Changes and transitions are always happening in our presbytery! Here are some of the most recent ones:

Bethany Benz-Whittington, ordained on April 24, is now the stated supply pastor of the Peace Presbyterian Church.

We also welcome new minister member Jennie Thomas, who was received in April and is the lead chaplain and a clinical pastoral education supervisor at Baptist Health – South in Jacksonville.

Ruth Elswood began serving as the interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jasper on April 24. She is also a chaplain with Palm Garden Health Care and Rehabilitation.

Memorial Presbyterian Church is glad to have Craig Davies as its interim pastor beginning on May 10. He is serving alongside associate pastor Hunter Camp and parish associate Amy Camp.

The Highlands Presbyterian Church (Gainesville) held a worship service in connection with its closing on May 15. It recognizes and gives thanks for the leadership of Sandy Faison (member of the Presbytery of Alaska), who served as its last stated supply pastor through its closing date.

Larry Hadrava, ruling elder member of the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, completed his service to the San Mateo Presbyterian Church (as commissioned ruling elder) on May 15.

Matthew Benz-Whittington was examined in April and approved for ordination. The ordination will take place this coming Sunday (June 12) at his home church in Tennessee. Matthew is a clinical pastoral education resident at Baptist Health.

July 10 is Ken Goodrich’s first Sunday as the new installed pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Lake City. Ken is transferring his membership from the Presbytery of Lackawanna, where he serves a church in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Lake City church, which just celebrated its 160th anniversary, thanks Cindy Benz for serving as its interim pastor.

Cindy Benz will begin her work as interim pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ocala, Florida on June 20.

Some anniversaries to celebrate are: Amy Camp (ordained 15 years), Larry Green (ordained 15 years), and Cindy Benz (ordained 10 years).

Transitions are always a perfect time to pray for one another. Please keep each individual and community mentioned above in your prayers.

We also welcome receiving information as to new events and changes that should be included in our newsletter and news posts. Thank you!