Jim is an accomplished singer, pianist, organist, conductor, theater director and educator. He has been the organist at the Key West United Methodist Church for the past 6 years. Jim has taught high school vocal music for 31 years. He was also the Director of Music at the Milford United Methodist Church in Milford, Michigan for 27 years. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music in piano, voice and education. He received his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Eastern Michigan University where he was a student of Emily Boyd Lowe. Jim's high school groups have won many awards with performances throughout the United States and Germany. Jim was the conductor of the Keys Chorale at the Florida Keys Community College for the past 3 years.
Ann McFarland began piano lessons at age 8 and organ at age 14. She has served as organist and choir director of numerous churches in Pennsylvania. She holds a BM in Piano from Susquehanna University, a MM in Music History from Temple University, and a PhD in Music Education, also from Temple. Dr. McFarland moved to Key West in the summer of 2015 after retiring from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she served as coordinator of student teaching and field placement for music education as well as director of Orff-Schulwerk studies. In addition to her position as organist for Key West United Methodist, she is a member of the Southernmost Chamber Music Society and accompanist for Keys Choral Arts. Dr. McFarland volunteers as a music enrichment specialist at the Montessori Children’s School and teaches private lessons in her home.
Janet Vazquez is our Director of Children and Family Ministries. Janet holds an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been married to her husband, Alfredo, for 32 years. She is the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of five. Janet was born and raised in Key West and is a sixth generation conch. Janet believes that learning is a lifelong process. She loves her job working with the children and families of our church.
Oksana Snipes teaches a 2 year old class at Sunbeam Christian School. She began teaching Sunday School Key West UMC in June 2018 and has enjoyed watching the children grow in Christ. Her daughter Svetlana, and husband Jeff enjoy the services.