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
Amy, under the study of Dr. Robert Knupp, completed her Master of Music in Organ Performance at Mississippi College in December 2017. In addition to years of playing organ in the PCUSA, she directed choirs and taught at Hinds County Community College in Raymond, MS. An active member of the American Guild of Organists, she serves as blog coordinator for the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter and officer for the AGO Young Organists Southeast Region. Amy is married to Leslie, who is pursuing her Master of Social Work.
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. She is now on staff part-time to direct the youth group and be a resource to the Children, Youth, and Families Team of Peace. 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.