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
Dennis accepted Jesus as his personal savior at age 7, and he has been blessed to have known the Lord for most of his life. He married his best friend and high school sweetheart Vicky when he was 22. They have served the Lord together ever since. They have 4 beautiful children and 2 very cute pups, a Doberman and a pit bull. Dennis is also a full time band/choral director for Crews Lake Middle School in Spring Hill. He loves serving the Lord through music.
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."