About Us:
The two steeples of First Presbyterian Church rise above the quaint town of Mount Dora, Florida, nestled under giant oak trees and overlooking beautiful Lake Dora.  We are a part of Central Florida Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Officially organized by the North Florida Presbytery in May 1954 with 18 members, Dr. Charles A. Carriel served as our first pastor. Rev. Kenneth W. Book pastored between 1962 through his retirement in 1984. We have steadily grown through three pastorates to approximately 450 members today. Pastor, Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Biery came to us in 1986. He retired February 14, 2021. Our new interim Pastor, Rev. Dr. Michael L. Andrews came to us on February 23, 2021.
 
Our beautiful Sanctuary was renovated in 2000. Groundbreaking was held in September 2001 and we moved into our new facilities in October 2002. In 2003 we completed a $1.7 million campus expansion adding a beautiful chapel, large fellowship hall, spacious youth room, administrative offices, central courtyard, and renovated Sunday School classrooms.   The Dedication Worship Service took place on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2003. We reached our Golden Anniversary in 2004 and celebrated with a Founder’s Day Homecoming and 50th Anniversary Celebration. On Sunday May 16th during the 50th Anniversary Worship Service, we remembered and celebrated those people and events which began our journey as First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora. Other activities included an historic display of church items at the W. T. Bland Public Library, and the sale of commemorative items at the church and the Founder’s Day Cookout. In 2005 we opened our top rated Preschool as a mission/ministry to young families in our community. God has blessed us with a rich history, a beautiful location and church campus, and with a faithful and friendly congregation that seeks to worship and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ.
 

About Our Pastor:

The Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Andrews  is a native of Charlotte, NC.  He was born into the Presbyterian Church.  He graduated from Presbyterian College in South Carolina, received his M. Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary and his D. Min. from Pittsburgh Seminary. Mike sensed a call to serve the Lord in his early years and, after fighting it realized that indeed, God was calling him to the pastorate.

Upon graduating from seminary he moved to Sarasota Florida and served the Whitfield Church, the first Drive-in Church in an Associate position.  When the Senior Pastor retired he became the Associate of the First Presbyterian Church of Tampa, Florida, where he served for seven years.

His first solo pastorate was the St. Andrews in Apopka, Florida.  It was here he met and married his wife Anne, a Surgical Technician and they began their family of three children.  Michael junior (Luke) now lives with his wife in Savannah, Ga., Rachael Aldrich who lives with her husband and three children in Longwood, Florida and Stephanie who lives with her husband and step daughter in North Augusta, SC.

After serving this church for seven years, the family moved to Merritt Island, Florida where Mike served through a transition of relocating the sanctuary to a larger campus and sanctuary.  Following this, the family moved to North Myrtle Beach, SC where Mike served the Ocean Drive Church.  This was followed by a pastorate in the Fairview Church in North Augusta, SC where he served as Senior Pastor for 13 years.

Upon retirement Mike returned to Merritt Island, Florida and served as the Interim at his former church.  Following this he served as Interim Pastor in the Markham Woods Church in Lake Mary.  Then he returned to his former church in Apopka, St. Andrews for another Interim position. His next Interim position was at St. Mark’s Church in Altamonte Springs.  Following this, Mike served the Palmdale Church as Interim before moving to Apopka to be near their grandchildren. Last year he completed the most recent Interim Pastorate at the Rockledge Presbyterian Church in Rockledge, Florida.

Mike has served as Presbytery Moderator, Chair of the Committee of Ministry, and various other committees of the Presbytery and Synod.  He and his wife reside in the Lake McCoy Forest development in Apopka, Florida.

 
 
Worship & Music
Randy Frieling
Director of Music & Programs
 
Pianist Randall Frieling has performed throughout North America as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He holds memberships in the College Music Society, American Guild of Organists, Music Teachers National Association, Association of Disciple Musicians and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College and his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Indiana University School of Music. He completed his Doctorate at Ball State University.
 
Dr. Frieling has taught piano and organ for 34 years at three Indiana Universities. He served as accompanist for the summer program of the American Boy Choir School. He has performed on PBS televised broadcasts and was a featured performer on Indiana Public Radio. Frieling has made concerto appearances with orchestras in the Midwest. He is a regular accompanist for the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall.
 
Randall Frieling has been a Director of Music, Organist and Pianist for several Indiana churches including Central Christian Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Pendleton United Methodist Church.
 
He is the Director of Music and Worship Arts and Organist at First Presbyterian where he leads the Sanctuary Choir, Praise Team, Ensembles, Jubilate Handbell Choir, media and drama.  
 
Chancel Choir- Open to any adult who enjoys singing. The Chancel Choir meets in the sanctuary on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. (October-mid May). The Chancel Choir provides music for the majority of our worship services.
 
Ensembles- There is often opportunity to participate in vocal or instrumental ensembles. Contact me if you are interested
 
Jubilate Handbell Choir- We have three octaves of Malmark handbells. The Handbell Choir meets in the sanctuary on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. (October-April).
 
Drama and Interpretive Movement- There are opportunities for individuals to participate in a dramatic role during one of the choir musicals and other special presentations.
 
Instruments- Instrumentalists are often needed for special anthems and programs. If you play an instrument and would like to be a part of our music ministry, please let me know.
 
Praise Team Ministry- Band members and vocalists are always welcome to be a part of our team for “The Well” worship. The worship team rehearses weekly.