Matt became the Senior Pastor at UPC in the spring of 2013. He earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2009, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Reformed Theological Seminary - Orlando. In addition to his role at UPC, Matt serves on the Central Florida Presbytery MNA Committee, and is on the Executive Board of the Florida Church Planting Network. Matt is married to Hana, and they have four children.
Mike Osborne hails from South Carolina. He's been a pastor since 1986, serving churches in Missouri, South Carolina, and elsewhere in Florida before coming to UPC in August, 2001. Mike oversees our Life Group program, adult education, and pastoral care ministries. He is married to Suzy and they have four children and eleven grandchildren.
Check out his personal blog at www.SurvivingMinistry.com.
After coming to understand the gospel in college at Murray State University, Michael served two years in Brazil doing campus ministry. He left Brazil for seminary where he met his wife, Miriam, on a blind date. Michael married her the summer of 2007 and they headed to Cleveland, MS where he served as Assistant Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church. They were called to UPC in October of 2013. They have three children.
After being born and raised in New Hope, MN, Jack's family moved to Palm City, FL in 2002. He came to Orlando in the fall of 2008 to attend UCF, where he majored in Applied Mathematics and minored in Music. He met his wife, Jamie, while attending college and they were married in December of 2011. After serving as the Youth Worship Leader for four years, he became the Interim Worship Director at UPC in June 2012 and accepted the permanent position a year later. He enjoys playing guitar, singing, watching movies, and going on bike rides and having picnics with Jamie.
Linda Wheatley is a native Floridian, from Tampa. She and her husband Paul live in Orlando, and have three daughters. Linda first came on staff as an assistant and later was asked to fill the role as the director of children's ministry where she has been serving since May 1995. Linda leads the ministry which includes nursery through the fifth grade.
Gaby Narvaez-Segrest is our Nursery coordinator. She oversees the scheduling of volunteers to care for our littlest ones. Please contact her via email if you have any questions about our Nursery Ministry.
Joshua was born and raised in Sarasota, FL. He spent one year abroad in Melbourne, Australia with his parents and went to a private, all-boys school where he learned the art of music in the Orchestra. Since that day, he has fed a growing passion for worshiping God through music and leading others in worship. He attended the University of Florida from the Fall of 2005 through Spring 2009, where God altered the course of his studies from Civil Engineering to Religion in pursuit of a career ministering in the church. Shortly after graduating, he married his high school sweetheart Lorra Anne and packed a moving truck bound for Citrus County to be molded and shaped in 3 years of student ministry at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church. Now, Joshua attends RTS.
Michael and Rachel Blackston lead Redeemer Counseling here at UPC. They are Licensed Mental Health Counselors for the state of Florida, receiving their Master of Arts in Counseling degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary. They worked at an Oviedo counseling center before coming to UPC. Rachel got her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology degree from James Madison University, and worked as a career counselor and adjunct faculty member at JMU and then the University of Central Florida. Rachel loves working with adolescents, women and couples. Michael specializes in helping men deal with depression, sexual addiction, masculinity and gender issues, and abuse. He also enjoys working with couples experiencing relational difficulties and adolescents with self-esteem or behavioral struggles.