Who We Are
Rev. Chris Reny
Rev. Reny, along with his wife, Marie, and two young children, Noah and Grace, accepted the call to join The Church by The Sea family in January 2013. Chris received his Masters from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990 and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1991. He has served at First United Methodist Church of Smyrna, GA (1994-1997) and First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale (1997-2012). Chris strives to make all feel that The Church by the Sea is a place "Where The Less Than Perfect are More Than Welcome".
Director of Music and Organist
A native of California, Christopher Kane is an alumnus of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance. He also holds a Master of Music degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. Since 1992, he has been on staff with Church by the Sea.
Financial Administrator and Supervisor of Operations
After a successful career as an accounting executive in the Re-Insurance business in Munich, Germany, Gunter Gies moved his family to the United States in 1996. They decided that they wanted more family time and to do that, they went into early semi-retirement to the Sunshine State. The first five years they owned and ran a 30 unit motel on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Then he entered into real estate and a couple of small business ventures. When the opportunity arose for employment at their local church, he immediately applied and has been employed as the Sexton/Corporate Administrator since December 2003. Gunter is married and has a son.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Randy Starr attended the Preschool at Church By The Sea in 1965. He has spent over twenty-five years in retail management including merchandising and human resources. Randy is currently serving as chairperson on the Worship Committee as well as serving on the mission committee. He is an elder of the church and just completed a three year term on the Session Board. He is also currently employed at Church By The Sea as the Office Administrator.
Director of Children's Ministry & Interim Preschool Director
Marie Reny received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus in child psychology from Davidson College in 2004. Since that time she has been working in hospitality and managed two small businesses. As the Director of Children's Ministry, Marie is responsible for overseeing the spiritual growth of our children in addition to creating fellowship opportunities for parents and families to grow together and in Christ. With over a decade experience in the classroom teaching Sunday School, Marie has a passion for creating an exiting and experiential understanding of God's love and for finding ways for our children to apply it in their own lives.
A second generation native of Fort Lauderdale, Debbi began serving the public in Emergency Services, first as a paramedic then as a Police Dispatcher. After leaving Emergency Services, she obtained her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1998. She joined The Church By The Sea's family in 1995 and currently three generations of her family are members. As our Wedding Coordinator, Debbi's past experience allows her to assist our brides in creating the stress free wedding of their dreams.
Children's Ministry Administrator
Kristine received her Bachelor’s in Business from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1995 and her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Miami in 1998. She has three daughters who all attended The Church By The Sea preschool, and her family has been part of the Sunday School program for over 15 years. Kristine feels honored and blessed to be working with Marie Reny and the Children’s Ministry.
Patricio was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He traveled to Florida at age 15 and has been living in Florida ever since. He met his wife right after graduating from high school and now they have three wonderful children, one boy and two girls. He is very blessed with the family God has given him and also to be part of his work family at The Church By The Sea.