Meet the Staff

The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor

The Rev. Magrey deVega assumed his role as Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist in July 2015, a homecoming celebration of sorts, as he had served as Associate Pastor at Hyde Park from 2000 to 2007. He grew up in the Tampa Bay area and received his bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College before going on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of Dayton, Ohio.  From 2007 to 2015, he served as pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cherokee, Iowa.  He has two daughters, Grace and Madelyn.

The Rev. Kim Uchimura
Executive Pastor

The Rev. Kim Uchimura joined Hyde Park in July 2016. She previously served as the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora. Prior appointments include The Well and St. Andrew’s, both in Brandon. A second-career pastor, she previously spent 17 years in the banking industry. She and her husband Greg have three grown children: Katherine (and her husband Bobby and their daughter Avery); Michael; and Elizabeth. She shares responsibilities of preaching and pastoral care, and will guide and supervise our Program Staff to coordinate all of our programs and ministries.

Children and Youth Ministries

Kristin Passath
Director of Children’s Ministries
Ext. 290
Emily Kuche
Director of Youth Ministries
Ext. 301
Melissa Torres
Asst. Director of Children’s Ministries, Preschool
Ext. 247
Megan Eldredge
Asst. Director of Youth Ministry
Ext. 302
Kathy DiRaimo
Admin. Asst. for Children’s and Youth Ministries
Ext. 299
Sydney West
Asst. Director of Children’s Ministries, Elementary
Ext. 233
Jennifer Wotsch
Nursery Coordinator
Ext. 221
Ginger Griggs
The Portico Sunday Children’s Leader


John Barolo
Director of Communications
Ext. 238
Jim Dinsmore
Communications Specialist
Ext. 401

Laura Rivera
Digital Media Coordinator
Ext. 226

Congregational Care and Discipleship Ministries

The Rev. Dr. Sally Campbell-Evans
Congregational Care Pastor
Ext. 224
Stephanie Nichols
Administrative Team Leader and Ministry Volunteer Coordinator
Ext. 252
The Rev. Debbie Casanzio
Associate Pastor of Discipleship Ministries
Ext. 298
Nicki Taylor
Director of Small Group Ministries
Ext. 231

Missions and Outreach

The Rev. Vicki Walker
Minister of Missions and Outreach
Ext. 223
Emily Nelson
Membership Secretary, Admin. Asst. for Missions and Outreach
Ext. 229

The Portico Campus

The Rev. Justin LaRosa
Minister of The Portico Campus
Ext. 404
Bob Douglass
The Portico Administrator
Ext. 403
Chalette Davis
Missions and Events Coordinator
Ext. 405
Gregory Balo
The Portico Cafe Manager

Operations and Administration

Meagan Kempton
Church Business Administrator
Ext. 235
Lynn Osborne
Ext. 225
Richard Howard-Allen
Director Operational Support
Ext. 244
Jimmy Gibson
Kim Harcrow
Bookstore Coordinator; Receptionist
Ext. 292
Gwen Lindsey
Worship Hospitality; Receptionist
Ext. 289

Angie White

Harold Bell

Neville Ellis

Small Blessings Preschool

Susie Anderson
Director of Small Blessings Preschool
Ext. 234
Annette Bennett
Asst. Director of Small Blessings Preschool


Dr. Michael Dougherty
Director of Traditional Music,
Team Leader
Ext. 237
Colleen Schmitt
Director of Contemporary Music, The Portico Music
Ext. 241
Joe Cosas
Magnolia Worship Leader
Ext. 250
Mat Hotho
Director of Worship Technology
Ext. 400
David Ryall

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