Staff

Rev. Brian Lawson
Senior Pastor

Brian has served in youth and young adult ministries for over 18 years. He recently served as the interim preacher at First UMC of Mount Dora, where he had previously been on staff for seven years. In addition to his role as Pastor here at Zellwood UMC, Brian supports congregations across the country as the Director of Student Development for the Youth Ministry Institute. He writes and is the co-host of the Making Sense of Ministry podcast.

Brian studied Christian Education at Asbury Theological Seminary and is a graduate of Warner University with a Master of Ministry in Organizational Culture, Team-Based Leadership, Change, Conflict, and Peacemaking.

In 2007 Brian married his lovely wife, Ashley. Ashley is a fifth-grade math and science teacher. They have two beautiful daughters, Chelsea and Lydia Lawson. Brian and his family love Disney World, Disney Cruises, Ohio foods, the Cincinnati Reds, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.


Rev. Jeff Kantz
Office Administrator


Jill Horton
Director of Music Ministries

Jill Maltby Horton is a lifelong resident of Zellwood, Florida. She has attended Zellwood United Methodist Church since shortly after her birth and grew up on Jones Avenue across the street from the church property.

Following her attendance and graduation from our local schools, Jill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis on Piano Performance from the University of Central Florida.

Jill states that her faith journey has been greatly influenced by the people and experiences she encountered here, particularly through her involvement in the music of the Church as Sunday School pianist, then Church pianist, and finally, Choir Director/Organist. Most recently, Jill has provided special music for Memorial Services and holidays. She looks forward to returning to ZUMC as a staff member!

Jill is married to Max Horton, a retired pastor and public school teacher.
They have two sons and four grandchildren in Texas and one son and four grandchildren in Colorado. Oh….and a Schnauzer dog named Rooney and a cat called Mama Kitty.


Arin Wales
Director of Kid’s Ministry

Born and raised in Central Florida, Arin and her family have been members of ZUMC for four generations. She graduated from UCF with a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management and has been in customer service or medical office roles for over 20 years. She has served in our Kids Ministry in various roles for over eight years. She is married and has one son. In her free time, Arin enjoys spending time with her family at sporting events or Disney.


Jaylen Gonzalez
Multimedia Lead


John Wager
Maintenance