Tim Stewart, a native of Bristol, VA, earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University (Jackson, MS). He attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) and he graduated with an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). His first call was in June 1986 when he became the Associate Pastor at Hope Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, FL. In May, 1990 Tim was called to become the pastor and head of staff at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda, FL. Tim retired from that position in June, 2020. During his time at Burnt Store Tim earned a doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. The degree was conferred in 2014.
Tim is married to Karin and they have two children, Kristen (Isaac) and Dana (Abby) and two grand children. Tim and Karin have four four-legged children, two black Labrador Retrievers, a chocolate Labrador Retriever, and a Golden Retriever.
Tim is a bit of a star gazer even setting an alarm for outrageous overnight hours to go outside and witness some celestial event–either divinely made or human made. Tim enjoys motorsports and currently serves as a chaplain for Motorsports Ministries which offers a spiritual presence at sports car racing events across our country.
Karin works a couple of days a week at a consignment shop in Punta Gorda and is anxiously awaiting the reopening of Punta Gorda’s very new public library so she can get back to her routine of working in the bookstore every Friday.
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.