Department For Ministry Protection

Below is a listing of the Ministry Protection staff with a brief description of their roles and professional backgrounds.  This information may assist you in determining the most appropriate contact person for questions related to risk management, safety, claims or insurance program information. 

Department Email: 
Phone:   1-800-282-8011
Fax:      1-863-686-7363 




Ana Temple                        Insurance Specialist               Ext. 126

Provides overall risk management, claims support and administrative assistance to local churches, including certificates of insurance, motor vehicle driving records requests, background checks, database, accounting and administrative support. 

Ana has prior extensive experience with both an agency and national insurance broker as well as holds a Florida 2-20 insurance license.  She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico.


LaNita Battles, AINS     Claims/Risk Manager           Ext. 199

Responsible for administration of the department and oversight of the comprehensive insurance program, risk management issues, claims response, risk control and long-range strategic planning.  Also manages and coordinates the claims of the insurance program in conjunction with the third party claims administrator of the Conference.  

LaNita has almost 30 years of experience in the insurance industry in multi-line claims, underwriting, and communications.   A graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and a professional member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), she has also earned the nationally recognized professional insurance designation of Associate in General Insurance (AINS).  



Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011