Our Staff

Pastor Mark Bitner

Lead Pastor

Mark was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota, don't ya know. He attended North Central University in downtown Minneapolis, studying youth ministries. While in college Mark worked as a 6th grade pastor at Lord of Life Church for one year. After that he spent four years as a high school pastor at Horizons Community Church, interning part of the time and working on staff. Mark felt called to full-time ministry and warm weather, and in July of 2006 he moved to Leesburg, Florida to serve as a full-time Youth Pastor. Mark started here at FUMC in March of 2009 as the Director of Student Ministries. In November of 2018 Mark moved into the Assitant Pastor role. It was at North Central University that Mark met his beautiful wife Mae. They got married in July of 2005. Together they have two daughters, Isabel who was born in December of 2007, and Isla who was born in February of 2012. Mark enjoys all sorts of sports and everything that goes with them. He plays golf, football, basketball, raquetball and anything else with a ball. He is also a huge fan of his Minnesota sports teams, Florida sports teams, and a fan of the only university in Florida worth watching...The Gators. 

Lucy Hudson

Youth Director

Lucy was born and raised in Jacksonville Florida, go jags, with her parents and her 2 brothers. Lucy felt the call to go into youth ministry when she was a junior in high school. She went to college at Florida Southern College and majored in Communication and minored in Religion. While at FSC, Lucy joined Kappa Delta sorority, served on council, and was the chapter Chaplin. During her time at FSC, Lucy also worked as the assistant youth director at First Presbyterian Church. In the summer time, Lucy was a hiking staff at a backpacking ministry called Wilderness Trail and has hiked over 400 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Lucy graduated college in May of 2021 and started her awesome job here as the youth director that same month. Lucy spends her free time hanging out with friends and loves the mountains, ice-cream, the Braves, and the lion king.

Jessica Smotherman

Christian Education Director

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Joyce DeLoach

Traditional Worship Director

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Amanda Quinn

Contemporary Worship Director

Amanda was born in Boston, Mass. but has lived in Florida her whole life. As a PK (preacher's kid) Amanda has lived in Tampa, Plant City, and Leesburg where she graduated from Leesburg High School. Amanda went to and graduated from THE Florida State University, GO NOLES! In college she was a member of the award winning A Capella  group All Night Yahtzee for three years and a Worship Leader at the FSU Wesley foundation. During her summers in college she worked at the Warren Willis United Methodist Camp where she was a worship leader and where she met her husband Asa. Amanda and Asa married at camp in 2012 and is a proud mommy to three Kids Asher, Arlie and Noelle. Amanda has a passion for singing and worship arts and is so excited to be a part of this amazing community. Amanda enjoys spending time with all her kids, cooking, and going to DISNEY! 

Donna Then

Preschool Director

Donna was born in the state of New Jersey, but has lived in Florida for the past 35 years.  She has a husband Ron, and son Thor.  She has been a teacher at the preschool for over 15 years and has stepped into the director's role.

Barb Garich

Administrative Assistant

Barb was raised in Pennsylvania and has lived in Illinois, Texas, and Ohio before relocating to DeLand. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Psychology and has worked in  hospitals and schools in a variety of roles. Barb was active in her previous churches and also volunteered as an Usher Captain for the Cincinnati Open Tennis Tournament for 25 years. Barb and her husband, Matt, have two grown sons, Jonathan and Ryan.

Shane Smith

Facilities Manager

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