Erwin Lopez: Director & Pastor
Erwin is originally from Venezuela and his dad is from Guatemala. He felt a calling to ministry when he was 22 years old in a small church across the street from his house in Miami, Fl. His community saw gifts in him before he even saw them in himself. And for this he is forever grateful and therefore passionate about community and helping Christians grow closer to God and one another. After his life was flipped upside down by Christ he graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from FIU and worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for two years after college. He then moved to Durham, NC to finish his Masters of Divinity at Duke Divinity School. He was a pastor of two small churches in Lakeland before moving to Orlando to lead Wesley. He loves basketball, all things Miami, his family, cooking and his wife Charity. And he also loves being the Pastor at Wesley, it's his ministry dream come true.
Please feel free to contact him: Erwin.Lopez@flumc.org
Charity Lopez: Associate Director
Charity is a UCF graduate in Elementary Education. She taught first grade for seven years before joining the Wesley staff in the summer of 2013. Charity is passionate about outreach and working with college students. Her favorite part about Wesley is meeting new people and watching them get connected and passionate about Christ. When she is not working at Wesley she loves to spend time with her husband, Erwin, as well as close friends and family. In addition, Charity likes to hang out on Park Ave, eat at locally owned restaurants, sit by the fire and roast marshmallows, watch and play sports - Go Gators! dance, and host game nights. A famous person that she is most like is Sandra Bullock because she loves to act silly and make people laugh. God is the most important relationship in her life and her favorite story is the parable of the prodigal son because we are all like the son and God is always waiting for us with open arms.
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Richie Hartig: Assistant Director
Though originally from Massachusetts, Richie has spent most of his life in Central Florida. He started coming to Wesley during his Sophomore year at UCF and immediately felt something unique and different about the ministry and it’s community. Soon thereafter, he got plugged in with Wesley making videos, playing with the worship team, and organizing pick-up games of football and ultimate. It was during this time at Wesley that Richie began working with Youth Ministry and began to further develop his love for students of all ages, God, and a community that incorporates both - whether at Wesley or at youth group. As a recent UCF graduate, he looks forward to pouring back into a ministry that has allowed him to grow through the strength of Christ-centered community. To Richie, of the best parts about any student ministry, is watching students overcome self-doubt and realize (and actualize) their own potential. Richie will begin attending Asbury Theological Seminary in the Fall. Hobbies/interests include: photography, sports of any kind, especially tennis, food, games, and improv comedy.
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Tiffany Staral: Assistant Director
Tiffany was born and raised in Oviedo. She is a recent graduate from UCF with a degree in Elementary Education. She attended Wesley all four years while at UCF. Throughout those four years she has grown a love for ministry. She first got involved with outreach where she loved being able to put a smile on someone’s face and bless their day. That love for serving others transformed into finding a passion for missions. She has been on six mission trips with Wesley thus far (both locally and globally) to places like New Orleans, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica. One of her future goals in life is to learn Spanish and continue traveling around the world serving others and spreading the love of Christ. She is continuing to discern her call into ministry. Working at Wesley doing both outreach and missions is a dream job of hers. Aside from Wesley, Tiffany loves all sports; anything from football and volleyball, to kickball and softball. She also likes the beach, eating Hispanic food (and corn), llamas, and getting coffee with friends.
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Amanda Dumas: Intern
Amanda has lived her whole life in Florida and grew up in the United Methodist Church. She has loved God and His people for as long as she can remember and has a passion for ministry. She now lives in Orlando and attends the University of Central Florida where she is a Social Work major. Amanda has been involved with Wesley since her freshman year. She has participated in a several Wesley mission trips, service projects, and community groups. Amanda found that Wesley is a safe place to be vulnerable, a place to grow, and a place to serve. Apart from Wesley, Amanda likes hanging out with friends, playing music, and eating free food.
Lilly Van Sickle: worship leader
Lilly was born in Oviedo, FL and is a proud Floridian. She has studied at Rollins, Seminole State, and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree. She works in Youth Ministry and has a special place in her heart for God’s people. She is a Worship Intern at University Carillon, and loves the creative and humbling nature of music. She is also a singer/songwriter with her album, Sketchbook EP available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Etc. She loves to learn new things, and enjoys traveling whenever possible. Lilly also believes that the Ministry of God is done moment by moment, and worship is done in spirit and truth. Her love for serving others is transforming her passion for hospitality. Her love for the childlike nature of the Kingdom of Heaven, is evident in her personality. She is continually discerning her call into ministry, and constantly spending time in relationship with God. She a bit unique and a bit odd, but Lilly loves the beach and mountains. She loves being outside just as much as she likes being in inside with a book. She likes quirky mugs, beautiful gardens, outer space, science, art history, architecture, exotic animals, sitcoms, kids laughing, Christmas time, coffee, tea, peppermint, Disney, Pixar, Marvel and so many more things. She is always in search of a good story, and a way to invite others into the work that God is doing.