Rev. Dr. Philip McVay
Philip, "with 1 L" is now serving his second appointment to Shalimar. Philip's first service to Shalimar was as a young pastor, early in his pastoral career. He met his wife, Karen, in the church and got married in the same sanctuary he now preaches in almost every Sunday. Philip and Karen are blessed to have three grown daughters and a grandson. In his free time, Philip likes to run, spend time outdoors, and play his guitar.
Rev. Dr. Brad Bradford
Brad is a Texan who has served in Texas, Alabama, and Florida. Brad enjoys cycling, spending time with Rhonda, his 2 daughters and their five grandkids!
Rev. David Garvin
David grew up in Panama City. He loves the beach life, spending time with students, and playing keys in worship.
Rev. Matt Langford
Matt and his wife Anne Claire are from Greenville, AL. He enjoys spending time playing music, tennis, and golf and has come to love living on the coast already!
Church Office Manager
Pat is from NC and an avid Tar Heel fan. She and Jim have been church members since 1969. Pat enjoys scrapbooking, hosting a scrapbooking weekend each month here at the church.
Church Media & Communication
Abigail graduated from UWF with a Bachelors degree in Communication. She grew up in the youth group at Shalimar UMC. You can find her at the beach reading a book or with her friends at Burrito Del Sol.
Leigh J. Rice
Joyful Place - A Respite Ministry
Leigh is a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County and lives in Shalimar with her husband of 27 years, Brian. She has two sons, Evan and Eric who will always be her “little boys” although they are both adults and 6 feet tall. Leigh volunteers with a local dachshund rescue, loves fishing, traveling, boating, and spending time with family and friends. She has a masters degree in Therapeutic Recreation and has dedicated her career to serving others.
Scott graduated from Florida State University school of business. He lives in Shalimar with his wife, Janet, and three children - Kirk, Joanna and Kevin.
After School & Summer Camp Ministry
Dawn and Willie live in Shalimar and have 3 children–Sierra, Hannah, Gage, and 2 dogs. She loves to craft, bike paddle board, and camp.
Worship Ministries Associate
Ben grew up in Fort Walton Beach and is married to his lovely wife, Angelina. He has 4 kids: Nathan, Ryan, Lillian, and Bethany. Loves music and tech. Go Noles! Romans 12:12.
She received her BA in Christian Ministry, with a focus in Children’s Ministry from Laurel University. She has two young adult children – Hunter, 20, and James, 24. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
If you ask Karen, she'll say she has the best job at the church. She loves teaching at the Preschool, loves to bake, and loves Star Wars.
Tony is a graduate of Georgia State and served in the U.S. Army. He and his wife Carol have two children. Tony has served multiple positions here, starting in 2011.
Denise and her husband, Gator have 2 adult children, 1 daughter-in-law, 2 grandchildren, and 2 4-legged boys. After Gator's time in the Air Force, they now call Ft. Walton Beach home.
Facility & Maintenance Manager