Meet the Staff and Vestry at

The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection

CHURCH STAFF

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REV. DR. DAVID JOHNSON
RECTOR

Dave Johnson was born in Newport, Rhode Island and grew up in Springfield, Virginia. He and his wife Steph married in 1990 and graduated together from Oral Roberts University in 1991. Dave served as a youth minister from 1992 to 2001 at Episcopal churches in Virginia, Wyoming, and South Carolina, and was ordained a deacon in 2001 and a priest in 2002.

Since 2002 he has served at parishes in South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. He holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master of Sacred Theology from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and both a Master of Sacred Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry.

He has published eight books of collected sermons about God’s grace in Jesus Christ, and coedited Christian Theologies of the Sacraments for NYU Press—all available via Amazon. Dave has a grown son, Andrew, and together he and Steph have five grown children: Cate, Rebecca, Abi, Emily, and Paul. He enjoys reading, playing guitar, and sports.

REV. SUZANNE BRUNO

DEACON

Born in Southern California, Deacon Susie had the blessing of also living in Canada, Colorado, Virginia, New York, Florida, North Carolina, and now back to Florida.
           She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and received her BA degree in Psychology with a minor in English, then went an extra year to earn her California Teaching Credential.  She met her husband Paul at Occidental; they have two children, both of whom, with their spouses and pets, live  in Orlando.
           From January of 1986 to August of 2008, they lived in Longwood, attended Resurrection, and Deacon Susie taught at Sweetwater Episcopal Academy. She attended the Institute for Christian Studies for her seminary experience from 1990 to 1994 and was ordained to the Vocational Diaconate in 1993. Having taught 4th grade and Middle School English at SEA, she became the Deacon at ECR and the Religious Education teacher and Chaplain at the school.
           It was time for a change, and in 2008 she and Paul moved to Charlotte, NC, where their daughter and her husband lived. During their ten years there, Deacon Susie was on the clergy staff of St. John’s Episcopal Church during their interim time and then for the next eight years on the staff of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Waxhaw, NC. In August of 2019 at the time of her retirement, she and Paul returned to Longwood to be near their children, long time friends, and ECR, where she currently has the privilege of serving as Deacon once again.  For fun and relaxation Deacon Susie enjoys time with her family, nature and animals, especially dogs (of which they have 3), reading, puzzles and games, and seeing new places and doing new things.
 
Email: sbrunorev@aol.com

MARCY CHARLES

MINISTRIES COORDINATOR

Marcy and her family moved to Florida from Buffalo NY in 1993 and became a member of Resurrection the same year.  She was a preschool teacher before joining the staff of ECR in 2004 as church secretary and has since worn many hats within the church office.  Marcy, husband Earle and children Spencer and Cassidy reside in Longwood.
 

Email: mcharles@resurrectionlongwood.org

JILL CHESTER

FINANCIAL MANAGER

Jill has a degree in Accounting from Syracuse University.  She has been a full time employee of Episcopal Church of the Resurrection since 2006.  Her family have been parishioners of Resurrection since 1993.  Jill resides in Longwood with her husband and two of her four children.

Email: jchester@resurrectionlongwood.org

TIM HANES

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC & FINE ARTS

Tim is the Director of Music at Resurrection. In 2009 and 2013 the Resurrection Children’s Choir was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall with the International Children’s Choir Festival. His choirs have performed eight times at the White House.

Tim is the founder and Artistic Director of the Orlando Youth Theatre and creator of Orlando Kids on Stage. He also serves as musical director for Valencia Community College and a freelance accompanist and vocal coach. Tim received the 2006 Presidential Scholar in the Arts’ Teacher Recognition award. Tim was Director of Education for The Civic Theatres of Central Florida and created the performance troupe Civic Kids with original members including Mandy Moore. Prior to Orlando, Tim served as Artist-in-Residence for the State of Tennessee. Students of Mr. Hanes are working on Broadway, Film and Television.

Email: orlandokos@aol.com

GAY TAFT

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Gay has been a member of Resurrection since 2000.  The Lord and children are her ministry. She was a teacher for 32 years. The last ten before she retired, was at Sweetwater Episcopal Academy.  She taught all these years in Christian schools.   She is now the assistant in the church office.  Gay is also involved in Kairos Torch Prison Ministry, where she mentors youth that are incarcerated.  She is a true Floridian as she was born and raised in Tampa.  She has three children and four grandchildren and lives in Longwood Florida.

Email: gtaft@resurrectionlongwood.org

MICHELLE GARRETT

DIRECTOR OF SWEETWATER SUMMER DAY CAMP

Email: Camp@resurrectionlongwood.org

VESTRY

Members of the 2021 Vestry:

Janet Colburn (2024)

Debbie Folendore (2022)

Mark King (2023)

Ellen Laietta (2022)

Mark Manfre (2023) Treasurer

Ashby Cockrell (2024)

Sharon Clark (2024) (Scribe)

Marc Ruffini (2023)

Sara Hunt (2022)

Donna Hilyard (2024)

Christopher Winter, (2022) Senior Warden

Bruce Wohl  (2023), Junior Warden