Meet our Pastor-In-Residence, Laurie Furr-Vancini


Church of the Hills welcomes Laurie Furr-Vancini as our pastor-in-residence for the month of July. Laurie will be participating in worship, events of the life of the church, and will  truly be part of our church community. Laurie is a dear friend and comes highly recommended by Katie Robb (another minister in that presbytery and our former youth director). Following is Laurie’s short bio. Please say hello to her when you see her starting July 5th!

Rev. Laurie Furr-Vancini
Palms Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Rev. Laurie Furr-Vancini is a native of north Florida.  She grew up in Gainesville and then Macclenny, Florida and is a graduate of Baker County High School.  Following high school, Laurie attended Wake Forest University earning a B.A. with double majors in Religion and Sociology.  She earned an M.A.Ed. from Virginia Tech.

Upon leaving Virginia Tech, Laurie worked in Housing and Student Activities offices at Georgia Tech, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Georgia Baptist College of Nursing.

Laurie attended Candler School of Theology at Emory and Columbia Theological Seminary, earned a M.Div. and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament, PC (USA) in October, 1999. 

Laurie served at Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, FL and St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Orange Park, FL before coming to Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach in August of 2007.

Laurie is married to Jeff and they have 3 children:  Charlie in high school, Sam in middle school and Abigail in elementary school.  They are also proud owners of Lady (dog) and Aslan and Professor McGonagall (cats).

Laurie enjoys her book club, sweating it out at the gym and travel.