Presbytery Staff/Enablers

Rev. Dr. Paul Luthman  – Coordinating Presbyter  pluthman@presbyteryofflorida.comPaul became part-time Coordinating Presbyter on 10/1/2015. Ordained in 1977, he served four years as an associate pastor (Columbus, GA), seven years as solo pastor (Prince George, VA), 14 years as head of staff (Albany, GA) and 13 years as Executive Presbyter for Flint River Presbytery, our neighbor to the north, before retiring at the end of 2014. His M.Div. is from Princeton Theological Seminary; he received his D.Min. from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

Paul grew up in New Jersey, son of a Presbyterian minister, graduated from Rutgers University, and had short-term gigs with the Army and with Aetna Life and Casualty before listening to God and going to seminary. He is married to the former Karen Dollar, and they have three children: Burke, Dixon and Olivia. (Olivia, the youngest by ten years, is a Junior in college.) Paul plays golf (poorly); and relaxes by doing all of the maintenance and yard work at his home in Albany, GA.

Ben Powell – Director, Dogwood Acres

The Dogwood Acres Ministry Team is delighted to announce the hiring of Ben Powell, former Dogwood Acres Ministry Team Chair, as the new part-time Dogwood Acres Director. Ben was born and reared in Texas and, after graduating college, he moved to Quincy, Florida, in 1974.  For the past 30 years, he has owned a private forestry firm, and his company serves local private landowners and large investment entities throughout the eastern half of the U. S.  He is married to Kathy, and they have three grown children. Ben is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, where he has served as deacon, adult and senior high school teacher, and ruling elder. Since 2012, he has served the Presbytery of Florida as Pulpit Supply.  Ben enjoys the out-of-doors, spending time with his family and reading.  His favorite authors are C. S. Lewis, Shirley Guthrie and John Calvin. 

Melissa Morgan – Administrator

Melissa is an Elba, Alabama, native who has lived in northwest Florida since 1994. She is an Auburn University alumna with a B. A. in Communication.

Melissa’ s professional background includes experience as journalist/communication specialist for an electric cooperative and as a newspaper staff writer. She has been a substitute teacher and sales associate, as well. 

Melissa is a PC(USA) Administrative Personnel Association-certified administrator and has served on the Presbytery’s staff since July 2009. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Pam McVety – Stewardship of Creation Enabler

Pam McVety is the Presbytery of Florida's Stewardship of Creation Enabler. With a Masters Degree in zoology, she enjoyed a lengthy career at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Since her retirement, she has worked to address climate change and energy issues for the Presbyterian Church, moderating the denomination's revision of its energy policy, authoring the General Assembly Commissioners' Resolution urging all Presbyterians to adopt "carbon neutral" lifestyles and lecturing on climate change and energy issues. She also is a founding member of the Big Bend Climate Action Team.