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.
Rev. Becky Bryan – Associate Pastor
Becky has returned to her Tampa Bay roots after spending three years in Austin, Texas where she attended seminary and received her Masters in Divinity. Becky has always been active in youth and college programs, both as a participant and leader and is excited to be able to use that experience as she works with the youth and college groups at Forest Hills. She is passionate about giving students a space to ask questions so they may grow and live in God’s grace- all while having fun and good fellowship! Becky is a fan of Lord of the Rings, coffee, and her cats, Archer and Arya, whom she loves dearly.
Irma-Louise Wright – Music Director
Irma originates from South Africa and graduated with a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. She is an accomplished violinist with extensive orchestral experience in performance and conducting. She also has served as an elder and member of the music and worship committees
in Presbyterian churches she has attended. Having grown up in the church, she considers the role of the church musician to be one of servanthood and
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.
Elizabeth (Liz) Townes Cancelliere – Finance Secretary
Has an BSBA in accounting from Florida International University and an MBA from University of Tampa. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has had a practice here in Tampa for over 20 years. Liz and her husband Chuck have been members of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church for over 10 years and they both sing in the choir. In her free time she enjoys beadweaving and watercolor painting.
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.