Rev. Doug Kokx has been the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Clermont since January 2000. He was born and raised in Pentwater, Michigan, where he still visits his family. He studied at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, then Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky where he received his Master of Divinity.
He started working in ministry at Pine River Parish in 1985 in the West Michigan Conference. He moved to Florida in 1991, where he became an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Ocala, then worked at Umatilla United Methodist Church for five and half years before moving to Clermont in 2000.
He is married to Sue and they have a son named Gordy, daughter Patty, son-in-law Kyle, and granddaughter, Tess. He loves being pastor of our local church and in his time off, he loves spending time with his family and going saltwater fishing.
Dawn Carter has been the Pastor of Congregational Care at First United Methodist Church of Clermont since July 2012. Prior to that, she served here as the Director of Children's Ministry since July 2007. She was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and came down to work at Walt Disney World as soon as she graduated in 1996. It wasn't long after that her parents joined her in sunny Florida, and now her whole family, including her sister, Deanna, and niece, Nova, all live within an hour of each other. She had been working at Walt Disney World for nine years working with celebrities when God had "bigger plans" for her and called her into ministry in 2005.
She began her studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando while serving at First United Methodist Church in St. Cloud, and then graduated with her Master of Divinity degree in May 2012.
She leads our We Care Ministry as well as co-leads our Celebrate Recovery ministry, where she is celebrating her own recovery from abuse, eating disorders, and co-dependency!
Dawn is so blessed to be a part of such a healthy and God-centered church. In her time off, she enjoys running, outdoor water sports, volleyball, CrossFit, and especially spending time with her husband, Scott Carter, their newborn son, Jacob and her family!
Pastor Chris Tabone serves on staff as the Assistant Pastor here at FUMC Clermont. Prior to joining the Pastoral Team, Chris served our church for five years as the Director of Student Ministries.
He grew up in South Florida, where he felt called to ministry, through the work of a local church youth group, as a high school senior. After high school he went on to study Student Ministry and Biblical Literature at Indiana Wesleyan. He is currently a Certified Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the UMC and is finishing up his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.
He is married to Carrie and they have two daughters, Ella and Kayla. He loves Jesus, His Word, and His Church and feels truly blessed to be able to make an investment in our local church community. In his spare time, Pastor Chris enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his family especially playing with his children.