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Rev. Melissa Pisco

Senior Pastor


It has been a source of great joy (and sometimes complete exhaustion!) to balance the life of ministry with being a wife and mother. I have been serving as an elder in the United Methodist church for over 16 years. My husband and I have been married for 17 years and we have an amazing 5 year old son!

As a family we love to spend time at Disney, play tag chasing each other around the house and sharing in family hugs.

As a pastor, I am daily honored to have the privilege of leading the people of God:

  • Worshipping together
  • Laughing and Crying together
  • Learning together
  • Serving in mission together
  • Helping each other to become the people God created us to be

It is my hope that Celebration will be a beacon of light, hope and love to our community and that lives will be transformed, by the grace of God, through the working of the Holy Spirit in and through us.

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Danny Herring-Battle

Music Director


I am simply excited to have the opportunity to worship our Awesome Father with Celebration each week. I would like to welcome you to come contribute in praise along with us. I have been blessed to lead worship for several years whether in writing or in song, and now I have the privilege of doing it here.

Happily married we enjoy spending time with the children and grandchildren ( Yes, I know. I am way to young for grandchildren.) Yet they are the highlight of our lives. Whether they are running around the house yelling papa... Or swinging in the tire swing in the front yard... they bring us great joy.

We enjoy evenings on the beach, walking Florida Nature Preserves, and of course swimming Floridas springs.
I hope to worship with you soon.

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Alan Asher

Choir Director


I’m a former professional violinist, conductor, and college music educator striving to serve our Lord. In my role as the choir director at Celebration UMC, I am always mindful of Psalm 47: 6 which exhorts us to “Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises.” At Celebration, we seek to live out Psalm 47 with joy and thanksgiving.

If you’d like to lift up your voice to our King, please join us for choir rehearsal on Sunday mornings at 8:20 am in the Education Wing of the church.

As our choir grows and develops, we’d like to incorporate a weekday evening rehearsal into our schedule so that we can prepare for weekly services and special performances on holy days such as Christmas and Easter.

The choir at Celebration is open to all who wish to participate; ability to read music is not required, and you don’t have to have the voice of an angel. The only requirements for membership are a love for the Lord, enthusiasm, and a desire to sing, sing, sing!

For more information about the Celebration Choir, please contact me at:

352-240-5727 (cell)