Being a pastor is my fourth career. Prior to becoming a Certified Lay Minister with the United Methodist Church I was a Houston Police officer, a Criminal Defense attorney, a District Attorney in Texas and a Prosecuting Attorney in Washington State. I believe my life experiences give me a special insight on the human condition. I have seen people at their best and at their worst. I draw upon my 25 years of jury trial experience in conveying the gospel message in a unique and engaging manner. While I won’t give you legal advice, I can listen with an ear that has heard just about everything. I like to tell people that if they aren’t into “Organized” religion, I’m their guy as I am not very organized and go where the Holy Spirit leads me during worship services. Church should be both fun and fulfilling and we work very hard at giving you both.
Peter Mercer was a musician in the US Navy for 4 years, major instruments were bass, string bass & piano. He has an Associate of Arts Degree from Centralia College, and a Bachelor Of Music Degree from the University of Puget Sound, with Majors in Choral, Orchestra & Band Education. Peter has been the accompanist at Community United Methodist Church for 26 years.
Melanie grew up in this area and graduated from Chimacum High School in the early 90’s. She earned her BA in Education from Central Washington University in Ellensburg (Go Wildcats!) and her MA in Teaching from Saint Mary College in Kansas. After several years of teaching she decided that it wasn’t what she wanted to do long term so after trying out many different hats, has since concluded that administration and customer service are her niche. She really enjoys helping others so she’s very thankful she has the opportunity to work and help out at CUMC.
Melanie and her husband, Jason, have been married since 2011 and recently (February 2017) adopted two beautiful little girls, sisters, ages five and nine, from foster care. They are also the proud parents of a five year old furry “child” named CG, a Pomeranian/Cocker Spaniel mix who is full of personality.
Melanie enjoys organizing, spending time with family and friends, bargain shopping, dark chocolate, and the new found joys of parenting. They’ve lived in Port Townsend for five years and are very excited to be purchasing a house in Port Townsend in October 2017.