Staff

To contact the church, call 407.423.3441, and dial the extension listed next to each person's name. Church office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. To email any of our staff directly, simply click on their name.

Dr. David Swanson, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. David D. Swanson is the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Dr. Swanson received his Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to his arrival in Orlando, he served two pastorates: the first in Signal Mountain, TN as an Associate for both youth ministry and discipleship; the second in Ft. Myers, FL as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff. He and his wife, Leigh, have three children: John David, Alex, and Kaylee.

Email David, or call x1451.

Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor

 

Pastoral & Congregational Care


Rev. Becky Davis
Associate Pastor of Congregational Care, x1488

Sam de Sousa
Pastoral Care, x1159

Tammas Smith
Director of Pastoral Care,
 x1455

Linda McCallister
Administrative Assistant for Congregation Life & Pastoral Care, x1159

Mission & Evangelism

Dr. Case Thorp
Senior Associate Pastor of Mission & Evangelism, x1474

Case leads FPCO’s FaithServes initiative as well as the church’s evangelism and outreach efforts. Originally from Atlanta, Case first served the First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he met and married Jodi Tomlinson. They have three beautiful children, Alexandra, Charles, and Brooks. He has preached internationally from Madagascar to Tajikistan, and revivals stateside. He has served as president of the Christian Service Center, and is a founding board member of both IDignity, a local organization that provides identification to the poor, and The Well, a multi-media ministry. Case’s educational background includes Oxford College of Emory University, Emory University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, in missional ecclesiology. He enjoys time engaging the arts, community development, politics, spinning and cycling, and a newspaper in Starbucks. Read some of his editorials and blog posts at casethorp.wordpress.com.

Carol Hafer
Director of Mission,
x1460

Joy Veldkamp
Evangelism Coordinator, x1412

Joy duMée
Admin Asst. for Mission & Evangelism, x1474

Spence Pfliederer
Director of Compassion Corner, 407.383.8566

Mary Alexander
Compassion Corner Coordinator, 407.496.9728 (direct)

Infant Child Care Center

Sue Pollock
Director of Infant Child Care Center, x2248

Zoeimy Floyd
Administrative Assistant, x2249

 

Mattie Webb
Child Care Coordinator, x2249

Weekday School

Beth Hewitt
Director of Weekday School, x2253

Pam McComb
Weekday School Assistant Director, x2252

Vicki Rutledge, Communication Coordinator, x2266

Melanie Snavely, Administrative Assistant, x2265

Julie Fontaine, Financial Assistant, x2267

Debbie Karaus, Lunch Bunch Program Coordinator, x2149

  

FOUR12


Jenny Arrison
Director of FOUR12, x2306

Nathan Shaw
FOUR12 Ministry Assistant, x2275

 

Fitness@First

Angela Brown
Recreation Ministry Coordinator, x2204 or x2202

 
 

Family Life and Discipleship

Bret Allen
Minister of Family Life, x1183

Bret Allen serves as Minister of Family Life at FPCO. He is from Winter Park, FL and is a 1983 graduate of Wake Forest University (Go Deacons!). Bret served on Young Life staff from 1989-2005 in Spartanburg, SC. The Allens moved to Orlando in 2005 with Young Life and joined FPCO staff in 2010. He and his wife Kim have four children, Andrew, Anna Bret, David and John. Bret enjoys tennis, golf and ACC basketball.

Scarlett Stewart
Director of Discipleship and 20s Ministry, x1497

Lori Needham
Director of Hospitality & Special Events, x1463

Student Ministry

Kevin Sheehan
Director of Student Ministry, x2321

Chris Rossi
Administrative Assistant, x2350

Steve Eastwood
Middle School Coordinator, x2271

Brandy Nicks
High School Coordinator, x2350

Emily Irvine
Middle School Coordinator, x2352

Tanner Fox

High School Coordinator, x2350

SHINE Children’s Ministry



Sarah Savage
Director of Children’s Ministry, x1490

Carrie Davis Williamson
Children’s Ministry Coordinator, x1482

Stacey Kirk
Children’s Ministry Program Support Coordinator, x1480

Tami Vais
Coordinator of Nursery & Pre-School (WeeSHINE), x2250

Support

James Hendrix
Church Business Administrator, x1459

 

Sonja Pfleiderer
Administrative Coordinator, x1459

Barbara Brown
Receptionist,
x1495

 

Kristi Ogaz
Director of Human Resources, x1473

Trish Wilson
Membership Coordinator, x1471

Facilities, Special Services & Maintenance

Jessie McWhorter
Custodian

Fernando Urena
Maintenance Manager, x2301

Garry Mosley
Custodian

Cesar Pineda
Maintenance Technician

Jessie Maddox
Custodian

Tony Rodriquez
Maintenance Technician

Wayne Scott
Custodian

 

Finance

Judi Cooper
Director of Finance, x1479

 

Sherry Fostier
Finance Assistant, x1477

 

Jenn Clarke
Staff Accountant, x1476

 

Debbi Cusick
Accounts Payable Specialist, x1478

Worship Arts

 

 

Dr. Dan Sharp 
Minister of Worship Arts, x1274

Dr. Daniel Sharp is the Minister of Worship Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Born and raised on a farm in central Illinois, Dr. Sharp received his Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College, Masters from Drake University, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Church Music from the University of Southern California. He also studied at Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to his arrival in Orlando, he served as Minister of Worship in San Diego, Seattle, Newport Beach, and Lexington, MA. He and his wife, Nancy, have two sons: Andrew and Jonathan, who is married to Erin. They have a little girl, Noel.

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Wil Brown
Director of Genesis Worship, x1230

Stephanie Rivera
Coordinator of Children’s Music, x1186

Lori Tipping
Administrative Assistant to Worship Arts, x1187


Josiah Armes
Organist/Assistant Director of Music, x1481

Glenda Morgan
Events Manager, x1272

Technical Arts

Rick Moore
Director of Technical Arts, x1468

Ken Lemons
Video Producer, x1284

Brian DiSalle
AV Lead Technician, x1431

Ibelis Sanchez
Technical Producer, x2201

Communications

 

Paige Ragan
Director of Communications
 & VP of Fun, x1489

Quinn Roberts
Communications Specialist, x1467

 

Carla Shehane
Administrative Assistant for Communications, x1485

 

Heart of the City Foundation

Brad Staton 
Executive Director, Heart of the City Foundation, x1457

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Whitney Michielssen
Administrative Assistant, Heart of the City Foundation, x1484

For more than 30 years, Heart of the City Foundation (HOCF) has been supporting the ministries of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, as well as other like-minded partners throughout our city and around the globe.

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