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Pastor Chip Jurskis, Lead Minister

Chip Jurskis grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia.  Although he started off intending to earn a degree in International Business, he found that his true calling was religion, and he proudly graduated with a B.A. in Religion from the smallest academic program on campus.  After a summer in youth ministry, he went on to attend Emmanual Christian Seminary at Milligan in Johnson City, Tennessee where he earned a Masters of Arts of Religion. 

Upon graduation, Chip returned to Atlanta and established one of the first campus ministries of the independent Christian Church on the campus of a private university at Emory. After 9/11, he transformed this ministry into Bread Coffee House, establishing a new model for relational and service-driven outreach rooted in his love of small local coffee houses and live music venues,

Chip joined the ministry team at JupiterFIRST in 2012, starting off as the Minister of Family Life and was unanimously called to be our Lead Minister in February 2023.  He does not miss Atlanta traffic.

Chip has been happily married to Amy (an English teacher and school administrator) since 1992. They are incredibly proud of their two adult children, Arden and Lily.  

David Cowen, Worship Minister

David came to us from the crazy Orlando music scene in 1995 with really long hair. His now short and gray hair (chuckle) is a definite indicator of his longevity here. He’s a minister, musician, writer, composer, arranger, conductor, director, producer, and all around tech-guy. David is also a true person of faith and was ordained at JupiterFIRST Church in 2005.

We are happy he found his true calling at JFC, which is evident by the thoughtful manner in which he leads worship on Sunday mornings or produces one of our ever-memorable Christmas Eve services. The music ministry at JupiterFIRST thrives because of the commitment of each of the JupiterFIRST Singers who volunteer their time to serve our congregation.  Some of them have been around almost as long as he has!

David enjoys art, non-fiction, and good conversation.  You might even see him out walking or riding his bike.  He and his wife, Francie, have two adult daughters, Haley and Marin, and one high school son, Levi (please keep them in your prayers on this one).

Marthe Hjortshoj, Children’s Minister

Marthe Hjortshoj (pronounced Mar-ta Yort-soy) has over 13 years of professional experience leading in children’s ministry. She obtained her M.A. in Ministry, specializing in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry from Wesley Seminary (part of Indiana Wesleyan University) in April 2022.

In March 2018, Marthe began serving at JupiterFIRST Church overseeing kidsFIRST Children’s Ministries. Marthe was ordained at JupiterFIRST in May 2024 and finds joy in helping kids love God, love people, and love God’s Word.

Avid Disney fans, Marthe and her husband, Andy, love heading to the Orlando area to be at her happy place – Walt Disney World. Marthe and Andy enjoy the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they are a divided household on college football and MLB. 

Sherlyn Burnham-Kuehn, Youth Minister

Sherlyn Burnham-Kuehn, our Youth Minister and was ordained at JupiterFIRST in May 2024. Sherlyn joined our staff family December 19, 2021.  Sheryln is a fourth generation, born and raised Floridian from Tampa. She graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Music back in 2000.  She continued at PBA, receiving her Master of Arts in Theology in 2003.  Sherlyn, her husband Henry, and their two daughters, Lili and Helen, began JupiterFIRST in late 2016 and over the last few years she has participated in the JupiterFIRST Singers, our Children’s Ministries and momsFIRST.  She has also served one term on the nominating committee.

You may be surprised to know that her background is actually in Student Ministries.  For many years prior to having her daughters, (now 12 and 9), she coordinated programming at Christian Education for youth as well as college students, led middle and high school bands, and organized outreach efforts for students at home and abroad.  Sherlyn facilitated teams and cooperated with many individuals and organizations with the goal of showing and teaching kids how deeply they are loved by God and inspiring them to follow Christ with their hearts, minds and actions. God called her to serve in Youth Ministry over 20 years ago and she is thrilled to get to answer that call once again.

When she is not taking care of her family and playing with her daughters, Sherlyn loves playing the piano, reading – everything from self-help, to spy novels, to memoirs – and taking walks with Celeste, her terrier mix fur baby.

Michelle Premuto, Director of Operations

Michelle joined our church family and staff November 1, 2021. She moved from Holiday, Florida where she spent the last 36 years of her life.  Michelle graduated from Stetson University in Deland, Florida with a bachelor degree in Business Administration and a major in Finance and Accounting.

Her accounting and administration experiences began in the medical and legal fields where she held the following positions: Controller, Director of Material Management, Director of Information Services, Senior Accountant and Firm Business Administrator. In 2011, she moved into non-profit business when she accepted the position of Business Administrator of First United Methodist Church of Clearwater. From there, she went on to be the Finance Manager of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church where she managed the business ministry of the church.

Michelle owns Angel Tax Services and has run this “side” business since 1995. She provides tax preparation services to 200 businesses and individuals. She also provides accounting counsel and bookkeeping services for small businesses.

In addition to her managerial and finance gifts, Michelle loves to knit and crochet.  She also, we are told, loves to sing and has choir experience…. We know two ministries who would love to welcome her!  We are so happy she chose JupiterFIRST as her new church home. For Michelle’s full bio, click here.

Holly Brown, Office Manager

Meet Holly Brown, joined our JupiterFIRST Church team in December 2023. Holly grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, lived in Connecticut for 10 years, and then moved back to Pennsylvania. You can be sure she’s a big Eagles fan!

After going on a cruise in 2004 she decided to move to Florida on a whim – she actually closed her eyes and picked a place on the map! Holly is the mother of three adult children, Aaron (32), William (35), Cierra (36) and a grandmother to 5 grandchildren, ages 6-17. Holly enjoys traveling (she lived 2 years in Italy) and enjoys reading, watching movies and doing anything on the water.

Donna Totino, Senior Ministries Director

Donna, our ‘church lady’ has been around JupiterFIRST for over 25 years.  She joined in 1993 and was welcomed to the staff as a part-time assistant to the Executive Minister in 1996.  Donna was instrumental in initiating Disciple classes and taught for many years.

In 2001, Donna began her calling as our Director of Senior Ministries.  She has a genuine passion for serving senior adults. Her compassion for others, along with her gigantic heart, enables her to interact with our seniors on a personal level to help them feel welcome and needed in this place.

A love of karaoke is her biggest secret (shhhhh, don’t let her know you know).  She loves the beach, poker and Mahjong – a great combination, don’t you think?  Donna’s biggest joy, however, is being able to help care for her two beautiful granddaughters.  She’s “terrible with homework, but the best Grandma ever.”

 Judy Harris, Preschool Director

We are excited to welcome back Judy Harris as our JupiterFIRST Church Preschool Director! Originally from New Jersey, Judy moved to Florida in 1979 when she was a mere young‘in!  She worked in the construction business and then started her own home service business transitioning HOA’s from developers to residents.  Judy started attending JupiterFIRST Church and became a member in 1993 where she started teaching Sunday School and then, a year later, was asked to be the Director of Children’s Ministries.  Additionally, Judy she was also the bookkeeper for the church.  As JupiterFIRST grew the church hired an accountant and Judy expanded the Youth Ministry by adding a 4th-5th grade youth group, Christmas pageants, and more!

Judy met her husband, Mike, at one of JupiterFIRST’s Disciple classes and in May of 2005 they were married in our “new” Sanctuary.  They were the second couple to be married in the Sanctuary we all worship in now.  Together, Mike and Judy have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.  Fun fact:  My mom, Bunty, joined our church 2 years ago.  She is now 98 and comes to church as often as she can!

In 2007, Judy accepted the position of Co-Director of our JupiterFIRST Church Preschool. Teaching and being involved with the social and emotional growth of young children has become her passion. She loves their sense of wonder while learning and watching their individual personalities develop.  Her journey as a preschool director continued while she taught in Tequesta, FL for the past several years. She is more than excited to be back to continue the adventure at her home church. Judy holds Teacher and Advanced Director’s Certifications (FCCPC).

Francie Cowen, Media/Communications

Originally from Lake Bluff, Illinois, Francie has been a part of JupiterFIRST since 1986 (yes, 38 years ago!).  She began working part time at JFC in 1998 creating the weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter.  The position morphed into producing the worship graphics for the screens on Sunday mornings, updating the church’s website and posting on social media. Francie and David Cowen met at church and were married in 2001… they actually sang their vows!

Francie’s ‘real’ job, since 2002, is with her company called MaxaVision Technologies. MaxaVision is a distributor for the US Government, federal, state and local law enforcement. Crazy, right?

Francie enjoys walking, running, kayaking, Pilates, and entertaining. You’ll also find her hanging out with David, their two adult daughters, Haley and Marin, 15 year old son, Levi, and their granddaughter, Eleanor (Nora).

John Corsi, Facilities Associate

John has been on the JupiterFIRST staff since 2016. The upkeep of our beautiful building and campus fall in his lap, and it’s no small task.  If you can’t find him, he’s either in our kitchen cooking or on the golf course.

Stacey Caldera, Administrative Assistant

Stacey Joined our staff in December 2023. She moved to Jupiter from Long Island, NY back in 2006 with her husband and two boys. Her youngest, now a freshman in college, attended JupiterFIRST Preschool in 2008. Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring the beautiful Jupiter beaches.

Mary Griffith, Bookkeeper

Mary joined our JupiterFIRST staff in May 2023. She was born and raised in North Palm Beach and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Florida Atlantic University, but is a “Nole” at heart. Why? We’re glad you asked!  Mary’s husband and kids all went to FSU and she shares a birthday with the late, great, Bobby Bowden, previous long time FSU head football coach. Mary has three adult children with her husband of 30+ years, Ron; twin sons, Kyle and Casey, who attended JupiterFIRST Preschool 1997-1999, and their daughter Carly who came along nearly 7 years later. Mary has been a stay at home mom (which is a full-time job!), but worked part time on and off through the years. She loves reading, college football, and cool weather but wonders how she has been in South Florida her entire life – must be the air conditioning! She’ll tell you she’s a decent cook and is known for her delicious homemade Caesar salad dressing.

For a complete list of our Lay Leadership, click here.