Pastor & Staff
Dr. Kevin M. James, Sr., is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church with more than thirty-seven years in Pastoral Ministry.
He is a former District Superintendent of the St. Petersburg District in the Florida Annual Conference, having been appointed in 1998 and serving until 2005. He was the first African-American in that position. In 2005, he received a cross-cultural appointment to serve as Senior Pastor of Palma Ceia United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. In mid-2012, he received his next appointment, a cross-cultural appointment as pastor of the Palm Coast United Methodist Church.
Dr. James has worked at two institutions of higher learning and has spoken at numerous high school and college graduations. His travels include Zimbabwe, Africa; London, England; Hawaii; Nassau, Bahamas; Paris, France; South Korea and the Holy Land.
His writings have been published in the United Methodist Interpreter and the Black College Magazine. His first published book is entitled Guess Who’s Coming to Church: The Cross-Racial, Cross-Cultural Experience.
Dr. James was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion and Philosophy with a minor in Sociology from Bethune-Cookman College (now University). He also earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia and received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Bethune-Cookman University. He completed a preaching study at Duke Divinity School, in Durham, North Carolina. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
He is married to Linda Gail Wilson-James. They are the parents of two young adults and have one grandson.
Rev. Theresa Waters joined the staff at Palm Coast UMC as our Congregational Care Pastor in January 2016. She brings experience and knowledge gleaned through two careers from which she is now retired: one as a United Methodist Church elder and the other as a collegiate-level administer and professor. Rev. Waters worked at several Colleges for 21 years instructing on a range of subject matter from religion to the social sciences. Also during her time in higher education, she served in several supervisory positions. As an Elder in the North Georgia Conference she served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and chair of the Extension Ministry Committee. She conducted Issues in Diversity Workshops for the Bishop’s Cabinet and the annual conference. She participated in the New Church Start Program. In addition to her career in higher education, she served as Associate and Senior Pastor of several churches.
Rev.Waters received her Bachelor and Masters of Education degrees from the University of North Florida before going on to earn her Master of Divinity, with a concentration in religious education, from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
Leanne is a Flagler County native, who started attending Palm Coast United Methodist Church in 2004. She and her husband, Frank, have four children. They love working with a smile and showing God's love by serving in the church.
Leanne Mannino attends Liberty University, is Studying Christian Education for Children and Families. She has a passion for children, loves a good movie & popcorn, serving the Church, and enjoys exploring nature and animals. Leanne believes God has called her to PCUMC and loves serving here!
Lee Thornton has been involved in the field of education for more than seventeen years, teaching and inspiring children from preschool through high school. She has also been a youth leader for many years and enjoys leading students of all ages in mission work. Lee and her husband, Alan, have two college-aged children, Bryce and Alyssa. Lee graduated with honors in 1986 from Loyola University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She served as an Airborne Personnel Officer in the United States Army. Lee is a Certified teacher for grades K-6 in the state of North Carolina. She was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” at Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach, Florida for 2013-2014. She is a member of the Palm Coast Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and is a member of the Captain James Ormond Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Board Member of the Captain James Ormond Chapter of NSDAR.
Cloud Ssu-yun Wang is originally from Taiwan. She began playing the piano when she was just 6 years old. Her musical journey includes playing the recorder and accordion in the elementary school band, she was the accompanist for the middle school men’s choir, she sang in the choir herself and played in the symphonic band in both high school and college. She received her Bachelor’s degree in classical music from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Following graduation she was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she learned to play jazz vibraphone, Latin music, steel drum and compose. She also assembled a jazz band and Caribbean band. After college she played in a steel band and participated in music theater. Prior to PCUMC she was the music director and organist at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, PA. Besides God, music is her entire life.
Cloud believes being a music director in the church is God’s calling on her life. She is very appreciative for all the opportunities God has given her. She grew up from Contemporary praise band, jump to play the pipe organ and handbell, Cloud is good at both traditional and contemporary styles of worship playing. Cloud has been a guest organist in many denominations/churches. Besides the United Methodist Church, she has also played for Presbyterian, Episcopal, and R.C. Catholic in southwestern PA, Morgantown, WV and Boston, MA. She is currently an active AGO (American Guide of Organist) and Handbell Musicians of American member. She is very excited for her new path in Florida and looks forward to sharing her faith and talents at PCUMC.
Tawn B. Thomas resides in Daytona Beach, Florida with his wife and two year old son. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education at Bethune-Cookman University. His research thesis (A Study of Historical Style and Its Effect on the Interpretation of Choral Music) was published in the 1998 Bethune-Cookman College Undergraduate Research Journal (Volume 3). Tawn received his Masters of Music Education degree in Choral Music Education from Florida State University, where he studied choral conducting under the direction of Rodney Eichenberger. He has taught in Florida's public school system for eight years and recently ended in his sixth year as Choral Director of Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida. His choirs have consistently received superior ratings at district and state choral festivals. They were also invited to represent the State of Florida in Washington at the 2003 American Music Salute and were invited to perform with the Florida Youth Chorale at Carnegie Hall. He is an active member of several music organizations; including, The Florida Vocal Association, Florida Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He is an active choral arranger, clinician, and adjudicator. He sang with the Bel Canto Singers Community Choir for three years under the direction of Judson Rogers. His arrangement of Get on Board Little Children was performed by the Bel Canto singers at the Salute to American Music festival in Austria and Prague, Czech Republic. In 2004 he served as chairman for the Volusia County All-County Festivals. He actively serves as a clinician for several middle school choirs. Mr. Thomas is recognized and honored for his contributions as an educator in the 2004-2005, Ninth Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and was nominated to appear in the 2006-2007 addition, Prior to Palm Coast United Methodist Church Tawn served as choir director at the First United Methodist Church in Bunnel.
Glenn Sims joined the PCUMC staff in August 2016. Glenn has spent his entire life serving the Lord in and through music. He recently relocated from Michigan to Palm Coast Florida to become part of the PCUMC Family! He is an experienced contemporary worship leader having served many churches in the mid-Michigan and Nashville, TN areas. Glenn is married to his incredibly talented wife Kristen and they have 7 children between them! In his former life Glenn was the Director of Operations for the Gospel Music Association in Nashville, TN. Glenn spent nearly 10 years working in the music industry and played an instrumental part in what was then the only Christian Music Training School of its kind, Doulos Training Schools. He later took that experience to the GMA to help them launch the Academy of Gospel Music Arts which is now a part of Christian Artists’ Seminar in the Rockies. Some of you might know the winners of the very first Academy of Gospel Music Arts….Jars of Clay! Doulos Training Schools began when it’s founder Russ Hollingsworth dreamed of bringing together experts in the Christian music industry to provide networking and training opportunities for aspiring Christian musicians. Many Nashville Christian artists at the time supported the school. Artists like Steve Camp, Kim Boyce, Paul Smith of the Imperials and even Steven Curtis Chapman! Glenn is also a Nashville Recording Artist with 2 solo album projects to his name. Glenn’s passion is leading people in authentic worship, to the throne room of grace, where they can get lost in the presence of God and leave whatever stresses, concerns or doubts they might have at the feet of Jesus.