The Rev. Rick Luoni
“Radical, reckless love” is how Father Rick Luoni describes God’s pursuit of His people. As Rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Fr. Rick believes that salvation is about wholeness in the here and now, with the church a place to experience the beauty and love that is Christ With Us. After 7+ years as Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Summerville, SC and as Assistant Priest at the Sullivan’s Island Church of the Holy Cross, Fr. Rick and his wife, Katrena, were called to St. Michael’s in September 2015. Originally from West Virginia, Fr. Rick earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concord College and spent many years as a business executive and owner in the advertising, marketing and television fields. His career took him from Charlotte, NC to San Francisco, where he felt God’s call to ordained ministry. A 2005 graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, Fr. Rick has ministered with Kairos Prison Ministry, Alcoholics Anonymous, Cursillo, and served in development and leadership training roles for Episcopal churches. His ministry philosophy is simple at St. Michael’s – love God, love each other, and serve the world. His approach is for church to be relevant, friendly, open, and fun. His hobbies include the martial arts, and he is a fifth degree Black Belt, having once owned a Chuck Norris karate school. Fr. Rick often walks the College Park neighborhoods, praying along the way with a phrase he uses in most Sunday services at St. Michael’s, “Whatever your background, however you see God today, no matter how challenging your journey, we welcome and accept you and trust God will take you where he wants you to go, in His timing. You belong here.”
The Reverend Diane Souder
Associate of Pastoral Care
Prior to seminary, Diane’s career included airline work, education/teaching, Day Care Management, State Government S.E. District HR and Quality Control. She attended The General Theological Seminary, NYC; sponsored by The Diocese of S.E. Florida. Diane’s first calling was in Washington, DC, St. Patrick’s Church; from there CA, AZ, and now Central Florida. The areas include Assoc. Rector, Priest-in-Charge, Nursing Home and Hospice Chaplain, and Spiritual Director. Her son, Jase, whom she is quite proud of and grateful for, lives in Nevada.
The Reverend Carter A. Smith
Deacon Carter is a cradle Episcopalian, born in Washington D.C. and baptized at the National Cathedral. He served as a pilot for 47 years. His flying career includes a year in Vietnam, 29 years as a Captain for Continental Airlines, and he currently instructs corporate pilots at Flight Safety, International. His call to ministry led him to become ordained as a vocational Deacon. His passions are Pastoral Care and preaching the Gospel. Deacon Carter and his wife Chris have two grown sons between them.
Director of Music
Our Director of Music is Andrew J. Walker. Originally from the United Kingdom, Andrew strives to offer, use, and develop his musical skills in ways that bring the maximum benefit to those whom he leads, instructs and ministers to. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of London – Royal Holloway College, England. He is an accomplished clinician, conductor and songwriter and is also a Member the American Guild of Organists and a Member the Association of Anglican Musicians.
He is also, through January 2015, a member of the RSCM America Board of Directors. For the previous three years he has served as President of this American Branch of the worldwide organization, “The Royal School of Church Music”.
Director of Youth Ministry
Mike is our Director of Youth Ministry, focusing on students middle-school-age through 24 years old. He encourages his students and young adults to desire a stronger relationship with God and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He fuels this through teaching, prayer, fun, fellowship, music and service. Mike is luckily married to Vantrease for over a year. They have known each other since kindergarten. They have 29 children (NOT a joke)
Director of Children's Ministry
Tiffany joined the St. Michael’s staff in 2008 after being an active volunteer with the Children’s Ministry and Alpha at St. Michael’s for five years. She enjoys having children accompany her on her walk with God. Tiffany’s pride and joy is her family. She is married to Todd for 15 years, and together they have three children. She enjoys most being on a boat with her family for a full day of fishing.
Melanie has been on staff at St. Michael’s for nine years. She has served as the Church Receptionist, Preschool’s Enrichment Teacher, Three’s Teacher and Assistant Director. She has recently been promoted to be the Director of the Preschool. Melanie feels so blessed by St. Michael’s and thankful for the opportunity to minister to College Park and the neighboring communities through our preschool. She is married to Stephen for 16 years and has three children who have all attended St. Michael’s Preschool.
Asst. Parish Administrator
After a brief time on a church staff in Gainesville, FL, Greg returned to Orlando and joined the St. Michael’s family as Assistant Parish Administrator. Greg will receive his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary in August 2016, and said his prayer is that the Spirit of God will work in and through him to assist this worshiping community in accomplishing its mission and vision to the glory of God. A former Navy airman, Greg is married to Christina and father of two young sons, Alex and Benny. The Favazza’s are expecting their third son, Zac, in May 2016.
Assistant Director of Music
Eddie has worked at St. Michael’s for 32 years. He is a native of Orlando and graduated from Jones High School in 1972. He is married with two adult daughters. He loves working at St. Michael’s because it’s more like a family than a job and we look out for each other. Eddie loves to fish and throw horseshoes.