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Charles D. Rentz
Senior Pastor
Dr. Charles D. Rentz (Pastor Charlie) is a 9th generation native Floridian, tracing his ancestry back to some of the original Spanish settlers in St. Augustine.  He holds degrees from Florida Southern College, Emory University and has a Doctorate in Theological Studies from Boston University. He also did post graduate work in the field of Mental Health Counseling at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Pastor Charlie is married to Marcia Rentz M.D., an anesthesiologist. They have a blended family of 5 children, 4 dogs, 2 horses and several other critters and live on several acres near Parrish. The Rentz family enjoys being on the water. Everyone in the family is an avid scuba diver. One of the highlights of their year is their annual trip to the Florida Keys for fishing, diving and lobstering.  Charlie has also been a licensed alligator trapper with FWC for many years and has been capturing live alligators since he was a child with his grandfather. Another one of his hobbies is keeping bees and collecting raw honey. Charlie  held a United States Coast Guard Captain’s License – OUPV- with training to 100 Ton Masters (U.S. Merchant Marine Officer).
 
 Pastor Charlie is completing his 32nd year of pastoral ministry and has served
churches in (Haines City, Griffin, Georgia as a student pastor), Leesburg, Port Charlotte, Cape Coral, Port St. Lucie and Bradenton before being appointed here in July of 2014. Under Pastor Charlie’s leadership as Senior Pastor at UMCSCC, the membership has grown by over 500 new members in less than three years. UMCSCC was recently recognized as the 8th  Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Church in America over the past 5 years.  Charlie’s passion is preaching and worship. While in seminary at Emory University he was a Sherman Scholar and was awarded the Marcy Scholarship in Preaching his senior year. This scholarship was a competitive scholarship that paid full tuition, plus a stipend that allowed him directed study with his adviser, professor and mentor, Dr. Fred Craddock. During seminary, Charlie also spend time in Korea studying church growth and evangelism with Dr. George Morris and Dr. Eddie Fox.  
Pastor Charlie’s vision for UMCSCC is for us to be a multi-generational and multi-cultural congregation that reaches our entire community with the message of Jesus Christ. “Everything we do here, whatever it is, is to bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to help those who are in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ grow in our Christian walk and be faithful disciples. We are called to be and to make disciples for Jesus Christ.”
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Samuel T. Rorer
Senior Associate Pastor
 
 

Pastor Sam Rorer served as a senior pastor in Toledo, Ohio, serving in the West Ohio Conference before accepting a post as a United Methodist Chaplain in the United States Air Force. There he served for almost nineteen years on assignments such as ensuring the constitutional privilege of freedom of religion for all faith groups.  His vast experience in religious education, pastoral counseling and spiritual renewal activities make Pastor Sam a great resource and as of June 1, 2013 he became a part-time assistant pastor at UMCSCC, working in administration, staff coordination, and finance.  He continues to volunteer time for Bible studies, men’s groups and Grief/Share, and is also continuing his education, working on a doctorate of ministries program through the Regent University School of Divinity.

 
 
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W. Ryan Hall
Associate Pastor

Pastor Ryan Hall is called to launch a new ministry in the Apollo Beach area out of the Sun City Center campus. While serving in a church undergoing a process of transformation and new birth, Pastor Ryan was placed in a program for pastors in transformation appointments and pastors called to new church starts. “I had never really considered a call to church planting. I felt called to be an agent of change in the local church, and am inspired to help already and not-yet Christians discover and commit to the total freedom of the gospel. While being considered for an appointment to plant a new church, I saw how my experiences, questions, frustrations, hopes, and big dreams, are how God is leading my family to launch a new ministry.” 

Pastor Ryan and his wife, Jessamyn, have twin six-year-old daughters, and two aging beagles. Ryan and Jessamyn met while studying at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and working on staff at the Gator Wesley Foundation. “I was first called to ministry as a kid, but didn’t really see it. So in college I had a hard time finding my way. I took courses in music, computers, zoology, Spanish, entomology, and pre-medicine, before finally settling on history. Even after college I didn’t get it and worked at an environmental engineering office, an architecture firm, and McDonald’s! I became state and nationally certified as an E.M.T. and volunteered for Alachua County Fire Rescue. I also worked in youth ministry and finally came around to accepting that God had called me to ministry, eventually going to Asbury Theological Seminary. Through that winding road, I learned, no matter what, to lean on God and to hope in Christ with my whole heart.” 

Pastor Ryan’s vision for the new ministry, “RiverTree”, comes from Ezekiel’s vision of fruitful trees planted by the River of Life. “Our ministry is going to grow through family-to-family connections, learning from the energetic wonder of our children, the patient wisdom of our elders, and the redeeming hope in all of our stories.”