Church Staff

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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 two children.  Their son, Kevin, attends the University of Florida and daughter, Jaidan, plays piano and is involved in dance and gymnastics.  Both were baptized in the United Methodist Church.  In his leisure time, Frank enjoys movies, basketball, Christian music and spending time with family and friends.             

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Stephen Petrocelli, Director of Traditional Worship

 

Stephen has been with New Horizon Church since September 2006 where he began serving this church through music.  He grew up in Oklahoma City where he came to know the Lord at 13 years old.  He is married to Becky and has two children.  He received his calling into ministry in May 1990 and has had held variouis ministerial roles including the Music Minister, Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor and Senior Pastor.  Education includes, Vocal Performance at Oklahoma City University, Pastoral Ministries at John Wesley College and Music Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His heart is for the people of this church and to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of Northeast Polk County.

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Israel Suarez, Minister of Evangelism, Youth and Hispanic 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 sprritual ambitions for New Horizons UMC.