Church Staff

Mike Briggs,

Pastor Mike began full-time ministry by serving as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Aloma UMC in Winter Park, FL.  After finishing his studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, and being commissioned as a Local Pastor, He served for six and a half years as the pastor of First UMC in Saint Cloud.  At Annual Conference in June 2015, He was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection.

He and his wife, Stephanie, are both from Massachusetts, where they first met.  In September 2016, they will celebrate twenty years of marriage.  Stephanie works as a pharmacy tech, and is a Pampered Chef consultant.  Their son, Caleb is sixteen, swims competitively and is working toward the rank of Eagle Scout.  Their daughter, Naomi is thirteen,  loves horseback riding and volleyball.

All four are excited to be a part of this church family.  They look forward to doing ministry together in the years to come, by sharing in how Jesus continues to transform our lives.

Mike, Stephanie, Caleb, Naomi Briggs
Paul Carraway,
Music Minister

Paul Carraway holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The University of Florida, and has been involved in Music Ministry for over 35 years, serving in United Methodist, Episcopal and Presbyterian churches in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. A Florida native, he is blessed to be married to his best friend, Deb, who directs the music program at St. James Episcopal in Leesburg. They are excited to have in their family their two grown children, their spouses, and three fantastic grandsons.

Paul encourages all of us, as the apostle Paul did in Colossians 3:16, to “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Debbi Love,
Church Administrator
Tom Valenta,
Youth Director
Nancy McMichael,
Church Secretary
David Love,
Music Associate
Contemporary Service
Pam Post,
Children & Family
Ann Blake,
Music Associate
Traditional Service
Cheryl Kilgore,
Jim Kilgore,
Building & Ground Maintenance

For other questions, please contact our office at:


First United Methodist Church

600 West Ianthe Street,

Tavares, FL. 32778
Phone: (352) 343-2761