Florida Hospital Church has a full staff dedicated to meeting the needs of our diverse and growing congregation.
Andy, from his arrival on staff as Youth Pastor in 1984 right up to the present, has consistently presented the message of God’s grace. With ever increasing conviction he understands sin as God’s problem that God solves, and there are benefits of grace for us. He enjoys leading a church that, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, is always looking for ways to improve and grow. Andy graduated with his Doctor of Ministry in 1998. His wife Vicki, an ARNP, is Director of Risk Management for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. They are very proud of their daughter Whitni, son Zachary, daughter-in-law Riley and the new joy of their lives grandson Paxton. When not at the church Andy loves to be out of doors sailing, biking, relaxing, spending time with his family and working on home improvement projects.
Abel Aponte serves as the technical director for FHC as well as working as a freelance musician and sound engineer. After volunteering with the FHC worship ministry for several years, he was excited to officially join the team. Abel draws strength from Philippians 4:13 and the mission of FHC: to love people into a lifelong friendship with God. His past work includes co-founding a contemporary worship band, serving as a worship coordinator and mentoring young musicians. He also enjoys spending time outdoors and staying active with his wife and FHC worship leader, Ivette, and their son, Lennon. He is currently pursuing a degree in audio engineering from Valencia Community College and loves being able to give back to FHC through sound, lighting and all technical aspects of worship.
Administrative Coordinator Phillip Burks initially joined the FHC team as a volunteer in the music ministry more than 10 years ago, and remains actively involved in music with the church. He grew up in Nashville, and later attended his alma mater Union College where he served in multiple musical roles and traveled to Papua New Guinea as a student missionary. After working as a police officer with the Winter Springs Police Department, he decided to leave that role to become a stay-at-home dad for his son Levi. Phillip and his wife Crystal, a nurse at Florida Hospital and worship singer, love taking Levi to playgrounds and encouraging his young love of music. Phillip also writes songs and finds encouragement through the passionate words of King David and the logic of Paul’s letters.
Krizia Capeles joined Florida Hospital Church about four years ago and now serves as the Director of Justice Ministries. Krizia began her time at FHC by joining the Justice Ministries team and integrating her own program, From Outside In, a non-profit organize that offers a free mobile boutique to at-risk youth in the community. Before working with FHC, Krizia worked as an advocate for health system and community policies with the Adventist Health System Government and Public Policy Department. She also worked with Devereux Florida’s post-adoption unit that helped adoptive families find resources in the community. Inspired by 1 Peter 4:10, Krizia hopes to help connect people with opportunities to serve that use their individual God-given gifts. Krizia and her husband Matthew Evans, love to travel and explore, and one day, Krizia hopes to create a cat sanctuary.
Before serving as Associate Pastor at FHC, Jeff Cinquemani spent 20 years serving in youth ministry programs. He served as the Campus Chaplain at Adventist University and through this work, met Andy McDonald and the FHC team. Jeff and the FHC team were a part of crafting and developing a new vision for the community and a compelling mission for the church. In 1997, Jeff officially joined the pastoral team at FHC, and his wife, Tami, has also served the church in numerous roles, allowing them to raise their family alongside the FHC church family. Jeff has always resonated well with FHC’s passion for sharing God’s grace and willingness to think outside the box for the sake of the Gospel. The Cinquemani’s enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, and Jeff is a lifelong racquet-ball fanatic.
Tami Cinquemani joined the FHC family in 1992 when her husband Jeff, who now serves as Associate Pastor, accepted the role of Chaplain at Adventist University (then Florida Hospital College). Since then, she has been a part of the church in various roles, helping with everything from creating the bulletin to serving as Church Administrator. Tami became a full-time staff member as Worship Pastor in 2009 and completed her Master’s Degree in Worship Studies at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2014. Tami embraced Christianity for the first time as a young adult and continues to be amazed by the grace and forgiveness she has been given in Jesus. She believes true worship extends beyond church walls and finds Micah 6:8 to give clear and concise direction for life: “to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” Tami and Jeff have a daughter Brittany, son-in-law Joshua, son J.T., dauther-in-law Alyssa, and granddaughters Adelyn and Eden. In her free time, she enjoys writing, acting, traveling and cheering on the Chicago Bears.
When Pastor Andy mentioned that FHC was looking for a faith coordinator to build relationships at the Children’s Academy Loch Haven, Vivian Cook was ready for the challenge. As Children’s Academy Loch Haven pastor, Viv creates learning opportunities and a sense of community for families with children, as well as trains teachers to effectively minister in their own classrooms. Viv holds a speech therapy and audiology degree, certification in vocal/music education and a master’s degree in human services counseling, executive leadership. Viv is married to Tim, who is an executive at Adventist Health System and a pastor. They have three adult children: Jacob, Justin and Julia, who are all very involved in the music ministry of FHC. Viv is also the director for Lifelong Music Worship Choir and Worship Kids, ordained elder, missionary to Africa and former women’s dean at Andrews University. She grew up across the street from Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Viv loves running marathons and has 2 Timothy 4:7 etched on her running watch: “I have finished the race, keep the faith.”
Greg Creek joined FHC in 2011 after studying at Southern Adventist University and the Adventist Theological Seminary and serving as youth pastor in the Kansas Nebraska Conference. He loves his ministry role of connecting with young people and helping them create relationships with Jesus. His wife, Gina, works at Adventist Health System and also serves on several FHC teams, and their son, Gideon, was born in 2013. Jesus’s prayer for the disciples and future believers in John 17 speaks to Greg’s faith—the passage communicates a desire for all believers to be united. In his free time, Greg likes to spend time with his wife and son and play music (primarily guitar).
Richard Hickam, a native of San Diego, serves as full-time Minister of Music at FHC. Richard is a versatile composer, conductor, arranger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is also the founding Music Director and Conductor for the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra and served for more than a decade as the band, jazz band and orchestra director at Collegedale Academy in Tennessee. During his tenure as Music Director, the orchestra received the gold rating at the 2008 New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. Richard has studied at Southern Adventist University, Vandercook College of Music and Liberty University. Psalm 96:1’s command to “Sing a new song unto the Lord” inspires him to create music and encourage others to sing with their own voices and a refreshing spirit. In his free time, Richard loves spending time with his wife Darlene, a nurse anesthetist at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, and his daughters, Allison and Autumn. They love making music together as a family.
A cardiac care unit registered nurse by profession, Karla Jongema has been attending FHC since Andy McDonald became Senior Pastor in 1985. Karla serves as young adult ministry coordinator and has been working at FHC in some capacity since 2009. She and her husband, Rick, celebrated 25 years of marriage in 2015 and love spending time with their daughters, Shannon and Shelby. She finds focus through Philippians 4:6-8, which offers God’s comfort and peace through any circumstance. Karla enjoys her time at FHC, which she describes as like working with family. She loves animals and has three cats — Asher, Scaredy, and Max — and a leopard gecko, Gilda. She enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, biking, and learning new things.
John is a life-long resident of Central Florida, where he grew up in the midst of the booming space industry. He spent several years working with his father at Kennedy Space Center before changing career paths and opening a private investigative agency. Ten years working as a private investigator took John to every corner of Florida, facilitating a deeper appreciation of his home state. In 2005, John joined the FHC staff. He enjoys helping the church family grow while pursuing his passions for ministry, entrepreneurialism and the community. John serves as Chairman of the Board of Orlando Junior Academy, on the Florida Conference of SDA Board of Education, on the Southern Union Board of Education and is the President of the Edible Education Experience. John finds joy in his professional life and his home life with Vickie, his wife of 17 years, son Luke and daughter Taylor.
A member of Florida Hospital Church since 2002, Karen Ragsdale knew after her first visit that FHC would be her home church. She has been involved in several ministries since joining FHC, including serving on the leadership team of the collegiate/young adult group, as the co-leader of Adventurers, and in the praise team and choir music ministries. For the last 6 years, Karen has been the leader of the KidsCo Live! Birth-2.5 year old class. Karen is also a certified health coach and runs her own health and wellness business called Mission: Healthy Me. She loves the passion behind the team and membership at FHC and enjoys putting her skills to work to help whatever ministry she can. Karen finds comfort in the words of Ephesians 3:17-19, which also supports the FHC mission of loving people into a lifelong friendship with God. In her free time, she practices Tae Kwon Do as a blue belt and enjoys photography, travel, and musical theater.
Diane Pedraza joined the FHC team eight years ago as an Administrative Assistant and has become an integral part of the team as Office Manager. She and her husband have five children, and Diane later completed her college degree at the same time as her children. Her role at FHC blends a variety of responsibilities, from working with people in need to distributing information to FHC’s 1,200 members and attendees. Diane’s family is also involved in FHC and also often volunteers with Family Promise, a local organization that hosts homeless families with children to help them get back on their feet. Diane has been married to her husband for 35 years and also enjoys spending time with their six grandchildren, baking, and attending the international Bible Study Fellowship. Diane is inspired by John 13:34-35, which instructs Christ followers to love one another and treat everyone with kindness.