Our Staff

Rev. James D. Friesen
Email: Pastor@hydeparkpres.com
Telephone: 813-253-0069 extension 4

In September, Rev. James Friesen will celebrate 5 years as pastor of HPPC. Originally from St. Louis, he graduated from Southern Illinois University and spent 15 years as a successful salesman. Unable to ignore God’s call, he earned his Master’s of Divinity from Dubuque Theological Seminary and served churches in Iowa and Oregon.

Rev. James completed training in Clinical Pastoral Education as a hospital chaplain and is active with The Christian Forum, a group of area pastors from various denominations. As part of the PCUSA’s wider community ministry, Rev. James chairs the Commission on Ministry for the central region of Tampa Bay Presbytery.

James and his wife Sarah just celebrated their 24th anniversary; their daughter Maggie is at University of Florida and both John and Paul attend Southern Illinois University


Office Administrator (9:30 am noon M-Fri, )
Email: office@hydeparkpres.com
Telephone: 813-253-0069

Melissa Rose
Financial Secretary (Monday)









Arnel Senson,
Music Ministry Associate
Email: music@hydeparkpres.com

Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Arnel has over 24 years experience in traditional, contemporary, and modern music ministry. He received a Bachelor of Music from Old Dominion University in 2004. He’s led worship at over 100 churches as a director, organist, pianist, guitarist, and drummer. In 2010, he recorded with Doc Holiday, a producer for Boys II Men, N*Sync and Britney Spears, and was a pianist and DJ for Royal Caribbean Cruises. He is dedicated to deepening his connection with God and encouraging others to grow in faith. You will often see his young daughter Tala at church with him.

Ilma De La Rosa
Early Childhood Coordinator
Email: children@hydeparkpres.com

Originally from Brazil, Ilma moved to Tampa in 2008, where she has been involved in children’s ministry at area churches. At Radiant Church in South Tampa, she coordinated the nursery along with parents and volunteers for all services, coached, scheduled, trained and encouraged volunteers, along with teaching. Ilma holds a master’s degree in youth and family ministries, enjoys mission trips, teaching Vacation Bible School in South America. She is happy to be working with the HPPC children and their parents.




Bailey Dean



Audio-Visual Technician
: techteam@hydeparkpres.com

Born and raised in Florida, Bailey spent the last nine years working with Anona United Methodist Church as a volunteer and later director in their children’s ministry program. His career started by simply pressing the space bar for a slideshow. Bailey soon took over as the program’s technical director, leading a team and serving the church. After graduating with his A.A. and certification in Audio/Video/Lighting production, he has expanded into more roles, both here at Hyde Park, and others in the Tampa Bay area.

Cheryl Cox

Cheryl has been serving at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church as a supply organist and choir accompanist for several years. She previously held organist positions at several churches both in Florida and Western New York, as well as directing adult, children and handbell choirs. Cheryl is a music education graduate of Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, and received her Master’s degree at State University College in Buffalo. She and her husband, Michael, moved to Florida in 2002 to escape the winters up north, and are now retired from government jobs. They enjoy traveling, watching sports, cats, and visits from their three daughters and 9 grandchildren. Cheryl feels blessed to be a part of HPPC Sunday worship!

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