Our Story

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We trace our roots as far back as 1894, when a one-room wooden Methodist Church was built on the beach in Upper Matecumbe Key. This building was later moved-probably floated between two sailboats - to the shore near the present-day Cheeca Lodge and Spa. The 1935 Hurricane destroyed much of Upper Matecumbe Key, including the Methodist church building. The church bell, however, was found and used to announce the worship service in a home. Through faith and hard work a new building for worship was constructed just north of the Hurricane Monument - the present location of the church.

Meet Our Pastor


Matecumbe United Methodist Church welcomed Reverend Robert L. Pavey and his wife Marsha to the Florida Keys in July 2012.  Prior to accepting the position, Pastor Bob was working with Frankfort Camp Ministries, in Frankfort, Indiana on Project Development. He also served as the Senior Pastor at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in New Castle, Indiana for six years, and served 15 years as Senior Pastor at Central Wesleyan Church in Anderson, Indiana. Prior to his service in Indiana, he served a Nazarene Church in Albany, Georgia as a Youth & Outreach minister.

Judging by his resume, Pastor Bob is a man of many talents. He has also work for General Motors as a machinist/assembly line coordinator for 10 years, assistant manager of Zale’s Corporation for three years and Chaplain for the Indiana State Police.  He has a Bachelors of Theology degree from Emmanuel Theological Seminary in Rossville, Georgia and an M.A. degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. Pastor Bob  and his wife have two children and almost 11 grandchildren (one is on the way).