Rev. James Friesen became pastor of HPPC in 2016. The ministry is his second career; he responded to a calling into ministry after 15 years as a successful salesman. His undergraduate degree is from Southern Illinois University and his Masters of Divinity is from Dubuque Theological Seminary. He merges education and joy for the Lord into his sermons, which are designed to apply to everyday life.
Along with his wife, Sarah and their three children, the family is excited to be in Tampa and find joy in their service here.
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Eric Johnson, Director of Congregational Education
Eric oversees HPPC’s education ministries for children, families, and adults. Eric has a Master’s degree in Christian Ministries from Asbury Theological Seminary and prior to his work at HPPC, he served in youth ministries, adult education, and most recently in worship and media art ministries.
Eric grew up in the Tampa Bay area. He and his wife have have two children.
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Kathy has served at HPPC since 1986. She manages all the financial affairs and bookkeeping and assists the Director of Office Administration. The church treasurer and Stewardship committee work with her budget and financial forecasts. She also maintains employee records.
Kathy is the mother of two grown children and enjoys her grandchildren.
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Jennifer Padua, Director of Office Administration
Jennifer is in charge of the day to day operations of the church and is passionate about her work and life itself. In addition to preparing the bulletin and answering the phone, she pitches in to help with anything that needs to be done to make the church more colorful.
Jennifer moved to Tampa in 2002. Along with her job, she juggles attending school and working in real estate.
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Edwin R. Taylor, Director of Music Ministries
Edwin will join the HPPC music team in July. He has been a church musician for all his career. He is a composer, conductor, organist, and arranger. Edwin will be bringing the gifts of his talent and ideas to the Tampa community through concerts and musical performances.
Edwin and his wife reside in Tiera Verde.
Spencer Shick, Contemporary Praise Leader
Spencer has been the Praise Band Leader for the Contemporary Service at HPPC since 2010. Spencer is a lifelong member of the church; his love for praise music shows in his enthusiasm and musicianship. He directs the band which plays each Sunday.
Spencer, his wife, and their infant daughter reside in Tampa.