The Reverend Robert S. Bledsoe

The Reverend Robert S. Bledsoe

Associate Pastor

Pastor Joe Wingard

Pastor Joe Wingard

Contemporary Worship & Congregational Care

Pastor Joe's Bio

Pastor Joe Wingard leads worship at the 9:30 contemporary service, and is also our pastor for congregational care. He and his team visit people in the hospital and those who can no longer attend worship; he’s also the lead staff member for our Stephen Ministry. If you’re looking for a good meal, Joe is an excellent person to ask for a recommendation. (The staff at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop know him particularly well!) In his free time, he enjoys fishing and cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from Troy State University and his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Gayle have three sons, Sterling, Chase, and Vaughn, and a daughter-in-law, Anna.

Bronwyn Bedient

Bronwyn Bedient

Director of Communications

Karen Shafer

Karen Shafer

Director of Music & Traditional Worship

Bob's Bio

Bob Fredrick has served as the organist at CLUMC since September 2014. Bob is a talented multi-instrumentalist—he sometimes plays recorder in worship—but he prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He moved to southwest Florida from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area after retiring from his “day job,” but he remains a Detroit Tigers fan. His favorite movies include The Godfather and A Streetcar Named Desire, and if calories didn’t count, he’d drink more vanilla malts. You may not know that he loves wildlife— catching sight of turtles sunning or sand hill cranes by the roadside can make his day!

Samantha Didio

Samantha Didio

Director of Children’s Ministry

Samantha's Bio

Samantha Didio assumed the position of Director of Children’s Ministry in June, 2018. She joined the Cypress Lake staff in 2014 as a teacher in our Playday program for toddlers, and has helped run our Sunday and Wednesday kids’ programs over the last several years. She cites Moses as the biblical character she admires most, because he was a patient, dedicated, faithful leader. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Appalachian State University, and has work experience in other educational settings. Samantha loves reading, boating, the beach, and being involved in her kids’ activities and sports. She and her husband Jimmy have two children, James and Gemma.

Christina Shelbourne

Christina Shelbourne

Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries

Tara Balducci

Tara Balducci

Play Day Teacher

Amanda Blacketer

Amanda Blacketer

Director of Youth Ministry

Amanda's Bio

Amanda Blacketer grew up in this church and has served as our director of youth ministry for the last two years. Amanda has been the English department chair at Dunbar High School but started a new teaching position at Fort Myers High School in fall 2018. An avid FSU fan, she admits to having an addiction to Outback Steakhouse and a passion for her saltwater tank aquarium. Amanda relates to the apostle Peter because he is also “kind of a loudmouth” who questions a lot, and ends up putting his foot in his mouth, but ultimately loves and follows Jesus unconditionally.

Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker

Assistant to the Youth Director

Heather Singleton

Heather Singleton

Director, Bright Beginnings Early School

Carol Clem

Carol Clem

Administrative Assistant

Donna Brady

Donna Brady

Finance Secretary

Cyndy Cook

Cyndy Cook

Church Administrator

Reggie Germain

Reggie Germain

Director of Productions

Brent Saitta

Brent Saitta

Technical Director

Brent's Bio

Brent Saitta has been on staff at CLUMC since 2012. He has a broad array of technical skills, and coordinates lighting, sound, and graphics for all worship services. During the week, he is also a financial center manager with Fifth Third Bank. Brent is an FSU fan who enjoys playing guitar, filming for YouTube (he has two feature film credits), and playing around with new technology. David is his favorite Biblical character because he’s an underdog that succeeds because he doesn’t give up! Brent and his wife Rose have an adult son, Cody.

Tom Sholtis

Tom Sholtis

Facilities Superintendent

Lay Leadership

Church Council Members-At-Large

  • Sharon Dill
  • Vicki Hanselman
  • Gary Trippe
  • Roland Palmer
  • Gerald Simmerman
  • Susie Ulbrich
  • Judy Carlson
  • Janet McVay
  • Chris Riching
  • Julie Riching
  • Debbie Van Horn
  • John Van Horn
  • Angie Zavoico
  • Peter Boigeol
  • Eric Eason
  • Melissa Eason
  • Molly Gill
  • Zach Gill
  • Alex Glamyan
  • Alan Hawthorne
  • Tyler Horn
  • Kayla Lisa
  • Beth Martz
  • Jill Palmer
  • Yancey Palmer
  • Melissa Winter