OUR STAFF

Clergy Team

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Rev. Dr. David M. Greenhaw

Interim Senior Minister

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Rev. Dr. David M. Greenhaw serves as Interim Senior Minister at Naples United Church of Christ and is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. Most recently, he served as Professor of Preaching and Worship, and President of Eden Theological Seminary, a UCC Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. His teaching and leadership in theological education include service at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Rev. Dr. Greenhaw has a love for local congregations and has served as pastor of First Congregational Church in Bay Shore, New York, and as Interim Pastor at Samuel United Church of Christ in St. Louis, and First Reformed United Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rev. Dr. Greenhaw was born in Kansas City, Missouri and attended public schools in Missouri and Kansas. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas with majors in Psychology and Speech Communications. He then earned his Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology from Drew University in New Jersey. He has been honored with two Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Elmhurst College and Heidelberg University. Although his doctorate is in philosophical theology, his areas of interest include theology and theories of preaching, worship leadership and liturgy, contemporary culture, and American religious history.

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Rev. Angela Wells-Bean

Minister for Congregational Care

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Rev. Angela Wells-Bean serves as Minister for Congregational Care at Naples United Church of Christ. Rev. Wells-Bean provides leadership for the numerous caring ministries at NUCC, including our Stephen Ministry. Additionally, she works with the Board of Missions and Outreach encouraging partnerships with local and global missions.

Prior to serving in Naples, Rev. Wells-Bean was the pastor of the United Church of Christ in Burlington, MA for nine years. For a brief period, she was the youngest ordained pastor in the UCC at just 25 years old. Rev. Wells-Bean was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and is glad to be back in her home state, closer to family. Rev. Wells-Bean received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from New College of Florida and her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is a part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative of the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ. She was also named as one of the female clergy leaders under 40 to follow in the United Church of Christ.

Rev. Wells-Bean is committed to extending God’s unconditional love to all people, especially those on the margins and she is thrilled to be on the staff at Naples UCC. When she’s not working, Rev. Wells-Bean spends her time with her husband, Andy, raising their two sons, Soren and Emerson.

Program Team

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Dr. Becky Weese-Rumpf

Director of Music

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Since 2001, Dr. Becky Weese-Rumpf has served as the Organist and Director of Music at NUCC. In addition to her choral directing and organ responsibilities, Becky oversees an extensive concert series. In 2010, she served as the chair and musical director for a gala concert to benefit Avow Hospice which raised over $100,000.00. Recently she presented a “Turtle Concert” at NUCC in conjunction with the Collier County project, “Turtles on the Town.” The concert featured a choral work, “Wisdom from Old Turtle,” which was accompanied by musicians from The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra at Artis—Naples.

Becky is a native of West Virginia. She received two undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Church Music) at Shenandoah College & Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia. Her graduate studies began at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was an organ student of Donald McDonald and a conducting student of Joseph Flummerfelt. In 1998, Dr. Weese-Rumpf completed the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

Becky was married at Naples United Church of Christ on April 16, 2016. Her husband, Bill Rumpf, is active as a Deacon of NUCC and as a Stephen Minister. Becky and Bill live in Naples; they enjoy attending events at Artis—Naples as well as cooking and entertaining.

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Merrill Noble

Director of Children’s Ministry

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Merrill Noble serves as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Naples United Church of Christ. Prior to moving to Naples in January 2019, Merrill served for fourteen years as the Director of Children’s Ministry at the Acton Congregational Church in Acton, Massachusetts.  Merrill has led workshops for the Massachusetts Conference UCC in the area of Worship and Sacraments for church educators, also serving on the Joint Ministry Council, Lay Development Council Certification Task Team and Commission for Education Ministries. She was certified as a Church Educator in Massachusetts in 2012 and completed Stephen Ministry Leader Training in 1999. She is also a trained Domestic Violence Advocate.

In her role as Director of Children’s Ministry, Merrill works with the staff to plan and implement Sunday morning activities for children as well as programs and worship opportunities to enrich the faith formation of children and families.  Her ministry passions include intergenerational ministry, teaching Christian values, the liturgical seasons and celebrating faith milestones with children and their parents.

In her free time, Merrill enjoys reading, walking on the beach, scrapbooking, researching her family history and connecting with friends and family. She is the daughter of NUCC member Don Williams, one of our long-time choir members and step-daughter to Nancy Williams. Merrill and her husband Chris have two married adult children and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Winston.

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Susan Melick

Events Coordinator

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As an events coordinator, I help to plan church events: anything from finding venues, room setup, menus, food prep, and acting as hostess. I also help with weddings: from organizing the special day to being there on wedding day.

I am from Glens Falls, New York. I have a BA from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, and a Masters from Syracuse University. I have a son, John. He lives with his wife Ali in Colorado: they are filmmakers, writers, and travelers. I also have a daughter, Christine, who lives here in Naples with her husband Jay (who works for Arthrex), and my two grandsons, Jack, 10, and Skyler, 9. And most importantly, I live with Charlie, my Shih Tzu! In my time away from Naples UCC, I like to read, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Previously, I have been a teacher in Montreal, Memphis, Glens Falls, and Boston. I was director of admissions at Hartford Hospital School of Nursing – loved it! I was the Functions Manager at Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, New York, and at the Hampshire House in Boston, Massachusetts (home of “Cheers” of TV fame!).

I have been a member of NUCC for about 20 years. I have been on the Christian Education committee and have been involved in Precious Cargo for 6 years. I have also been on the social and NUCC Cares committees, and been the Events Coordinator for about 5 years. I love my family and friends and work associates! They are the best!

Administrative Team

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Mark S. Harmon

Executive Director

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Mark Harmon brings to the Naples United Church of Christ more than thirty years of administrative experience in the both the non-profit and government sectors. His previous positions focused on public history, as he managed museums and historic sites in Ohio, Illinois, Oregon, and Florida. His leadership successes include: advocating organization missions, visions and values; increasing institutional capacity to achieve strategic goals and objectives; developing winning teams of dedicated professionals and volunteers; and enhancing financial sustainability,

Academically, Mark earned a BA and MA in History from the University of Akron. He additionally earned certificates from the Preservation Leadership Training and the Seminar for Historical Administration. On a more personal note, Mark was born and raised in Ohio, growing up in the suburbs of Canton. After moving to metro Chicago, he married his wife Gina, who has been in the healthcare industry working in dental clinics and more recently in veterinary hospitals. Their daughter, Krysta, is a band director and music teacher in Illinois and their son-in-law Dave is an attorney.  Together Mark and Gina enjoy movies, concerts, daytrips, and spending time with their “puppy” Portia.

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Chelsea Godwin

Coordinator for Membership & Stewardship

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As NUCC’s Coordinator for Membership and Stewardship, Chelsea provides her expertise to assisting members and coordinating the annual stewardship campaigns.  Her favorite part of NUCC is the people.  She said, “I love the many different conversations and stories that I get to hear on a daily basis. I started at Naples United Church of Christ in 2019 and have grown exceptionally in my skill sets and added to my repertoire.”

Chelsea is a true Neapolitan, born and raised in Naples, Florida.   Outside of NUCC, Chelsea focuses on family with her two wonderful children Liam and Caylee, and their father, John.  Together they enjoy cooking together, swimming, and family movie nights.  Chelsea is avid runner and has completed two Half Marathons.  She said, “I love to challenge myself with races. I am not yet finished with my medal collection!”

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Tony Falco

Technology Director

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Tony Falco is the Technical Director here at the United Church of Christ in Naples. He brings more than 30 years of hands-on experience to NUCC, providing skills with A/V equipment, computer networking and most recently live video streaming. He is responsible for staffing services and events, as well as maintaining all the technology equipment in multiple locations around the church. Tony has worked in a variety of technical positions over the years. He served 20 years at United Technologies as a Service Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, and Computer Analyst. While working at UTC, he developed his own Computer Consulting Business that started as a side job, eventually branching off into his successful business today of over 25 years. Tony moved to Naples in 2013 from Connecticut, along with his wife Michelle, and two young boys Daniel and Jacob. Tony also has a love for music, and has been playing piano, keyboards and organ since he was a pre-teen. He has been in multiple bands over the years and directed music for his CT church’s annual Passion Play for 29 years. Tony and his wife, Michelle, also direct music locally, and play at different local venues.

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Leigh Tahirovic

Communications Specialist

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Leigh Tahirovic, a long-time resident of Collier County, has an extensive background in journalism, including print and digital media. Leigh served as Religion Editor with the Naples Daily News for nearly a decade and is a regular correspondent for area publications. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, she has a bachelor’s degree in English from Wichita State University and has earned numerous awards for journalism writing and photography. An avid history buff, Leigh spends much of her free time traveling to National Parks with her family, including husband, Rama, and their children, Luka, Keira and Stana.

The Communications Specialist serves as a key part of NUCC’s communications team, developing and distributing printed materials, including print advertisements as well as digital media.

Production Team

Brad Van Houten

Director of Production

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 As the Director of Production, Brad oversees and collaborates on all outward-facing worship experiences for the church. With his team of technicians, they provide all the audiovisual and technical support needed to help make great worship experiences for everyone. Both in-person and online.

Originally from Michigan, Brad moved to Naples in the fall of 2013 to work with The Naples Players, located on 5th Avenue. He works there full-time as the Head of Sound & Projection and has worked on over 100 shows since starting with the company. Attending Western Michigan University, Brad received a dual bachelor’s degree in Theatre: Design & Technical Production as well as Theatre: Stage Management. During his time in college, he worked on an Off-Broadway production titled Soul Doctor and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the original play The Good Doctor. Previously, Brad worked for GvG Productions in Kalamazoo, MI, as a staff Audio Engineer working on both recording and live audio gigs. In his spare time, he can be found spending time with his dog, Malone. They like to spend their time at the dog park or out on walks enjoying the sunshine and nature

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Sandy Goldstein

Director of The Bargain Box

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Sandy grew up in Illinois but has been a Florida resident for over 4o years.  Along with her husband Steve, Sandy loves to fish, enjoy a good home cooked meal and a nice glass of wine.  She has two daughters.  Misty lives in Seattle with her husband Justin and two  granddaughters, Tatum and Kenzie.  Her other daughter Shannon lives here in Naples and is currently a medical assistant at Specialist in Urology.  They have a Maltipoo named Peanut. Sandy spends her free time reading, gardening ,scrapbooking and absolutely love to cook.  Her truest passion is the Bargain Box thrift Store.  Sandy started working thrift 12 years ago at the Bargain Basket on Marco. She spent five years at the Bargain Box, first at the old location and then designing the new store. She is able to use her creativity and enjoy our large family of dedicated volunteers.