Michael McCormack joined the FPCB staff in the fall of 2015. Growing up near Dayton, Ohio, Michael attended Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN.. He is a graduate of Louisville Seminary where he met his wife Elizabeth. Michael and Elizabeth have two boys, Noah and Liam. The McCormacks also have one Wheaten Terrier named Brigitta. One is enough.
When he is not preparing a sermon, attending a meeting, or drinking decaffeinated coffee in Mauldin Hall, Michael likes to watch soccer games (The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Chelsea FC), read books, and listen to music. He is praying fervently for the band Phish to return to Tampa soon. The McCormacks recently got bicycles and are looking forward to riding their bikes on Christmas day (instead of shoveling snow!) They love FPCB and all its members and friends.
Rev. Dr. Earl Smith, Pastor Emeritus
Don has been inspirational as our Praise Band Director. Besides playing his trombone and bass guitar for the band, Don is part of the Low Brass Ensemble, and uses his talent to arrange music for our Praise Service. Don has taught trombone and jazz at the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, and other schools. Don is retired from the Florida Orchestra where he played second trombone. In the 70’s, Don was the trombonist for the US Army Band.
Tara has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the University of Tampa, where she is currently Adjunct Professor of Piano and Theory. Tara also holds a Master of Arts in Music, Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Women’s University. Tara’s incredible talent and experience brings blessing to our worship each week.
Larry Rush, Director of Youth MinistriesMusic is a big part of Larry’s life. He plays saxophone in the Praise Band and teaches elementary school music. Larry and his wife Farahnaz enjoy movies, reading and music when allowed by their Brussell-Belgium pup.
With a degree in education and a graduate of Pittsburgh Seminary, Larry is well grounded in Presbyterian theology and has a love of sharing it with others. He looks forward to his involvement in our church and working with our youth.
Joyce has served at FPCB since 1990. Originally from South Carolina, Joyce moved to Seffner, Florida in 1966 where she is a member of the First Methodist Church of Seffner. She received two degrees from Hillsborough Community College in Computer Programming and Elementary Education. Joyce and her husband have two sons and six grandchildren.
Barbara Kemp, Communication Coordinator
She and her husband Kevin own and operate Kemp Design Services of Lithia where she uses her talent as a Computer Graphic Design artist. Barb has a degree from Purdue University and has lived in Florida for 15 years. She and her husband Kevin have two sons, ages 12 and 8. She has experience working with non-profit organizations and other local churches. She is excited about helping to improve the website, facebook, and email communication tools to keep everyone at the church informed.
Luisa Guillen, Bookkeeper
Steve Benitez, Facilities Manager
Jim has been indispensable as our night watchman at FPCB. His reassuring presence makes many outside groups that use our facility after hours, feel at home. Jim provides peace of mind to those in the church who attend meetings at night also.