Reverend Elizabeth M. 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 children. Emily, who married Nicolas Cisneros in March 2016, is a student at the Florida State University College of Medicine, doing rotations in the Sarasota area ; Catherine, who married Taylor Harris in July 2015, is a speech pathologist in Greenville, SC, where her husband is in medical school; Andrew, a recent graduate of High Point University, works for Americorp at the Durham Literacy Center; and Rebecca, who is studying abroad in New Zealand, as a junior at Wake Forest University.
Gia Havener, Director of Music and Arts
Gia has been playing the organ for worship since she was twelve years old. Her roots are in Massachusetts, where she trained at the Berklee School of Music and at the New England Conservatory. She spent most of her adulthood in SW Florida managing several music stores and doing tours to promote new lines of organs. Gia has been leading our music program at Peace since 2007 and has two sons and two granddaughters. In addition to leading several choirs here at Peace, Gia regularly delights the congregation with her diverse playing styles.
Damaris Luna, Childcare Director
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.