Pastoral Staff


Rev. Benjamin Stilwell-Hernandez


Ben is responsible for equipping and helping the church reach people for Christ, develop disciples and live lives of compassion mercy and justice. He preaches, teaches, works with leaders and tries to hang out with people as much as possible.


Ben is married to Keila (pronounced K-la). They have two amazing children, Jeshua and Isabella. They like to travel and have fun together!

Other Interests

Ben is always looking for a new adventure, he is a certified SCUBA diver, Licensed Private Pilot, a dabbler in fishing and hunting and aspiring adventure seeker.

Favorite Scripture

About Benjamin, he said: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” (Deut 33:12) 

This scripture is Ben’s prayer that 1) he will be the Lord’s beloved and 2) Ben will find rest in the Lord, always!


B.S., Religion, Lambuth University

M.Div., Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico

OUR PASTOR-Spanish Service

In February 1998 I gave my life to Jesus Christ. That same year I received the call from God to be a pastor and 6 years later I began to serve God as a pastor in the Methodist Church in Cuba. My family and I were in three churches during this period serving God successfully.
Recently I came to the United States to continue the call that God made of me 17 years ago. By decision of the Florida conference I have been sent to serve as associate pastor to serve the Hispanic ministry at the First Methodist Church of Homestead. My family and I are with our hearts full of gratitude to God and faith in the coming years will be years of many victories.
-Pastor Damian


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. Becky is married to Larry and they have three children, Hunter-14, Hudson-9 and Harlowe-7.
The EKG youth ministry here at Homestead FUMC is a growing, vibrant, exciting Youth program and meets each week on Friday night from 7pm-10pm for food,fellowship, fun and games and exciting enganging worship experiences.
The goal of Pastor Becky and the EKG Youth Group is to bring more teenagers into a personal relationship of Jesus Christ and provide a safe fun and enganing community to help teenagers as they grow in faith and wisdom.
1 Thessalonians 2:8 New International Version (NIV)
8- 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.