MEET THE STAFF
Rev. Pam DeDea began serving as our senior pastor on July 1, 2021. She is visionary in her ability to see the needs of the community and helping to develop ministries that help alleviate community needs. Since her arrival UM Temple has partnered with First Presbyterian in the Buddy Break Ministry, Heartland For Children and is growing our partnership and ministry with Cygnet School.
She serves on the Board of Aldersgate Emmaus as the Spiritual Director. She is married to Steve DeDea, who serves as Pastor at Alturas Community Church. They have two grown children Jennifer/Bill and Larissa/Andy, two grandchildren Nicole/Darien and Tommy/Tori, three great grandchildren Skyler, Josiah (JJ) and Noah, and four fur babies, Charles, Abbie, Gracie, and Cosmo.
Melanie Pranno joins us as our Administrative Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of South Florida. She served for 37 years as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. She played Second Flute in the Imperial Symphony Orchestra for 35 years and performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. Her summers were spent as Executive Director of the University of Central Florida String Workshop for 21 years. She is married to Art Pranno. Together they have 5 cats, 1 dog, a turtle and a Greek tortoise.
AUDIO - VISUAL
Thaddeus Lobos recently moved to Lakeland from Louisiana to further grow his education in STEM after completing his classes at Louisiana Institute of Technology. He has worked with computers since grade school and a teachers assistant for a former college professor, leading him to specialize in computer and software engineering. He enjoys playing chess and cooking.
WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA
Channing Collette is a freelance designer from Lakeland and Northern California, assisting in the production and maintenance of the website and social media content. She pursued a dual degree in Graphic Design and Studio Art with a minor in Photography from Florida Southern College. She has experience in a variety of interesting fields, but most notably and regrettably working construction for a potato factory in the harsh terrain of snow, steel-toe boots, and 60ft steel beams falling from the sky. Adaptable as she may be, this extremely flawed pursuit to try something new created the catalyst that would begin a life-changing journey into the unknown. In 2018, she spontaneously left the US for 7 months, backpacking through Europe where she befriended amazing locals and other travelers, experienced other cultures and customs, and found a new love for Swedish coffee.
In her free time, Channing is usually reading, taking and editing photos, tending to her various collections, and caring for her kitty Florence.