Meet Our Staff / Board of Directors / Lay Delegates

Interim Pastor – Rev. Renae Phillips

Rev. Renae Phillips has served as clergy in Metropolitan Community Churches since 1989 and was ordained in 1993. She was the Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Lubbock for 23 years. After moving to Florida in 2016, Rev. Phillips served as Volunteer Clergy with SunCoast MCC and as the Transitional Pastor of Church of the Trinity MCC. She was the recipient of the Ed Paul Transitional Ministry Award in 2019 for her work at COTT.

Rev. Phillips has served on various committees in the denomination including the Board of Ordained Ministry, the South Central District Committee, as a Network Leader and currently as a Mentor in the Thriving in Ministry Program. While serving in Lubbock, TX, Rev. Phillips served as President of the Lubbock HIV/AIDS Consortium for three years and Vice-President for one year.  She was also an active participant on other local committees such as the Major’s Task Force for Diversity, the YWCA’s Week without Violence, and as a member of the Texas Tech Counselor Education Advisory Board and the Lubbock Ministerial Association. She was a recipient of the 2004 Get Involved Award from the Lubbock Volunteer Center for her service as the director of the Ryan White Food Pantry, which provides food and hygiene for people with HIV/AIDS.

She makes her home in Venice, FL with Terrie, her spouse of 29 years, and their two cats, Shelbie and Gracie. Since moving to Florida, pickleball has become one of her passions. Rev. Phillips looks forward to serving as the Interim Pastor at King of Peace MCC and all the good work God has in store!

Coordinator of Congregational Care – Rev. Craig Cranston

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Craig joined the staff of King of Peace MCC in September 2020, having previously interned at the church as a clergy candidate in 2019. Graduating with honors from The Iliff School of Theology in Denver with his Master of Divinity degree, Rev. Craig comes to ordained ministry after several years as a consultant and business leader to several Fortune 200 companies. He is certified as a marriage and family facilitator through Prepare/Enrich, leads national workshops on a number of topics in both religious and secular spaces, and is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society.Master of Divinity.

Director of Music – Jeremiah Cummings

Originally from Camden, OH, Jeremiah was raised in the Pentecostal tradition, where he served in both the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) and Assembly of God.  In 2004, his whole world changed when he heard about Rev. Troy Perry and the ministry of MCC.

Jeremiah is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with concentration in Vocal Performance in the studio of Dr. Patricia P. Fleitas.  As a performer, he has been blessed to sing in Ireland and London, as well as sing backup vocals for country queen Dolly Parton and gospel artists Geron Davis, Karen Wheaton and Alvin Slaughter. Through his work in music ministry, he has helped create and lead worship at MCC’s General Conference, Young Adult Network Gatherings and has served as faculty for the Moderator’s Leadership Mentoring Retreat.  In 2015, he was honored with MCC’s “Bob Crocker Award for Excellence in Music Ministry”.

Jeremiah shares his passion for music with his husband, Ricardo, and he is the oldest brother of two, uncle to two nephews, and father of Minnie, a wire-haired terrier mix.   His Pentecostal pastor-grandmother is his hero and was the first one to encourage his musical gifts when he started singing in church at the age of three.  When he isn’t working, he enjoys going to movies, amusement parks, musical theatre, and using his crockpot to cook dinner.

 

Business Administrator – Melanie Vannozzi

Our Board of Directors

You may email our Board of Directors at board@churchstpetersburg.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lay Delegates

LAY DELEGATE REPORT ON ALL FLORIDA NETWORK GATHERING 2018