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MEET THE STAFF
 

PAM DEDEA

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REVEREND Pam DeDea

Rev. Pam DeDea began serving as our senior pastor since 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 as the Co-Chair of the Disability Awareness Committee for the FLUMC; Chair of Buildings and Locations Gulf Central District of the FLUMC.

 

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

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ADMINISTRATOR

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.   

THADDEUS LOBOS

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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. 

KIARA SNIPE

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MUSIC DIRECTOR

Kiara Snipe was born and raised in western Massachusetts and moved to Florida to study music at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida where she received her associates degree. She is married to her wonderful husband Morgan and has three kids, Lilly (7), Eamon (4), and Elliza (1). She has previously worked for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Winterhaven, Florida, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Marianna, Florida. She has been singing in church for as long as she can remember and can't wait to see what God does at United Methodist Temple. 

GEORGE REZAC

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ORGANIST

Born in Czechoslovakia, George grew up in Germany and England before serving in the U.S. Air Force as a computer software analyst.  A self-taught organist, he has served 21 churches of various denominations, including three years playing and repairing the Morton pipe organ at the Polk Theatre. George is an amateur radio operator with five daughters and a rescue poodle. 

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