Meet Our Team

Welcome to a wonderfully unique community of faith, the Windermere union Church United Church of Christ. We feel a part of our purpose is to assist you becoming the person God created you to be. We are a congregation that enjoys the challenge of discovering and exploring the questions of life and faith. The Windermere Union Church celebrates its diversity. We welcome people for who they are and truly enjoy the differences. If you are looking for the kind of community that enjoys and celebrates life with all of its ups and downs and mystery, then you have found a home. We look forward to serving God with you and we are excited about what unique qualities you will bring to our community.

Pastor Luis A. Perez

Intentional Interim Pastor

Pastor Luis was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and raised in Boston, MA. He has been an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ for over 29 years.

He has served both United Church of Christ and Presbyterian (PCUSA) congregations in Missouri, New Jersey, and Florida. Windermere Union Church UCC is his ninth congregation (and eighth intentional interim ministry setting). Pastor Luis also had the humble privilege of serving as a Hospice Chaplain for three years.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. He has additional advanced training in professional coaching, church strategic planning, and intentional interim ministry.

Pastor Luis served a little over 36 years of active and reserve, enlisted and commissioned naval service. Twenty-five of those years were -- concurrently with congregational ministry -- as a Chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. His last active-duty deployment was a tour of duty at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa where he served as the Command Chaplain. He retired from the Navy in May, 2020 in the rank of Navy Captain (O6).

He and his precious wife, Dr. Zaida Maldonado Pérez, have been married for over 42 years. They have two wonderful adult children (Jazzlin, 36 and Alex, 35) and are proud grandparents of the most beautiful and smartest granddaughter in the world (Arya Streya Persaud). She’s six years old.

You can contact him at:

Troy Dolendo

Music director

We have a wide variety of wonderful musical ensembles that are centered around praising and worshiping God. For our congregants, music speaks to everyone differently, and it is our hope that there is something for everyone musically to help uplift and inspire people during their worship experience. Whether you have gifts to offer as a singer, hand-bell ringer, or instrumentalist, Windermere Union Ministry offers each participant the opportunity for spiritual, musical and interpersonal development.

Pastor Marcelino Rivera


Marcelino Rivera pastors Iglesia del Pueblo UCC and is an ordained Minister with Windermere Union Church UCC and
the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ. Pastor Marcelino is a social activist and a former educator.

Marcelino Rivera es un ministro ordenado por la Winderemere Union Church UCC y la Conferencia de la Florida de la Iglesia Unida de Cristo. El pastor Marcelino es activista social y
trabajó como educador por muchos años.

You can contact him at:

Sarah Larenas

office manager

Her many Windermere Union Church responsibilities include pastoral and congregational administrative support, meeting scheduling, editor for the Sunday church bulletin, PowerPoint for Sunday’s service.  

She can be reached at 407-876-2112

or email:

Mrs. Chris

wedding & children coordinator

Mrs. Chris is a caring, compassionate woman who children love to be around, on Sundays at the beginning of the service she has all the children gather around her for a little story that not only the children love, you can look around and see big smiles on all the adults as well.

If you are interested in having your wedding at Windermere Union Church she can help in coordinating times, dates, etc.

You can contact her at:

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