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Rev. Michael Beck
Senior Pastor

As a traditionally trained Methodist minister, Rev. Michael Beck serves as the senior pastor of Wildwood United Methodist Church. Michael completed his Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary with highest honors. As a recipient of the Towel and Basin Award, the most prestigious award given to a graduating senior, Michael exemplifies the role of a servant-leader. He also received the Zondervan Greek Scholarship Award as the most outstanding Greek student in his graduating class. His preaching, firmly grounded in the Scriptures, blends the prophetic with the practical. Michael’s ability to make the truth of the Bible real to everyday life contributes to the vibrant nature of our inspiring worship experiences.
God has used Pastor Michael’s traditional Methodist training in some very non-traditional ways. This is evidenced by a thriving New Life worship experience geared toward young families, a multi-site Celebrate Recovery program, as well as weekly worship gatherings held in local restaurants and tattoo parlors. The God inspired impact of this innovative approach has seen the addition of over 200 new members in the past four years, the majority of whom are brand new Christians.

Michael’s inspirational style of leadership has led him outside the local church and into the community. As a missional pioneer he has spearheaded several movements to create systemic change. God is now using Michael’s gifts and passion to reach the not-yet-Christian on a district and national level as the newly appointed South Atlantic Coordinator of Fresh Expressions US. He lives here in Wildwood with his wife, Jill, and their blended family of 8 children.

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Pastor Wilma Reyes
Associate Pastor

Pastor Wilma Reyes is a Certified Candidate for Ministry with the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church on her first appointment. She is a single mother who raised two children, now members of the United States military: 24-year-old Joel David, and 22-year-old Nicole Marie. In 2016 she became the proud mother-in-law of Kaitlyn Marie.
Wilma’s involvement in ministry training traces back to 1984, when she became the leader of her high school’s Christian youth program. This was only the beginning of 30 plus years of connection to diverse areas of ministry which included district youth leader, member of the board of a Christian fraternity in college, leader of short term mission trips in the same fraternity, missionary to Peru, teacher in a two-year Christian leadership training program, pastor in Puerto Rico, and later ordained minister in a local ministerial association on the same Island.
Wilma was called to ministry during her first year in college, interrupting her plans to become a doctor in medicine after being accepted in a fast-track medicine program at the University of Puerto Rico. After two years of discerning her next steps, she transferred to a local Bible College where she earned a Bachelors in Pastoral Studies with a minor in New Testament Biblical Interpretation. She continued her studies at a graduate level and completed a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling, majoring in behavioral modification.
Notwithstanding her extensive studies, she understood the Lord had a further calling in her life, and in 2003 joined the United Methodist Church, where she immediately felt at home with its missional focus and social justice tradition. A year later she was awarded a scholarship to begin her seminary studies at United Theological Seminary, Western New York Campus, becoming the Student Pastor at Primera United Methodist Church in Buffalo, NY. After relocating to Florida, she served at First UMC, St Cloud, while continuing her seminary studies at Asbury Theological Seminary where she is currently a senior.
Wilma has worked in the translation of theological materials throughout her life. She translated a four-year curriculum for the Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies, and more recently worked with Asbury Theological Seminary as part of the translation team for Seedbed Publishing.
After serving for six years as Administrator at First UMC St Cloud, Wilma received her first appointment to Wildwood United Methodist Church. There she joined Rev. Michael Beck and Pastor Nicole Pennington to form a team that presently oversees the United Methodist Churches at Wildwood and Oxford.
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Nicole Larrabee
Associate Pastor

Nicole Larrabee is currently serving as a associate/co-Pastor for the United Methodist church here at Wildwood UMC. Nicole answered a call to preach years ago, but was in Nursing school at the time. At the time she believed it wasn’t the right timing so continued to complete , and get her degree as a Registered Nurse. Still, she continued to hear God’s call on her life to move forward in ministry as clergy. Two years ago Nicole came forward in the United Methodist Church to fulfill Gods call through this ministry.
Nicole has been involved in music since she was a young girl, and is passionate about singing , playing guitar and leading worship. She is also proudly leading the contemporary band here at wildwood, they call themselves the Wild Ones Band. Nicole is continuing to go forward in the United Methodist Church to become a licensed local pastor and is currently in the process. She plans to attend seminary in the future when the time comes to do so. She continues to move forward with continued education that the UMC requires until then.
Nicole is a mother of two sons , Caleb and Kyle and also is actively involved in the life of her older grandmother. Nicole loves working with children and older people, and animals. She enjoys teaching, and preaching and has a heart for the down trodden. She enjoys engaging with the community through outreach and music.
Although she is a pastor she continues to work as a Home Health Care nurse as well. Nicole is a big supporter of Celebrate Recovery that takes place here at Wildwood on a weekly basis.
Nicole Pennington is a passionate young lady with a heart for Jesus and the people of the community.