Rev. Jay Therrell was appointed the senior pastor of Cape Coral First UMC on July 1, 2008, and his duties include the overall spiritual leadership of our congregation. He's almost a native Floridian and is married to his wife, Kendra. Together they have one son. Before being called to be a pastor, he practiced law for several years with a large firm in Orlando. Pastor Jay attended Presbyterian College, The University of Florida College of Law, The London School of Economics, and Asbury Theological Seminary. He has also served as a congressional aide to a member of Congress and as an aide to a member of the British House of Commons. He enjoys cooking, reading, movies, all things Disney, and spending time with his family in the mountains of North Carolina.
Rev. Nako Kellum was appointed the associate pastor of Cape Coral First on July 1, 2008. Her ministry responsibilities include adult spiritual formation, missions and outreach, and new member development - all three of which are ministry passions for her. She came from Japan to the United States to attend Asbury Theological Seminary in 1995, where she met her husband, Edward, and got married in 1997. Edward is the pastor of Pine Island UMC and they have one daughter who likes to sing and dance. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and going to the beach with her family.
Pastor of Connecting Ministries - Rev. Dennis Ball. Dennis is a former Southern Baptist pastor with 22 years of pastoral experience as the Senior Pastor. He also served the U.S. Army as a chaplain for almost 20 years. He is married to Lauramae and they have three children, two of which live in Cape Coral and one in Miami. He works part time with us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings. His hobbies include golf, bowling, and photography. Connecting ministries responsibilities include: GriefShare, DivorceCare, Welcome Center, Visitation ministries, Prayer Breakfasts, Coordinate Communion Servers, and assisting the Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor. Dennis is actively leading the Dr. Jerry Leer Thursday Morning Mens Bible Study, and pastoring the Palmetto Palms Interdenominational Church at 9:15 from November to Easter.