Our Staff

Rev. Lane Glaze,
Pastor

 

    Born and bred in the Lowcountry, Lane loves being back on the coast after moving “inland” 25 years ago. After working more than thirteen years in business as a CPA and private banker, Lane is now in his sixteenth year of full-time ministry. His ideal day would include at least one meaningful, heartfelt conversation, meeting someone new, laughing with his daughter Griffin, walking nine holes with his daughter Grace and enjoying a quiet, candlelight dinner with his wife Anne. The Bible verse that continues to inspire him the most is Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (NLT).

 

You can email Lane at pastor@weumc.net

Rev. Tom Potenza
Pastor for Discipleship

    Tom grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. After graduating from college, he taught high school for 4 years. Following a call to ministry he entered Garret Theological Seminary at Northwestern University where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. Later he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Seminary at the University of Chicago. As a clergy member of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church he pastored churches for 38 years in the Chicago area. Beginning as a Youth Pastor, Tom went on the serve as Associate and then Lead Pastor in several suburban churches.
    Tom believes that Christian discipleship means more than just talking about your faith, it also means living it. In addition to his calling to preach, teach and give pastoral leadership, Tom and his wife Kay are mission volunteers. They organized rebuilding trips after Hurricane Katrina and following flooding in Iowa and Illinois. They have been part of short-term construction projects and medical missions in Guatemala and for the past 10 years in Panama.
    Five years ago, Tom and his wife, Kay moved to Port Royal following his retirement from full time ministry. They have three children, Jennifer and Jared who live in Illinois, and Meghan, who lives in Port Royal and is an active member here at of Waters Edge. They also have two grandchildren.  Tom enjoys reading, photography, sailing and kayaking and has found the Low Country a great place for all these activities.

You can email Tom at tom@weumc.net

Amie DeMarco,
Assistant to Pastor Glaze

    Amie DeMarco is the mother of 5 wonderful children.  She and her husband Jeffrey transplanted their family to Beaufort almost 3 years ago, from the New York/New Jersey area.  Having been an Art History/Archaeology major, she is loving the art, architecture, history and culture of the Lowcountry.  She has an avid appreciation of music, and getting lost in a good book. Most of all, she is just thankful for the Lord’s grace and mercy that he showers on all of us, and is trusting Him on this crazy journey of life that He captains.

You can email Amie at office@weumc.net

Chris Mull,
Nursery Coordinator

    Chris is a retired special education teacher from PA. Chris and her family discovered Beaufort 25 years ago.  It was their dream to someday retire and move there. That dream did come true two years ago when Chris, Randi, and son Thomas made Beaufort their permanent home.

    Chris is a substitute teacher in the Beaufort County School District.  She has a passion for helping children develop to their fullest potential.  Serving in the church nursery is a wonderful opportunity to continue to make a difference in the lives of children.

You can email Chris at cmull53@centurylink.net

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Jose Vergara
Coordinator of Children’s Ministries

You can email Jose at vergara1@yahoo.com

Brian Patrick,
Praise Band Coordinator

    Brian was born and raised in Los Angeles.  He has been in Beaufort since 2004 and has made it his home since retiring from the Marine Corps in 2011.  He is an Occupational Safety and Health Specialist on Parris Island. 

    Brian started attending Waters Edge, his first church, in 2012.  He converted to Christianity shortly thereafter and joined the praise band to learn more about worship and scripture through a familiar setting.  He is humbled, grateful, and at times perplexed, by the wonderful opportunity given to lead and support a congregation in worship.

You can email Brian at brian@weumc.net

Sam and Taylor Pait
Youth Coordinators
    Sam and Taylor Pait who joined Waters Edge in the fall of 2016 will serve as part-time Youth Coordinators and will work with a team of parents and other adults to design and implement our youth ministry offering (6-12th grades).

You can email Sam and Taylor at samandtaylor@weumc.net