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Rev. Dr. Ann Michele Rogers-Brigham

Sr. Pastor

Pastor Ann

Rev. Ann Michele is a native Mississippian with deep family roots in Covington County! As an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, she served churches in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Vermont and Northern California. She served a four year term as a missionary to Thailand in the early 80s and, most recently, worked as teacher at Christian University in Thailand with Global Ministries (UCC/Disciples).

Ann Michele graduated from Mississippi College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and completed her Doctor of Ministry at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA. She completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Her UCC ordained ministerial standing is currently in the Southeast Conference, UCC.

Ann Michele is the proud mom of William Paul Brigham and Ann Martha Brigham and grand mom to Sierra Brigham (Paul’s daughter). Sadly, her husband of 35 years, Bill Brigham, died in 2008.

Rev. Ann Michele is delighted to be called to be the Pastor of Safe Harbor Family Church. She hopes you feel the love and welcome of Safe Harbor Family Church, UCC and you will treasure the invitation to share your spiritual journey with this family of God’s people.

Alan Black

Music Minister


Alan has been the worship leader at Safe Harbor Family Church for the past six years, and he looks forward to serving for many more. Being involved in the music ministry for the past forty years has proved to be a most satisfying journey for him. Although he has had the privilege of singing with and playing for some of the best voices in the music industry, he has found that leading people in worship is what nourishes his spirit and takes him into realms of the heavens that very few singers and musicians have experienced. He is excited about the things happening at Safe Harbor, and he watches with anticipation to see what is next. David said in Psalm 34:1-3, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” May this be the cry of our hearts.


Children's Ministry Coordinator


Julia, the newest staff member, is in charge of several ministries, including Babiez, Kidz Harbor, Yacht Club, and Free Spirit (Safe Harbor's dance and drama team).

Shelli Poe

Campus Minister


Shelli grew up in Minnesota, and since then has been moving progressively into the southeast. She was ordained in 2007, and served as an associate minister in NJ and a campus minister in VA with the United Church of Christ before coming to us as a campus minister to Progressive Christians at Millsaps College. Shelli is also a professor of religious studies at Millsaps, specializing in Christian Studies. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN), a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Shelli is committed to bringing the head and heart together so that persons can live an integrated life, uniting knowledge and love.