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
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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.
 
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.  
 
Linda Smith is the Youth Ministry Assistant.  She and her family have been active in our congregation and our student ministries for many years. 
 
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."
 
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.  
 
Karen Santuci is the church treasurer.  Karen and her husband enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.  
 
Sarah Carlson is the Financial Secretary.   Sarah and her husband, David, are the proud parents of twin girls in elementary school. 
 
Mary Ann Hallowell is the Organist.  Mary Ann has played for our congregation for over 25 years. 
 
Josh Bonner assists with the Praise Team.
 
Clark Rivard is our sound technician.  
 
Betty Snowberger is the Sunday Childcare Supervisor. 
 
Elizabeth Craycraft is the Sunday Childcare Assistant. 
 
Gerald Howell handles general maintenance around our facilities.
 
Robert Lanza is the custodian.