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
inspirational leadership.

David Lewicki – Organist and Accompanist
David has been in music education for more than 40 years, as a band, choir, and piano teacher. He has expertise as a performer on piano, organ, and clarinet and has been singing in choirs since he was 6 years old. And has traveled and performed in several countries and prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall.  David is a firm believer that everyone is born with the ability to make music and that it can bring great enjoyment and personal reward for the young and young at heart.

Arlene Griffin – Office Manager

Arlene has worked many years with law enforcement and because of her passion to help those in need, she opened a transition house for women who are homeless and looking for a fresh start. She has worked with many organizations to help the homeless and is happy to use her skills at Forest Hills Presbyterian.

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.