REV. DR. JONATHAN LOVELADY
The Lovelady family, Jon and Lisa, and their children: Stephanie, Matthew, and Luke arrived at St. Johns in 2011 following a thirteen-year pastorate in Virginia. They miss the mountains, the snow and the rhododendron, but enjoy the beaches, the beautiful azaleas, and the mild weather of north Florida.
Jon began as an engineering student, but due to a conversion experience began to pursue a call to ordained ministry. He is a graduate of Lee College (now Lee University) and Columbia Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry). His varied ministry experiences range from preaching in a housing project while in college, to building homes in Reynosa, Mexico, and renovating homes in the mountains of West Virginia.
Lisa currently works as the administrator of the Synod of the South Atlantic. Stephanie is a customer service representative for a local industry and Luke is a student at University of North Florida. Their middle child, Matthew, lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and is a manager for the Pippin Hill Farm Winery.
Jon enjoys motorcycles and most all things mechanical. He is an avid runner and biker, enjoying two Jacksonville races this year, the Ortega River Run and the Gate River Run.
GAI GAI QUARTERMAN
Director of Operations, SJPK
Gai-Gai Quarterman has been in Jacksonville, Florida, since graduating from college. She became involved with the preschool when her daughter started here in 1984. She has worn many hats at St. Johns Presbyterian Kindergarten. Gai-Gai was a Kindergarten teacher for 9 years, the bookkeeper, and most recently a 4-year old teacher. She lives in the area with her husband, Terry. Gai-Gai enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and their four children. All of her grandchildren are either past or current students at SJPK.
Associate for Worship and Arts
Kevin joined the staff of St. Johns Presbyterian Church as Associate for Worship and the Arts in May of 2007. He has been in ministry since 1988 and has served in a full-time Associate Pastor or Associate for Worship and Arts since 1996. Kevin holds a B.A. in music composition from the University of Kansas. Kevin has a unique gift of music. God has given him ability, and cultivated by education, he is completely comfortable conducting a full orchestra, choir, improvising songs of worship on the piano or leading a group of people into God’s presence from a keyboard or guitar with a worship band behind him.
Retired from Jacksonville University where he was its library director for over thirty years, Tom Gunn has served as organist for the traditional service since 1994. Prior to St. Johns, he served as organist and/or choir director in United Methodist and Episcopal congregations in North Carolina (his home state), Virginia, and Florida and for six years taught English at the secondary level in Virginia and Florida and graduate Education in North Carolina at Appalachian State University, where he was its music librarian. Tom holds an undergraduate degree in applied music from High Point University, High Point, NC, and did graduate work in music history, choral work, and music bibliography and holds graduate degrees in Education and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, Nashville, TN, with advanced studies in Higher Education and Library Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Widowed, he is the father of two married daughters, Karen who lives in Jacksonville and Laura who lives in DeLand, FL. He has a keen interest in history and genealogy and paints “contemporary primitives” for recreation.
Brittany Harris was born in New Jersey and moved to Jacksonville, Florida when she was three years old. She attended Bishop Kenny Catholic High School, where she met her husband Ben. Brittany went to the University of North Florida and graduated from Florida State College of Jacksonville. In 2017, after dating for 10 years, Brittany and Ben got married. Together they have a beautiful 2 year old daughter named Carson. Brittany has worked at St. Johns for over two years and her daughter currently attends SJPK’s mother’s morning out classes! Brittany enjoys doing anything creative and loves spending time with her family.
Interim Director of Youth and Families
Sue has lived in Jacksonville for over 20 years. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where she attended Duquesne University and received her BSBA with an emphasis in accounting. She is married to Troy who teaches AP Economics and AP Government at Creekside High School in Saint John’s County. They live in Julington Creek and are members of Mandarin Presbyterian Church. Her older son Adam is an attorney and married his wife Erin in October 2018. They are currently residing in Clearwater. Her younger son Jonathan graduated from UNF in August of 2018 with a degree in math. He is currently working at Brightway Insurance in Jacksonville.
Director of Youth and Families
Rebekah Wilson was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Rebekah graduated from Trinity Baptist College with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in Speech and Music. It was during her years at college when she found a love for working with youth, becoming a substitute teacher as well as a soccer and track coach for her school’s Academy. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys singing, songwriting, and acting. She believes music, media, and film are great tools to reach and minister to today’s youth and enjoys getting to create art that can do that.
Director of Children’s Ministries
Mollie was born and raised in Jacksonville. She has attended SJPC since she was a youth where she accepted Jesus as her savior. She is married to Brock who she met at SJPC in youth. She also has two daughters, Ellie Jean, 8 months old and Abigail, 4 years old along with a 7 year old chocolate lab named Tucker. Mollie attended UNF where she attained a bachelors in Sociology and a bachelors in Psychology and then obtained her teacher’s certificate. She recently completed her masters in Educational Psychology. She has a huge love for children and teaching children about Jesus. So she loves being at St. Johns working with the littles. She has volunteered in children’s ministry at SJPC the past 12 years. She has also taught kindergarten and Pre-k. Mollie loves hanging with her family and all things family, going to the beach and hanging with her girls. She is thankful to be a part of the SJPC staff family because it’s such a special group of people.
Jesse Bozeman is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. He and his older brother only lived in two houses growing up, and those were within 10 miles of each other. Jesse is married and he and his wife have three children still at home, all girls ranging from 7 to 9 years old. Jesse has been working in the construction industry since his early 20’s. He enjoys building and repairing things and gets great satisfaction from seeing the finished project. Jesse has an artistic streak and enjoys drawing and painting in his free time. He is also a sportsman and has a fishing pole or hunting rifle in his hands whenever possible.
Administration: Wendi Hunger, Ashley Smith, Zak Brown
Witness Team: Chip Wickenden, Christine Hughes
Congregational Care Team: Lynne Turpin, Lisa Reinhard
Worship Team: Mary Bland Gobelman, Chuck Strattman
Spiritual Formation Team: Robin Doering, Allison Stanly
Clerk: John Otterson
TRUSTEES: Bill McFadden, Robin Doering, Victor Hughes