Meet Our Staff
Reverend Heather Harding
Pastor Heather Harding has served at Edge Memorial UMC, Mascotte UMC, and City Road UMC, and is thrilled to be back home in Central Florida. She is a graduate of Seminole Community College (A.A), University of Miami (BM), University of Central Florida (M.Ed.), and Duke Divinity School (M.Div.). Before experiencing the call to ministry, she worked as a music teacher in Dade and Orange Counties. She has two adult daughters, Brittany and Danielle, a six-year old granddaughter named Eloise, a three-year old grandson named Kit, a faithful dog named Gracie and an irascible cat named Annesley.
Dr. Jeffery Redding
Director of Worship Arts
Jeffery Redding, the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient, began serving this fall as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education, both from the Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. He has served his profession in numerous capacities, as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association (FVA), as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/Multicultural Affairs, R&R Chair for Youth/Student Activities, and High School Mixed Honor Choir co-chair for Florida ACDA, and as R&R Chair for Community Choirs for Southern Division ACDA. Currently, he is R&R Lifelong Coordinator (Community, Music and Worship) for Florida ACDA.
Family Ministries Director
Shrell is happy to be back at TUMC, in ministry with our children, youth, and families. He is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a degree in Sociology and Religion. He teaches PE and coaches basketball at the Geneva School, where he works with his wife Leonora, and coaches his 2nd grade daughter.
Linda Charlton is a professional pianist based in Lake County, where she is also a part-time reporter/photographer. She is currently the principal pianist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, where she has also played French horn. She is considered a collaborative pianist, with extensive experience accompanying and playing chamber music. She is frequently seen at the University of Central Florida, typically playing piano with advanced students, and also has a long track record as pianist / musical director in community theater, with the bulk of her shows being at the Melon Patch Players Theatre in Leesburg. She holds a master of music degree in performance on classical piano from the University of Miami.
Contemporary Worship Leader
Alex Lilly grew up within the Tuskawilla United Methodist Church community. He currently attends the University of Central Florida where he recently completed an intensive program for computer coding and software programming. Alex currently serves as TUMC's Contemporary Worship Leader where is amazing talents lead us in contemporary Christian songs weekly. Alex will soon be creating a praise band and leading our Wednesday Family Nights with Contemporary Worship.
Family Ministries, Technology Team
Ashley attend Seminole State College and participates in the Marching Knights at UCF. She is passionate about working with children and youth and provides our children's moment each week. She also is part of the Family Encounter Night service, where she participates in the liturgy and edits the service. Ashley has grown up attending TUMC with her family and we are so incredibly grateful for her charismatic connection with our families!
Online Worship Director, Facilities liaison for the Trustee Team
Doug is a graduate of the University of Florida and is an accomplished photographer. He puts together our online worship service each week and also serves in the office in managing our building rentals and coordinating communications with the Trustee Team.
Director of Communications
Caralyn is our most recent staff member and handles all things social and digital media. A recent graduate from UCF, she got her degree in Digital Media Web Design and has a true love for the digital world. Currently, she puts together our weekly newsletter & graphics, edits the prelude intro to our online worship service, and creates posts for both our Facebook and Instagram page. In her free time, she loves to snuggle up with her two cats, Dash & Bellatrix, and create different forms of art (draw, paint, graphics, cricut, etc.).