Rev. Dr. Mark Williams
Rev. Dr. Mark Williams was born and raised in Vero Beach and grew up attending the Community Church of Vero Beach (UCC). This church shaped his life, his faith, and his future ministry in powerful ways. Rev. Williams received an undergraduate degree from Davidson College. Shortly thereafter, he received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. While at Duke, he served as a ministry intern and young adult pastor at Pilgrim UCC in Durham, NC. It was at Pilgrim UCC where he met his wife Emily, and it was also where God orchestrated his ordination. Some years later, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching from Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. After pastoring churches in Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina, he returned to his home state of Florida where for the past nine years he has served as the Senior Minister at United Church of Marco Island. Mark and Emily have three children, Nolan, Marie, and Anna.
Rev. Angela Wells-Bean
Minister for Congregational Care
Rev. Angela Wells-Bean serves as Minister for Congregational Care at Naples United Church of Christ. Rev. Wells-Bean provides leadership for the numerous caring ministries at NUCC, including our Stephen Ministry. Additionally, she works with the Board of Missions and Outreach encouraging partnerships with local and global missions.
Prior to serving in Naples, Rev. Wells-Bean was the pastor of the United Church of Christ in Burlington, MA for nine years. For a brief period, she was the youngest ordained pastor in the UCC at just 25 years old. Rev. Wells-Bean was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and is glad to be back in her home state, closer to family. Rev. Wells-Bean received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from New College of Florida and her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is a part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative of the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ. She was also named as one of the female clergy leaders under 40 to follow in the United Church of Christ.
Rev. Wells-Bean is committed to extending God’s unconditional love to all people, especially those on the margins and she is thrilled to be on the staff at Naples UCC. When she’s not working, Rev. Wells-Bean spends her time with her husband, Andy, raising their two sons, Soren and Emerson.
Executive Assistant to the Clergy Team
Darren Paquette joins NUCC as the Executive Assistant to the Clergy Team and lives in Naples with his husband, Thomas. He moved from New Jersey three years ago to enjoy more of the Southwest Florida sunshine.
Darren spent his career assisting C-level executives in the New York financial industry. Because of his amazing people and organizational skills, while he was at Credit Suisse, he was named fire warden where he oversaw the safe evacuation of over 480 employees during 9/11.
He left his corporate career to be more available to his children who were teenagers at the time and is delighted to find a job that incorporates his love of people with his passion of service and commitment. Darren volunteers for Keep Collier Beautiful and enjoys bike riding, cooking and reading.
Dr. Becky Weese-Rumpf
Director of Music
Since 2001, Dr. Becky Weese-Rumpf has served as the Organist and Director of Music at NUCC. In addition to her choral directing and organ responsibilities, Becky oversees an extensive concert series. In 2010, she served as the chair and musical director for a gala concert to benefit Avow Hospice which raised over $100,000.00. Recently she presented a “Turtle Concert” at NUCC in conjunction with the Collier County project, “Turtles on the Town.” The concert featured a choral work, “Wisdom from Old Turtle,” which was accompanied by musicians from The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra at Artis—Naples.
Becky is a native of West Virginia. She received two undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Church Music) at Shenandoah College & Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia. Her graduate studies began at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was an organ student of Donald McDonald and a conducting student of Joseph Flummerfelt. In 1998, Dr. Weese-Rumpf completed the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
Becky was married at Naples United Church of Christ on April 16, 2016. Her husband, Bill Rumpf, is active as a Deacon of NUCC and as a Stephen Minister. Becky and Bill live in Naples; they enjoy attending events at Artis—Naples as well as cooking and entertaining.
Interim Director of Christian Education
A long-time member of Naples UCC, Jeanne Snedeker is the Interim Director of Christian Education. A familiar face, Jeanne is a former section leader with the Sanctuary Choir and once served in a Christian Education role here years ago. She and her husband Andrew have three adult children, Wesley, Erin and Christian, and they recently welcomed a new son- and daughter-in-law. Jeanne has an extensive background in both church and public school education.
Sara spent a big part of her life growing up at church. She sang in the choir, was an active member of the youth group, and was confirmed in the United Church of Christ. In 2008, she became a member of Naples UCC. Originally from Iowa, Sara moved to Naples in 1997 where she began her career as a public school teacher. During her 26 years as an educator, Sara was certified as a National Board Teacher in Adolescent Literature, was recognized as a Golden Apple Teacher in 2005, and was selected as the Collier County Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2022. Sara received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska and her master’s degree in reading from Florida Gulf Coast University. She and her husband, Richard, have two adult sons, Michael who lives in Denver and Sean who lives in Atlanta. In her spare time, Sara enjoys traveling, reading, practicing yoga, and playing the piano.
As an events coordinator, I help to plan church events: anything from finding venues, room setup, menus, food prep, and acting as hostess. I also help with weddings: from organizing the special day to being there on wedding day.
I am from Glens Falls, New York. I have a BA from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, and a Masters from Syracuse University. I have a son, John. He lives with his wife Ali in Colorado: they are filmmakers, writers, and travelers. I also have a daughter, Christine, who lives here in Naples with her husband Jay (who works for Arthrex), and my two grandsons, Jack, 10, and Skyler, 9. And most importantly, I live with Charlie, my Shih Tzu! In my time away from Naples UCC, I like to read, travel, and spend time with friends and family.
Previously, I have been a teacher in Montreal, Memphis, Glens Falls, and Boston. I was director of admissions at Hartford Hospital School of Nursing – loved it! I was the Functions Manager at Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, New York, and at the Hampshire House in Boston, Massachusetts (home of “Cheers” of TV fame!).
I have been a member of NUCC for about 20 years. I have been on the Christian Education committee and have been involved in Precious Cargo for 6 years. I have also been on the social and NUCC Cares committees, and been the Events Coordinator for about 5 years. I love my family and friends and work associates! They are the best!
Tony Falco is the Technical Director here at the United Church of Christ in Naples. He brings more than 30 years of hands-on experience to NUCC, providing skills with A/V equipment, computer networking and most recently live video streaming. He is responsible for staffing services and events, as well as maintaining all the technology equipment in multiple locations around the church. Tony has worked in a variety of technical positions over the years. He served 20 years at United Technologies as a Service Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, and Computer Analyst. While working at UTC, he developed his own Computer Consulting Business that started as a side job, eventually branching off into his successful business today of over 25 years. Tony moved to Naples in 2013 from Connecticut, along with his wife Michelle, and two young boys Daniel and Jacob. Tony also has a love for music, and has been playing piano, keyboards and organ since he was a pre-teen. He has been in multiple bands over the years and directed music for his CT church’s annual Passion Play for 29 years. Tony and his wife, Michelle, also direct music locally, and play at different local venues.
Coordinator for Membership & Stewardship
As NUCC’s Coordinator for Membership and Stewardship, Chelsea provides her expertise to assisting members and coordinating the annual stewardship campaigns. Her favorite part of NUCC is the people. She said, “I love the many different conversations and stories that I get to hear on a daily basis. I started at Naples United Church of Christ in 2019 and have grown exceptionally in my skill sets and added to my repertoire.”
Chelsea is a true Neapolitan, born and raised in Naples, Florida. Outside of NUCC, Chelsea focuses on family with her two wonderful children Liam and Caylee, and their father, John. Together they enjoy cooking together, swimming, and family movie nights. Chelsea is avid runner and has completed two Half Marathons. She said, “I love to challenge myself with races. I am not yet finished with my medal collection!”
Nicole Mirabile serves in a vital role at Naples United Church of Christ, as the Office Assistant in charge of volunteer coordination and finance. She is a longtime resident of Lee County and is studying to complete her bachelor’s degree at Florida Gulf Coast University. Nicole is also a member of the NUCC Sanctuary Choir and is a section leader.
Brad Van Houten
Director of Production
As the Director of Production, Brad oversees and collaborates on all outward-facing worship experiences for the church. With his team of technicians, they provide all the audiovisual and technical support needed to help make great worship experiences for everyone. Both in-person and online.
Originally from Michigan, Brad moved to Naples in the fall of 2013 to work with The Naples Players, located on 5th Avenue. He works there full-time as the Head of Sound & Projection and has worked on over 100 shows since starting with the company. Attending Western Michigan University, Brad received a dual bachelor’s degree in Theatre: Design & Technical Production as well as Theatre: Stage Management. During his time in college, he worked on an Off-Broadway production titled Soul Doctor and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the original play The Good Doctor. Previously, Brad worked for GvG Productions in Kalamazoo, MI, as a staff Audio Engineer working on both recording and live audio gigs. In his spare time, he can be found spending time with his dog, Malone. They like to spend their time at the dog park or out on walks enjoying the sunshine and nature
Bargain Box Thrift Store
Director of The Bargain Box
Sandy grew up in Illinois but has been a Florida resident for over 4o years. Along with her husband Steve, Sandy loves to fish, enjoy a good home cooked meal and a nice glass of wine. She has two daughters. Misty lives in Seattle with her husband Justin and two granddaughters, Tatum and Kenzie. Her other daughter Shannon lives here in Naples and is currently a medical assistant at Specialist in Urology. They have a Maltipoo named Peanut. Sandy spends her free time reading, gardening ,scrapbooking and absolutely love to cook. Her truest passion is the Bargain Box thrift Store. Sandy started working thrift 12 years ago at the Bargain Basket on Marco. She spent five years at the Bargain Box, first at the old location and then designing the new store. She is able to use her creativity and enjoy our large family of dedicated volunteers.