First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora seeks to reach our community and its world with its love for God and other people.
First United Methodist Church
Friday, June 05, 2020
Loving God and Loving Others Since 1888
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Pastor Gary Upleger returned as the senior pastor on July 1, 2017 after three years of serving other congregations.  Gary is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Candler School of Theology.  He is joined by his wife, Mary Jo, and their adult children, Amy and Jonathan.  You may reach Pastor Gary at 

Janet Westlake serves as the Minister of Discipleship.  With over 30 years in ministry, Janet has served in a variety of churches and mission fields.  She was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister and certified as a Minister of Christian Education and Youth Ministry in 1997.  She is a graduate of Taylor University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  She and her husband enjoy living in downtown Mount Dora.  You may reach Janet at 

Scott Spradlin is the Director of Music Ministries. Scott has been in the music ministry for over twenty years.  He graduated from Shorter College (now University) in Rome, GA and the University of Cincinatti College Conservatory of Music. Other than praising the Lord through music and the arts, his favorite thing to do is spend time with his wonderful wife and his three beautiful daughters.  You may reach Scott at
Dylan Reed is our Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.  He earned a BA in Christian Ministries from Liberty University and United Methodist Youth Ministry Certification from Perkins School of Theology.  In his free time, he enjoys playing, coaching, and watching soccer.  You may reach Dylan at 
Linda Smith is the Assistant Director of Youth Ministry.  She and her family have been active in our congregation and our student ministries for many years.   You may reach Linda at 
Debbie Sprague is the Church Secretary.  She says, " I was born & raised in Maryland. My husband Hunter & I moved to Boynton Beach, Florida in 1987. We migrated to Eustis in 2003. In December 2004, there was an opening for a receptionist in the church office. To that point in my life, I had always been involved in bookkeeping, but “something” was drawing me to the church office. The position evolved into “Church Secretary/Office Manager” and I have never looked back except to say that the original “something” that led me here was simply a call from the Lord."  You may reach Debbie at 
Rheya Tanner is our communications coordinator.  Raised in our congregation, Rheya is proud to use her graphic design and marketing experience to promote the church's ministries.   You may reach Rheya at
Karen Santuci is the church treasurer (expenses, checks, and financial reports).  Karen and her husband enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.  You may reach Karen at  
Kathy Tanner is the financial secretary (contributions, income, and statements).  Kathy and her family have been a vital part of First UMC for decades.  You may reach Kathy at  
Mary Ann Hallowell is the Organist.  Mary Ann has played for our congregation for over 25 years. 
Josh Bonner assists with the Praise Team.
Betty Snowberger is the Sunday Childcare Supervisor. 
Elizabeth Craycraft is the Sunday Childcare Assistant. 
Gerald Howell handles general maintenance around our facilities.