Elizabeth Mitchell is one of our ruling elder commissioners to the 221st General Assembly to be held in Detroit this June.  This article is the first in a series about our elected commissioners. By: Sheldon Steen, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Jasper, FL Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Ft. Hood, TX and was raised in White Springs, FL. She and her husband Ryan Mitchell have one child, James (age 7), and they live in Jasper, FL.  She graduated from Hamilton County High School in Jasper in ’01 and attended Florida State University where she graduated with a degree in Social Work (’04).  She has beenRead More →

By: Sandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk   When I was first on the session of South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church in the 1990s, there was a man on the session who knew the Book of Order inside and out.  When a sticky question came up, the pastor would turn to him and say “Don, what does it say?”  Sometimes, Don would come to the meeting with handouts containing detailed interpretations of a particular point.  He was very passionate about getting things right, and I was amazed by him.  I did not like it when people teased him! During that same term on the session, I remember thatRead More →

By: Drew Marshall This January we sent a team of 22 volunteers to Kingston, where they addressed several mission tasks (dental work, facilities, and housing).  Due to various factors, there were just two volunteers available to build the house that was planned, and the recipients’ church provided one Jamaican worker to join them. After worship on Sunday, a visit to the home site was arranged and up an overgrown path, behind a precarious wall fashioned from rusty sheets of tin, a tiny house sat next to a freshly poured 18’ x 25′ concrete foundation. Upon it was a stack of 2×4’s and other building materials.Read More →

By: Sandra Hedrick   Say hello to Rev. Earle Francis Sickels, the first of our ministers (church members, pastors, deacons, ruling elders, and staff) who will be interviewed in this new column: Earle is in “active retirement” as the pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church, a small but mighty church in the Englewood area of Jacksonville.  He and his wife Lee live in Riverside Presbyterian Apartments.  They have five children: three live in Florida, one in Chicago and one in Cleveland. They also have 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Earle was not always a Presbyterian pastor.  He grew up in Cleveland and graduated from KentRead More →

On Sunday afternoon, January 19, 2014, Rev. Charlie Rumpel was installed as Pastor of Weirsdale Presbyterian Church (WPC).  Rev. Dr. Gabe Goodman, Moderator of the Presbytery of Saint Augustine, welcomed everyone to the service.  WPC Ruling Elder Betty McEuen led the Responsive Call to Worship and offered the Invocation.  Edd Norris, Ruling Elder at nearby Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church (SSSPC) led us in the Unison Prayer of Confession. Rev. Alan Cummings in his sermon implored us as Disciples of Jesus Christ to humbly walk with the Lord and to reach out to others with loving kindness, justice and mercy.  Rev. Rumpel responded to theRead More →

By: Kristie Hall and Mary Kay Unkelbach The presence of our Lord and Savior was truly felt during the Installation Service of Reverend Amy Hunt at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church (KPC) of Jacksonville!  On January 12, 2014, Reverend Hunt was officially installed as Pastor of KPC.  This has been a long awaited time for the congregation at KPC, as their journey in seeking a new shepherd to lead them began over two years ago.  The journey was long, but God was present in each step of their walk.  What a beautiful way to celebrate this milestone in the life of Kirkwood! There were many local Presbyters inRead More →

Greetings in the new year, in the new life that we find in the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ! On my drive to work the other morning, I heard a report on the cold weather shelters that some of our area churches set up in Jacksonville Beach on an emergency basis, and I was reminded once again that the baby born to us this Christmas taught us to care for the least of these in need. I am grateful to God for all of the ministries that so many of you do to do exactly that, with no concern for your own wellbeing,Read More →

Last week, we said goodbye to Dorothy Dornblaser, who sent the following email message on her last day: Greetings friends! Today is my last day as Director of the Presbytery’s Resource Center. However, the center will remain open for your use during office hours (Mon. – Thursday 8 – 5, Fridays 8 – noon. Items can be mailed to you by contacting Nancy or Michelle at the Presbytery office or you can come to the center and spend time going through the materials. Resource center contents are on-line at the Presbytery’s website (staugpres.org). The link to the on-line catalog is in the center of theRead More →

Here I am on January 1, 2014, hiking the San Felasco trails.  Jack and I had a wonderful walk in the woods in the rain.  It gave me time to begin thinking about all that has been and to hope for the possibilities of all that is tocome.  As I go “out on a limb” to find a new future, I want to say thank you to the colleagues and friends who supported me and shared in my ministry. You havebeen kind and generous of spirit and I have learned much from you. Thanks too to Nancy Brown and members of the staff who servedRead More →

  By: Sandra Hedrick Diane Wilson was examined and received into membership of the Presbytery of St. Augustine on December 12, 2013. One of the most touching parts of Diane’s faith journey was her gratitude for the love and strong faith foundation provided by her fourth grade Sunday School teacher. Diane served as an assistant pastor in a California church before spending 20 years as a Navy chaplain. She comes to us from Stockton Presbytery in the Synod of the Pacific. Currently, Diane and her husband Blane live in the West Jacksonville area and have become a part of the faith family at St. GilesRead More →