Favorite Movie and Book: Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Favorite Food: Banana Pudding


Senior Pastor

Our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Alan W. McBride has been an Elder in the United Methodist Church for 25 years and has provided pastoral leadership in Selma, AL at Church Street UMC, Camden and Canton Bend churches in Camden, Alabama, First United Methodist Church in Opp, AL, and Troy, Alabama's First United Methodist Church.

Alan came to Navarre United Methodist Church in July, 2017 following 10 years as Senior Minister at Orange Beach United Methodist Church on the nearby Alabama Gulf Coast, west of Pensacola.

Alan is married to Karen Ilene Dougherty of Jennings, Louisiana.  They married July 1st, 1989 and have 3 children; Will lives in Louisville, KY, Laura is a nurse in the Pensacola area, and Ally is a college sophomore at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY.

Alan is a Pensacola, FL native, graduating from Washington High School in 1982.  He met Karen in college at Asbury College where they both graduated in 1988.  At Asbury College, Alan earned a BA in History and English and then attended Asbury Theological Seminary, graduating in may, 1993 with a Master of Divinity degree.  Later, he completed his Doctor of Ministry (D-Min) in 2006 at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, AL.

Dr. McBride has a deep love for Christ, The Church, and a passion to both bring new people into relationship with Jesus through salvation and grow and deepen our church friends here in their walk with Christ.  He feels that each person in the church has an imperative placed on us to be active in ministering and sharing Jesus' love with others-each one of us is a "minister".

Alan is an avid reader, tennis player, enjoys fishing and hunting, and loves to tinker with handy work around the house.

Life Verse: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

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Favorite Movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, anything Marvel.

Favorite Food: Steak, Cheesecake

Favorite Books: The Selfless Way of Christ by Henri Nouwen, The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Youth Director

Nathan Persell was born in Baltimore, MD. He received a Bachelor of Science in Theology and Ministry from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK. He was a youth pastor in Oklahoma and Missouri before moving to Navarre in 2015.

He is married to Hannah and together they have two kids, Riley and Jace. He loves disc golf, bike riding, disaster response, traveling, and learning new things.

Life Verse: God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

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Favorite Movies: Star Wars, Hunt for Red October, Disney Movies

Favorite Food: Chocolate

Favorite Books: So Beautiful by Leonard Sweet, Deep 'N' Wide by Andy Stanley

Children's Director

Lori Ferguson was born in Columbus, Ohio. She has a Master’s Degree in Children and Family ministry from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and has served on staff for 30+ years at churches in Tennessee, Maryland, Hawaii, and Texas.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart, George, for 37 years and they have four grown children. She also has six amazing grandchildren who call her "Sugar". 

Life Verse: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2

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Favorite Movies: Captain Ron, True Lies

Favorite Food: Seafood (but allergic to mussels)

Favorite Book: Heart of the Artist- Rory Noland

Worship Director

Mike Conrad was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He has been in Florida for 30 years and a worship leader for 15 years.

He is married to Vicki and has a son, Nick, who lives in Bonne Terre, Missouri and is an officer for the St. Genevieve County Sheriffs office. Mike and Vicki love boating, fishing, and college football. 

Life verse: Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you and he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." 




Favorite Movies: The Hunt For Red October

Favorite Food: Everything!

Favorite Book: Anything by Dr. Charles Stanley and all the Tom Clancy thrillers

tech and Admin. Support 

Robert was born in the military hospital at Wiesbaden, Germany.   As an “Air Force Brat”, he attended 13 schools in his 12 years of public education with the longest being his final 2 years at Ft. Walton Beach High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL.   Robert retired from the Santa Rosa County School District in 2016 following a 33-year career in education as a teacher and administrator.

He is married to Martha and together they live at Buddy and M.C.’s house – their two cat rescues who “own the place”.  Robert and Martha enjoy spending time with family and friends, eating out, and watching college football.


Life Verse: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 100: 1-3




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Favorite Movie and book: The Christmas Carol 

Favorite Food: Mexican

Administrative Assistant

Mandi is one of the charter members of Navarre United Methodist Church. She was on the founding committee in 1983 and attended the first church service in 1986 at Pastor Red’s funeral.

She moved to the Navarre area in 1976 from Chicago and considers herself a Floridian and southerner. She spent six years in the Navy as a linguist, speaking French, Spanish, and Persian-Farsi. After her time of service, she received two associates degrees in Business and Accounting. She loves to cook, be with animals, and considers herself an unofficial historian of our church.

Mandi has two daughters, Raquel and Rebecca who have both been coming to this church since they were three days old.


Photos used by permission. © Dustin Rosenburg Photography.