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Floris United Methodist Church

Music Staff

Music

  • Rev. Barbara Miner - Associate Pastor, Director of Worship
  • Yoon Nam - Director of Traditional Music
  • Ward Ferguson - Contemporary Music Director
  • Laura H. Shelton - Handbell Ministry Coordinator
  • Alexis Batista - Latino Music Leader
Rev. Barbara Miner - Associate Pastor, Director of Worship

Rev. Barbara Miner

Associate Pastor, Director of Worship

Rev. Barbara Miner is an Associate Pastor, Director of Worship at Floris United Methodist Church. Barbara spent her childhood years in Ohio. She attended school in Birmingham, Alabama so she could dance with a local ballet company and complete her degree in Christian Education and Fine Arts. After graduation, she met and married her husband, Marty, and spent the next few years as a military spouse. She and Marty have three grown children.

Barbara has served as a pastor at Floris UMC since 2006. As Director of Worship, Barbara’s main responsibilities are to offer vital, God-honoring worship in a variety of styles for the congregation. She also oversees Congregational Care Ministries and takes pleasure in ensuring that compassionate, spirit-filled care is offered to those in crisis or times of difficulty. She also enjoys preaching and teaching and considers it a privilege to be a pastor here at FUMC.

• Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 43:1-3
• First job: Barbara’s first job was wrapping candy at a local candy factory in her hometown.
• Barbara’s idea of a perfect day: Spending time with family, playing games, preferably on or near the water.
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Yoon Nam - Director of Traditional Music

Yoon Nam

Director of Traditional Music

Yoon Nam is the Director of Traditional Music at Floris United Methodist Church. Yoon grew up in Seoul, Korea. While in Korea, she obtained her Master's degree in Vocal Performance. She then came to the United States with her husband where she attended Indiana University from 1996 to 2007, obtaining a Master's and Doctorate degree in Choral Conducting. Yoon and her husband have two daughters. She worked as a music minister at Richmond Hill UMC, in Georgia for three years before moving to northern Virginia.

Yoon began working at Floris UMC in August, 2010. She is responsible for directing the traditional music choirs, orchestra, and supervising the children's choirs as well as the handbell choirs.

• Favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8.
• First job: Yoon's first job was as a private piano teacher.
• Yoon's idea of a perfect day: Beautiful sunshine, a cool breeze, fresh air, a basket of good food, sitting with family and friends near water surrounded by trees.

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Ward Ferguson - Contemporary Music Director

Ward Ferguson

Contemporary Music Director

Ward Ferguson is the Contemporary Music Director at Floris United Methodist Church. A Houston native, Ward was marched by his parents to Alabama for his last two years of high school. He stuck around long enough to get an education and then booked it to Orlando, home of the mouse! As a musician and performer, Ward worked at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, the House of Blues and Hard Rock Café, as well as other theatres and venues across the Southeast. He even played the Grinch one Christmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Ward has a BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology, with an emphasis in lighting design, from Auburn University. He is a rabid a cappella singer and tours schools in northern Virginia and Maryland with his group, “Snowday.”

Ward began working at Floris UMC in June 2009. His primary responsibilities include leading worship at the 9:15 AM & 5:00 PM services. He also arranges for, and leads, Floris’ praise team, Full Circle, and conducts and arranges for Praise Hymn Voices.

• Favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8.
• First job: Ward’s first job was working with 2½ and 3-year-olds at Mother’s Day Out at Gethsemane UMC in Houston.
• Ward’s idea of a perfect day: Hiking through Manassas Battlefield on a beautiful fall day – something he had never seen before moving to Northern Virginia (with his four-legged son, Oliver, who looks an awful lot like a Corgi.)
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Laura H. Shelton - Handbell Ministry Coordinator

Laura H. Shelton

Handbell Ministry Coordinator

Laura H. Shelton is the Handbell Ministry Coordinator at Floris United Methodist Church. Laura is a native of Northern Virginia and grew up in various United Methodist Churches in NOVA as a minister’s daughter. She has a BA in Social Science with a concentration in Elementary Education from Virginia Wesleyan College. Laura is married, has one son, and enjoys living in Sterling, Va. with her family.

Laura began working at Floris UMC in January 1998. As the Director of Handbell Ministries, she directs all five of the handbell and chime choirs at Floris.

• Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16.
• First job: Laura's first job was with Advanced Technology, based in Reston, in 1984.
• Laura’s idea of a perfect day: Laura’s idea of the perfect day is playing in the back yard with her son and their German Shepherd.
• Laura has studied music since the third grade and loves working with people of all ages, introducing them to the wonderful world of handbells!

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Alexis Batista - Latino Music Leader

Alexis Batista

Latino Music Leader

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