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About CPC 

A little history…

In 1925, the Presbyterian Home Mission Board sent Rev. Alexander Linn to Southwest Florida. Traveling by boat, train, carriage and finally a Ford automobile, Rev. Linn cleared paths through cypress swamps to teach and start churches, one of which was Community in Englewood. From its founding in 1929 and throughout its history, CPC has been focused on sharing God’s love within and outside the church walls.

Please see our MISSION STUDY for a more detailed account of our church’s history.

In 2017, CPC completed a strategic five-year plan, resulting in this mission statement:

Community Presbyterian Church exists that all people may….
KNOW the love of God in Jesus Christ
GROW as disciples of Jesus Christ
GO share the love of God with the world.

We live out this mission through joyful, reverent and relevant worship, intentional welcome and hospitality, care for those within the church family, community ministries that share God’s love in tangible ways, and transformational mission beyond the community.

Our Staff

Rev. Andy Casto-Waters

Pastor

Michelle Holt

Office Manager

Linda Lozis

Director of Music and Organist

Rebecca VanOflen

Finance Secretary

Frank Coveno

Custodian

Cathy Coveno

Custodian

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Andy grew up in Athens, GA and previously made Upstate South Carolina his home. He is a graduate of Wofford College, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Union Presbyterian Seminary. Mission service is an important part of his ministry, and he has been a mission volunteer with the PC(USA) in England and Alaska. He has also served in a number of pastoral settings, with the last 15 years of his ministry being in intentional transitional ministry. He moved to Southwest Florida in the summer of 2019, and has served in 2 interim settings in Peace River Presbytery. He is married to Brandi who is also a Presbyterian pastor, and they have 2 daughters – Ella and Lucy – and a dog named Penny.

With natural gifts in caregiving, Buffett is well-suited to be a pastoral care dog. He and his handler, Pastor Dawn, went through training and passed tests in order for him to become a Certified Pet Therapy Dog. Therapy Dogs are different than Service or Emotional Support Animals, in that they provide support for other people, rather than their owners. Church members regularly drop by the church office to visit Buffett. In addition to providing care in the church office, Buffett and Pastor Dawn volunteer in the community through Suncoast Humane Society.
Frank and Cathy moved to Naples, FL in 1996. Frank retired from the Newton, MA Police Department after 30 years of service. Cathy worked with special education students in Ohio. They were married in 1999. They have six children, eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Frank and Cathy moved from Naples to Englewood and love the small-town atmosphere.
Jeanne Jessup has been a member of Community Presbyterian Church since 1997. Before coming to Englewood, she was an elementary school teacher in Pennsylvania for thirty years. At CPC, Jeanne has served as elder, sang in the Church Choir and served, for a time, as interim choir director. Jeanne has been CPC Bell Choir Director since 2002. She has, for over ten years, been ringing bells with the ‘Distinctly Bronze’, a national audition bell choir. Jeanne invites everyone to join in ringing bells. “You do not need to know how to read music,” she says. “If you can count to four, I can teach you how to ring bells.”

Linda grew up in Auburn, Maine. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ/Church Music at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and her Master of Church Music degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. She continued with pre-doctoral work for a year while at Southern Seminary. After spending a summer in the UK, she holds a certificate in choral studies from Cambridge University. For twenty-six years, Linda served as an Associate Minister in three American Baptist churches- in Iowa, New York and Connecticut. She also taught private piano and organ students during those years. Wanting to experience a career in a “corporate America” she took a position with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Groton/New London, CT as an Executive Associate In Clinical Development.  At the same time, she served as Organist/Choir Director in Noank, CT. After nine years at Pfizer, she decided to return to full-time music, teaching Middle School music in a private school in Stonington, CT as well as continuing as Organist/Choir Director (handbells, youth and adult choirs) in Noank, CT. Linda now resides in Venice, FL. Besides being “mostly” retired, she is the Organist/Director of Music at Community Presbyterian Church in Englewood.  In her free time, she is a chauffeur, maid and butler to a very silly, but adorable shepherd-mix dog.

Rebecca joined CPC and became the Finance Secretary in October 2016. She is a retired licensed Professional Engineer with a BSCE from Purdue University. After practicing consulting engineering for over 20 years in NYC, she retired to manage her multiple rental properties. In 2012, she moved back to Indiana to help care for her mother and started a second career in accounting. In 2015 she moved permanently to her Florida condominium, which she had been enjoying since 1999. She also serves as her 48-unit condominium association president and enjoys life with her husband Tom, in beautiful Englewood.

Lisa joined the CPC staff in 2017 and has twenty years of experience in nursing, has been a Hospice Volunteer, and has care giving experience through the church. Lisa enjoys being an active member in the life of the church and has served as an Elder. Lisa and her husband, John, have been married for thirty-six years and are originally from Indiana. They have lived in Englewood full time since 2014. They have two adult children and a Westie named Millie.

Michelle has lived in Florida since 1979, when her family moved from Illinois to Englewood. Michelle graduated from Lemon Bay High School in 1984 and continued her education at SCF. Michelle has worked at CPC since 2000. Michelle has been married to Adam since 1986 and they have three sons, four grandsons, one granddaughter and two dogs, Fergus and Maggie.