Memorial's Pastoral Staff
Rev. Dr. Mark Charles
Rev. Carrie Yoder
Rev. Alyce Parmer
Pastor Charlie, as he likes to be called, and his wife, Margaret, are both from Northern Ireland. Together they have two children: Eva & Jackson. They also have two dogs, Ralph & Annie. Pastor Charlie earned his bachelor’s degree in Theology from Queens University in Belfast. He earned his master’s degree in Mission from the University of Manchester and 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 Carrie works to create, build, and nurture Discipleship and Christian Education opportunities for people of all ages. "It is important children and youth learn to worship, study, serve and commune with God." Pastor Carrie is an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and 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 and her husband, Jon, have two children, Madilyn and Ian. Her favorite Bible verses (Psalm 139 & Philippians 2:1-4) remind us people are created by God for relationship with each other, the world, and with God.
Reverend Alyce Parmer’s childhood and youth were spent in numerous states and two foreign countries, but she has always claimed Florida. She was married to her late husband, Bud, for over 38 years and are parents and grandparents to four living grown children and 9 living grandchildren.
An ordained deacon, Pastor Alyce is also magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Florida State University and holds a master's degree in Pastoral Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is now in retired clergy status but continues in her role as Memorial’s Pastoral Counseling Pastor.
Pastor Alyce has served as pastor, an associate pastor, and interim pastor in the Florida Conference. In 2011 she founded Wisdom's Wellspring, a homelessness prevention residential program for women.
Dr. Joan Averett
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 stepmom to 4 wonderful children who have produced 8 beautiful grandchildren.
Monica and Peter found Memorial by accident when they relocated to Fernandina 20 years ago!!! She was hired as Office Manager and to this day believes joining Memorial was the best decision she ever made. She renewed her commitment to being a Christian and thanks God for bringing her here. Her interests (besides loving working here and loving the congregation and loving her staff team) include reading, traveling (before COVID) to visit her children and grandchildren who are scattered around the country, and just enjoying life!!!
Joan earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Valdosta State University, a Master's degree in Organ Performance from Florida State University with a Graduate Certificate in Church Music, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Institute for Worship Studies. Over the course of her music ministry career she has served over thirty-five years as a full-time church musician in the United Methodist Church serving churches in the south-Georgia conference and presently here at Memorial.
Joan, her late husband, Tarver, and daughter MaeLee moved to Fernandina Beach in 2010 where Joan has served as Music and Worship Arts director for Memorial. Joan sees herself less as a church musician and more as a pastoral worship leader. Since coming to Memorial, 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. "
Johnny was born and raised in Callahan, Florida, and has been living in Fernandina Beach since 1990. He began working as Facilities Director at Memorial eight 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 find him 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."
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Carrie (known as "Carrie Mac") moved to Fernandina Beach with her family in 1982 and began attending Memorial that same year. She graduated from FBHS and then earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a Master of Communication, both from Florida State University.
Through her diverse career around the state of Florida, Carrie Mac gained experience in print and broadcast journalism, non-profit public relations, corporate advertising, and sports marketing. One of her favorite jobs saw her managing the advertising campaigns for the Tampa Bay Lightning, which included the first season the team won the Stanley Cup.
With her husband, Steve Scruggs, she moved back to Fernandina Beach in 2005. Together, they have a son, Mattie, a daughter, Nola, and two adopted dogs, Bayou & Braylin.
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.
Karen 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 Membership 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."
Navana was born and raised in the beautiful state of Maine. She attended college in Maine, Boston and Maryland studying accounting and business administration. After moving back to Maine from Maryland, she was the Data Supervisor for the local Agency on Aging for 7 years, opened and operated Little Munchkins day care for 10 years and worked behind the scenes for TD Bank for 9 years before moving to Fernandina Beach with her husband, Phil, to help care for his mother. The Methodist Church and music have a been a big part of her life serving as a Sunday School teacher, participating in the bell choir at 2 churches in Maine and here at Memorial and joining the Nassau County Community Band. With 6 children and 5 grandchildren in Maine and Texas, Navana and Phil are thankful for the technology that allows them to see their precious family from a distance!
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