Frank Adams, Lead Pastor
Frank is a native of Orlando, Florida and received his Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida. After college, he worked for Disney in various leadership roles within the Restaurant Operation’s Line of Business. Frank has been a life long Methodist and follower of Christ. He has served in many lay leader roles within the U.M.C tradition for over nine years and he has become passionate about families, marriages, our youth, social equality, diversity and inclusion, and the successful continuance of Christian discipleship.
Frank became a Certified Candidate for Christian ministry in the East Central District of the Florida United Methodist Church Conference in June of 2011. Soon thereafter, he entered seminary as a full-time student. On May 11, 2015, Frank graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Masters of Divinity degree. On July 1, 2015, he was appointed as the Senior Pastor of New Horizon Church. Frank has been tasked to move NHC into their future and new facility while still realizing its mission and vision to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of Northeast Polk county.
Pastor Frank is happily married to his wife, Molly, and has four children. Their son, Kevin, attends the University of Florida and serves as the Youth Director at Arlington UMC in Jacksonville, Florida. Our daughters, Jaidan, Raygan and Leia are involved in dance and various sports activities. All fully participate in the United Methodist Church. In his leisure time, Frank enjoys movies, basketball, Christian music and spending time with family and friends.
Israel Suarez, Minister of Evangelism, Youth and Latino Ministries
Pastor Israel Suarez is native from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Israel became a Certified Candidate for Christian ministry in the East Central District of the Florida United Methodist Church Conference in June of 2011. He is passionate in serving the community and leading Christians and non- Christians to an encounter with God. Israel is currently pursuing his studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, so he may continue working in ministry. He has been serving in New Horizons UMC since July 2018. Rev. Israel enjoys working with Youth greatly and being a church planter. He has been a church planter for 5 years. He has also been a co-pastor in a prior UMC. Pastor Israel works together in ministry with his wife, Tiara Suarez and has 5 children, John Anthony, Wesley Omar, Jonathan Gabriel, Isabella and Eliana. His hobbies are technology, basketball, family and listening to worship music. Israel has a willing heart and has big spiritual ambitions for New Horizons UMC.
Charles Jones, Traditional Worship Music Director
Charles Jones is a native of Albany NY. He attended Westminster Choir College and Rutgers University. He served as a public and private school music teacher, conductor of community and festival choruses, and for 25 years as church music director in NY and NJ. Charles moved to Davenport 2 years ago and has served at a Lutheran church in Clearwater before coming to us. He also works part time at Disney World.
Doris Faillace, Treasurer
Doris Faillace is a native of Brooklyn New York. Moved to Puerto Rico at the age of 17. Studied at Sacred Heart University. Worked for many years in the medical field in Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania. Upon moving to Florida, worked in hospitality and then became a Polk County School Bus Driver. In her leisure time she enjoys movies, cooking and spending time with her family.
Julie Weed, Church Secretary
Julie Weed is a native of Chambersburg, Pa. Following her high school graduation , she attended and graduated from Marion College for Women-a two year college in Marion, Virginia and further attended Strayer School of Business in Washington, D.C. where she worked full-time at Riggs Natl. Bank and The American Trucking Assoc. After her marriage in 1968 to Roger Weed a Marine Corps Veteran, they moved to Binghamton, N. Y.. Julie worked at various levels in the banking industry retiring after 32 years in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant. Her husband Roger was a Baker and Restaurant Manager. whose hobby of furniture restoration became a full-time business for almost 15 years. In Binghamton, Julie was a longtime active member of the Tabernacle United Methodist Church. They retired in 2006 to Haines City, Florida where she and Roger continue their long time commitment of serving as volunteers within the communities where they live and work.