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.
Charles D. Rentz
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.”
Samuel T. Rorer
Senior Associate Pastor
W. Ryan Hall
“I had noticed the cactus as I climbed the rocky outcrop, making a mental note to be sure I did not come down that way. I was in Mexico on a mission trip and I was sad/mad at God and everybody. I was 21 and the pieces of my life just were not coming together. I felt stuck. I sat there looking out across the Copper Canyon and I waited. Sullen, and perhaps a little pouty.
There was no fire fall, no booming voice. There was a Presence. In those moments, God impressed upon me a vision of my life and I felt the call to ministry. My life was still the same, but my heart was stirred. I returned to the States after that trip and began the process of becoming a pastor in the United Methodist Church. It was not a quick or smooth path–I sat on that cactus coming down the mountain, and have had found many other “cacti” along the way. God stayed with me and has brought me to an understanding that my call to ministry is to inspire true freedom in the church. We all feel stuck from time to time.”