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, July 21, 2017
Loving God, Loving Others...since 1880
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Staff

 
Rev. Gary Upleger - 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.  
 

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. 

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.
 
Brian Lawson serves as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.  Brian has over ten years of experience serving teenagers, their families and young adults. He is a graduate of Warner University and spent some time studying at Asbury Theological Serminary. Currently he is completing a master's at Warner. Brian has been married to his gorgeous wife since 2007 and they have two beautiful daughters. Brian loves all things Disney, baseball, painting and currently has a slight obsession with Chipotle.
 
Kaytlyn Martinez is our summer youth intern.  She is a student at Florida State University. 
 
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."
 
Kathy Gist is the church treasurer.  She says, "Though never in our plans, God brought my husband and me to Mount Dora and First United Methodist Church where I am now Treasurer of this wonderful church family. I am pleased to be able to use my accounting skills, and I look forward to serving as Church Treasurer for many years to come."
 
Jackie Ricucci is the Financial Secretary.   
 
Mary Ann Hallowell is the Organist. 
 
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.
 
Katie Weaver is the custodian.