/pianist to Choir/Handbell/Music Director. She attended the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory (Methodist College) for undergraduate studies in organ and piano. Though she obtained her Certified Public Accountant license and spent time in tax accounting, she eventually returned to graduate school (Akron University) for additional studies in Keyboard music. During this time she also had the privilege to study piano performance as a private professional student at The Cleveland Institute of Music.
Her sacred tastes in music range from the classical offerings of J.S. Bach to the Gospel/Jazz sounds of George Shearing. Her teaching pedigree includes a “5 generations removed” direct lineage to J.S. Bach himself! On the fun side, her organ experience also includes a summer position as a stadium organist for the MLB team the Cleveland Indians - “Go Tribe”.
In her spare time she enjoys running on the beach and knitting. Her husband, Jim, and the family dog “Ginger” moved from the Cleveland Ohio area two years ago. With family in Palm Coast, Barb & Jim now make Palm Coast their new family home.
I am the oldest of 4 children and graduated from St. John's River College in St. Augustine, FL. I have a love for children, especially the babies. I believe that children have a special place in God's heart. Jesus said that to them belong the Kingdom of God and that we as Christians are to become as little children if we are to inherit God's Kingdom.