Rev. Karen MacDuff has been serving as a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 2000 in New Jersey, her native state, Maine and now Florida. Rev. MacDuff was appointed to United Methodist Temple as Sr. Pastor in July 2015 by Bishop Carter of the Florida UM Conference. Before coming to Lakeland, she served as an Associate Pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Bradenton Florida. She received her BA in psychology from Thomas Edison State College in NJ and completed her theological studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. Rev. MacDuff in also endorsed as a professional life coach by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency in Nashville. She is passionate about theology, Biblical Studies, spiritual formation, creation justice and climate change and helping others to live the life that God gifted and called them to.
Louise Urquhart, who retired from the church office in 2013, has been back in the office since the beginning of 2016. Louise is a Certified United Methodist Church Secretary. She has three grown children (2 sons and 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren) of which two children live in Lakeland. Louise shares her home with 3 cats and 1 dog. She is originally from Massachusetts and has been in the south since the early 70’s. Louise enjoys camping, gardening, crafts, walking, and biking.
James E. Jordan (Jim) received his B.A. degree in Sacred Music from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, in 1980, majoring in organ and voice. He has studied organ under Mrs. Doris Brinson, Dr. Bennett Penn, and Miss Janice Van Otterloo, and piano under Paula Parsché and Dr. Rita Fandrich. Jim has taught piano and voice at Polk State College as an adjunct professor for several years, and after 16 years at Polk State College as the Director/Manager of Systems and Programming, he now is the Technical Project Manager at Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s only university focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. Jim is a native Floridian, and currently lives in Fort Meade, Florida.