Meet our Staff

Senior Pastor: Rev. Zulma Soba

I was born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, lived in Texas and I have been a Florida resident for the last 11 years. Happily married to the love of my life, Pastor Robert Soba and together we have five grown up children (Jeany, Xuxa, Bobby, Sean and Kevin) and three grandchildren (Anaya, Emmanuel and Jalissa).

I have a BS in Science with a concentration in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico and taught Middle School Science for 14 years. I also have a Masters in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Discipleship and I’m currently studying my second Master’s degree. I am a Certified Church-Planting Mentor and have been involved with the FLUMC in different areas and teams like the Clergy Care team, Asamblea Hispana IMU of Florida, the GC District Hispanic Operational Team and the GC District Anti-Racism team.

My passion is the mission field and also preaching about Christ while encouraging people to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). There is nothing better than a walk on the beach, but I also love to cook, walking in the park while enjoying God’s creation, a good movie on a rainy day and photography.

I am bilingual in English and Spanish.

I was appointed as Senior Pastor to Forest Hills UMC-Tampa in 2020 and now I am embracing a new journey as the new Pastor of Christ UMC-Lehigh Acres. I am so excited and looking forward to continuing God’s work with this amazing congregation.

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Church Administrator: Miss Charlene Golden

I was a military dependent for 35 years and moved to Lehigh Acres in 1998 with my son and parents. I joined CUMC when I moved here. I accepted Christ when I was 15 through the youth group at the church we were attending. My major in college was medical secretary/health information and minor in executive secretary. I was a medical transcriptionist and in health information management for many years before becoming the church administrator in 2009. I enjoy volunteering with the children's ministry teaching Sunday School and/or Wednesday night.