Meet Our Pastors

brian james

Rev. Brian A. James

Senior Pastor

I’m a Florida native and have served 28 years as an ordained pastor in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. My first two years at First Church Oviedo have been full of challenges and blessings. My biggest blessing continues to be my wife, Dustin, and our four children. Come see the blessings God has in store for you!


Patina Ripkey

Rev. Patina Ripkey

Associate Pastor

Mission Engagement and Contemporary Worship

My husband and I are from Tampa. We are new to Oviedo and First Church. As the Associate Pastor of Contemporary Worship and Mission Engagement, I serve God by serving His people in our church, in our community, and throughout the world! I love to share God’s Word through testimony, music, small groups, and fellowship. I would love to meet you and be a part of God’s blessing to you.



Dr. Joseph Okello

Assistant Pastor

Geneva Pastor/Adult Discipleship

My wife, Sophie, and I were born in Kenya. We met in Kenya and got married in Kentucky while completing our studies at the University of Kentucky. After moving to Oviedo to work as a professor at Asbury Seminary, I also came to serve as the assistant pastor at First Church Oviedo. God has revealed himself to my family here through the warm hospitality and generosity of our church family. This church has been a blessing to me and could be to you as well.


megan keiser

Megan Keiser

Youth Pastor

I love everything Harry Potter, Disney, and Star Wars. I am pretty sure if I was a shoe I would be Rainbow Sandals with a braided strap. I have a German Shepherd puppy named Remus, after Professor Lupin of course. After growing up in West Palm Beach, I went to Florida Southern College where I graduated with a degree in Religion and concentration in Youth Ministry. I’d love to get to know you!