Rob Couch, Lead Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Robert G. (Rob) Couch began his appointment as Lead Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church on July 1, 2016. Rob and his wife Crystal have three children (David, Ethan, and Ella). He received his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. Rob served as an Associate Pastor at Christ United from 2000 to 2005. Rob is passionate about the church sharing the love of Christ in the community. In addition, Rob is a denominational leader serving as the Chair of the Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry and as an Alternate Jurisdictional Delegate. Throughout his career he has served at Christ United, Saraland UMC, and has come to us from First UMC in Prattville, Alabama.
Jeff Spiller, Founding Pastor
Rev. Jeffery R. (Jeff) Spiller was born September 2, 1954. He and his wife, Norma have two adult children, Melinda and Adam and two grandsons, Joseph and Jaxen. Jeff graduated from Huntingdon College with a B.A. and Candler School of Theology, Emory University with a Master in Divinity. In 1980, he was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church.
Jeff served as Senior Pastor of Christ United for 37 years. In 1979, he and 12 missioner families founded Christ United which became one of the fastest growing Methodist churches in the Alabama/West Florida Conference under his leadership. On July 1, 2016, Jeff retired from his role as Senior Pastor, but is still serving as a pastor at Christ United.
Jeff has written three books, Building a Regional Church…From The Ground Up!, Perceptions: Observations of Everyday Life Vol. I and Perceptions: Observations of Everyday Life Vol. II.
Jeremy Steele, Teaching Pastor
When he is not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Rev. Jeremy Steele oversees our NewSong service as well as our new High Point service. He is passionate about reaching people with the message of Jesus in a way that engages them with the movement of God. He believes that we do that by discovering how we are part of the story that God has been telling since the creation of the world. Jeremy loves to write and has published several books, articles and resources for churches and is a regular contributor to Interpreter Magazine, Mycom, and Seedbed. You can find a list of all his resources at his website: JeremyWords.com
Bobbi Lassiter, Discipleship Pastor
Rev. Bobbi Lassiter graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. and Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Youth Ministry. Bobbi and her husband, Rev. Clay Lassiter, have three children (Addison, Haydn, and Callan). Throughout her ministry, Bobbi has served at St. Andrews UMC, Water’s Edge UMC, Port St. Joe UMC, East Mt. Zion UMC, and First Ozark UMC. Bobbi’s heart is to equip and empower others so that they move from simply believing in Christ to being His disciples.
Rob Blackwell, Administrator
Rob’s experience includes almost 30 years in church administration and business. He sees active church administration as a means of more efficiently and effectively using the church's resources to further its ministry goals, and is grateful to have the opportunity to serve Christ in his role at Christ United. Rob graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary. His wife Ellen is the Associate Director of College Counseling and Head Librarian at Bayside Academy. They have been married for over 30 years and have three grown children: Austin, Taylor and Sarah.
Brad Boland, Director of Ministries
Brad leverages more than 25 years of ministry experience to facilitate ministry and program development with Ministry Leaders and Volunteers. Brad graduated with a B.A. degree from Asbury University and an M.S. degree in Leadership from Southwestern University. His wife, Nicole, works with the Mobile County Public School System as a School Counselor and they have one daughter, Addison. Brad enjoys photography, music and keeping up with technology trends.
NEXT GENERATION MINISTRY TEAM
Ashley Walker | Director of Kids Ministry [Email]
Rheeta Morrow | Nursery Director [Email]
Christie Ford | Kidz Crossing Director [Email]
Sunnilee Chafin | Kidz Crossing Asst. Dir./Human Resources [Email]
Marcia Jacobs | Group Life Ministry Assistant [Email]
Beth Lodwick | Finance Manager [Email]
Sonya Carson | Executive Ministry Assistant [Email]
Rebecca Chadwell | Adults/Admin. [Email]
Dawn Bratcher |Membership [Email]
Emily Friend | Worship Arts/Kindermusik [Email]
Trish Dougherty | Finance & HR [Email]
Brittany Blackburn | Next Generation [Email]
Erin Cabrales | Next Generation [Email]
Kyle Eckhoff | Chef [Email]
Mike Smith | Facilities Director [Email]
Charles Hamrick | Maintenance Technician
Kishad Sowels | Janitorial Staff
Melissa Ley | Receptionist [Email]
Steve Ellisor | Recreation Minister [Email]
Rose Farnell | Sports Activities Minister [Email]
Marcia Horn | Recreation Assistant [Email]
Glen McIntosh | Recreation Assistant [Email]
Dajana Smiljanic | Recreation Assistant
Kristina Helms | Recreation Assistant
Sandy Rogers | Recreation Assistant
Ralph Gudeman | Worship Arts Minister [Email]
Dale Gudeman | Kindermusik [Email]
Sarah Weeks | Director of Men's Ensemble/Renaissance [Email]
Jan McIntosh | Pianist
Kelley Burleson | Pianist
Jennifer Bemis | Organist