Meet Our Team

Welcome to a wonderfully unique community of faith, the Windermere union Church United Church of Christ. We feel a part of our purpose is to assist you becoming the person God created you to be. We are a congregation that enjoys the challenge of discovering and exploring the questions of life and faith. The Windermere Union Church celebrates its diversity. We welcome people for who they are and truly enjoy the differences. If you are looking for the kind of community that enjoys and celebrates life with all of its ups and downs and mystery, then you have found a home. We look forward to serving God with you and we are excited about what unique qualities you will bring to our community.

Pastor Barton Buchanan

SENIOR pastor

Pastor Barton is a graduate of The University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Administration. He received his Masters in Divinity degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina in 1984. Pastor Barton served three Southern Baptist churches before resigning from the SBC in 1992. He then worked as the Men’s Residential After Care counselor for the Center For Drug Free Living which is now a part of Aspire. In 1995 Pastor Barton became the pastor of the Windermere Union Church United Church of Christ. It was at this time he changed his ministerial standing to the United Church of Christ. Pastor Barton has served the Windermere Union Church United Church of Christ since July of 1995.

Pastor Barton married his wife, Amy Buchanan on December 31, 2009 and along with her daughter, Foster they became a family. Foster and Amy are the delights of his life. The Buchanan home is a fun and creative place. It is a house always full of laughter, music, writing, reading, art and it is a place of peace and sanctuary. Along with serving a faith community Pastor Barton is an artist. He draws and paints and currently he is focusing his creative energy sculpting with clay. Barton uses a creative model in everything he does. Preparing his sermons, leading his staff and congregation, counseling, preparing worship and new ministries all are done from the premise of, “What do we want to create?”

Troy Dolendo

Music director

We have a wide variety of wonderful musical ensembles that are centered around praising and worshiping God. For our congregants, music speaks to everyone differently, and it is our hope that there is something for everyone musically to help uplift and inspire people during their worship experience. Whether you have gifts to offer as a singer, hand-bell ringer, or instrumentalist, Windermere Union Ministry offers each participant the opportunity for spiritual, musical and interpersonal development.

Pastor Marcelino Rivera


Marcelino Rivera pastors Iglesia del Pueblo UCC and is an ordained Minister with Windermere Union Church UCC and
the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ. Pastor Marcelino is a social activist and a former educator.

Marcelino Rivera es un ministro ordenado por la Winderemere Union Church UCC y la Conferencia de la Florida de la Iglesia Unida de Cristo. El pastor Marcelino es activista social y
trabajó como educador por muchos años.

You can contact him at:

Sarah Larenas

office manager

Her many Windermere Union Church responsibilities include pastoral and congregational administrative support, meeting scheduling, editor for the Sunday church bulletin, PowerPoint for Sunday’s service.  

She can be reached at 407-876-2112

or email:

Mrs. Chris

wedding & children coordinator

Mrs. Chris is a caring, compassionate woman who children love to be around, on Sundays at the beginning of the service she has all the children gather around her for a little story that not only the children love, you can look around and see big smiles on all the adults as well.

If you are interested in having your wedding at Windermere Union Church she can help in coordinating times, dates, etc.

You can contact her at:

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