Pastors & Staff

Church Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rev. Jacqueline Jones-Smith

Senior Pastor

The Rev. Jacqueline Jones-Smith (“Pastor Jackie”) and her husband of 37 years, Joshua Smith, are new St. Petersburg residents from Bethesda, MD. Ordained in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church (“UMC”), she was the Senior Pastor of Good Hope Union UMC in Silver Spring, MD for seven years. Previously she served in Washington DC as Associate Pastor of Asbury UMC and on the staff of Foundry UMC. She also hosted “Church Incorporated,” a recurring segment of the Biz Talk with Josh SmithTM  radio show that focused on the business side of the church and currently serves on the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary.

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Rev. Thomas H. Gregory

Pastor Emeritus

The Rev. Thomas Gregory is a retired Local Pastor in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served at Christ UMC as the Associate and Senior Pastor (2015-2016) and at Allendale UMC as Associate Pastor (1999-2009). Prior to heading God’s call to pastoral ministry Rev. Gregory was a CPA from 1960 to 2016. His secular work includes partner in Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, CPA’s and work with Alexander Grant & Co., Tornwall, Lang & Lee and Russell Bogue & Co. A long-time active resident of the St. Petersburg community, Rev. Gregory served on numerous boards and commissions. His education includes a B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University; M.Div. from St. Petersburg Theological Seminary and Course of Study, Emory University. He and wife, Reed Lewis Gregory have two children and four grandchildren

Rev. James Swartz

Pastor Emeritus

Carol Paton

Director of Music

Brandt Heisner

Contemporary Worship Leader

Bio coming soon

Chris Howard

Leader Midweek Music and Meditation

Jerry Smith

Youth Director

Jerry Smith has been serving churches and young people for almost 20 years.  In his tenure of ministry, Jerry has served as the Youth Pastor at Community Vineyard Church in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Director of Student Ministries at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in West Akron, OH and Youth Pastor at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, as well as, founded The Light Teen Center in Copley, Ohio.  He has served on the boards of RIOT, Akron Area YMCA, Akron Area Youth Workers Network, All-School Assembly Program.  Additionally, Jerry has hosted many large outreach events leading thousands of young people to faith in Jesus Christ. He has been involved in mission work in France, Ukraine, Brooklyn-NYC, Queens-NYC, Niagara Falls-U.S.A, Birmingham-Alabama, and New Orleans-LA.  Jerry and his wife Tiffany are proud parents of 2 adult children. Alyssa attends Kent State University and will be graduating soon with a Business degree, and Caleb serves in the Navy as a special forces air rescue swimmer in California. In their spare time, Jerry and Tiffany enjoy boating, camping, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, reading, frisbee tossing, and traveling.  The Smith’s joined Christ Church in August of 2019 are excited to begin this next chapter of their lives and ministry in St. Pete.

Barry Stevens


Barry has provided inspiring & uplifting music to the Glory of God at Christ UMC since 1987.  His prodigious talent is matched by a determination to provide “the very best in sacred music” for worship services & the many concerts provided by CUMC each year.  Barry is highly respected as one of the pre-eminent organists of our area.  Hailing from Boston, Barry & his family moved to Florida in 1955 & he earned his degrees from SPCollege & USF.  Barry was organist for the First Church of Christ Scientist before coming to Christ UM Church.   Barry also is Accompanist for the Choral & Vocal Music Departments of SPCollege & a longstanding Secretary of the American Guild of Organists.      


Erin Couillard

Administrative Assistant

Profile coming soon

Myra Hays

Treasurer/Internal Accountant

Myra began her life in Crawfordsville, Indiana, moving to Florida as a young child.  Both of her parents worked at CUMC & she was confirmed in grade 3, went on to sing with the first  Spirit Bound Singers choir, the Holy Notes & other CUMC musical groups as well as giving invaluable assistance later on for the Jesus, the Arts & Me program.  Myra earned her USF degree in Criminology and has been married to Tim Klement for 24 years, living  in Connecticut & Virginia before returning to St Petersburg where she now works as the outstanding Treasurer/Accountant for CUMC.  She & Tim have four grandchildren – all boys.


Mary LeBlanc

Nursery Coordinator

Mary is a native of St Petersburg.  She was baptized as an infant, confirmed & has continued serving at CUMC for most of her life.  The only time she wasn’t active either with beautiful church receptions or suppers, taking care of children or lending valuable service in the Church office, was when Mary & her husband, Dale, & family were in Alaska, Colorado, Washington, DC, Georgia or Okinawa, Japan while Dale was serving in the US Air Force.  Daughter & son of longtime CUMC members Kathleen & Floyd (Smokey) Smoak & Joan Allen, they are parents of six children & 18 grandchildren.


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