Bishop announces cabinet changes

March 7, 2006    News media contact: Tita Parham* 
800-282-8011  
tparham@flumc.org    Orlando {0455}

NOTE: A headshot of Sitggins, Kendall, Wiatt, Herman and Jefferson is available at http://www.flumc.info/photo_gallery2.shtml.

An e-Review Feature
By J.A. Buchholz**

LAKELAND In a recent release Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker announced changes to the Florida Conference Cabinet effective July 1. 

Rev. Jeff Stiggins

The Rev. Jeff Stiggins, superintendent of the East Central District, will become director of the conference's Office of Congregational Transformation, succeeding the Rev. Kendall Taylor, who is retiring this year. The Rev. Wayne Wiatt, senior pastor of Southside United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, will take Stiggins' place as superintendent of the East Central District.

A change is also being made in the South West District with the Rev. Alan Jefferson, senior pastor of Crystal River United Methodist Church, becoming superintendent of that district, succeeding the Rev. David Herman, who will receive an appointment as pastor of a congregation.

Rev. Kendall Taylor

Whitaker said he is grateful for Taylor's commitment and dedication. "I thank Kendall for his service in establishing this important new venture in the Florida Conference," he said. "Much effort has been required to build an infrastructure for the strategy of transforming congregations of the Florida Conference. We are poised to make a difference in many congregations in the years to come."

Whitaker said Stiggins' knowledge in the transformation arena makes him a good fit for the ministry.

"Jeff's experience in congregational transformation and his creative skills will enable him to advance the course of the transformation of congregations into vital missionary congregations in their communities," he said.

A native of Central Florida, Stiggins grew up in Maitland. His father was an Orlando architect. He graduated from Florida Southern College and Candler School of Theology and completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Boston University School of Theology in 1999. During the past 27 years he has served churches in Sebring, Frostproof, Kendal, Hollywood and Titusville. He moved to the Orlando District in 2002 and became the first superintendent of the East Central District in 2005.

Rev. Wayne Wiatt

Wiatt, who succeeds Stiggins, graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1979 with a degree in sacred music. He holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Emory University where his thesis, "Children in Worship: Participation Through Creative Dramatics," studied the many ways children can be included in leadership in a worship setting. While at Emory, he served as youth director at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus, working with more than 125 youth each week in a program that included Bible studies, small groups, music, drama and overseas mission trips.

Wiatt has served as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville and pastor of Palm Coast United Methodist Church in Palm Coast. He has been the pastor of Southside United Methodist Church in Jacksonville for the past 10 years.

Wiatt's leadership and involvement beyond the local church includes membership in Rotary International for 18 years, Habitat for Humanity, past president of United Way of Flagler County, Healing Racial Division Project of Jacksonville, graduate of Leadership Jacksonville in 1998 and past president of United Community Outreach Ministries, Jacksonville.

Rev. David Herman

In his release Whitaker said he is also grateful to Herman for his "excellent service" as superintendent of the former Sarasota District and for overseeing the formation of the new South West District.

Of Wiatt and Jefferson's abilities to serve as district superintendents Whitaker said both are "spiritual leaders and persons with excellent records of long-term service as capable pastors and members of the connection."

"Both of them will inspire trust and offer creative leadership on their respective districts," he added.

Rev. Alan Jefferson

Jefferson graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville with a bachelor's degree in history. He served as a youth minister while attending Candler School of Theology at Emory University. 

After graduating Jefferson was appointed associate pastor to First United Methodist Church, Brandon. He then served as pastor of First United Methodist Church, Reddick, and First United Methodist Church, Hialeah. Jefferson was appointed to Crystal River United Methodist Church in 1989, and while serving there he chaired the Gulf Central District Council on Ministries and Committee on Ordained Ministry. He is presently serving on the Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and as vice chair of the Gulf Central District Committee on Ministry.

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This article relates to Florida Conference Cabinet.

*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.


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