Rev. James Friesen is a second career pastor who felt a calling into ministry after 15 years as a successful salesman. He believes that God is huge, just ask him. As an expository preacher, he preaches directly from scripture and makes it applicable to daily life. The Word is alive and dynamic! With a BS in speech communications from Southern Illinois University, a Masters of Divinity from Dubuque Theological Seminary, and prior work and leadership training, he merges education and joy for our Lord into his pastoral gifting.
Joining him in this journey, with her own gifts and calling, is his wife Sarah. They have been together for 19 years of wedded bliss. They have three children: Maggie-18, John-16, and Paul-13. The final member of their crew is Maisy, a black Labrador.
Eric Johnson, Director of Congregational Education
Eric grew up in the Tampa Bay area, and just celebrated his 22nd wedding anniversary with his wife Sherri. They have two kids, Brooke and Drew. He has served in youth ministries, adult education, and most recently in worship and media art ministries. Eric has a Masters degree in Christian Ministries from Asbury Theological Seminary. He oversees our education ministries for children, families, and adults.
Kathy has served at Hyde Park Presbyterian since 1986. Besides bookkeeping, she manages the Power Church financial software, assists the Administrative Assistant, helps the Treasurer track giving and expenses, and also does budgeting and financial forecasting. She maintains employee records and assists the Stewardship Committee.
Jennifer Desire Padua, Director of Office Administration
29 years old, living in the Greater Tampa Bay, where all your dreams come true. My family and I moved to FL when I was 13 years old after my parents served 20 years in the Army , to be closer to my mother’s parents. I’m currently pursuing my realestate license to join my grandmother’s company at Camelot Realtors part time. Come, August I will continue my bachelor degree in Environmental Science at SPC. I’m passionate about everything I do. I love just about everything except mushrooms. Now, here is a little about me and now I look forward to knowing more about all of you!
Keith Rasmussen – Director of Traditional Music & Organist
Keith Rasmussen was born and raised in Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance with minors in Piano Performance and Choral Techniques and later a Master’s Degree in organ performance. In post graduate work at the Eastman School of Music he studied Organ with Dr. David Craighead and advanced conducting techniques with Dr. Don Nuen.
In his career Keith taught piano, organ, computer, geography, and business classes at Kingsway College in Oshawa, Ontario, also serving several churches on a part-time basis. Later he served the Bridge Street United Church in Belleville, Ontario, and realized the potential for full time music ministry. He has served as a music director for various churches in North Carolina and Florida.
After serving a number of denominations, Keith is glad to be back in the Presbyterian Church.
Spencer Shick, Crave Service Praise Leader
Spencer has been the Praise Leader for the Contemporary Service Crave at HPPC since 2010. Spencer is a life long member at Hyde Park Pres, and his love for praise music is evident by his enthusiasm.
Pam was the Assistant Wedding Coordinator for 4 years and was appointed to coordinator in 2007. She meets with all brides and advises them on the customs and rules governing weddings at HPPC. She coordinates both the rehearsal and the wedding ceremony.
Mark is a long time member of the Hyde Park Presbyterian family who began serving on our staff in 2011. His responsibilities include directing community service workers, keeping our facilities updated, setting up for classes and events, and doing maintenance projects to keep things working well.