Meet our Staff @ South Shore
Rev. Sarah Miller
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 owns his business, The Wood Monk, building custom tables and cabinetry. He also 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!
Director of Children's Ministry
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. Over the years she served in each area of Children’s Ministry. In May 2012, Jeanie was blessed to join the South Shore UMC staff.
In her spare time, Jeanie likes getting creative and making home made cards.
Toni Robinson was born and raised in Plant City, FL and moved to Riverview in March 2000. She and her husband, Chris, have been married for 20 years and they have 2 children, Jakob and Reagan.
Toni has been volunteering and leading the Youth Group since 2010 and enjoys seeing them grow into faithful young adults. She joined the SSUMC Staff in November 2018.
Toni enjoys going to the beach and loves dogs. She also enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Director of Worship
Director of Youth Ministry
Rev. Rachel Paul Hartman
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 at Tampa General Hospital as a Chaplain Resident. She serves South Shore UMC as her secondary appointment.