Presbytery Staff/Enablers

Rev. Dr. Roy Martin  – General Presbyter

Roy began serving as Presbytery of Florida General Presbyter March 1, 2018.

Click here to read Roy's biographical statement.

Click here for Roy's Statement of Faith.

Ben Powell – Director, Dogwood Acres

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 Willis – Administrator

Melissa is an Elba, Alabama, native who has lived in northwest Florida since 1994 and has served on the Presbytery’s staff since July 2009. 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 chairs APA's national Council on Accreditation and Standards. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, J. R., and family and being outdoors.

Pam McVety – Stewardship of Creation Enabler

Pam is a biologist retired from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Presbyterian elder, former chair of the denomination’s Energy Policy Resolution Team, author of the General Assembly’s carbon neutral resolution, founding member of Fossil Free PCUSA leadership team and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida, which was the first Presbyterian church in the denomination to divest its fossil fuel holdings with the Presbyterian Foundation. Her environmental justice work has been recognized in several books, including naming her as one of the most important female environmental leaders in Florida government in the 20thcentury and she just received the Presbyterians for Earth Care William Gibson Ecojustice Award.