Church Staff

Dr. Robert P. Hines, Jr.
PASTOR

Pastor Bob was born and raised in Beaver, PA. He majored in history at Maryville College, which is where he met his wife, Pat. After graduating from Maryville, Bob and Pat moved to New Jersey, where he received his seminary degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Pastor Bob’s first call took him to Ohio, where he served two churches in Cadiz and Jewett. After four years in Ohio, he accepted a call to serve at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City, PA. He served at Calvin for 18 years. While serving in Pennsylvania, Pastor Bob received his Doctor of Ministry degree in stewardship from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. In 2002, Pastor Bob and Pat moved to Oakland to serve the congregation here at Oakland Presbyterian Church. Bob has served on several Presbytery committees as member and chair, and as a commissioner to the General Assembly. He is the author of Buying Swamp Land for God, a book of lectionary-based sermons published by CSS Press.

In his spare time, Pastor Bob likes to read, watch movies, travel, blow bubbles for his grandchildren, and spend time with friends and family. He is a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. He and Pat have two adult children. Their son, Chris, lives in New Orleans. Their daughter, Erin, lives in Virginia with her husband, Charlie, and their three children.

Tiffany Goggans

Tiffany Goggans
DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Tiffany began her ministry at Oakland in October of 2007. She hails from Albany, GA, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. In 2007, she earned her Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. As Director of Christian Education, Tiffany oversees the education ministry of the church for children, youth, and adults. She is the driving force behind many of our most successful programs, including Vacation Bible School, Children’s Church, and Upward Basketball and Cheerleading. She also equips and trains our volunteers for educational ministry.

Tiffany and her husband, Israel, live in Winter Garden and have a one-year-old daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth. They enjoy the beach, cooking, and watching movies together. Tiffany’s love for children is evident in everything she does here at Oakland Presbyterian Church. You can often find her crafting or playing games with our young friends.

Michael Shortal

Michael Shortal
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Conductor, composer, and organist, Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from UT, Knoxville. Michael was the Chorus Master for the UT Choral and Opera Theater Departments. He has also taught in the Orange County Public School system. He has served at many churches over the years, including the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, First United Methodist of Orlando, Westminster Presbyterian, Church Street United Methodist, and Lincoln Park United Methodist in Knoxville.

Laurie Templin

Laurie Templin
PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Laurie was born and raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. Laurie enjoyed a career with Walt Disney World as an area restaurant manager, opening Disney Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Paris. She also spent five years in Japan in association with Tokyo Disneyland. Laurie has her staff and director’s credentials through the State of Florida, as well as VPK certification. Laurie taught at Second Presbyterian Preschool in Knoxville, TN as well as Trinity Christian Academy in Orlando.

Laurie loves to run, and participates in races whenever she has the chance. She is married to Cort, and they live in Independence with their son, Cade. They also have two adult children, Steel and Evan. In her free time, Laurie enjoys watching the antics of her two cats, Dr. Seuss and Maks.

Bonnie Litteral

Bonnie Litteral
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S CHOIRS

Bonnie has been directing our children’s choir program since 1986. She has built a thriving program, with three choirs ranging in age from 3 – 11. Bonnie received her Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance degree from Stetson University in 1974. She received a Master’s degree, magna cum laude, from Boston Conservatory, and was an apprentice artist at the Sante Fe Opera in 1980. Bonnie holds Level I and II Orff certifications and is an active member of the Central Florida Orff Chapter. She is the President of the Central Florida Chapter of Chorister’s Guild. As her “day job,” Bonnie teaches elementary music to five hundred students at Princeton Elementary, and has twice been selected Teacher of the Year.

Bonnie enjoys singing with our Sanctuary Choir, and is the Secretary of our church Presbyterian Women group. She is the chairwoman for the PW Annual Tea. Bonnie and her husband, Jack, live in downtown Winter Garden, and they have three adult children: Lisa, JT, and Kristin, and four grandchildren.

Diane Flagler

Diane Flagler
ORGANIST

Born in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Diane received her Bachelor in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University and is certified in Middle School Language Arts. Diane moved to Florida in 1980, where she worked as a teacher for over 35 years before retiring in 2010. She served as assistant organist for Community United Methodist Church in Casselberry prior to coming to Oakland in 2000, where she serves as our organist and pianist.

Diane’s daughter, April, is a Dr. of Clinical Psychology, working for the Veterans Administration in Orlando. Diane is available for weddings and funerals and thoroughly enjoys being a part of the wonderful spiritual music ministry at Oakland.

Alecia Spence

Alecia Spence
BUSINESS MANAGER

Alecia was born in Orlando and has lived in West Orange County all of her life. She graduated from West Orange High School and received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida Southern College. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and has worked as an accountant for 29 years. Alecia works as a self-employed CPA in addition to her part-time duties at Oakland Presbyterian Church.

Alecia is married to her high school sweetheart, Rick, and they have twins, Caleb and Cassandra, who will graduate from Dr. Phillips High School in May of 2017. Alecia and her family are active members of First Baptist Church of Orlando. Alecia enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Dan Bray

Dan Bray
PROPERTY MANAGER

Dan joined the OPC staff in October of 2012. Born and raised in Olathe, Kansas, he served in the United States Navy from 1967-1973. Dan moved to Clermont in 1978, where he worked for ARAMARK Services until 1996. After that, he lived in Georgia, Colorado, and Kansas while working for the uniform supply industry. He retired from full-time work in 2007, and managed an apartment complex in his hometown of Olathe until 2012, when he moved back to the West Orange area. As Property Manager, Dan fixes everything that we break and is an invaluable part of our church.

Dan and his wife, Winnie, have one son, Todd. They also have a grandson, J.R., who works as a nurse in California. Dan is an early riser – often having his full day’s work at the church finished before the rest of the staff arrives at 9:00 am. If you want to speak to Dan, you have to call before 11:00 am! In his free time, he enjoys working on his car and spending time with his wife.

Stacey Gillespie

Stacey Gillespie
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Stacey joined our staff in March of 2016. She was born and raised in St. Augustine, FL, and is proud of her Minorcan heritage. In 2004, she graduated cum laude from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She then worked for 8 years in the health insurance industry prior to moving to Winter Garden in 2013.

Stacey and her husband, Joe, live in Winter Garden with their four children: Lyla, Logan, Noah, and Owen. When Stacey is not spending time at home with her family, she enjoys visiting her parents and large extended family in St. Augustine. She also loves to bake, watch TV, and read.

Amy Duncan
(VOLUNTEER) YCM BAND INSTRUCTOR

Amy is originally from Halifax County, Virginia. She received her BS in music from Radford University. She taught for six years in the Virginia public school system where her bands consistently received Excellent and Superior ratings at state band festivals. She spent eighteen years as an at-home mom, homeschooling her two children. During that time she developed and conducted the Young Christian Musicians Band Program in Richmond, Virginia and served as pianist for the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program.

Amy moved to Florida in 2001 and taught for ten years at Central Florida Christian Academy where her students won numerous awards at FACCS Regional Fine Arts Festivals and State Competitions, as well as Superior ratings at CFPS and ACSI Concert Band and Solo and Ensemble Festivals. In addition to conducting the Young Christian Musician’s Band Program, she is currently a private instructor at Family Music of Clermont. She has a passion for making music education available to everyone.