Devon Beisser Andrews, Pastor

Devon has served as the pastor at Wintergarden Presbyterian Church in Port Charlotte, FL since May 2014. Prior to being at Wintergarden, she served as the redevelopment pastor at South Park and Westminster Presbyterian Churches in Charleston, WV. As a pastor, Devon has a passion for working within congregations and ministries seeking to learn where God is calling them next. She has been working with children, youth, and adults since 1993 and loves being with God’s people. Devon is also a coach in training through the International Coaching Federation and loves working with pastors and elders in church redevelopment and vitality.

After graduating from Presbyterian College (Go Blue Hose!) with a degree in Christian Education, Devon spent a year as an Interim Director for Youth and Adult ministry (and dabbled in Children’s ministry). After this interim year, Devon attended Columbia Theological Seminary (`06) and University of Georgia (`06), where she received a MDiv and a MSW in Community Empowerment and Program Development.

Devon lives in Englewood, FL with her husband Lamont and daughter Emma. Emma has joined the Army Reserves, is a competitive horseback rider, and enjoys spending most of her time at the barn when she isn’t serving her country or working at Home Depot. Most weekends you will find us at horse shows across the state of Florida. In our downtime, we enjoy trying new restaurants, bike rides, and dreaming about what God is up to next in our lives.

Kymmie Laurence, Food Pantry Director

Kimberly has been the director of Wintergarden Food Pantry in Port Charlotte, FL since January of 2021. Prior to that she served in a volunteer capacity for 9 months. She trained in marketing and became a certified web master, as well as ran a lawn service in Cape Coral, Fl.

Kimberly and her husband, Rick, are raising their 5 children, Sean, Drew, Cecilia, Nathaniel and Maya in Port Charlotte. When not working, she spends most of her time homeschooling her youngest 3, reading, or at the dance studio with the girls. She hopes to instill her passion for volunteering and giving back to the community, to her children.

Wendy Rainey, AmeriCorps Volunteer Disaster Relief

Wendy has lived in many interesting places, but spent most of her adult life in Alaska where she and her husband, Tom, raised their family. After one career in marketing and public relations and another in public health, Wendy retired and headed south in 2017. She has two grown children still living in Alaska and is blessed by her grandson Ezra daily. By 2021 they found their way to Port Charlotte where she immediately jumped in as a volunteer at Wintergarden. When Hurricane Ian impacted our community, that volunteer work turned into a larger role coordinating volunteer work teams coming to help rebuild. As an AmeriCorps volunteer through SBP (St. Bernard Project), Wendy enjoys meeting mission teams, homeowners, and helping in anyway she can to live out our mission. In addition, Wendy does all the social media marketing for Wintergarden in her spare time.

Julie Christensen, Office Admin and Bookkeeper

Julie was born and raised in Massachusetts. She now lives happily in Florida with her husband Nathan and their four boys Jacob, Jonathan, Jaxon, and Jayce. She has a cairn terrier mix named Sammie, a great Dane/American bulldog named Sarge and a cat named Tigger.

She earned a degree in healthcare administration in 2012. She has always enjoyed helping other people and previously worked in the medical field for 15 years.

She looks forward to working with pastor Devon (who also officiated her marriage) and the rest of the congregation.

Shirley Massanova, Custodial Services

VACANT, Music and Worship Leader