About Us

Our Mission Statement:

 To be a welcoming family reaching out to the weary, wounded and wondering, together becoming transformed disciples of Jesus Christ.


our Pastor


Rev. Sue Garcia, Pastor

    Sue was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She moved to Lakeland Florida when she was 16 where she attended Lakeland High School and graduated in 1971. She then attended Auburn University in Alabama, followed by Emory University- Candler School of Theology Ministerial Course of Study in 2015. Sue met and married Richard Garcia in 1976 and they moved back to Lakeland in 1980. They have a son, Craig, and 2 grandsons. Sue’s appointments in the ministry were Lena Vista UMC, First UMC-Lakeland as a visitation minister, Lakewood Park UMC in Lakeland, and presently, Ridge Manor Community UMC since 2015.