Pastor Stephanie Salinas

Pastor Stephanie Salinas

Reverend Stephanie Salinas, is known as Pastor Steph, Stephanie, Dr. Salinas, and Abuela to her grandkids, Samuel & Luca. She is very excited to be joining the Longwood Hills Congregational Church family.

Professional Background: Pastor Steph graduated from Susquehanna University and received her Master of Divinity Degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Her Doctorate of Ministry Degree was earned from McCormick Theological Seminary in Illinois. Stephanie was ordained by the American Baptist Churches, USA in 2002, and will be seeking dual ordination standing with the United Church of Christ in her first year as pastor. She served as Pastor of the 1st Baptist Church of Bangor, Maine from 2002 to 2014, and the 1st Baptist Church of Westwood, Massachusetts from 2015 to 2021. Stephanie believes strongly that God speaks through all people and that we are at our best when we open ourselves to see, hear and welcome others. Much of her work has been helping people understand they are loved by God, exactly as they are created. This beautiful diversity is one of the things that excites her the most about serving at LHCC.

Personal: Steph has been married to Ned since 1985. They have two sons: Stephen is married to Laura, and they live in Lake Mary with their two sons Samuel and Luca. Ben lives in Providence, Rhode Island and is working on his PhD. Steph and Ned are in the process of buying and renovating a townhome in Sanford, and moving from Tampa, with their pet rabbit, Freddie.

Pastor Steph’s loves include: preaching and creative worship, those moments when things ‘click’ and God speaks, and seeing how God is working in the lives of every person. Her favorite theological writer is Watchman Nee. Outside of the church, she enjoys crochet and knitting, and is a member of several organizations which make blankets for orphaned rhino babies. She also makes some pretty awesome vegan soda bread. Ned is a semi-retired school bus driver who enjoys various musical instruments and sporting activities. She looks forward to meeting everyone at our worship service on October 24th, and is excited to walk with LHCC in the next stage of our journeys.

Music Director: Scott Kinkead

Scott’s formal training comes from Kirkwood College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, LA where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education. However, it was the “school of life” undertaken through performing, directing , teaching and business management that he feels has given him the ability to coach students toward achieving their personal goals.

Scott works as a voice and piano teacher for the Central Florida Community Arts’ School of Performing Arts. He directs children’s outreach choirs and special music projects, serves as rehearsal director for CFCArts Community Choir, and is a member of the Legacy Professional vocal team.

Scott has been a Music Minister to adults, children, and youth for the past 20 years.  In that time he as directed choirs as well as developed arts programs for children, youth rock bands for middle and high school students, and choirs.  Since 2015, he also serves as the Music Director at UCC Longwood Hills Congregational Church.

Steering Committee

President: Jerry Ross

Vice President: Sue McMahon

Treasurer:  Jim Wagoner

Secretary:  Shelly Rose

Building & Grounds:  Hank Mitchell

Evangelism:  Denise Keeler

Faith Formation:  Linda Wagoner

Shepherds:  Shirley Wilkenson

Stewardship:  Alan Campbell

Worship:  Deborah Perry

Office Administrator:  Sumy Garces

1255 E.E.Williamson Rd, Longwood,
FL 32750 office@longwoodhillschurch.org
407 332 8253
Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 1.00pm
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