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Rev. Dr. Rafael (Ray) Quiles

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 Biographical Sketch, July 2010

I was born December 14, 1950 in New York, New York.  My parents emigrated from Puerto Rico after World War II.  I was baptized, raised, and educated a Catholic.  For a time I considered the priesthood while studying at a Benedictine Seminary in Collegeville, MN.  Upon completion of required studies at St. Helena's High School, Bronx, New York, I entered Baruch College for a degree in accounting.  However, after completing only one year, I was drafted by the Army.  But instead, I enlisted into the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War era.  After serving proudly for nearly seven years in the Air Force, I entered Lee College in 1977.  (This was soon after I felt the call to go into ministry while stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines.)  From there I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Christian Education in 1979.  Later the same year I entered the Church of God Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee.  I graduated in July 1982 with a Master of Divinity degree.

Upon graduation from the Church of God Theological Seminary I was appointed pastor of the Ayer Church of God in Ayer, Ma.  At the same time I was commissioned a 1Lt. in the USAF Reserve Chaplain Corps.  Late in 1982 and during 1983 I served as an associate pastor/school director at the Plant City Church of God in Plant City, FL. Beginning in January 1984 I was commissioned on active duty as a Navy Chaplain.

In the Navy I proudly served as chaplain from early 1984 until my retirement in 1998.  Each of these tours of duty were rewarding and fulfilling as a minister of the Gospel.  I retired from serving in the military, both in the reserves and active duty, for nearly thirty years.  I am proud to say that I wore uniforms from four branches of services:  the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.

Since retirement in 1998 from the military, I have served as a social worker, an associate pastor, a designated pastor, pulpit supply, and an interim pastor.  I am currently the full call pastor here at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church.

In 2002 I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA.  I have served with gratefulness and joy as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, the Presbytery of Wyoming, and now the Peace River Presbytery.

My wife, Margaret, and I have been married for 48 years.  We have two grown daughters, four grandsons and one granddaughter. 

We love to travel.  Two of our favorite places are Hawaii and Italy.  I also love to spend quiet time camping and reading.

 

 






Assistant Pastor

Rev. Lynne Schwartz

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Choir Director-Traditional Service

Phillip Eyrich

Phillip Eyrich as joined our staff at St. Paul's and we couldn't be more delighted!

Mr. Eyrich is also the Director of Bands at Lemon Bay High School in Englewood.  Previously he was the Director of Bands at La Belle High School.  He improved the band program in both Concert and Marching Music Performance Assessments. 

Phillip grew up and attended K-12 public school in Charlotte County and graduated in 2007.  He was selected to perform in a Florida All-State ensemble twice during his time in high school.  He attended the University of Central Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University as a Music Education Major.  He also worked at Walt Disney World as a sudent musician.  

Phillip holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and is a member of the Florida Bandmaster Association, Florida Music Education Association, and the American Guild of Organists.

Welcome Phillip to our staff!






Contemporary Music Director

Michelle Kasanofsky






Administrator

Joyce Dunn

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When you stop by the church office, you will meet Joyce.   She has been a part of  St. Paul's for 16 years. 

 






Financial Secretary

Andrea Smeltzer

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Noah's Ark Preschool Director

Lauren Di Franco

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      Ms. Lauren has been a part of Noah's Ark (St. Paul's Prebyterian Child Development Center)  since July 2000.  She started by bringing her little boy Vinny to the pre-school, then she became a teacher.  Next, Lauren was Assistant Director and now she is the Preschool Director. Lauren has been with St. Paul's for 15 years and we are delighted to have her as our Director!