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Worship Services

The recently completed Congregational Church in Summerfield is located at 15421 S US Hwy 301. Worship services are held Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.  Get Directions.

Our worship services are organized around diverse themes and seek to touch both head and heart. We always strive to create a space where people can find deeper spiritual truth and meaning that enhances their life.

Worship services incorporate both traditional and contemporary elements. Our members participate in the service through music, chime choir, scripture reading, and other special ministries.

The Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of each month. Services, such as, Christmas Eve Candlelight, Maundy Thursday, Holy Communion, Lenten experiences, and other worship events are scheduled and announced in the weekly bulletin and on this web site.

Join us! Friendly fellowship, inspirational messages and beautiful music await you on each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Come! Let us praise the Lord together!

Recent Messages

Susan E Moody, Transitional Interim Pastor

Rev. Susan E. Moody is ordained by the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference. She has worked in Christian ministry her whole life, and has served as an interim and transitional pastor since 2012. Pastor Susan loves to use humor to help others learn God's truth, and has done so at retreats, church services, conferences, seminars, and chapel services.

She grew up in Maine where her father was the manager of New England Frontier Camp. Susan is a graduate of Fryeburg Academy. She has a BA in Youth Ministry from Gordon College, an MA in Higher Education from Geneva College, and a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She can also hang a spoon off the end of her nose.

Pastor Susan loves spending time quilting or knitting, reading, writing, baking, or hanging out with others playing board games or exploring theme parks. She also loves a good cup of coffee. Her heart’s desire is that everyone have the chance to know the truth of the Bible, so they can grow in a love-relationship with the One who loves them most and best.

Kevin O’Connell, Director of Music

Pianist, Organist, Synthesizer Specialist, Conductor, Composer, and Arranger

Mr. O’Connell is a native of New Jersey and is a graduate of the West Chester University School of Music, with graduate studies in at the College Of New Jersey and Villanova University. He studied composition with the late Frank Hunter, musical director of the Mike Douglas Show. Playing piano professionally since age 16, he has composed several commissioned original works for school band, and is still constantly performing, writing, arranging, and transcribing in sunny Florida.

Retired after 35 years of music education, Mr. O’Connell was the band director at Saucon Valley High School, in Hellertown, PA, where he was responsible for the award winning Marching Band, Concert Band, Pit Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Elementary Band. While a high school director, Mr. O’Connell conducted semi-professional pit orchestras in over 25 musicals.  Kevin is presently the Organist and Director of Music at the Congregational Church of Summerfield.

He performed professionally with the pit of the Broadway tour of “Grease.”  A show pianist since 1979, Mr. O’Connell has performed with such personalities as Joan Rivers, Bobby Rydell, Julius LaRosa, Henny Youngman, Pat Cooper, and Soupy Sales. He was an active keyboard player in the Philadelphia area performing with CTO Orchestras, and Real Diamond.  He has done several recordings.

Presently performing concerts in the Villages, FL with vocalist Billie Thatcher and his own Trio, he has already played shows with the Villages Musical Theater, the Ocala Civic Theatre and The Ice House Theater in Mt. Dora, FL.  He is still programming synthesizers and performing yearly at the “Freddy Awards,” a nationally acclaimed TV Special on WFMZ- TV, in Allentown, PA. He has two sons; Michael, a web designer, who lives in Rochester NY, and Ryan, a nationally known composer, who lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Teri Nelson, Office Administrator

Teri Nelson has been the Office Administrator of The Congregational Church in Summerfield, FL since January 1, 2024, after serving as the assistant for almost six months.

Teri was born in San Diego, CA but her dad was in the Navy so they didn’t stay in one place for long. But she became a Florida resident in 1978 when the family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Teri met her wonderful husband Del in 1980, and moved to Marion County in 1999. They have 3 daughters, Kelli, Jenifer and Jamie, who are beautiful inside and out. They now have 4 grandkids and a fur-baby dog named Rip.

Teri went to college and became a paralegal. She worked for the Marion County School System for 19 years as a Confidential Secretary/Bookkeeper. Her hobbies are watching softball, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, painting, and going to car shows with Del. She also LOVES organizing and uses her skills on behalf of the church every day.