Music Staff

Director of Music- 9:00AM

Tim Lester, Director of Music, is the Performing Arts Chairperson and Choral Director at Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay. Prior to joining the faculty at Palmer Trinity, he was Magnet Teacher of Chorus and Piano at South Dade Senior High School from 2006 to 2011. Tim was the also chairperson of the vocal and choral division at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall and Hialeah campuses for over ten years.

Originally from Virginia, he attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, The University of Maryland, and Florida International University. Tim holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in vocal performance. He has conducted choral groups both locally and nationally, including taking his school choirs on three separate occasions to Carnegie Hall in New York (most recently in February 2016). He was also a featured soloist with the New World Symphony in the world premiere of Villa-Lobos’ Choros No. 10 in 2001 and “A Night at the Opera” at Miami Beach’s Lincoln Theatre in 2000.

The son of a retired minister, Mr. Lester has been working with church choirs for nearly forty years. He has directed music for many different denominations. Most recently he was at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish for three years. He is delighted to return to First United Methodist of Homestead, where he served from 2008-2013. As a baritone soloist, he has also sung for Temple Beth Am, Temple Bet Shira, and Aventura Turnberry Synagogue.

Worship Leader-11:00AM

Pastor Becky Gilbert comes to Homestead from the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Becky is a 1994 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies and a 1997 graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Christian Education focusing on Youth and Recreation Ministries.
 
The goal of Pastor Becky and the Praise Team is to bring more engagement from the church as we worship God together.
 
1 Thessalonians 2:8 New International Version (NIV)
“so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”