Staff
Howard Garver

Howard Garver - Interim Pastor

Howard Garver is serving as the Transitional Pastor at Bay Shore Mennonite Church. Originally from Lancaster, PA, Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics/Education at Messiah College, Grantham, PA, in 1985. He met his wife Becky while at Messiah, and they married shortly after graduation. Since that time Howard has worked as a systems engineer for a large computer services corporation. He continued his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) and Western Evangelical Seminary (Beaverton, OR) before being ordained in The Wesleyan Church in 1999. Howard and Becky first served in ministry as self-supporting missionaries in Venezuela and have served churches in Oregon, Texas and New York. They have two children – Samuel, 22, a 2014 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, in Marion, IN, and Gabriela, 20, who just completed her 2nd year at Indiana Wesleyan University and plans to study in Istanbul, Turkey this coming year.

Patti Bos - Administrator

Patti Bos shares her gift of administration at Bay Shore by chairing the Administrative Council (serving with the Commission Chairs in Care, Education, Outreach, Resource, and Worship) as well as the Gift Discernment Committee (matching member gifts with congregational slate openings). In her part-time role as Administrator, Patti is in the church office from 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Patti and husband Maarten have been part of the Bay Shore church family for over 10 years and are in the Jubilee Cluster. They have two daughters: Sharon is an RN; she and her husband Don live in Ohio with their three daughters Aunika, Brielle and Elana. Joni is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter; she and her husband Michael live in Sarasota with their son Tobias. Patti and Maarten enjoy interacting with their grandchildren. Oma & Opa love to Skype, travel and read!

Dave Barkema - Youth Pastor

Dave Barkema has been our Youth Pastor since 2000.  He has a Bachelor's degree in religious studies from Columbia Evangelical Seminary.  After serving in Hawaii with Youth With a Mission for 13 years, he and his wife Gina moved to Sarasota along with their three children, Zach, Mike and Kristi.  Dave has a contagious enthusiasm for Jesus and life.

Deanne Kauffman - Custodian

Since 2003, Deanne Kauffman has seen to it that our church's facilities stay neat and clean.  Serving as a custodian, and using her musical talents during worship on Sunday mornings, are just some of the ways she is a blessing to our church family.  Deanne and her husband Duane have four children: Dane, Dillon, Devin and Daphne.

Julie Miller - Treasurer

Julie Miller grew up in Iowa and is an avid Hawkeye fan. After college she moved to Sarasota, and now manages our finances.  She and her husband, Darrin, have two daughters: Taylor and Tori.  Julie serves the church and community in a number of volunteer capacities and delights in spending time with family and friends.