New Beginnings Community Church

Our Mission: to make, nurture and mature
loving followers of Jesus Christ… More


Rev. Shirley Groom
Senior Pastor

Pastor Shirley came to Saint James/New Beginnings in 2013. She is passionate about living a life in Christ fully and works to help others discover the joy and strength that comes from this life choice. It is all about Kingdom living.  Shirley holds a BA with a Music Performance major and religious studies minor from Eckerd College and a Masters in Divinity from Asbury Seminary in Orlando, Florida.  She has served the United Methodist Church  for over 35 years as Music Director, Youth Director, and the past 22 years as a pastor.  Shirley is married to Rod Groom and they have 7 children and 11 grandchildren.

Fred Fowler 
Administrative Assistant

Fred joined our team in September 2017 after 35 years at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. She worked in several areas over the years, including the Budget Office and Fiscal Services and ending with serving as the Administrative Assistant in the Special Investigations Section. Fred has been a member of Saint James/New Beginnings for almost 36 years.

Bill Schroff
Church Accountant

Bill joined our team in 2017 after successful careers in investment banking, real estate, consulting, and higher education.  He brings an array of talents in finance and accounting as well as interpersonal relationships.  He’s well settled in his position and is enjoying many new friendships at Saint James/New Beginnings.