Staff Bios

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Rev. David Lindemer, Interim Pastor

Rev. Lindemer is a Minnesota native. Over the years, his family moved with his father’s job which took them to Milwaukee, WI, Savanna, IL, and Chicago, IL.
David really grew up in the Community United Church of Christ in Savanna, IL, where he was confirmed. His mentor, Rev. Dr. Howard E. Brooks, was the one who helped him understand his “call” to ministry. He had David preaching in his home church and others in the area, beginning at the age of 15.
David attended the University of Dubuque with the intent of following that experience with seminary training at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Well, life had a way of disrupting his plans. Following the death of his father, best friend and two other good friends, David drifted through school and earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology.
After marrying his college sweetheart, Carol, they settled into life together and moved several times following various job opportunities. David spent 15 years in the business world, but he never forgot God’s call to ministry. He would preach on occasion (often stewardship sermons) and served as a Ruling Elder.
With two young sons in tow, the decision was finally made to return to Dubuque so he could attend seminary. While in school, David served as the student pastor at Harmony United Church of Christ in Zwingle, IA.
Following his graduation and ordination, David served First Presbyterian Church in Farmington, IL, Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dayton, IN, Pineda Presbyterian Church in Palm Shores, FL, and most recently Merritt Island Presbyterian Church, Merritt Island, FL.
Outside the church, David enjoys fishing (not necessarily catching anything), target shooting (not necessarily hitting the target), swimming and walking his dog, Dooley, around the neighborhood with Carol.

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Chad McClellan, Chancel Choir Director

Chad McClellan is a graduate of Rollins College where he studied vocal performance and conducting. Chad currently teaches chorus and piano at Piedmont Lakes Middle School in Apopka, Florida and serves as Chancel Choir director at Merritt Island Presbyterian Church. He is also in his second term as the president of the board of directors for the Garden Community Choir, Inc. In 2008, he formed Sounds Like Chicken A Cappella, an all male vocal group that performs throughout the Central Florida area.

In 2011, he was the founding president of the Sigma Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the nation's largest music fraternity. He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Florida Vocal Association, Florida Music Educators Association, and Barbershop Harmony Society, and is a Big Brother in Big Brother Big Sisters of America.

Chad enjoys singing, cooking, fishing, archery, movies, writing, and spending time with his chihuahua Pickles.

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Leslie Mitchell, Financial Secretary and Praise Band Director

Leslie is originally from Michigan but has called Florida home for more than 40 years.  She has attended MIPC since 1977 and became the Praise Band director when we first started our contemporary service in 1997.  In 2014 she took on the added responsibility of being the church secretary, and as of January 2019 became Financial Secretary.  She holds a BS in Hospitality Management from Florida International University and has many years experience in both the business and music industries.  She regularly plays keyboard for local bands and theaters, and accompanies students at solo & ensemble and drama competition.  In her spare time, Leslie likes to read, watch movies, and run in local 5K races.  She lives in Rockledge and has three grown sons, TJ, Forrest & Sheldon; two daughters-in-law; and two teenage cats, Ziggy and Nala.