Cathedral Directory

Meet the Staff of the Sunshine Cathedral

Collectively, the Executive Staff leads the congregation. Each member of the Executive Staff is a professionally trained and well-accomplished individual who is committed to the health and vitality of the Sunshine Cathedral. The Executive Staff consists of Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins, Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Rev. Katy Peterson, Mr. Ed Johnson, and Rev. Kevin Tisdol. Below is the entire staff:

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins, Senior Minister

Henderson State University, B.A. (Sociology & Theatre Arts)
Goddard College, M.A. (Theatre Studies)
Union Theological Seminary, M.Div. (Theology & the Arts)
Episcopal Divinity School, D.Min. (Congregational Studies, Doctoral Thesis: “Popular Entertainment as Queer Canon“)
Ordained: Metropolitan Community Churches & United Divine Science; Reiki Master

Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Executive Minister

Episcopal Divinity School, M.Div. (Anglican, Global, Ecumenical studies)
Florida Center for Theological Studies, D.Min. (Multicultural Ministry, Doctoral Thesis: “Anti-Racism Work In A Queer Context: A Curriculum for Healthy Discussion on Racism in Local Communities of the Metropolitan Community Churches“)
Licensed: Baptist minister
Ordained: Metropolitan Community Churches

Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher, Virtual Church Chaplain

California Coast University, B.S. (Psychology)
Episcopal Divinity School, M.A.T.S. (Theology)
Episcopal Divinity School, D.Min. (Doctoral Thesis: “Through the Looking Glass: Identity, Community, and Sacrament in Virtual Reality)”
Ordained: Metropolitan Community Churches

Minister Anne Atwell, Director of Small Groups

Florida Atlantic University, B.S. (Psychology)
St. Thomas University, M.Div.

Technology, Adminstration & Facilities Management Staff

Mr. Ed Johnson, Minister of Technology

University of Texas, B.A. (Music Education)
Central Texas College, A.A.S. (Computer Science)

Rev. Kevin Tisdol, Minister of Administration

Manhattan College BS (Organization Management)
Episcopal Divinity School, Seminarian
Ordained: Interfaith

Mr. Kurt Litzenberger, Facilities Manager

Roberts Wesleyan College, B.S. (Music Education)

Worship Staff

Rev. Katy Peterson, Minister of Music

Wesley Institute of Ministry & the Arts, B.A. (Music, Drama, & Theology)
Goddard College, M.F.A. candidate (Interdisciplinary Arts)
Ordained: Interfaith minister
Ordained: Sunshine Cathedral music minister

Ms. Barbara Ramcharitar, Organist
Mannes School of Music, B.S. (piano & organ performance); Hunter College, M.A. (ethnomusicology)

Ms. Isidora Jovanavic, Pianist
Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Serbia, B.M. (piano performance); Northwestern University, M.M. (piano performance); Florida Atlantic University, M.A. (piano performance)

Ms. Teresa Flores, Percussionist
University of Southern California, B.M.; Florida International University, M.M.

Ms. Elena Correia, Vocal Soloist.
San Diego State University, B.M.; The Julliard School, M.M.

Ms. Sara McMillan, Vocal Soloist
Rhode Island College, B.A. (musical theatre)

Mr. Paul Phillips, Bass Guitar

Additional Staff

Juan Andres Morales, Spanish Ministries
Ron Lawler, Videographer
Lewis Nicholson, Interim Facilities Assistant

Volunteer Staff

Rev. Walt Weiss, Pastoral Care Minister & VITAS Chaplain
University of Hawaii, B.B.A.; Rutgers University, B.S.; Florida Center for Theological Studies, M.Div.
Ordained: Metropolitan Community Churches

Deacon Michael Karban, Chancel Ministry Associate
Florida Atlantic University, B.A.; Samaritan Institute, M.R.S.

Deacon Margarita Rodriguez, Minister of Spiritual Companionship (Spiritual Director)
BA, King’s College; graduate studies, Florida Center for Theological Studies; Spiritual Companion Certificate, St. Thomas University


Deacon Michael Karban, BA, MTS (Chancel Associate)
Deacon Lydya Chapman, AARS (Asst Chancel Asso)
Deacon Ed Huckemeyer, MS, MA, MRS (Ministry to Seniors)
Deacon Jean Johnson, AARS (Ministry to Seniors)
Deacon CJ Ashton (Sacristan)


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