Gray Memorial UMC Saff
Rev. Bill Bess
I am a retired State of Florida employee and a lifelong Methodist, growing up at Trinity UMC in Tallahassee. My favorite activities are spending time with my children and grandchildren. I believe God led me to Gray Memorial – I feel blessed to be working and worshipping at Gray Memorial UMC.
My name is Kim Maxwell. I am a Tallahassee native and Lay Leader of Gray Memorial. I have been a member of Gray for over 30 years and in that time I have served on various committees as well as worked with the children by teaching Sunday School, and leading the children’s choir and youth group. My family has deep ties to Gray. My husband and I were married here and both of our children were baptized and raised here. It is a blessing to serve in this capacity as I dig deeper in the word and grow closer in my relationship with God.
I am an FSU music student pursuing a career in choral directing. I’ve been an active member of the United Methodist Church for as long as I can remember. My fondest and most gratifying moments are when I am able to make music that helps myself and others worship God.
Christy Shelenberger is a pianist with a passion for performing classical and sacred works, collaborating with singers and instrumentalists, and educating the next generation of music students. She believes music is for everyone, as it creates joy, brings people together, and teaches important life skills.
Christy is currently pursuing her Master’s of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance. She has maintained a private piano studio for several years. As part of a teaching assistantship awarded by FSU, she teaches group piano classes to undergraduate students. Her hometown is Jacksonville, FL, where she served as accompanist for several churches and school choirs. Her ultimate goal is to honor God in all her musical pursuits.
Hi. I’m Tyler and I’ve been going to Gray for as long as I can remember. Within the past couple of years, I have taken the responsibility of being the audio-visual manager. It is my job to make sure Sundays go according to plan by creating special online and in-person PowerPoint presentations and video content. I am glad that I am able to have my part in worship at Gray.