People. Passion. Purpose.
Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is blessed to have a ministry staff, support staff, and numerous volunteers who all help us fulfill our mission.
Meet our team of passionate, purposeful staff members, as well as our missionaries serving abroad.

 
 

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Dr. Ran Niehoff

Current Interim Pastor & Pastor Emeritus

Retired in 2008 after 41 years of Pastoral Ministry Ran had served for 17 years as Senior Minister of SCUCC.  Philosophical/Theological training and numerous sabbatical studies overseas encouraged ongoing and warm dialogue in ecumenical settings, Jewish-Christian origins, and the convergence of science and spirituality.  He writes a regular column for the magazines published by “Times of the Islands, Inc.” (toti.com) and has taught classes in the local BIG ARTS Winter Academy on subjects such as the history and psychology of religion, the physics and metaphysics of consciousness, the dangers of fundamentalist attitudes on both the left and the right, the skillful handling of death and dying, the Perennial Philosophy, and the science and philosophy of psychic phenomena.   

 

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Dr. Mackenzie Albert

Music Director
music@sanibelucc.org

Mackenzie Albert is a professional opera and orchestra conductor who recently moved to Florida from the New York City tri-state area. Her goal in moving south is to adopt children from the foster care system.  She is very happy to be a new part of the staff at Sanibel Congregational UCC, and is working to rebuild the choir and the church music program.  For information on the music program, opportunities for youth, and choir participation, please call 239-472-0497 or email.

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Linda Convertine RN, BSN

Parish Nurse
linda@sanibelucc.org

Originally from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I met my husband, who is from Massapequa, New York, when we both moved to Cincinnati during our high school years. We have been married for 44 years. I always start my day with the reading the Bible and prayer. I try to exercise daily, which I both love and hate. I like to bike and hike, sew, watch movies, meet with friends, and travel to see my kids. I have worked as a nurse for Lee Memorial Health System at Health Park Medical Center for the last 16 years on a medical/surgical/telemetry unit. The last 6 years I was the Nurse Manager of the unit. I am experienced with a wide variety of medical and surgical diagnoses as well as cardiac disease. I believe the future of healthcare is in focusing on wellness and trying to keep people out of the hospitals. To that end, I have been studying the many aspects of wellness and how to help inspire people to pinpoint and achieve their wellness goals.

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Sandra Simmons

Office Administrator

sandy@sanibelucc.org

Sandra began working for the church in 2009.  She is from Knoxville, Tennessee and is a country girl through and through.  Sandra's pride and joy are her four AMAZING kids (Jordan & Blayne, and Jarred & Karina), and she is also fur-mom to 6 yr. old German Shepherd Zeus Orion, for whom she has a serious case of puppy love

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Jordan Jones

Assistant Office Manager

office@sanibelucc.org

Jordan is a Florida native and is currently pursuing her art degree while working here at the church.  She is also a licensed real estate agent and LOVES the beach!

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Kathy Monroe

Sunday School Director

Kathy, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, is a resident of Fort Myers.  She moved from Pennsylvania, where she was employed as Executive Director of the Berks County Area Agency on Aging.  She has approximately 20 years of social services experience.  Kathy has a masters in Gerontological Studies from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and a theological certification from Immaculata University. She previously lived in Tampa, Florida and served as the Director of Lake Carroll Baptist Christian Learning Center; a preschool with an afterschool program.  In her faith journey she has served as Superintendent of church school, Director of Community Vacation Bible School, a Youth Leader for American Baptist Church's national Youth Leadership Core  (YLC) program and a Sunday school teacher, facilitator and trainer.  In addition, Kathy was President of her community Cub Pack Council.  Kathy is currently employed with F.I.S.H. of SANCAP as Program Director.  Volunteer activities include Roots Heritage Food Hub Advisory Council, Heights Foundation/Center and the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center Advisory Council.  One of Kathy's favorite quotes is Gandhi's "Be the change you wish to see in the world".

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Renee Rawe

Digital Coordinator

 

 

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Bob Eidem

The Sound Guy

For twenty eight years Bob has called Sanibel home.  For twenty five years there has been no Bob without Betsy.  The two raised their daughter Dominique, who fledged to New York for college and career prospects.  Bob writes, shoots, and edits commercials and Morning Blend segments for local television station Fox 4.

 

 

MISSIONARIES ASSOCIATED WITH SCUCC:

Mark Knowles and Daniel Murry-Knowles 

Serving in Lesotho

Debby & Larry Colvin

Serving in Ghana