PASTORAL ASSOCIATE &
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY MINISTRIES
Malissa Garcia was born and raised in Tampa. She grew up at Palma Ciea Presbyterian Church in South Tampa and is a cradle PCUSA Presbyterian . Malissa has worked at Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor for the past eleven years as the Director of Children, Youth, and Families Ministries and, more recently, as the Pastoral Associate.
Malissa has a bachelor's degree in health and human performance from Lambuth University, as well as a master's degree in divinity from Dubuque Theological Seminary. She is a Tampa Bay Presbytery recognized ready candidate for ministry and has served on Tampa Bay Presbytery committees such as Church Vitality and New Worshipping Communities.
Malissa is married to Rick Garcia, her high school sweetheart, and they have two daughters, Amelia (8) and Julia (5). They enjoy going to the beach, boating, spending time with family, traveling to new areas, Disney World, and cheering on all Tampa Bay sports teams!