Our Team

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    Joel Giles

    Transitional Pastor

    jgiles@mandarinpres.com
    My wife Deanna and I are excited to be a part of the MPC community. I hope to assist the church with a smooth transition with the next Senior Pastor of MPC. I love the Lord, His Word, and virtually every aspect of local church life and ministry. My personal goals are to stay spiritually strong, emotionally healthy, relationally connected, culturally relevant, intellectually curious, professionally current, and physically fit!

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    Jeff Arnold

    Associate Pastor of Congregational Care

    jeffarnold@mandarinpres.com
    I am excited to serve as Pastor of Congregational Care here at Mandarin Presbyterian Church. I am passionate about pastoral care and the privilege it is to walk alongside others in times of joy and need. As I serve in this capacity I look forward to equipping others to do the same. I value the importance of nurturing one’s faith and relationship with Christ, through small groups, fellowship and Worship. I am thrilled to be able to serve in ministry, alongside my wife Jenn. We have three beautiful daughters, Jaden, Rylee, and Reese. I enjoy time with family and friends, fly fishing and being outdoors.

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    Jenn Arnold

    Associate Pastor of Next Generation

    jennarnold@mandarinpres.com
    It is a great privilege to be a part of the pastoral staff and worshiping community at MPC! As the Pastor of Next Generation Ministries, it is my joy to oversee all that we are doing with children, youth and families. I am passionate about equipping the church and parents to fulfill the promises we make at baptism. We all have a critical role to play in loving our next generation to love Jesus! My husband, Jeff, and I have three fabulous daughters, Jaden, Rylee, and Reese and have been married over 20 years! My favorite thing (in addition to Jesus) is when all 5 of us are together in the same space! Other things that make my heart happy are sparkles, walking on the beach, flip flops, and the smell of lemons and mulch (though not together… and only the pine bark nuggets and natural cypress)!

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    Bill Vasko

    Worship And Arts

    bvasko@mandarinpres.com
    As the Director of Music and Worship, I work to create and facilitate an authentic and relevant worship experience for people to encounter Jesus. I lead the sanctuary choir and worship team and oversee other areas within the music ministry as well as work with other tech components of the worship service. It’s such a privilege to work with people that love Jesus and have a love of music that choose to service Him by sharing their talent with our congregation and community. I’m from Western Pennsylvania and LOVE the cold weather and SNOW!! After finishing grad school at the University of Miami, God’s sense of humor seems to be keeping me in Florida, but has blessed me with my wife Becky and “dancing” daughter Kayla. You’ll usually find me wearing anything “Black & Gold” with Pittsburgh Steelers or Pittsburgh Penguins on it, eating pizza or sushi…I wonder if there’s a thing as a sushi pizza…Hmmmm…

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    Micah Griffin

    Middle School Ministries Director

    mgriffin@mandarinpres.com
    I was raised in Augusta, Georgia, and moved to Jacksonville my junior year of high school, where I attended Bartram Trail High School. I spent a year at Mississippi College and then finished my degree at the University of North Florida. I have been married to my wife, Mackenzie, since March of 2020, and we have a dog named Paisley. Since I was a teenager, I have had a passion for working with students and my hope is to show middle school students that they can have a close and personal walk with the Lord, no matter their age. I am an avid sports fan, my favorite sport being basketball. I love watching Mississippi State, Duke, Atlanta Braves, and the Golden State Warriors.

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    Brandon Gober

    High School Ministries Director

    bgober@mandarinpres.com
    I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Manhattan, Kansas when I was 16 years old. I take a lot of pride of being from Kansas…home of THE Kansas State University! I moved to Jacksonville 2 years ago, after most recently living in Oklahoma City and I’ve been serving in Student Ministry for the past 10 years. I truly love working with students and helping them learn what it means to have a relationship with Christ. I am so glad I chose to move to Florida because that’s where I met my best friend. I have been married to my beautiful wife Tiffany for 3 months now. In my free time I enjoy watching Kansas State sports, traveling, playing basketball and living a healthy, active life style.

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    Jen Loehle

    Administrative Assistant (Students)

    jloehle@mandarinpres.com
    I love overseeing the “behind the scenes” side of weekly middle school and high school programming and working with students and their families. I grew up in Abingdon, Virginia and dreamed of living in Florida after my first visit to Disney and Daytona Beach at age 8. My dreams came true 20 years ago when my husband Bill and I moved to Jacksonville. We are proud parents of two active teenagers, Jack and Annie. I enjoy baking, spending time with family, going to the beach and proofreading (yes, really!)

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    David Stull

    Parish Associate

    glfngnts@gmail.com
    As the MPC Parish Associate, I devote my time visiting the senior members of our congregation who are unable to attend worship due to illness or life situations. I also visit hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing facilities. I have been serving MPC since 2017 and have loved every minute. Although my roots are in Pennsylvania I’ve lived in Florida for the past 20 some years. My wife Joyce and I have a combined family of 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

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    Mellanie Henderson

    Preschool Director

    mhenderson@mandarinpres.com
    As the Director of MPC’s weekday Preschool (MPP), it’s my joy to oversee a staff of very dedicated women who seek to educate over 160 preschoolers in all sorts of ways and shapes. It delights me to witness the growth of the children in many ways and shapes and to minister to the families of these children. Isaiah 61:3 says, “We are planted by God to display His glory.” Seeing God’s glory displayed at MPP makes my heart sing. My husband, Craig and I have been married for over 30 years and are proud parents of two married daughters. A recent joy included the birth of our fourth grandchild! I also love college football – especially the Seminoles. Go FSU!

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    Carla Mayo

    Administrative Assistant/Handbell Choir Director

    cmayo@mandarinpres.com
    My administrative duties include working with the Pastoral Staff and the Director of Music at MPC. I also keep busy as Membership Secretary, Calendar & Events Coordinator, newsletter publisher and direct the Handbell Choir. I’m an avid sports fan, especially football (Go Buffalo Bills), NASCAR & golf. I love to read, go to the theater or watch a good movie…I’ve also been known to decorate a room or two (or Christmas tree) in my spare time.

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    Anne Petrone

    Administrative Assistant

    apetrone@mandarinpres.com
    I’m so happy to be an administrative assistant and work with the wonderful staff of MPC! My husband, Wayne, and I have been members of MPC since 1998 and raised our two boys in the church. They are now grown and independent – yay! I love to travel and have visited many countries around the world. I also love to read, paint and do crafty things, watch movies and shop.

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    Liz Whyard

    Bookkeeper

    lwhyard@mandarinpres.com
    I’ve had the privilege for the past 15 years to serve as the bookkeeper for the church as well as the pre-school. I am truly blessed to be able to work with some pretty amazing and talented staff members at Mandarin Presbyterian church! I love what I do and love interacting with our church members! I married my college sweetheart, Mike 37 years ago and we have raised 4 amazing human beings! We love to travel and visit our children and spend time with them and when we have a free weekend you can catch us chilling at the beach with our 2 Labradors.

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    Cindy Bean

    Accountant

    cbean@mandarinpres.com
    I have been the Accountant here at Mandarin Presbyterian Church and Preschool for over ten years! I feel fortunate to work with such a great group of people! My duties include financial statement preparation, account analysis, budgeting and payroll. I work here a few days a week and round out my week doing similar work for a local real estate investor.

    I was raised in Wheaton, Illinois and have lived in either Florida or California since 1979. When not at work you will find me walking my two Labrador retrievers, Bella and Hope. They are great substitutes for my kids who left Florida for college and chose to stay in Chicago and New York City. Great places to visit but I am happy to call Jacksonville my home!

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    Eddie Siceloff

    Communications Director

    esiceloff@mandarinpres.com
    As the Communications Director, my responsibility is to ensure that everything that represents Mandarin Presbyterian Church and its ministries is communicated in a clear and concise message, that it looks professional and adheres to the ‘brand’ of MPC. This includes all print, web, video, and social medias. I am excited about finding new ways to communicate, declare, and promote ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ and I feel blessed to be working in a profession that I love doing. I have three very active boys, Greyson, Parker, and Davison. I’m a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan! In my spare time, I’m at the ball fields with my boys or looking for something in need of repair or improvement.

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    Jonah Lenius

    Technical Director

    jlenius@mandarinpres.com
    My responsibility as technical director is to provide quality audio and video for all MPC events. When I’m not providing live support, I’m ensuring that all of MPC’s audio and video equipment is maintained and in working order. My wife Marissa and I have three children Owen, Jude, and Coralie. In my spare time I enjoy playing music, watching the Florida Gators, and watching the Philadelphia Flyers.

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    Mark Brown

    Facilities Manager

    mbrown@mandarinpres.com

    As Facilities Manager, I am responsible for the maintenance and repairs of our 17 acres of property, over 80,000 SF of buildings and three church owned vehicles. This job would not be possible without the help of so many volunteers that generously give their time and talents to help with the work needed to maintain God’s house. I am so grateful for those people that add to the blessing of working at the church with so many talented and dedicated men and women on the staff.

    My wife, Jean, and son, Douglas and I have been long time convenant partners of MPC. My primary interest outside of church, work and family is my involvement with the 'Mulch 4 Missions' annual high school summer mission trips fundraisers.

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    Brenda Haye

    Kitchen Coordinator

    bhaye@mandarinpres.com
    Life is such an adventure!! In 1981 I married the love of my life, Bryan, and the fun began. Like all newlyweds, we had our plans of what our life would be, but God just laughed and took us in other directions…. Job transfers (I always said I would never live in Florida, lol, and look at me now!), infertility and international adoptions to name a few! We have 2 amazing son’s, Brandon and Bryce and Jacksonville has been our home since 1993. I like to think of our home as “The Party House!” I love it when it is filled with family and friends eating, laughing, and just enjoying being together. I read something once that said “With food comes fellowship. And from that fellowship, friendships are developed. And from those friendships, fun times begin to happen.” I love that!! That’s why I am so thankful for my position on the staff here at MPC. I love to plan events and parties and see everyone having a great time with each other.

    In my spare time, HAHAHAHA, I love spending time with my family, going to my “Happy Place” a.k.a. Disney, and cheering for THE Ohio State Buckeyes! I love Christmas and start decorating the last weekend in October. Our retirement goals are to work at the Magic Kingdom. Bryan wants to be the conductor at the train station and I see myself as being a Fairy Godmother….oooo, or working in the candy shop on Main Street U.S.A.

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    Elders, Deacons, and Trustees

    Mandarin Presbyterian Church is committed to reaching out to our community, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. We want to love people to love Jesus Christ. We do that by electing individuals to help oversee the body of the church. These individuals are put on one of three governing boards.

    Elders

    The 12 members of Session, are individually called Elders. The Session is responsible for the vision, mission and government of MPC. They provide oversight without micromanaging all staff and programs, trusting those that God has brought on staff here. The Elders set and oversee spiritual direction growth within the church. They encourage and support staff, and they commit to actively participate in the life of the church.

    Session Members

    Class of 2022: Zan Frick, Wayne Gaff, Bobby Schrader, Tami Shepler
    Class of 2023: Matt Balanky, Danielle Caplin, Bob Graumann, Craig Henderson
    Class of 2024: Chris Davis, Curt Etheridge, Rosa Heard, Joan Pooley

    Session Committees 

    Executive/Personnel Committee:
    Craig Henderson, Maribeth Niager, Joe Perry

    Congregational Nominating Committee:
    Chris Davis, Craig Henderson, Bobby Schrader, Jason Shepler, Rosa Heard, Kim Harris and Mike Whyard.

    Finance Committee:
    Bob Gillander, Van Hogan, Bill Murphy, Joe Perry

    If you would like to reach out to our Session members (collectively) you can email Session.


    Deacons

    A deacon is an elected and ordained member of the congregation who has been selected to serve the needs of the other members of the congregation. Deacons meet the needs of the congregation through a wide variety of ways, from praying with someone who is experiencing loss, to delivering meals to a family in crisis, or assisting in serving communion. Since the needs of any congregation is vast, so too, the reach of the deacons is very broad.

    Class of 2022: Lynn Abbott, Kini Bowers, Allen Carrel, Verna Carrel, Heather Castillo, Melanie Ellis, Asa Ghaemi, Bob Hathaway, Kay Hathaway, Sharon Horst, George Momberg, Steve Pauly, Brandon Perkins, Amy Rait, Mike Sharrit, Mike Winkles

    Class of 2023: Bob Arnold, Jennifer Bias, Earl Bittner, Cissy Graumann, Mike Kash, Krista Knott, Andrinne Peacock, Mary Smith, Sandy Soluski, Brian Vosteen, Luke Wood

    Class of 2024: Emily Balanky, Megan Bryant, Scott Cooper, Faith Hipp, Keith Johnston, Kelly Keitzer, Glenda Kelsey, Alisa Knox, Susan LeVoy, Marjorie Lewis, Jenn O'Brien, Matt Polimeni, Heath Schopp, Steve Steen, Maria Valdes

    Trustees

    The Trustees act in regard to the real and personal property of the church. They also manage any permanent special funds of the church. In our case, that includes our Endowment Fund and Scholarship Fund. Finally, they manage special funds for furtherance of the ministry plan of the church, i.e, building funds.

    Current Trustees Classes:

    Class of 2022: Dennis Frick, Mike Horst, Greig Moyer
    Class of 2023: Mike Moore, Frank Talbott
    Class of 2024: Mark Anderson, Mark Momberg