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Photo of Rev. Chuck Engelhardt
Senior Pastor
Work Phone: (727) 796-1329 ext. 132 Work Fax: (727) 796-0115

Biographical Info

Pastor Chuck was appointed as Senior Pastor of Heritage UMC on July 1, 2011.


Rev. Charles “Chuck” Engelhardt is a native of Fort Myers, FL. He grew up in the church and was blessed with loving Christian parents who modeled faithfulness to Jesus Christ. In the spring of 1974, Chuck asked Jesus into his life and became a Christian. In December 1974 Chuck sensed God was calling him into full time Christian service as a vocation. By the time he graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1978, Pastor Chuck believed God was calling him to serve in a full time way in the church. He attended Asbury College where he majored in Bible and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Following college he received a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1985 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky.


Pastor Chuck married the beautiful Kayla Vance Engelhardt of Portland, Indiana in 1982.


Pastor Chuck and Kayla have three sons – Adam (married to Carrie). Blake, and Ethan (married to Jordan.) Adam and Carrie have three children; Miles, Reid and Grace (Chuck and Kayla’s only granddaughter). Ethan and Jordan have a son, Jonah.


After graduation from college, Chuck became a Student Pastor with a Local Pastor License in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. He remained there from November 1, 1982 until he graduated from seminary in 1985.


Ordained as a Deacon in May of 1984 in the Florida Annual Conference, he became the Associate Pastor at Englewood United Methodist Church in 1985. In 1987, Chuck was appointed to a vacant lot to plant a new church which in December of 1987 was chartered as the Big Bend United Methodist Church of Summerfield Crossing near Tampa.


In 1994, Pastor Chuck was appointed to Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Largo and served 17 years. In 2011, he was appointed as Senior Pastor at Heritage United Methodist Church.


Pastor Chuck has a passion for the local church to bring the Kingdom of God here in this community.

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Photo of Pastor John Silkauskas
Assistant Pastor
Work Phone: (727) 796-1329 ext. 133 Work Fax: (727) 796-0115

Biographical Info

John joined the Staff at Heritage in July of 2014.

John was born in Bristol, Connecticut, (home of ESPN), and was a part of a large Italian Catholic family.  After enjoying his childhood in the New England area, he and his family moved to Centerville, Ohio. During his senior year in high school he discovered there was something more to life than what he was living. It was then that he asked Jesus to forgive his sins, and that changed the course of his life.  After graduating high school he went to Sinclair Community College of Dayton, Ohio, and began to really serve the Lord in his local church and in the community.


He graduated with an Associates Degree in Communications and then took the year off to travel and preach the gospel.  He then decided to further his education, and two years later he graduated from Asbury University with a Bachelor in Bible and Theology.


Prior to working at Heritage he served as the youth pastor at Russell Road Church in Sidney Ohio. He has served in ministry close to twenty years in various churches and ministries across the nation and around the world. He has worked as a chaplain for juveniles, a youth leader for the Young Life organization, worked with international mission agencies and pastored. He is an inspiring speaker and has a passion to reach people with the life transforming love of God and the wisdom that only comes from God’s word.


He and his wife Emily have been married for close to eight years and have three sons: Josiah, Micah, and Noah along with one daughter: Selah.  He loves dating his wife and playing with his children.

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Photo of Rev. Curtis Paige
Minister of Visitation
Work Phone: (727) 796-1329 ext.147 Work Fax: (727) 796-0115

Biographical Info

Curtis joined the Staff at Heritage on September 21, 2015.
Curtis is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, and gradually worked his way a few miles north to Clearwater, in the community of countryside. Raised in a loving Christian home, he developed strong Christian values. After graduating from Dixie Hollins High School, he went on to St. Petersburg Junior College until beginning a 30 year career with Icare Industries, a wholesale optical lab in St. Petersburg, finishing his career as the production manager.
Curtis was married on October 21, 1995 to his wonderful wife Barbara, and they both became very involved at Heritage in various volunteer positions, including the Emmaus community. The love of God and the Heritage family carried them forward from that time on.
After leaving Icare, Curtis began to feel a calling to work in the ministry, with a passion for working with those that are in hospitals, nursing homes, and homebound. After receiving a diploma in biblical studies, he moved on to a bachelor’s degree in biblical counseling, and received his ministry license. This led him to the blessing of becoming the Minister of Visitation at Heritage.

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Photo of Janean Briseno
Director of Children’s Ministries
Work Phone: (727) 796-1329 ext. 120 Work Fax: (727) 796-0115

Biographical Info

• Birthdate: January 14
• Birthplace: St. Petersburg, FL
• Employed since: August, 2005
• Spouse: Gerry
• Children: Bella, Nathaniel, Annelise
• Anniversary: December 18
• Education: B.A. Organizational Interpersonal Communcation
• Hobbies/Interests: Cooking
• Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate
• What energizes me: Spending time with family; listening to praise music
• What irritates me: Traffic and long lines
• Favorite kinds of food: Seafood; Mexican; Hawaiian; Thai
• Least favorite kind of food: None
• My greatest strength is: Compassion; Multi-tasking
• My greatest weakness is: Finding time to relax
• What de-motivates me: Messes
• What I like to do on my day off: Hang out with family; Shop
• My favorite kind of music: Pop/Rock; Hillsong Australia; Delirious?
• My spiritual gifts: Teaching; Hospitality
• Most annoying habit: Talking a lot- just ask my husband
• Favorite car: Solstice
• Favorite books I’ve read: Chronicles of Narnia
• Favorite CD: Hillsong Australia; United Live
• Morning or night person: Night
• Most people don’t know that: I worked for Disney
• Favorite TV shows: Alias; Lost; Battlestar Gallactica

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Photo of Dan Capozzelli
Business and Facilities Manager
Work Phone: (727) 796-1329 ext. 143 Work Fax: (727) 796-0115

Biographical Info

Dan joined Heritage UMC as the Business and Facilities Manager on November 9, 2016.


Dan is a native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a loving Italian Catholic family; his parents were Lillian and Tony. Dan is a graduate of Penn State University in Business and received he Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix in Detroit. He was employed by Siemens for 25 years holding positions such as business administrator and director of asset management. Dan worked in New Jersey, Michigan and most recently Pennsylvania. He retired from Siemens in October 2014.


Dan is married to his best friend Sally since October 1987. Sally is a native of Somerville, New Jersey and was raised in a loving Methodist home.


Sally and Dan rescue abused Golden Retrievers; they are currently the proud parents of two Goldens, Daisy and Barney. Barney is a Therapy Dog with the Project Pup program at Heritage.


When not working or serving our Lord, Dan enjoys model car building, cycling and running.


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Photo of Triss Masters
Director of Education and Shepherding Ministry
Work Phone: (727) 796-1329 ext. 115 Work Fax: (727) 796-0115

Biographical Info

• Birth date: June 27
• Birthplace: Pensacola, FL
• Employed since: Winter 1991
• Children: Blake and his wife Jessica; Beth
• Education: B.S. East Texas Baptist College; Masters Asbury Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

A native Floridian, Triss grew up in Pensacola where she received a wonderful foundation of faith and a strong vision for ministry. Her college years were spent at East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Tex. Graduating in 1972, she began work as a house parent in children’s homes. “Without realizing it, those children taught me many life lessons that I have never forgotten,” Triss remembers.

Over the next several years she taught in public school enjoying those years of interaction with children, learning to see each one as an individual. Much of her work was with children who struggled in school. She enjoyed discovering ways to help them want to learn. During this time Triss was also fortunate enough to serve in several churches in various ministries affording me many experiences and new opportunities.

In 1992, Triss joined Heritage’s staff as Director of Children’s Ministries. Working in children’s ministry was the fulfillment of a calling Triss felt as a teenager. She later transitioned from children’s ministry to adult ministry and caregiving.

“As a family of faith, we seek to be community centered and to follow God’s vision for ministry. During my ten plus years in ministry here, each day is still exciting, challenging, and filled with blessings. I am honored to call Heritage home and to serve with such a caring, Christ-centered team.”

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Photo of Jason Williams
Director of Student Ministry
Work Phone: (727) 796-1329 ext. 127 Work Fax: (727) 796-0115

Biographical Info

Jason grew up in the small town of Eden, North Carolina. While in High School he attended a local Wesleyan Church and grew up in their youth ministry.  He accepted Jesus as Savior at an early age but really began to understand God’s love and forgiveness in his teenage years.  One summer at camp he felt that God was calling him to serve as a pastor.  Jason pursued his call and attended Southern Wesleyan University and prepared for ministry.  Jason graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts in Religion. After college, Jason served as a missionary pastor in Caboolture, Queensland Australia (Keith Urban’s hometown). He has been serving in Seminole, Florida as a youth pastor since 2009. Jason’s prayer is that young people will come to know that Jesus loves them and has a plan and purpose for their lives right now.

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Photo of Rob Knabel
Director of Traditional Worship
Cell Phone: 727-515-1817

Biographical Info

Rob is a full-time music teacher of the Pinellas County School system and is the choral director at East Lake High school.  He has been the traditional music director at Heritage since 1981.

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