Rev. William Jordan
Pastor William has served Lely Presbyterian Church since June 2019. A native of the Chicago suburbs, he is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Princeton Theological Seminary. As someone passionate for Christ’s mission in the world, he believes in ministry that is grounded in the Bible, that shares the good news of the gospel with joy, and that warmly invites all people, within and outside of the church, to a life-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ.
William confirmed his call to ministry while studying abroad at the University of Sydney, Australia. It was there that he experienced, as a newcomer to the church community, the power of a welcoming and loving congregation. To William, being a pastor means a commitment to serve the church and world as Christ himself would do, and finding ways to communicate the message of God’s grace that inspire our everyday lives.
In his free time, William enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, riding a bike, or going on a hike. His favorite book of the Bible is the Gospel of John, and the best book he has read outside the Bible is To Kill a Mockingbird. He especially enjoys learning about history, seeing lessons from the past that can help us think about the world today.
William looks forward to the chance to get to know you better!
Dr. Wojciech Wojtasiewicz
Dr. Wojciech Wojtasiewicz (voy-tek voy-tashe-witch), a native of Warsaw, Poland, has a Master’s and Doctorate in music from the Juilliard School, New York, NY. Growing up in Warsaw he received his education at the State Music Primary School, State Music High School for the Performing Arts, and the State Music Academy where he earned two Master’s Degrees (Organ, and Sound Engineering for Radio and Television Productions). Additionally, he received a full scholarship for postgraduate organ studies with composer/organist Baron Flor Peeters from the Belgium government. He is a former teaching assistant in the doctoral program at Juilliard, chairman of the organ department at Catholic University of American in Washington, DC, and at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY. Wojciech has performed organ recitals extensively throughout Europe and the United Sates. In October 2016 he performed his twenty-first organ concert at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
In addition to music, Dr. Wojtasiewicz is a medical doctor having graduated from the State Medical University in Warsaw. During medical school he worked every summer assisting world-acclaimed Professor Dennis Montandon at the University Hospital in Genève, Switzerland, and the Clinic of Reconstructive and Plastique Surgery performing facial reconstruction of African children who were the victims of civil war. Until 2017 he worked at the University Medical Clinic’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma in Warsaw. He is the proud recipient of the Diploma of Recognition from the Polish Ministry of Health.
Wojciech is the proud father of three children, a son who is a dentist in NY, and two teenage daughters who both want to become doctors. In his spare time he enjoys reading about ancient Greek cultures and swimming.
JoAnn Johansen joined Lely Presbyterian Church as part time Office Manager in November 2018, having previously worked for 10 years as the Volunteer Manager at the Humane Society Naples, followed by another 10 years with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida as their Volunteer & Intern Manager. She holds an AAS degree in Graphic Arts from Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY. Regretfully she says she made the mistake of not completing the last two courses for her Bachelor’s degree in Education.
JoAnn moved to Florida from her home town of Hyde Park, NY in 1979 making Naples her permanent home in 1989. Since 1976 she has been an active member going through the chairs of women’s Masonic organizations with her father by her side: Order of the Eastern Star (Worthy Matron), White Shrine of Jerusalem (Worthy High Priestess), and the Order of the Amaranth (Royal Matron). While serving with the Amaranth, she held state offices and traveled extensively throughout Florida, the United States (including Hawaii), and internationally in England, Canada, Germany and Australia.
JoAnn and her partner, David, share their home with three feline fluff balls (Sunny, Savannah and Chris) all adopted from the Humane Society Naples during her tenure with the non-profit organization. Together they enjoy kayaking and sailing in the 10,000 Islands, and going for rides on their Harley-Davidson. Additionally, JoAnn enjoys reading, watercolor and acrylic painting, and especially takes pleasure cooking and creating new gourmet recipes.
This organization is made up of men and women of the church, who have a heart for mission work. They meet on the second Tuesday of the month during the Winter Season. (November - April) for lunch and planning. During the Winter months they conduct a Rummage Sale and a Craft and Bake Sale to raise money for the various projects they support.
These projects include:
Monetary support for the Back Pack program of Collier County
Workers meet to pack and distribute the Back Packs
The Good Shepherd Pantry, headed by Bill Deeb, collects donations of food and money and distributes food to families with children in need in our community.
Projects carried out by the Good Shepherd Pantry are:
Weekly distribution of food to needy children in the community
Each week the Meals of Hope parks their refrigerated truck in our church parking lot. Members of our church assist with distribution of food every Monday afternoon to many needy families.
Each month members of the church meet and carpool to the construction site of Habitat for Humanity where they spend the morning helping with the latest construction project.
The Cub Scouts meet weekly at Lely Church. The Cub Scouts hold a pancake breakfast fund raising event after our church services each month during the Winter season.
The Girl Scouts meet in Kemp Hall weekly.