Meet our new church leaders!
A Central Florida native and UCF graduate, Tracey Choroco has been an official member of Maitland Presbyterian since 2019 and has attended services with family since first visiting the church as a preschool student. Professionally, Tracey serves as the Director of Communication for Orlando Health Foundation and brings her experience to the church's Communication Council. Tracey also volunteers with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and currently serves as the Central Florida Chapter's Board Chair. In her free time, Tracey spends time with her husband, Walter, and stepdaughter, Samantha, as well as her parents, Melanie and Grady Stein. She enjoys long walks with her dogs, reading, watching documentaries, true crime podcasts, traveling abroad, and getting together with close friends."
Bob was born in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Central Florida with his wife Sarah in 2018, joining Maitland Presbyterian shortly after settling in. They were previously members at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. Bob and Sarah live in Altamonte Springs with their 2 children, Olivia (3) and Luke (1). Bob graduated from the University of Florida with a J.D. and a Bachelors in Economics. After practicing law in his hometown, he joined Sarah’s family business, Florida Surety Bonds, Inc. where he is Vice President. He enjoys laughing with his kids and taking funny family pictures.
My name is Jim Robinson, I was born and raised right here in Orlando. graduating from Edgewater High School and UCF. I am currently a cardiac nurse working for Advent Health, where I have worked in the Cardiac Cath Lab for the last 19 years.
I am blessed to share my life with my amazing wife Sara. We have three crackerjack kids, Eva, David, and Elise, and an energetic Boxer named Sundae. We have made our home Maitland, living in Oakland Shores, where we enjoy the company of many congregational friends. I am blessed to have known my Lord and Savior all my life. I was raised in the church attending from the time I was a young boy. I was baptized and confirmed as a teenager, married in the church, and proud to have my children share the opportunity I have had being baptized and raised in the church too. Most recently, with a mission to spiritually feed each member of our family, we were led to Maitland Presbyterian Church. We love that we all are filled up by the Spirit, having the opportunity to plug into an excellent contemporary service, group fellowship for youth and children, men’s retreats, women’s bible studies, and our bell choir. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve when called upon.
Our family joined Maitland Presbyterian in 1988 and I started singing in the choir s. One of my favorite experiences was being a member of the ladies’ ensemble known as the Grace Notes; did we have fun! I also enjoyed serving as a Trustee, teaching Sunday School and leading the music during Vacation Bible School. More recently, I have become a member of the NBC (Not By Choice) group and the ladies’ Bible Study. I have always found our church to be friendly and warm and feel blessed to be part of this community of faithful Christians. I look forward to serving our members as a Deacon.
My wife and I both grew up in Christian families and have been active in churches since early childhood. We have been attending this church for about 15 years. We first came here when we were invited by friends from the Bach Choir to come sing with them in this choir. Shortly after that, interim pastor Jerry Iworks invited us to join this church. We fell in love with our new church family have been honored to serve here since then. I was ordained an Elder of the church under Pastor Ron Smith and served 3 years on the Session. As part of that, I worked with the Hospitality group and served two years on the church nominating committee. Which, I am proud to say, eventually led to the calling of our present pastors Dave and Megan. I currently sit on the Board of Trustees and the Property committee and I look forward to this next step of service to our church family as a Deacon for the next few years. I also serve as one of the coordinators of our annual Kirkin’ O’ the Tartans service.
Brenda is a lifelong Presbyterian and has served as an Elder, Deacon,and Stephen Minister. Her walk has led her on mission trips to the Amazon and Kiev, Ukraine. Brenda has three children and five grandchildren and Grandma is herfavorite title. Presently she serves as Funeral Coordinator and she has a day and evening Mahjong class in Fellowship Hall. Brenda is honored to serve again on the Diaconate.
Melanie has lived in south Seminole County since the 1960’s. Her parents joined MPC and were active members for many years. Her father, Rip Kirby, served as an elder.
Melanie is a retired licensed mental health counselor. She has been married (to Grady) for almost 45 years. She has two step-sons, and together they have a daughter, Tracey Choroco, who is also a member of MPC. Melanie joined MPC is 2012, and has served as chair of the PNC, chair of the Personnel Committee, sings with the Praise Team, and is a member of the Miriams PW Circle.
CNC for 2022
Mike McAlpin, Chair
Mike McAlpin is a brilliant computer scientist who, despite his extensive education, can often be found swimming in large bodies of open water in Florida. He is a long time member of Maitland Pres and is known at the church both for his leadership as an elder and his ability to sleep on concrete in the middle of the day at church campouts (a testament to his military service). His wife Patty is wonderful. Seriously, get to know Patty. (Mike’s bio didn’t arrive in time, so this has been provided by Pastor Megan).
I have been a member of Maitland Presbyterian Church since early 2,000 and have been honored to volunteer in many areas. Currently, I serve as Clerk of Session, as Vice Moderator ofPresbyterian Women at the local level and as Secretary of Presbyterian Woman at the Regional Level. I also serve on the Worship Ministry Group and on the Stewardship Ministry Group. I live and work in Lake Mary and am mom to an amazing young man. I am blessed.
Susan McKinney, husband Joe McKinney We have 2 grown children, Jennifer and Jonathan. I have lived in Orlando 42 years and have been a member of Maitland Presbyterian Church since 1987, 34 years.I have been involved with the Church School for about 28 years and am a member of the Presbyterian Women Miriam, Circle 9. I am currently on the Finance Committee.
Nancy and I have been married for 38 years. We have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Our daughter Neely is married to Mark Boucher and live in Bethesda, MD with their son, Brooks (2 ½ years old). Our son Daniel is married to Bailey and live in Orlando with their 2 children, Charlie (2 years old) and Lucy (2 months old). Our youngest son Andrew now lives in Tampa. We have lived in Maitland since May 1993 and have been members of MPC since 1994. It has been an honor to serve our church as a member of the Property Committee, an usher, an elder on session, and as a deacon. I am excited and honored to be nominated to serve on the CNC for 2022.
My name is Beth Taylor and I have been a member of Maitland Presbyterian
Church since 1986. My husband Rick and I have 3 wonderful children and a lovely
daughter in law. Rick and I recently became grandparents and we are thrilled. Our
grandson Aiden has become the star of our family. I have been teaching special
needs students at Brookshire Elementary School for many years. I have had the
privilege of helping with the Language Learning Center for approximately 5 years
and I am currently a member of the Mission committee. I am extremely grateful for
our church family and I am excited and honored to join the wonderful members on
Laurie is a retired flight attendant. She lives with her husband, Joe, and two mini dachshunds who run the house. Laurie is a sustaining Elder and Deacon, and currently serves on the Committee on Ministry at Presbytery. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Hope Chest, a non-profit thrift store, reads, walks, and plays the flute.
Hi, I’m Kelly Strykul and I am a life long member of Maitland Presbyterian church. I was baptized here and married in our church. I have a wonderful and supportive husband, Jeremy and we have two amazing boys Jack and Rhys . I have been a teacher in Orange County Public Schools for the past 24 years, and I have taught at Dommerich Elementary in Maitland for the last 17 years. I am looking forward to serving MPC on the Foundation board.
David has been a member of MPC for 52 years, serving in various roles. He is currently and has been an adult Sunday School teacher for over 30 years. He is a long time member of the choir and has served as a deacon, elder and pastoral search committee member in past years. He is currently serving on the board of trustees.
I have been a member of Maitland Presbyterian since the 1970’s. I am a long standing member of Circle One, have served as a Deacon, served on the MPC Foundation, participated in several Small Groups, and am delighted to continue my term as a Trustee. Our church is a wonderful group of thoughtful, loving, caring and faithful individuals and my husband Terry and I have always felt fortunate to be part of the MPC family.
Hugh W. Miller, Jr. Is a civil engineering traffic and revenue consultant and a native of New Britain, CT. He is an Adult Sunday School substitute teacher and member of the Stewardship committee and the men’s group. He has served as an elder and on the Adult Education, Scholarship, Finance, and Nominating Committees.He showed the audio visuals for the contemporary service, drove the church bus, and participated in many other service activities in his 20 years at MPC. He enjoys spending time with his mother and family, reading, writing, and traveling to Arizona to see his grandsons.
Anita and Bud joined the Maitland church in 1972. Since that time Bud has served on or chaired Finance, Stewardship (led two capital campaigns), a PNC, several staff search activities, Refuge Support, painted innumerable rooms, built bookcases and storage closets, and cooked for Thanksgiving Breakfast, men’s retreat, and church picnic. Bud currently participates in a men’s and couple’s small group. Anita and Bud derive great joy and happiness from their four children, ten grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.