Leadership Staff

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Rev. Sheila Bates

Lead Pastor Rev. Sheila Bates – Bio Rev. Sheila Bates is a native of Northern Virginia and currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Cokesbury, UMC in Pensacola, Florida. As an Elder in Full Connection, Sheila has a passion for preaching God’s Word in fresh and dynamic ways. Sheila’s heart is to empower her staff…

Rev. Ashley Wilkinson Meyer

Ashley Wilkinson Meyer is excited to be serving her first appointment in the United Methodist  Church. A lifelong United Methodist, Ashley has a passion for social justice, missions, Christian  education, and pastoral care in the community of faith. With a bachelor of science in Psychology  from Birmingham-Southern College and a master of Divinity from Duke…

Rev. Gina Bryan

Gina has been actively involved in ministry most of her life.  She traveled with her parent’s gospel singing group, The Gospel Harmonairs since the age of 3, singing “I’ve Got A Great Big Wonderful God”!  She has had the opportunity to minister in area churches as a Children’s Pastor, Worship Pastor, Associate Pastor and Lead…

Dawn Faller

Dawn Faller joined the Cokesbury staff in 2004. She is married to Chuck and together they have two incredible daughters, Jordyn and Madison.  She is passionate about connecting kids to God through today’s world and making church a comfortable and fun place.  Dawn leads teams of leaders in both our children and youth programs that…

Sharmaine Lilleston

Children’s Center Director Sharmaine is originally from Florence, Kentucky, and attended Northern Kentucky University, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education.  She is coming to us with over 10 years of teaching experience.  Her experience includes leading teachers, directing a YMCA summer camp, managing components of school improvement plans, and implementing…

Dr. Sandra Durr

Dr. Sandra Durr has been on staff at Cokesbury since 1995, first on an interim basis and then in the permanent position as organist and music associate. Sandra has been involved in church music in various capacities since the age of twelve, beginning in her hometown of Chipley, Florida. Before coming to Cokesbury, she worked…