Marianna-Panama City UMC District Office
Saturday, August 30, 2014


“Staying in Touch”

Let me start this week’s letter by saying that I am keeping all of you (clergy and laity) in my prayers.  I don’t know if you realize this, but you are my ministry family.  Since I am not in a single church setting, the district family is my church family.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to be a part of the ministry of your church.

I have had the privilege of preaching in several congregations already and will always welcome that opportunity.  Preachers preach!  That’s what we do.  That is our heart and our calling.  Perhaps some of you may recognize in the Charge Conference Schedule an opportunity for me to be with you in worship if I have conferences in your area.  Please feel free to call and we will explore the possibilities.

My spirit has been fed by visiting our district churches and just being one of the worshippers.  I want to thank Rev. Spencer Turnipseed at Point Washington UMC and Rev. Sean Peters in the contemporary worship service at Panama City First UMC for the spirit of hospitality we experienced in their congregations and for blessing all their listeners with outstanding messages.  I look forward to being in all our district churches in the days ahead.

Vicki and I attended the “Leadership Summit” at Woodlawn UMC on Thursday and Friday of last week.  This is a live simulcast from the Willow Creek Church in the Chicago area.  The speakers come from both the secular and religious fields.  We heard CEO’s of the largest companies in the world, entertainers, and well known leading pastors.  Plan to be a part of this next year.  I promise you will gain something worthwhile for clergy and laity who are in leadership positions.  Clergy can also get CEU credits. 

My week has been filled with meetings with the Superintendency Committee, CORE Team, CPP Benefits Training, phone conferences and preparations for our Clergy Family Night this Thursday at Chipley UMC beginning at 6:00 P.M.   Hope to see all of clergy families there. 

Next week, I will travel to Lake Junaluska, NC for the New DS Orientation and Training.  It is lovingly referred to as “Charm School”.  Following this event, Vicki and I are planning to stay in the mountains for a few days’ vacation.  I will be back in the office the week of September 8th.

Just a reminder…. Check the Conference Web site for upcoming events.  These are offered to our clergy and laity for personal and spiritual growth.  Have a great week.






Office Phone:  850.215.1131   Fax:  850.215.1151  
Mailing Address: 
121 West 23rd Street Panama City, FL 32405
District Office Hours:
 Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm