pastor and staff

Our Pastor

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Rev. Russell T. Belcher, Senior Pastor

Rev. Rusty Belcher has served as the Minister of First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden since 2005.  He is married to Kathi Zimmer Belcher and they are the parents of four children and eight grandchildren.  Mrs. Belcher is the lead Guidance Counselor at Southwest Middle School in Dr. Phillips, Orlando.  They enjoy the work of missions and service in our community and live in the parsonage in Winter Garden.    Pastor Rusty enjoys mentoring others and partnering with ministry leaders.  He enjoys college basketball, church league softball, BSA 210, our growing preschool and summer camp (with extended care) Kid's Connection, and FUMCWG Youth ministries.

Rev. Belcher is a member of the Rotary Club of Winter Garden, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow and past Board Member.  He is also a past president of the West Orange Ministerial Association and enjoys Light Up Winter Garden each year at the start of Advent.  Rev. Belcher is a graduate of Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Fl. and The Divinity School, Duke University.  He studies each January at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is a Marcy Preaching Fellow of Candler School of Theology, Emory University.  Rev. Belcher is a member of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church where our church serves Christ alongside the United Methodist Churches of the East Central District.  Rev. Belcher is a trained United Methodist Men’s Leader.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Aldersgate Emmaus and Methodists United in Prayer.  His most recent mission trips have been to Cuba and Appalachia.

 Our Church vision is, Passionately Sharing Christ through Worship, Nurture, Missions, and Biblical Teachings.


Our Staff

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Joan Dyer

Administrative Assistant

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Ken White

Business Manager

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Jamie Wiggins

and Worship Media

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Debbie Prescott

Database Administrator

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Kathy Zachariah

Office Assistant

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Neyda Albarran

Youth Pastor

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Blair McRae
Children’s Ministry 

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Wendy Davis
Preschool Director

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Keith Carter

Praise Team 

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Jim Peterson

Praise Team Pianist
and Organist

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Libby Swanson

Chancel Choir Director

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Marian Wagster

Handbell Choir Director

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Lori Spears

Custodial Care





125 N. Lakeview Ave, Winter Garden, FL 34787      407-656-1135   

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