Meet the Staff

Along with our volunteers, these friendly folks keep church operations running smoothly.

Rev. Dr. David Averill

Senior Pastor
david@mtdorafumc.org

A Florida native, David has served for 11 years in pastoral ministry, and before that, 5 years in program ministry. He holds several degrees, including a doctorate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He also serves as a Florida Army National Guard chaplain at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida. He and Alesia, a native of Belarus, have been married since 2012. They have two young children, Daniel and Amelia.

Pastor David and family
Janet Westlake

Minister of Discipleship
janet@mtdorafumc.org
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.

Jonathan Stoots

Director of Music Ministries
jonathan@mtdorafumc.org
Jonathan is originally from Virginia, but grew up an Ohio State fan. He has an appreciation for modern and classical styles of music. He grew up in the church, but received his calling to music ministry when he renewed is life for Christ at a campus ministry near Syracuse University. He is newly married to Addison, a native of Kansas City.

Hannah McMahan

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries
hannah@mtdorafumc.org

Hannah is current a student at Candler School of Theological at Emory University in the hybrid M.Div. program, and a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. She is passionate about helping young people discover their voice and faith in a world that diminishes both.

Meria Echavaria

Office Administrator
office@mtdorafumc.org
Meria lived in New
Mexico for 20+ years
before moving to
Mount Dora 5 years
ago. She will take over clerical responsibilities, including correspondence and
scheduling. She is
a great asset to the
church office!

Debbie Sprague

Treasurer
office@mtdorafumc.org
Debbie already had a history in bookkeeping before becoming our receptionist over 17 years ago. She is invaluable to our operations, as she currently coordinates all our ministries and helps keep things running smoothly

Rheya Tanner

Communications Coordinator
communications@mtdorafumc.org
Rheya has worked in visual design for more than five years. Raised in our congregation, she is proud to offer her experience to promote our ministries.

Josh Bonner

Praise Team Leader / If you’ve ever been to one of our Contemporary services, you know Josh. He has been the Praise Team’s lead guitarist, as well as a vocalist, for more than a decade. Josh leads the instrumentalists and assists in rehearsals and sound design.

Kathy Tanner

Financial Secretary
kathy@mtdorafumc.org
Kathy and her family have been a vital part of our church for decades.

Reinaldo Perez

Maintenance Manager

Organist / There is perhaps no one as graceful at any piano bench as Mary Ann. A vividly talented organist and pianist, we are honored to have had her as part of our worship services for 30 years and counting.

Bill Nelson

Audiovisual Technician

Peyton Hyland

Lead Nusery Attendant / Peyton is a graduate of 2023 graduate of Eustis High School. She is Sam’s brother. She is studying to be an Elementary School teacher, and loves working with children. She also works part-time with Mount Dora Parks and Recreation as a children’s camp counselor.