Rev. Claudia Henderson – Pastor
Our pastor is a Florida native, born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She admits to living for short periods in Baltimore, Louisville, and outside New York City but calls Tampa home. As a second career minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she has also been a Lutheran, Episcopalian and Methodist at different times in her life. She firmly believes that regardless of our previous denominational backgrounds, we all need to find a church that meets our spiritual needs today. Claudia’s strengths are preaching, teaching and pastoral care, all of which she delivers with warmth, humor and Southern hospitality. Come and see for yourself! Everyone is welcome.
Regina (Gigi) Marciano– Youth Director
Born in Londrina-Parana, Brazil, “Gigi” has served the Lord in Youth Ministry for twenty-five years. She received a BA in Fine Arts from the State University of Londrina, Brazil and a BA in Theology and Missions at the Institudo Biblico of Londrina, Brazil. Before beginning her long commitment to youth ministry, she served on the MV Doulos and MVLogosII ships which travelled around the world doing mission work. Her work philosophy is “I am called to be a bridge”, developing a strong generation committed to God and the world.
Mike Dwyer – Music Director
Our music director came to us with a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of South Florida. Having previously worked as a music educator for Hillsborough County Public Schools, he now serves as the production manager for the University Of South Florida School Of Music. Not only does he occasionally entertain the church as a talented soloist, but he has previously sung in local choirs such as the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Mike tries to program a wide variety of music to try to connect as many people as possible to the word of God through music. Anyone who wants to share his or her musical gifts with our congregation can contact Mike for more information.
Bonnie Copeland – Organist
Bonnie has been the organist at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church for 46 years. She was called to music ministry early in life, performing as an organist at age 14. Since graduating from USF, she has performed as a pianist and organist, and has accompanied internationally-renowned composers. She has led the children’s and youth music programs at the church and teaches private lessons to students in the community. Now retired from the school system, each week Bonnie brings out the best in our new organ with her exceptional talents. Her motto is: All things to the glory of God.
Madeline Manuel – Office Manager
After working more than forty years as a retail buyer and designer, Madeline is honored to be able to work in the Lord’s house with such a great staff and vibrant congregation. She handles all administrative and office tasks and is the go-to person for any questions or concerns.
Dave Wilson – Finance Secretary
Originally from the Sanford/Orlando area, Dave has been serving the church since 2014. He graduated from Rollins College and came to us with diversified experience in accounting. He is a member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church and an avid Gator fan.
Abilio Gomez – Facilities Manager
Certified as a master electrician, Abilio has become the campus “Superman,” handling all areas of church maintenance, as well as rescuing staff members with computer problems. He has faithfully served the church for eight years.