Village Presbyterian Church is located at:
13115 S Village Dr
Tampa FL 33618
(813) 961-4115
villagepresbyterian@gmail.com

Office hours:
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

Staff

Each of our staff members brings their unique and diverse talents to the table to keep VPC running. Take a moment to read about what they do, both at VPC and in their spare time.

 
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REV. John B. Erthein, PASTOR

pastorjohn.vpc@gmail.com

ohn Erthein was born in 1967 and raised in New York City and on Long Island.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church and still appreciates their liturgy and the way they celebrate Communion.  However, as a young adult, John felt called to become Presbyterian because of the richness of Reformed Theology.

John had a brief career as a lawyer, but his heart was being drawn to ministry in the church.  For him, the most significant turning point came in 1992, when he attended a Billy Graham Crusade, was convicted of his sin, repented, and confessed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. 

This experience planted the seed that would grow into a desire to pursue ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.  He received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2002.

As a pastor, John has served three congregations in Pennsylvania and Florida.  Since early 2011, he has been pastor of the Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, up in the Panhandle.  In his ministry, John has supported various evangelical or "renewal" ministries in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and currently supports the Fellowship Community of Presbyterians.  

John was married for 12 years, and has three great children from that marriage: his son Matthew, 13; his daughter Lillian, 10; and his daughter Laura, 8.  He is ever grateful to God for the gift of these children.

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SUE GOLDSTEIN, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

suegoldstein.vpc@gmail.com

Sue began as church secretary at Village in 1996 and became office administrator in 2013.

Sue has an Associates Degree from St. Petersburg Junior College.  She works part-time at the church and enjoys bowling, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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HOLLY KOWALCZYK, DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

hollyk.vpc@gmail.com

Holly Kowalczyk joins the VPC family excited about the position of Christian Education Director.  Finding salvation while attending her youth group she understands the importance of a strong youth program, and the need for adult education to grow and strengthen in faith.  She is married, and she and her husband Robert have three children, Sean, Alyssa, and Kaila.  Holly has a bachelors degree from the University of South Florida.  Her free time is spent with her family, she loves a good book, and enjoys anything that requires a glue gun.  She always eager for a challenge. 

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GARY WIRSZ, ORGANIST

gwirsz@gmail.com

Gary has been organist/choir accompanist at Village Presbyterian since 1987. He began piano lessons at age six and switched to organ at 16. Gary has worked with seven choir directors here at Village and this is his seventh organist position since attending Andrew University in Michigan for a BMus degree. After retiring in 2014, he continues his organist duties here as well as working part time at Head’s House of Music.

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Jon Oosterling, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Jon Oosterling is an elementary school music teacher. He is married with six children. Jon was adopted into God’s kingdom in 1991.

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RYAN GOLDSTEIN, DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY & OFFICE ASSISTANT

ryangoldstein.vpc@gmail.com

Ryan began working for the Community Food Pantry as a volunteer in 2015.  He added an amazing creative flair to the Community Food Pantry with his technical skills and website development.  He earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Geography from USF in 2008.  He studied abroad earning his Master’s Degree in Human Geography from Stockholm University in 2012.

Ryan enjoys kayaking, hiking and camping.  He has a fond love of ketchup and puts it on almost anything you can imagine, except donuts, a close second favorite! He is a HUGE baseball fan, loves the Tampa Bay Rays and the USF Bulls.  He also enjoys spending time with his two nephews.

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MONICA WILSON, COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY DIRECTOR

villagecommunitypantry@gmail.com

Monica began serving in the food pantry in 2010.  She was inspired to volunteer by one of her children after having witnessed a family in need that visited Village.  Monica majored in Business at the University of South Florida and spent over 10 years selling real estate in the Tampa Bay area.   She is married and she and her husband, Reggie, have four children.  In 2015, Monica became the Director of the Community Food Pantry at Village and is humbled how it continues to serve the needs of those hungry in our community.  

ALYSSA KOWALCZYK, NURSERY CAREGIVER

Alyssa has been a member of the VPC family since 2014. Her love of children makes her a natural fit for our nursery.