Rev. Tiffania Icaza Willetts
Rev. Tiffania Icaza Willetts has served as the pastor at Seminole Heights UMC since July 2018.
She is committed to making disciples of all nations for the transformation of the world. She has a love and commitment to serving Jesus Christ, and the spiritual gifts of discernment, preaching, and teaching. She is a dynamic and biblical preacher and teacher.
Pastor Tiffania grew up as a pastor’s kid to two United Methodist pastors in Florida, and she has been involved in the church on a local, district, and conference level for several years. She answered God’s call to ordained ministry after a spiritual experience on the Walk to Emmaus retreat. She spent three years as a missionary, first in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then in campus ministry at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.
Pastor Tiffania holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Latin American Studies from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, and in May 2018 she received a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. In September 2020, Pastor Tiffania was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church.
Pastor Tiffania lives in Old Seminole Heights with her husband, Laurence and puppy, Mia. She loves cooking, baking, yoga, and watching movies in her free time.
Worship Music Director
Judy has spent the majority of her life in the music department at Seminole Heights UMC. She started playing the piano for the Youth Choir at 13. Judy started as the full-time Organist in 1979, and after filling in as the Choir Director during several transitions, she became the Music Director in May of 1988. Judy also worked for Hillsborough County Schools from January 1980 to May 2016. Judy and her husband, Jim, met as teenagers at Seminole Heights UMC and were married here in 1978.
Interim Director of Family Ministries
Grace is a senior at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, majoring in Religion with a minor in English from Pensacola, FL, where she was an active member and volunteer with Cokesbury UMC’s children and youth ministries throughout her K-12 school years. While at Seminole Heights UMC, Grace is excited to experience different aspects of ministry and learn more about her own call to ministry. Grace was our Pastoral Intern during the summer of 2021, and we are excited to welcome her back to our team! In her free time, Grace enjoys reading, traveling (when there’s not an ongoing global pandemic), and searching for the perfect bowl of ramen.
Christine Messer has been working for our church since 2000 as the Treasurer and since 2004 as the Preschool Director. She retired as Preschool Director at the end of December 2021. A lifelong Christian, wife, mother of two amazing daughters, a former registered nurse, and a local, county and state level PTA leader and trainer, she has always been a strong advocate for children and their parents. One of her favorite Bible verses is Romans 15:13 which reads "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Theresa started as Preschool Director in January 2022. She has been working in the child care field for over 6 years and has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Bachelors. She says, "Personally and professionally I enjoy knowing that I make every effort to assure a positive and loving atmosphere for both children and their families. My hobbies are spending time with my friends and family. I have one son who is in the Army."