Miss Patti Johnson Coe is Music Director at FUMC Lake Alfred. She served as Music Director from 1980-May 2000 and returned as Music Director in January 2011. Patti was born and raised in Lake Alfred, Florida. Her grandmother, Ula Johnson, served as the first organist in the church, so family ties run deep within the musical aspects of FUMC. Patti will gladly tell you that her greatest accomplishments in life are her three children: Michael, a teacher and head football coach; Ryan, an accountant for Tampa Electric Company and Erin, who is also a teacher. In her spare time, Patti enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Patti’s passion is serving and praising God through music, and she feels privileged to be part of such a Christ-centered congregation here at FUMC!
Deidre Schaefer serves as the the administrative coordinator for the church. A relatively new resident of Florida, Deidre is from Ashland, Ohio, via a short time in New Holland, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Bill, live in Davenport with their rescue orange marmalade cat named Holly. They have two children: Eric who lives in nearby Kissimmee and Alaina who lives in northern California. They also have three granddaughters. She, Bill, and Holly love to go camping and spend their vacations exploring the country in their travel trailer.
The youth director of First United Methodist Church of Lake Alfred is Lauren Smith, who took over the position in 2019. She is a health and physical education teacher at Discovery High School in Lake Alfred. Originally from Buffalo, New York, she moved to Florida in 2016 for the warmth and sunshine. She is an avid cross-fitter who enjoys an active lifestyle. A relationship with God and sharing kindness with others is important in her life. Lauren will welcome you with a big smile and provide an opportunity to have fun while living your journey with the Lord.
Kathryn “Kat” Giuffrida is the director of children’s ministry for the church. She is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, but moved with her husband to Lake Alfred in August of 2018. Kat thoroughly enjoys working with both the children and youth at FUMCLA. She is continually amazed by how each young person continues to grow in their faith and positively impact their families, friends, and local community. Outside of church you can most likely find Kat training at the Lake Eva Aquatic Center. She has competed year-round swimming for over 19 years and is currently training to qualify for the 2021 Olympic Trials.