The history of Tuskawilla
United Methodist Church began in June of 1980 when seventeen worshipers
gathered at Harbor School for services.
The Reverend Barbara
Williams Riddle was the founding pastor and within three months had
expanded this infant church to forty-five. The congregation
found a temporary worship center across the road at Red Bug
Elementary. The congregation became chartered on December 14,
1980 with seventy-one members and fifteen preparatory members.
The first building, a 6,900
square foot multi-purpose facility and our current fellowship hall, was
ready for occupancy in November of 1982.
was growing in numbers and needed space for Sunday School classes,
meetings, youth group and more. The two-story education
building was the second phase of construction reaching completion in
TUMC's preschool, the Early
Childhood Weekday Program, began in the fall of that year with Nancy
Scheid as director.
farewell to the Riddles in 1988 and welcomed our newly-assigned pastor,
Reverend David Fuller, in June. Rev. Fuller concentrated on
church programs during his tenure. He initiated our age group
ministries and continued the growth and nurturing of our youth programs.
1992 brought a new pastor to the TUMC family, Dr. Glenn L.
paved the way for
a new building program by negotiating the purchase of property adjacent
to TUMC. This property opened the possibility of expansion,
ultimately resulting in our new sanctuary.
Samuel "Skip" Parvin became our pastor in June of 1994. Rev.
Parvin began a three-year stewardship program in 1996 to fund the
building of our new sanctuary. The fruits of this campaign
became a reality when the beautiful worship center, complete with
stained glass windows, was consecrated on February 27, 2000.
Charley Reeb took the TUMC leadership reins in July of 2003.
Under Pastor Charley's leadership, small group studies became a vital
part of the church's focus. With a passion for people and
preaching, Pastor Charley will be remembered fondly by his huge and
2008, TUMC welcomed Reverend Dwayne Craig. With a desire to
see our congregation become more-reflective of the larger Christian
community, Reverend Craig encouraged the church to be more intentional
about including folks of all walks of life, all ethnicities, all skin
colors, all socio-economic backgrounds, those with disabilities, and
anyone desiring to be a Christian. Unity and inclusiveness are
important themes that are woven into all areas of TUMC.
In July of 2011, Tuskawilla
United Methodist Church welcomed Reverend Molly Warren. Pastor Molly
was instrumental in helping equip our congregation to further the
Kingdom of God through forgiveness, healing, and reaching out to the
wandering sheep. By placing an emphasis on small groups, such as
Disciple Bible Study, TUMC saw growth in all areas of the church. In
2014, we bid her farewell as she transitioned into retirement. We will
forever be grateful for her leadership, kindness and compassion.
summer of 2014 brought with it our current Senior Pastor, the Reverend
Pastor Sarah brings with her an exciting intergenerational vision for
ministry as she continues to build upon our belief that the church is a
place for everyone. We strive to be a community of faith that embodies
the message of Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds. Come visit us today!
have been touched and drawn closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ, during the existence of this United Methodist church in the
pines on Red Bug Lake Road. May the next thirty years bring
as much growth and excitement as we have seen in the last quarter
century where we live out our vision statement, "Belong, Grow, and