Our Church Staff

Pastor

Following a year-long pastoral search process, Fort Myers UCC has unanimously called Rev. John Barnette as our newly settled Senior Pastor. Rev. Barnette’s first Sunday will be September 15, 2024. Learn more about John.

In the interim, we are joyfully led in Sunday worship by many of the retired UCC clergy that are members of our congregation. Some of our guest preachers include:

  • Rev. Lynn Breedy
  • Rev. Dr. George Peters
  • Rev. Peter Challen
  • Rev. Dr. John Danner
  • Rev. Carl Richter
  • Rev. Budd Friend-Jones

Come join us for worship each Sunday.

Choir Director

David Lindsay became the Choir Director at Fort Myers UCC in October of 2022. David has a Music Degree from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He has been involved in church music all his life and has directed choirs for many years. David’s work history has been in the business sector with 30 years working for YUM Brands in many positions of the organization. However, music has always been his passion.

Organist

R. Thad Goodwin, M.D. is our organist and accompanist. Thad grew up in Oakmont, PA, having started on the piano at an early age, moving on to the organ before he even graduated high school. He minored in Music and majored in Biology at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. While in Williamsburg, Thad studied organ under James S. Darling, the Organist at the historic Bruton Parish Church.  In Dr. Goodwin’s professional life he was an ophthalmologist in Southwest Florida, playing organ part-time at Central United Methodist Church in Fort Myers from 2000-2014. After leaving Central Thad became organist at FMUCC. As an aside, Thad was “instrumental” in helping FMUCC replace its ailing Allen organ with a more versatile and much more realistic-sounding Rodgers organ a number of years ago when he approached Central UMC, his former church, about buying the instrument that Thad had been playing for the previous many years. Central UMC was not using the instrument anymore, so it was purchased, and the organ and Thad were reunited here at FMUCC.

Pianist

Linda Farileigh is our pianist and accompanist. She has been playing the piano since age four when she sat beside her dad and started picking out the notes he was playing. She studied piano performance at George Washington University in Washington, DC., and also has received 30 years of vocal production as a chorus and quartet singer in Sweet Adelines International. Linda says that playing for FMUCC has brought her so much joy. She loves collaborating with the choir and the organist, and she loves all the choir and congregation members.