ST. PETER'S UMC

MEET OUR STAFF



Cory Britt’s passion is to discover what it means to live the abundant life Jesus has called us to live and to share the source of that life with all he can. He has found that the depth of our life is formed through the faith we develop with Jesus, the relationships we cultivate with those in our family and community, and how we practice our faith in daily living.


Cory is the proud father of Sydney who keeps him entertained and also takes care of the dogs, rabbits and goldfish. Aside from his love of family, he is also an avid reader, a musician, and loves hiking in the mountains.


Cory earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Pastoral Counseling at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, KY. He has served as a United Methodist pastor since 2004.

The southern accent you hear on Sunday mornings belongs to Rachel Lever. She was born in South Carolina, but her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida as she was beginning the 9th grade. She returned to South Carolina to pursue a bachelors degree at Columbia College. It was during the summer, following her junior year, that she felt a call to full time ministry. She later attended Scarritt College, located in "Methodist Mecca" (better known as Nashville, Tennessee), where she received a masters degree.

Rachel has served churches in South Carolina and the following churches in Florida: Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg; Lake Magdalene, Tampa; and Trinity, Palm Beach Gardens. Rachel has enjoyed working with volunteers to provide quality programs and experiences where folks can grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. During her early ministry, her focus was on children and youth. Over the last few years, she has shifted to adult and pastoral ministry. Ordination in 1997 has opened new and exciting opportunities for her. She joined the St. Peter's staff in January 2003, and is serving as Assistant to the Pastor.

Rachel enjoys spending time with family and friends; visiting new places (especially in the western United States) and dancing. 

Debbie came to St. Peter's in January 2005 as a financial secretary. Originally from New York, (incase you could not tell by her accent) Debbie moved down with her family back in 1986. She became a resident here in Wellington in 1987. Debbie has two sons that she adores, Matthew and Daniel. Before coming to St. Peter's she spent 8 years working for a sanitation company as the office manager.

Debbie's passion is and always has been dogs, dogs, dogs. She absolutely loves animals and will go out of her way to rescue a lost dog. She also loves taking care of the "church cats", Missy and Grace and making sure they are fed each and every day. Debbie feels blessed to have been selected to work here at St. Peter's. 

Miss Lori started at CEC in 2008. She has served as a substitute, Spanish Enrichment Teacher, Administrative Assistant, and Assistant Director. Lori Graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Elementary Education and taught Kindergarten through third grade in Palm Beach County.

She also holds a Florida Director's Credential. Lori is a member and grew up attending St. Peter's United Methodist Church since the age of 4.

She resides in Wellington with her husband Walt and their 2 children Regan & Giles.

Shelly Albright is one of those rare Florida natives. She was born and raised in Tampa. After graduating from the University of Florida, where she met her husband David, she settled in south Florida. Shelly and David think Wellington is the perfect place to raise their children. As you can imagine life can be crazy for the mother of four boys. 

St. Peter's UMC has been an integral part of life in the Albright household. The family has been members for many years and the youngest two boys were baptized by Rev. Richter. Shelly began volunteering at church as soon as she became a member and hasn't stopped. Her strong desire to contribute more at church combined with the support of her family and friends lead her to jump at the chance to take on the roll of Director of Children's Ministries when the opportunity presented itself. 

Shelly remains very involved in the community. Her husband quite regularly referred to her as a professional volunteer before she was hired into her current job. She strongly believes that it is every person's responsibility to make the world a better place. One of Shelly's favorite movie quotes comes from the Power of One "What if the power of one becomes the power of many and the power of many becomes the power of one?" 

In her spare time Shelly enjoys gardening, family activities and entertaining at her home whenever she has the chance. She knows that the Lord put us here to be an influence and to in a gentle way guide people in the right direction. With God's love Christians can do a lot with very little. As the Director of Children's Ministries it is Shelly's goal to work alongside parents and volunteers to teach the children to become disciples of Christ in order to build a better world. 

As a child of seven, Copeland's fascination with music began while watching a pianist on TV. He blocked out everything that was going on except that pianist. He remembers thinking that "if someone could only show me, I could learn to do that." Thus began his education with the piano. This also set in motion his roots in gospel, which he achieved from playing in church for thirteen years. This would eventually tie together with classical training to create his unique style as a jazz innovator. His ultimate influence would become Beethoven, who used the piano as an instrument to imitate the complete orchestra. Although Copeland's formal education became complete with a degree from Florida Atlantic University, he continually strives to learn and acquire musical knowledge.

The keyboard is his kingdom. He can appear as a jazz pianist, but he can send his instrument into the pop, rock or classical ends of the spectrum.

What makes him outstanding is that he is comfortable in all phases. When Copeland plays, watch his fingers! They dance across the keyboard with a fast, strong pace, then they back off in a soft, graceful and almost quite serenade that fills the soul with beautiful music.

A standing ovation was the response to Copeland's TV debut on the "Tonight Show." With appearances following on "Good Morning, America," and his own PBS special. In addition to three appearances on ABC's "B.L. Stryker," was his subsequent induction into The International Who's Who in Music and The Las Vegas Entertainers Hall Of Fame in 2014.

Jennifer Morgan is a Michigan native who graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Wayne State University in Michigan. She has spent nineteen years enthusiastically traveling the country working in the auto show industry. For the first six years Jennifer held positions as a Concept Narrator, Product Specialist, Product Presenter, and Team Leader for the Pontiac/GMC Auto Show Accounts and for the last thirteen years she has worked as an Exhibit Manager and Brand Specialist for ShowMax Marketing as a member of the Subaru of America Brand Specialist Events Team. In addition to her busy travel schedule throughout the U.S. and Canada she has used her theatrical background performing as a singer/dancer, choreographer, musical theatre teacher and emcee. If all that wasn’t enough she is also a certified Wedding Planner.

In 2015 Jennifer and her husband made the big move down to Florida having experienced enough snow to last a lifetime. She never takes for granted what a blessing it is to live in such a beautiful place. Jennifer first attended St. Peter’s a year ago and immediately felt at home. She jumped into volunteering in as many ways as possible and has loved being a part of the St. Peter’s church community. 

Jennifer is the proud owner of a very spoiled Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is a big supporter of the Therapy Dogs International Organization. Her hobbies include taking a Pure Barre workout class, volunteering as a Miss America Organization coach and judge and playing with her pup.

Jennifer was blessed to grow up watching her Mom work with the children’s ministry and youth programs in her church and her Father was a highly respected music educator actively involved in their church as well so she is excited and thankful for the opportunity to follow in her parents foot steps serving the LORD.

 Jim is a native of the Philadelphia (PA) area where his Methodist roots and his interest in music began.  A trumpet player, Jim was very active in his high school band and a local drum and bugle corps. Jim pursued a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Madison College, now James Madison University. He became a high school band director, and began his church choir involvement by singing bass, participating in small vocal ensembles and as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

 

Jim later developed a passion for hospitality and customer service, spending 21 years with the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando where he enjoyed roles in park operations, entertainment, special event operations, cruise line operations, and learning & development. During his Disney days, he led the Adult Choir at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Winter Haven. After six years of service, he then assisted as interim minister of music at First Baptist Church in Bartow. It was also during this time that his free lance trumpet was called upon throughout central Florida.

 

A move to Tallahassee enabled Jim to lead the Human Resources and Training efforts at Aramark at Florida State University, where he met his wife, Kathy. His Tallahassee years included serving as choir and orchestra director for traditional services at Killearn United Methodist Church. Jim and Kathy relocated to South Florida in 2018 for a job opportunity for Kathy. They live in Sunrise, with their rescue dog, Disney.

 

Jim has three sons and three grandsons, with a fourth on the way. He continues playing trumpet and volunteers as a mission specialist for Bugles Across America, playing TAPS for memorial services.