Reverend Elizabeth deibert
Pastor & Head of Staff
Elizabeth is a Tarheel basketball fan, a flower gardener, and a lover of Montreat, the Presbyterian Conference Center in the N. Carolina mountains. After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a B. Music Ed., Elizabeth worked as a music teacher for a year, before following the call to ministry (which explains her trumpet and guitar in worship). She and husband, Richard, a physician, attended Columbia Theological Seminary, and after ordination, they served as co-pastors at Immanuel Presbyterian in Montgomery, Alabama from 1990-1999. The Deiberts next lived for several years in Cambridge, England, where Richard received his PhD. in New Testament. Upon their return to the US, Elizabeth served as interim pastor of Faison Presbyterian Church in Faison, North Carolina before being called to serve as Peace's founding pastor in 2005. Richard practices medicine at Tidewell Hospice at Lakewood Ranch. Richard and Elizabeth have four adult children, two of whom are married; Emily (Nico), Catherine (Taylor), Andrew, and Rebecca.
Director of Music & Arts
Under the study of Dr. Robert Knupp, Amy received her Master of Music in Organ Performance from Mississippi College. In addition to years of serving in the PCUSA, she taught at Hinds County Community College in Raymond, MS. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, she serves as sub-dean and blog coordinator for the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter, and officer for the AGO Young Organists Southeast Region. Amy’s wife, Leslie, is pursuing her Master of Social Work at Fordham University.
Director of Ministries to Children, Youth, & Families
A charter member of Peace, Eirinn has served as an elder for mission and been involved in children’s ministries for years. Currently, she is on staff part-time serving the youth group and the Children, Youth, and Families team, beginning full-time in September. She and Chris have two sons and host a wonderful Irish party every March. Eirinn says, “After going to Montreat in 2016, I felt inspired to help these youth maintain their connection to God and to each other. I wish to encourage them to follow their hearts, to know they are beloved children of God, and to always look for ways to help those in need.”
With a degree in creative arts and a certificate in early childhood education, Jenni worked in churches and in schools in Kentucky and Georgia before moving to Florida with husband Richard and their two children in 2015. Jenni works part-time, overseeing the church calendar and facility use, and many other tasks to support Peace’s ministry. She adds that she enjoys “being with my family and friends, reading, knitting, eating, cooking, and singing!”
Director of Child Care
Damaris is a child development specialist who serves as co-director of Kids R Kids, daycare in Lakewood Ranch during the week. She has three children of her own and understands the needs of families.
Therapist with Samaritan Counseling Services
Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. She also completed the basic course in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in 1995, which uses the wisdom of the body to integrate spiritual and emotional healing to help her clients achieve a more effective way of living. Melissa sees clients in her office at Peace on Tuesdays, and is comfortable working with clients who do not identify with a spiritual community, as well as with those who do.
A member of Peace since 2014, Beth served for years on a volunteer basis and recently began working at Peace part-time. She is also a member of our Administrative Team.