Rev. Anna Von Winckler is our Transitional Pastor of Gardens Presbyterian Church.
Anna was born and raised in New Jersey. The daughter of an American mother and a Chinese father, Anna was raised with a global mindset. Through the influence of her parents and her church, Anna became involved in international mission. She spent a summer in Kenya while in college, became a Volunteer in Mission to the Middle East after college, and later became a Mission Coworker in Cameroon, West Africa. There she taught pastoral care and counseling at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of Cameroon, as well as running a program for the village children.
While at Princeton Seminary, Anna decided to focus her studies on her two loves: missiology and pastoral care, which included completing a residency in hospital chaplaincy. She also completed a Master in Social Work in Individual and Family Counseling. Her passions and education have led her to work not only in mission, but as Interim Pastor of Pastoral Care and Mission, hospice chaplain, and children and family therapist at a community mental health center.
Anna enjoys reading, musical theater, traveling, dinners out with friends, and most of all spending time with her two children – Carissa, who is 24, and currently living in Indiana, and Elijah, 22, who is in the Navy stationed in Japan. She is very excited about joining the ministry of Gardens Presbyterian Church.
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.
Rev. Hanlim Chae is our Parish Associate for Spiritual Caregiving.
Hanlim was born in Korea and had a career as a military officer as well as a civil engineer. His wife, Euna and he came to the United States in 2004 and were blessed to become a joyful family with three children: Minji, Minyoung, and Suhwan. In 2013, he surrendered his personal dreams to follow God’s constant calling for His people. Before his ordination at the Presbytery of Tropical Florida in 2019, he had served a Korean church for 15years as a deacon, elder, and youth pastor. As a trained transitional minister, he helped the same congregation as the interim pastor.
God has pulled him out of his home to show him a bigger vision of reaching out to all people. His heart goes out to children, senior adults, and whoever needs the hope of Jesus Christ regardless of their race or social status.
Cindy Woodrow is our 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.
Amy has been a part of the Gardens Presbyterian family since 2004. She is an ordained Deacon and active in the Family Ministries program since she was a young teenager. She has a love for all children. Amy has earned both Masters and Bachelors degrees in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. She loves all kinds of dance and has been an instructor for 8 years. She loves caring for the youngest members of our congregation.
Lynda Hart is our Executive Administrator.
Lynda has been with Gardens Presbyterian since December 2014. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2006. She is married to Andrew and has one son, Jack. Lynda keeps everything running smoothly around the church and manages the routine, and not-so-routine tasks, all with a smile.