Our Church Leadership

Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our l

eadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:


 Richard NusselRichard A. Nussel - Pastor

Pastor Richard was ordained in 1986 and has served churches in Clearwater, Miami, Starke, Bradenton, Tampa and has been at Ruskin UMC since July of 2011.

Richard attended the University of Florida, B.S.B.A., a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, recieved his Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University School of Theology, and completed his D.Min. courses at Asbury Theological Seminary. 


Richard has served for eight years on the Florida Conference Finance and Administration Committee, served ten years on the Board of Directors for the Florida Conference Foundation.

Is a past President of the Starke Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, was honored as the Bradford County Citizen of the Year, and served on the City of Miami Affirmative Action Committee.

He has two children, Kelsie, a 2012 graduate of Auburn Univeristy who lives and works in Tampa, FL. His son Colton a 2017 graduate of the University of Montevallo in Alabama, is completing his Master's of Business Administration and is in his final year of N.C.A.A. eligibily as a Pitcher on the UM Falcon baseball team.



Mary BMary Babinec, Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper

Mary has 10 years experience working on a church staff. Prior to that she has worked in management and administrative capacities for a variety of corporations in Michigan and Indiana.  She has a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.  A member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity.

She is married to Mike, since 1984.  Mike is a Computer Engineer, graduate of Michigan State University, and works for Verizon. 

They have one child, Michael, who attends the University of South Florida, majoring in Computer Engineering.  Michael is the #1 cross country runner on the USF team and also competes succesfully in distance and steeple chase for indoor and outdoor track & field.  He has run the Gasparilla 5K (5) & half marathon (2) placing in the top ten overall and top 4 in his age category over the years.


Choir Easter 2015 2John Yoho, Director of Music Ministries




Jeffery HalC Hal Jeffery, Visitation & Congregational Care Pastor

C & Hal have been married for 23 years & between them have three children, seven grandchildren and five great-granchildren.  They served at Forest Hills United Methodist Church in Tampa as Youth Directors for 13 years and have served for the past 9 years as Ruskin's Youth Director alongside his wife C.  Hal was the first team Chaplain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1975 to 1990, was with Baseball Chapel and one of the founders for FCA in the Tampa Bay area.


Mary Baldwin, Organist


Renee 2Renee Gausche,  Faith Community Nurse & Care Teams

Renee is a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree from the University of Tampa.  She is actively involved in the Baycare Health Care System Faith Community Nurse community.  She is married with two grown children

Diane Stephens & Kyler Hazen-Stephens, Nursery Attendants

Diane is certified and CPR trained and also works at our Ruskin United Methodist Day Care during the week.

Kyler is a 2017 graduate of Lennard High School and is attending Hillsborough Community College.


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