Rev. Dr. Kyle Erickson is the Senior Pastor of Gardens Presbyterian Church. Dr. Erickson is a native South Floridian who grew up in West Palm Beach, FL. It was through his participation in Lakeside Presbyterian Church’s youth group that he both became a Christ-follwer and received his call to ministry. After eighteen sun-soaked years in South Florida, he headed north to attend Davidson College in Davidson, NC where he majored in English, minored in religion, and was an active volunteer in a local high school youth ministry. Following graduation from Davidson, he attended seminary at Duke Divinty School. After graduating from seminary, he pastored two yoked congregations, Maysville and New Store Presbyterian Churches, in Buckingham County, Virginia. From Virginia he moved to St. Louis, MO where he served as Associate Pastor at Bonhomme Presbyterian Church for over seven years leading Bonhomme’s Next Generation, Mission, and Church Planting Ministries. In 2016 he received his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary focusing on leading change and helping churches become “missional” congregations who plant new worshipping communities. As a pastor, he is especially passionate about leading congregations in ministry and outreach to “the least of these,” helping congregations grow into new opportunities for ministry and mission, and helping congregations equip parents and young families in the spiritual nurture of their children. In his free time he loves spending time with his family, going to the beach, and being outside running, hiking, or playing golf. He also likes to play acoustic guitar, sing, write, read, and cook (and especially eat).
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. Linda will be serving at Gardens Presbyterian on a part-time, seasonal basis because she believes strongly in Gardens’ future and God’s call to serve here.
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 Interim Director of Christian Education. 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.