Meet Our Pastors

our pastors
brian james

Rev. Brian A. James

Senior Pastor

Pastor Brian is a Florida native and has served 32 years as an ordained pastor in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. These past three years at First Church Oviedo have been full of challenges and blessings, he says. My biggest blessing continues to be my wife, Dustin, and our four children. Come see the blessings God has in store for you!

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Patina Ripkey

Rev. Patina Ripkey

Associate Pastor

Mission Engagement and Contemporary Worship

Pastor Patina and her husband, Jim, are from Tampa. As the Associate Pastor of Contemporary Worship and Mission Engagement, Pastor Patina serves 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, she says. I would love to meet you and be a part of God’s blessing to you.

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wade arnold bio

Rev. Dr. Wade Arnold

Assistant Pastor

Discipleship, Stewardship, and Pastoral Care

Dr. Arnold has served churches all across the Southeast, but has called Central Florida home for the past 16 years. Dr. Arnold serves as Assistant Pastor for Discipleship, Pastoral Care, and Generosity. Wade has been married to Jessica since 2000 and they have two beautiful, smart, hardworking girls, Lily, 9, and Hayden, 6. My deepest desire is for everyone to experience the fullness of Christ. I hope you will join us as we journey to be like Jesus together.

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