Rev. Dr. Kyle Erickson is the Senior Pastor of Gardens Presbyterian Church. Dr. Erickson is a graduate of Davidson College, Duke University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to serving Gardens, Kyle has served congregations in Virginia and St. Louis, MO. His doctoral work focused on leading change within congregations and helping churches become “missional” by developing culturally relevant expressions of Christian community. As a pastor, he is especially passionate about leading congregations in ministry to and friendship with “the least of these,” helping congregations grow into new and creative opportunities for ministry and community, and inviting the people of God to deepen their spiritual practices and experience the presence of God. He is an International Coaching Federation trained Leadership and Life Coach and loves coaching, mentoring, and equipping staff, congregational leadership, and the people of God to discover and courageously live into the desires God has planted in their hearts. In his free time he loves spending time with his family, being outside, running, hiking, biking, practicing yoga, playing guitar, and reading.
Rev. Linda LeSourd Lader is our Parish Associate. She is ordained in the Presbytery of Tropical Florida and served as temporary supply pastor to 2nd Presbyterian Church (The Sanctuary) in Ft. Lauderdale from February through August 2011. Before and after her time in Ft. Lauderdale, she served on the pastoral staff at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where she was most recently a Parish Associate. In 1981, together with her husband, Phil, she co-founded Renaissance Weekends, 5-day family retreats for leaders from all walks of life. They continue to host these retreats five times a year, now with their adult daughters, Mary-Catherine and Whitaker.
Pamela Petersen Heinemann is the extraordinarily talented Music Director for Gardens Presbyterian. In addition to her skills as director of our chancel choir, bell choir and praise band, we are often gifted with her skills on flute and vocals. She received her BA Music Degree from Western Connecticut State University with the primary focus in classical piano, and including studies in voice and flute. Pam has taught piano and flute in many establishments including her own studio, Southwood School of Music in CT. After relocating to FL, Pam began a new business, Petersen Productions. This licensed talent agency was known in the Palm Beach area for booking quality music for many events.
Other credits to Ms. Heinemann include, audition pianist in NYC for summer stock theaters located in the New England area, pianist on tour with the Clockwork Repertory Co. presenting musicals nationwide, and Music Director for Englands Cornwall Theater, producing American Broadway Musicals. Also Pam entertained as pianist and vocalist, aboard the Holland American and Carnival Cruise Lines originating out of Miami. Locally, Pam has been pianist, flutist or music director at BAK, INTERACT Summer Camp, PBSC, PBAU, LWPH, and also the Riverside, BRITT0 and Jupiter Maltz Theaters.
Cindy Woodrow is Garden’s Director of Family Ministries. She has 24 years experience in public education, 15 years experience in youth and children’s ministry including 10 years as a Sunday School Director in Wisconsin. She is married, a mother of four and a grandmother of seven. Our vision for the children at Gardens Presbyterian Church is to provide a loving, fun, and secure environment in which a child will be encouraged to learn about God through Bible teachings, arts and crafts, music and drama.
Lynda Hart is our Office Administrator. She has been with Gardens Presbyterian since December 2014. She keeps everything running smoothly and manages the routine, and not-so-routine tasks, all with a smile.