Meet our Staff @ South Shore

Rev. Sarah B. Miller

Senior Pastor

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Sarah is a native Floridian and a cradle United Methodist.  She was born, raised, and educated in Lakeland, Florida.  She and her husband, Andrew, are high school sweethearts.  They met through the music programs of their home church, First United Methodist Church, in Lakeland.  They were engaged on December 23, 2004 and married two years later to the date because Andrew wanted December 23 to be their anniversary.

 

Sarah and Andrew graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland in 2007 and then moved to Atlanta to pursue their seminary educations at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  They finished their degrees in 2010 and returned to Florida for Sarah to begin serving pastoral appointments. She served as an associate pastor at New Horizon Church – a United Methodist Congregation and as the senior pastor at Reeves Memorial UMC and Tuskawilla UMC prior to joining the ministry team at South Shore UMC. 

 

Sarah and Andrew welcomed their son, Joshua, in the Fall of 2017. Joshua loves to swim, play outside, read, and sing. He is a generous purveyor of fist-bumps, high-fives, and toothy-grins. 

Andrew serves as a Carpenter with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. He also owns his business, The Wood Monk, building custom tables and cabinetry and  serves as the Director of Youth Ministry at South Shore UMC. 

 

The Millers like to travel and explore, both near and far. Sarah and Andrew have travelled extensively in the United States, Central America, and Western Europe. They have travelled to Nepal in the Far East and Israel in the Middle East. They hope to head to the Far West in 2026 to visit Australia and New Zealand for their twentieth wedding anniversary. 

 

Sarah looks forward to meeting you and partnering with you as together South Shore extends its mission and witness into our neighboring community.  Sarah is praying for you and hopes to connect with you soon!

 

Sweet Blessings,

Sarah

Philippians 1:3-6

Jeanie Cofer

Office Administrator

Jeanie Cofer was born and raised in Corry, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She moved to Florida in 1995 with her husband, Jeff. They have 2 daughters, Jenna and Madison.

 

Jeanie has been a member of South Shore UMC since June 2006 and began her ministry as a volunteer. In May 2012, Jeanie was blessed to join the South Shore UMC staff as our Director of Children's Ministry. In March 2022, Jeanie began serving as South Shore UMC's Office Administrator, sharing her gifts in administration and organizational leadership. 

 

In her spare time, Jeanie likes getting creative and making home made cards, scrapbooking and painting on canvas. 

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Drew Golding

Director of Worship

Andrew Miller

Director of Youth Ministry

Scotty Schrier

Director of Children's Ministry

Scotty was born and raised in West Texas before moving to New Mexico, where he met his future wife in a school play. Fast forward a lot of years, and The Schrier family settled down into Riverview back in 2005. 


They started attending South Shore United Methodist church in 2011 with their two sons. Scotty started his path by volunteering in Children's Ministry under Jeanie Cofer. Over the last ten years, a lot has changed, but not his dedication to the children who come through those doors each week. A year ago, in the midst of the pandemic shutdown, Scotty introduced the church to his friend, Scatter.

 

Scatter is an inquisitive monster who isn't afraid to ask ANY question. He was originally intended to be a surrogate for the children in the main service as the kids weren't allowed to come forward during the Children's Moment with Pastor Sarah. But, Scatter won over our hearts, and is now a full-fledged part of Children's Ministry. Scotty looks forward to expanding the Scatterverse in his new role.

 

Scatter - Scatter is a monster who isn't afraid to ask a question when he doesn't understand things. It's sort of his super power. Scatter has a rather large family, some of whom make appearances from time to time. He splits his time between his monster family, and his adopted human family, the Schriers. 

 

Scatter isn't quite sure how old he is, as Monster Math(TM) is hard! So, he's somewhere between 5 and 100. He loves high fives, fist bumps, and waves. And he says, "Oh man!" a lot when he's excited. And he gets excited a lot.

 

One of the things that Scatter is VERY interested in, is making sure that people have food. So, he has sort of become the mascot for the Replenish ReStore ministry in the church. He heard the story about 'them loaves and fishes' and decided that if one little kid giving up his lunch could help feed all of those people...then, as a little monster, he can help do the same.

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Rev. Rachel Paul Hartman

Chaplain

 

Rachel is originally from McDonough, Georgia, about an hour south of Atlanta. She graduated from Mercer University where she found the UMC through the community of the Wesley Foundation of Macon. Immediately after graduating from Mercer, Rachel followed her call to ordained ministry to Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville. It was in Nashville that Rachel discovered her passion for the ministry of a chaplain. 

 

Rachel and her husband, Trey, moved to Florida in May of 2020. Rachel is a provisionally ordained deacon in the UMC. Her primary appointment is as a Chaplain with Cornerstone Hospice. She serves South Shore UMC as her secondary appointment. 

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