The staff of the Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale
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Minister of Word and Sacrament
Reverend Susan Hill
The Reverend Susan Hill was born and raised in the small town of Scarborough, Maine where the Atlantic Ocean was her backyard swimming pool, and where her love for kayaking and sailing was born and nurtured. She spent her youth attending the Black Point Congregational Church where she had been baptized, went to Sunday School, sang in the junior choir, and was active in youth fellowship. She became a member of the church and was married there.
She went to the University of Maine and met her future husband, Jim, who was in the United States Air Force. They have two children, James Hill and Julie Park-Swain who have blessed them with four grandchildren, Alec Park, Ryan Park, Raelyn Hill, and Aidan Hill. Rev. Hill loves dogs and has two Havanesse – Sophi and Molly.
In 1976, Hill joined the Air Force and began an incredible career in the medical field as a dental hygienist; teaching and developing programs to enhance the health of military members and their families. In 1983, the military assigned her to the hospital at Beale Air Force Base in northern California. A new disease with very little understanding of it entered into the health care arena – HIV/AIDS. After several years of being involved with the treatment of these patients, listening to their stories of stigmatization and isolation; she felt the gentle tug of God to provide another type of care for her patients. She returned to school and received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She continued to serve in the medical field until she retired from the Air Force in 1998.
She had attended the military chapel services, but after settling down in Marysville, Cal., she started attending the First Presbyterian Church and in 1986 joined its fellowship, serving as a Deacon, Elder, Clerk of Session, and Parrish Associate until relocating from California. After retirement from the Air Force, she attended a Presbyterian women’s retreat at Lake Tahoe and heard God calling her into ordained ministry as a pastor. Eighteen months later and with some trepidation she started seminary at San Francisco Theological Seminary, graduating in 2004 with a Master of Divinity degree.
After graduation, Rev. Hill took an interim position as a youth and young adult coordinator at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Yuba City, CA. This gave her a chance to explore God’s will for her ministry more fully. Knowing in her heart that her gifts included providing pastoral care to persons in the hospital and congregational care, she accepted a call as a chaplain at the University of California’s Davis Medical Center and was ordained as a teaching elder on November 12, 2006.
During a routine physical in 2009, Rev. Hill’s doctor found several masses in her lungs and she was diagnosed with multiple bilateral pulmonary tumors. Her pulmonologist recommended that she move from the Sacramento Valley; hence, hence her move to Lithia, Florida in November 2009. Rev. Hill came and worshipped with PCOB in January 2010 and hasn’t left! Her tumors have disappeared. She continues her hospital ministry, now working as a chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospital and since April 2013, is approved as the temporary supply pastor for PCOB. “I really look forward to ministering with you!”
Directors of Music Ministries
David and Donna Bombaugh serve as a team, a ministry they have shared for more than 40 years. Their music ministry at PCoB is in its eighth year.
David Bombaugh has been singing and directing since his youth. He recalls sitting on his mother’s lap while she sang with the Billy Graham Crusade Choir in New Orleans. He wrote, arranged, and conducted the class song at his high school graduation. He completed a B.A. degree from Juniata College, graduating with Honors in Music, then enlisted in the Army to serve as a bandsman. Following two years of teaching music theory at the Armed Forces School of Music, Little Creek, Virginia, David accepted a commission through Officer Candidate School and was sent to Germany to direct the U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army Soldiers’ Chorus. While in that capacity, he directed 210 concerts throughout Western Europe, traveling more than 18,000 miles. His military career took him from music to other assignments, but his passion for sacred music and hymnology have kept him active leading church choirs wherever the Army assigned him. David retired from the Army following 26 years of service, and worked for a non-profit trade association for seven years. Currently pursuing his PhD. at U.S.F., he possesses a Master of Public Administration Degree from U.S.F., a Master of Education Degree from Boston University, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from U.S.F. “That said, my real passion is to motivate all who are willing to worship God through His gift of music.”
Donna Bombaugh began her study of piano at age five, and by the time she was seven she was playing publicly for her Sunday school class in eastern North Carolina. As a teen, her family relocated to Virginia Beach, VA, where she continued to develop accompanying both church choirs and her high school’s various vocal ensembles. Donna began her study of organ while in Germany in 1977 and has played both instruments as a soloist and accompanist ever since. Although she has accompanied all ages and segments of society (including Military Basic Training Chapel Singers, Afro-American Gospel Congregations, Catholic Masses, and numerous Protestant Church and Military choirs for all ages), she fondly considers her performances at the Alte Oper Haus in Frankfurt, Germany and with various Military Bands throughout the U.S.A. and Germany among her most memorable. Donna enjoys sharing her love for all manner of sacred music (jazz, classical, gospel, contemporary, etc.) with technical competence and sight-reading skill. In addition to serving as organist and choir accompanist, Donna accompanies and sings with the Praise Band.
Director of Children’s Ministry
Jill Andrew considers it her distinct honor to be PCoB’s first ever Director of Children’s Ministry. Jill has lived in Brandon for more than a decade, but never had the opportunity to actually work in Brandon until she joined us. She thinks this is an amazing new concept in commuting!
Jill started her life’s journey in Ohio and moved herself and her parents to Indiana to start school. Although she allowed her parents to rear her in western Pennsylvania, she knew she was really born to be a Floridian.
Jill attended college at Edinboro State College just south of Erie, PA. There she studied health and physical education with a minor in elementary education. She then proudly served seven years in the United States Army. Her military career took her from coast to coast plus four years in Germany.
Jill “happened” into the retirement field after serving several years as an executive chef in the restaurant business. For the last 20 years, she has served as a corporate food service director, an administrator, a regional manager for independent living, assisted living and memory care facilities. Jill’s passion is memory care. She loves joining the journey of those with Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to her Children’s Ministry, Jill is an avid golfer. Her mission in life is to “inspire and serve.”