Rev. Roy is a true Floridian having been born in Sarasota, FL. Rev. Roy and his family settled in Naples in the late 1970’s after moving around the country for several years with his father’s college football coaching career. He attended local schools and graduated from Naples High School.Rev. Roy received his undergraduate degree in Religion and Christian Education from Florida Southern College in Lakeland and his Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC.
Rev. Roy launched Cornerstone United Methodist Church in 1996 with a vision of celebrating all God’s gifts and people. He is passionate about authentic participatory worship and believes God is calling all born in Jesus Christ to “become God’s Church” together.
A recognized preacher, Rev Roy was invited to give the opening sermon at the Ekklesia Project National Gathering in 2009. He has preached at Duke Divinity School at the “Can Resident Aliens Survive” Conference. He was invited to the Passionate Worship Event and the Warren Willis United Methodist Youth Camp in Leesburg, FL. Rev Roy contributes regularly to many other college and youth programs.
He has written for “Christian Century,” The Ekklesia Project and was invited to write a chapter in Diana Butler Bass’s book From Nomads to Pilgrams: Stories from Practicing Congregations (2006). Cornerstone received significant mention in Bass’s Christianity for the Rest of Us, (2006) as an example of a thriving congregation.
Rev. Roy is married to Leslie Haberman Terry and they have a daughter Emily who is attending Florida Southern College. His hobbies include: playing in the Holy Moly Band, promoting indie music events and writing music. A big part of family life centers around horses so a lot of time is spent “horsing around with my girls.” Also important is time with family and friends…but don’t forget Duke basketball and “horsing” around.