ABOUT US

PASTOR ED BRANDT

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Ed Brandt comes to Lely Presbyterian Church following nearly 32 years of service in the National Guard and having served pastorates in Pennsylvania, Delaware, California, and Michigan. For over twenty years, he served as an installed pastor while serving the National Guard one weekend a month and two weeks a year.

 

JOANN JOHANSEN

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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.

 

WALDO MALAN

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Waldo Malan joined Lely Presbyterian Church as Musician/Choir Director in August 2021.

Waldo loves music and has been involved in all levels of music since he was a child attending the Drakensberg Boys Choir School in South Africa from age 9 through 15. While there he toured the world and started composition lessons with the Austrian composer David Worrall at age 11. He continued his musical studies at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa where he remained until 1997.

 

Since 1998 he has chosen to pursue the mission fields of South Africa and has dedicated his life to the call of God. He joined a missionary organization that traveled from town to town throughout South Africa. The organization pioneered Christian television on the African continent and now covers the globe through satellite, terrestrial and digital deliveries. Waldo is currently the Media Director for the River Group globally and works from the an office in the USA.

 

In 2001 he was awarded his Doctor of Music degree in Composition. His professional compositional career started in 1983 with the writing of the incidental music for "At the Gate" at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Subsequently he has composed music for a number of shows at theaters all across South Africa.

 

Waldo and his wife Sharon have two children.