Pastor Ken
Senior Pastor
 
     Our Senior Pastor since July 2010 is Rev. Ken Hamilton (Ken) an ordained elder in the Florida Conference. Ken is a life-long United Methodist and grew up in Chattahoochee, FL. (outside the gate). Ken and his wife Lynn have been married over 30 years and they have 2 sons, Kason and Seth. Lynn is from Cross City, FL. .She is currently a National Support Administrator for Arbor Education and Training.
 
     Pastor Ken is a second-career pastor having been employed in Retail Merchandising Management and Buying for over 16 years with Parisian and J.C. Penney before answering his call to ministry. He attended Emory University’s Candler School of Theology from 1997-2000 while earning his Master of Divinity. While in seminary he student pastored two congregations near Newnan, Ga., and worked for Cokesbury bookstore on campus. He returned to the Florida Conference of the U.M.C. upon graduation to serve Bethel UMC in Lake City Fl., from June 2000 to July 2010. While in Lake City he also served as an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College. He was appointed to Tallahassee Heights in July of 2010.
 
     Ken believes his true purpose and calling is to share boldly the “Good News of the Gospel.” His passion is based in developing new relationships with persons, churched or unchurched. Sometimes that witness requires words but it is most often lived out in our daily lives. He currently serves on 3 district leadership teams and 2 conference teams. Looking back he often jokes he has always been a “man of the cloth” yet had the cloth confused. He believes in an open-door policy and strives to contribute in a team effort to build God’s Kingdom here and now!
 
 
 
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Director of Youth Ministries
 
     Our Youth Director is Rustico Splain. He grew up in Melbourne, FL before attending the University of Florida. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. After graduating he interned for a year with the campus ministry Campus Crusade for Christ at UF before taking the job of Director of Youth Ministries here at Tallahassee Heights UMC in Fall of 2013. Rustico has been married to his beautiful wife, Mary, since April of 2014. They met during a bible study that Rustico was leading in their hometown of Melbourne and they’re both proud graduates of the University of Florida. Mary works at a local horticulture shop.
     
     Going into the ministry has long been a dream and a calling in Rustico’s life. He’s been public speaking since the 6th grade when he shared a patriotic paper he wrote for school to his church congregation and he preached his first sermon when he was 16. During middle school and high school he was heavily involved with his church youth group and will quickly point out the importance his youth group had in his life but personally and spiritually. During his years as a college student he came home to Melbourne every summer to lead a bible study for college-aged men and women. The first summer of the Bible study attendance was 6-8 people meeting in his living room but by the third summer they were averaging over 60 people during the weekly meetings and had to meet in different churches that allowed them to use their classrooms.
     
     As the Youth Director his passion is the lives of our youth. He strongly believes that a child is never too young to understand that God loves them and that God has a plan for them right now. He works to help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to grasp the importance of prayer and reading the Bible daily. As someone who recently graduated college, he understands all too well the persecutions, temptations, and questions that secular colleges will inflict on Christian college students so he works to encourage the middle school and high school kids in the youth group to find their joy and conviction in the love of God so that they can carry that with them for the rest of their lives.
     
     Rustico also understands that teenagers have basic needs for fellowship, acknowledgement, and fun. He stresses the idea to the kids to treat their youth group as a “Youth Group Family” so that it will always be a place they can come to and find love and acceptance. They also know how to have a great time. Between playing different group games, doing events like playing wiffleball at the park or swimming in Wakulla springs, they also go on youth trips to Student Life and attend Rock the Universe in Orlando. The youth group is always open for kids 6th grade thru 12th grade to join them during their weekly meetings on Sunday mornings and evenings as well as Wednesday evenings. 
 
Minister of Music
 
     
     Elaine Wanous is our Minister of Music and has been working here at Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church since the beginning of 2015. She has three children, two sons, Gabriel and Matthew, and one daughter, Hannah. She is also blessed with five grandchildren.
 
     Leading worship has long been a passion for Elaine, since the age of 12 she has been playing and accompanying in church services. She has 20 years of experience as a Music Director. Elaine invites you to join us on Sunday mornings for either the 8:45 or the 11:00 service and worship God with us through contemporary songs and traditional hymns.
 
Co-Director of Children’s Ministries
 
 
    One of our Co-Director of Children’s Ministries is JoAnn Nelson. She met her husband in Ft. Myers and moved to Tallahassee 25 years ago. They have one son, Jacob, who attends Florida High and is a member of the church youth group. They have one dog named Skippy, one cat named Kitty, and two turtles, Fezziwig and Naughty Turtle.
 
     
JoAnn works at the Department of Health in Finance and Accounting in the Contract Payment Unit. Over the years she has built up a wealth of knowledge in auditing and computer science but she also enjoys opportunities to become a trainer and a presenter. At church she volunteers to help with Sunday school and has been doing that for 10 years. She also teaches Children’s Church. She finds working with the young children to be fun and meaningful. She finds that while teaching the children she has also grown her own understanding about the Bible and it seems that she learns something new each week.
 
     JoAnn’s calling is to help prepare the next generation of Believers. She believes that children will be more likely to experience spiritual growth and develop a desire to read the Bible throughout their lives if they learn and receive instruction in an environment that is on their level. There is Sunday school for young children ever Sunday morning at 9:45 and Children’s Church meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6:30.