Meet Our Staff

At Memorial, all members are an active part in the church's ministries, while our dedicated staff keeps the vision  and mission at the forefront. 

The staff offices are in the Partin Center, the white Victorian house located to the right of  the Sanctuary. Contact our staff through their email address (by clicking on their photo) or call the office at 904-261-5769.

Download a staff directory HERE.

Meet our Pastors.....

          Dr. Charlie                       Pastor Drew                   Pastor Carrie

                 Mark Charles                                                 Drew Weseman                                         Carrie Yoder                

                  Senior Pastor                                                 Associate Pastor                                          Pastor of Discipleship

                                                                                                                                                                          & Family Ministries

Pastor Dr. Mark "Charlie" Charles has been married to his wife, Margaret, for almost 20 years and are both from Northern Ireland. Together they have two children: Eva, 13 and Jackson, 10. They also have two dogs, Ralph and Annie. Pastor Charlie earned his Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Queens University in Belfast and his Master’s degree in Mission from the University of Manchester. He recently completed is Doctorate from Wesley Theological Seminary. In his spare time, Pastor Charlie loves the sport of rugby, which he played competitively for 25 years, and is passionate about watching English Premier League soccer and likes to play golf and make music.   

  Pastor Drew Weseman is a native of Gainesville, Florida. Drew did his undergraduate work at Florida Southern College where he majored in Religion with a minor in History. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in 2014. During seminary Drew studied for a year at the Wesley Study Centre in Durham, UK. Drew and his wife Jessica married in January of 2014 and have one son.  As Associate Pastor Drew works with the Senior Pastor to provide pastoral care and leadership for the whole church.  His particular emphases are congregational care, hospitality and helping to connect Memorial to the community.  "I love being a pastor because it means that I am able to be a part of the whole spectrum of life from baptisms to confirmation, weddings, funerals, and everything in between."

Pastor Carrie Yoder comes to Memorial from Atlanta where she earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in May 2014.  She is married to Jon Yoder (since 2007) and they have two children, Madilyn  and Ian. Carrie is Pastor of Discipleship and Family Ministries at Memorial.   In this role she works to assure that children and families have access to and participate in all parts of the mission and vision of Memorial. "It is important that children learn to worship, study, serve and commune with God." Carrie is also in charge of Christian Education for all ages. She works to ensure that there are many different types of study opportunities available for the people of Memorial. Although she grew up in the Presbyterian Church USA, Carrie has worshiped in the Methodist Church since high school.  Her faith journey continues as she works to be ordained as Deacon and will then be able to serve in Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice:  "I feel called to work to help Christians connect to God through the church."  In the words of her favorite Bible passage (Psalm 139), Carrie wants us all to know that wherever we may go, God "is there," with us, and in us.

Meet the rest of our staff.....

Click on the photos to email each staff member or

contact them through the MUMC office at 904-261-5769.

  • Dr. Joan Averett,

    Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist

          Joan did her undergraduate work at Valdosta State University where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance, and she earned a Master's degree in Organ Performance from Florida State University with a Graduate Certificate in Church Music. Joan worked 25 years for Sandersville (GA.) UMC before coming to MUMC in 2010. 

          Joan and her late husband, Tarver, have two older children, Laura and Ed, and a younger daughter Maelee, who, as Joan says, "keeps us young." Joan sees herself less as a church musician and more as a pastoral worship leader.

          Since coming to MUMC, Joan says her faith journey has been transformed: "I have found that the true blessing of God comes to a heart that is open to change and to the surprises that come with living in the grace of Jesus Christ. "

  • Monica Pomeroy,

    Office Manager

          Originally from Syracuse, New York where she worked in Human Resources and Office Operations for an insurance company, Monica  "semi-retired" after 25 years to marry the love of her life, Peter. Monica became step-mom to 4 wonderful children who have produced 8 beautiful grand-children. 

          Monica and Peter found Memorial  by accident when they relocated to Fernandina because of close friends (and to get out of the cold weather in Upstate NY.) She was hired as Office Manager and thinks that joining Memorial was the best decision she ever made. She renewed her commitment to being a Christian and thanks God for bringing her here.  Monica loves walking on the beach and being “Mimi” to her 8 grandchildren.

  • Grace Bowman,

    Staff Administrative Assistant

          When asked where Grace is from she likely to say everywhere.  Born in Rhode Island, growing up in multiple locations in Pennsylvania, then spending 10 cold winters in Michigan, she has found the Northern Florida area her favorite.  First road trip brought her right down Centre Street to where she now happily works in the Partin Center.

        Grace comes from a family of Methodist Ministers: father, brothers, uncles were all Methodist ministers.  Growing up in the church community gives her insights in serving in this position.  One particular gift that Grace brings us is an understanding of technology and she should be an asset as we move forward with our new ACS software system. 

              Her latest move is allowing her to reconnect with family as she lives with her sister and brother-in-law.  Grace loves being outdoors: walking on the beach, hiking, biking and just being in nature.

  • Johnny Armstrong,

    Facilities Director

        Johnny was born and raised in Callahan, Florida, and has been living in Fernandina Beach since 1990. He began working as Facilities Directory at Memorial three years ago, replacing his father, Fred Armstrong, who retired after a long tenure at Memorial.

          Johnny and his late wife Barbie lived in Fernandina Beach since 1990. They have two children, Johnny and Caitlin, and one grandchild.

          When Johnny is not working, you can often finding doing his favorite thing: fishing for red snapper off the coast of Fernandina! He always has a fish story to tell!

           His favorite bible verse is Matthew 6:33 " But, seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

  • Carrie McCannell-Scruggs,

    Communications Coordinator

            Carrie (known as "Carrie Mac") has been a member of the Memorial family for over 38 years, beginning her service to the church as an acolyte. She graduated from FBHS and continued on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a Master's of Communication, both from Florida State University.

          Carrie gained her professional experience through jobs in print and television media in Tallahassee and non-profit advertising and corporate marketing in Tampa. Her work in Tampa even saw her managing the marketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, including the season the team won the Stanley Cup! Before she began officially working at Memorial in 2013, Carrie began leading the Faithlinks group and volunteered within the church with many groups including the strategic planning team, VBS, the board for the Lamb Early Education Center. 

              Carrie and her husband, Steve Scruggs, moved back to Fernandina Beach in 2005. Together, they have a son, Mattie, a daughter, Nola, and a rescue dog named Bayou.

               Her favorite verse of scripture is Philippians 2:3: "Don't do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility, think of others as better than yourselves."

  • Karen Schmitt,

    New Member Coordinator

        Karen was born in Mobile, AL. She graduated from the University of Alabama with BS in Medical Technology and worked as a Medical Technologist in Baton Rouge, LA for 5 years. She then made the decision to stay home with her children. When the youngest was 9, went to work as a Teacher's Assistant in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System

    Karen has lived all over the Southeast. She and her husband, Eric, moved to Fernandina Beach in 2015 from North Carolina. They have three children and 2 grandchildren.

        In her free time, Karen likes to read and play with her grandchildren, who live in nearby Kingsland, GA. She says, "Having relocated many times in my life, I know how important it is to find a church home and get involved. That is what I want to do for others. As New Member Coordinator, I get to help people learn about Memorial, decide if it’s a good fit for them, and if so, get them connected in a group study, fellowship, and/or a service area."

        Her favorite verse  is Jeremiah 29:11    “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”