Our Staff

Pastor Carlos Otero

Pastor Carlos was born in New York City, but his parents were from Tampa. When he was 5 his family moved back to Tampa, where he grew up. He became a follower of Jesus Christ as a teenager through the youth ministry of a local United Methodist church. Carlos attended Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Between college and seminary, he spent a year in Israel as a volunteer on a kibbutz with a Christian organization. Carlos has pastored several churches in Florida during the past 32 years.


He and his wife, Esther, whom he met at Asbury University, also served as UM missionaries in Sofia, Bulgaria from 1994-1996. Esther was born and raised on the mission field in the Philippines, and is a Registered Nurse, specializing in Maternal-Infant care. Carlos and Esther have two grown daughters, Stefanie, who is a Nurse Practitioner, and Emily, who is a kindergarten teacher. Both live in Palm Beach County. They still have a son at home, David, who is a college student. They also have one grandchild. Pastor Carlos’ passions are Biblical preaching and teaching, missions, and making disciples who are fully committed followers Jesus Christ.

Music Ministry:       

David Malone   

Director of Children:   

Hope Crawford     

Director of Home Communion:   

Don Hembree, Pastor Emeritus

Administrative Assistant:

Lee Gober     


Pat Dolingo             752-3424

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