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( 2 adults, 2 teenagers). Their son, Kevin, works for the Detriot Tigers and oldest daughter, Raygan, is studing Social Work at the University of North Florida. Our daughters, Jaidan and Leia are involved in volleyball and swimming at a their respective High Schools. All members of the family fully participate in the United Methodist Church including Summer Camps at Warren Willis. In his leisure time, Frank enjoys movies, basketball, Christian music and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Alex and Carol (Suarez) Lanzo, Ministers of Latino Worship and Evangelism
Carol and I are excited to be the newest Ministers of New Horizon UMC. We are the leaders of New Horizon's Latino Worship (the second service) and our bilingual evangelism. We have been attending and leading our church through our servant leadership for over three years. We are married with children and remain dedicated to rearing our children in the instruction of the Lord. Now as Ministers, we are dedicated to bringing the word of God to and transforming the Northeast Polk County region and beyond for God's glory. We seek to be in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but also in solidarity with the wider community. We also have a heart for children and youth development as well as inspiring the entire congregation to work in God's ministry through discipleship and evangelism. We believe, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that all things are possible and God will do what only God can do in us according to His will. We just have to trust and surrender our lives to Him. We also love spending time in fellowship with our church members and holding gatherings in their homes to worship the Lord. Continuely, we hope to cultivate our family church that is full of love and understanding. We are excited to be on this journey with God and God's people called New Horizon Church.
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.