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Debra Thompson, Ebenezer, Jacksonville

November 30, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Debra Thompson, Ebenezer, Jacksonville Ebenezer UMC Jacksonville Florida had “Church without Walls” on Sunday October 30, 2016. We went into our community and downtown Jacksonville to be the hands and feet of Jesus and share God’s love. In downtown ...

Mary Broske, First UMC Gainesville

November 23, 2016 This story first posted in November 2013.   This Week’s Storyteller is… Mary Broske, First UMC Gainesville How the Walk to Emmaus Clarified My Calling I am Mary Broske, from First United Methodist Church, Gainesville.  I am here to tell you how God has been at work in my life ...

Robert Weatherall, First Spring Hill

November 16, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Robert Weatherall, First Spring Hill TREATIN', NO TRICKIN' was a Serving Others Selflessly (SOS) project of the youth ministry at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill in which they hosted their first Truckin' Trick or Treat on Halloween ...

Deborah Sternett, Van Dyke Church, Lutz

November 9, 2016 This Week’s Storyteller is… Deborah Sternett, Van Dyke Church, Lutz "She made her own sanctuary." This is how Deb describes Courtney's bedroom. Courtney is a mentee at Central Pasco Girls Academy where Deb serves as part of Van Dyke’s Steadfast Ministries. This story is compelling...

Kevin Sumner, First UMC Wauchula

October 26, 2016 Kevin Sumner, First UMC Wauchula Here at First United Methodist, Wauchula, we have a good food pantry. It's been operating for nearly eight years now. I have been involved since its beginning. After a career in a service industry, this keeps me going and in service to the Lord. The...

Dennis Delman, First Melbourne

October 19, 2016 Dennis Delman, First Melbourne First posted on August 6, 2013 As a humanist, I used God’s natural gifts of intellect to rationally reject the involvement of God in my life.  But God had other plans for me, in spite of my lack of endorsement, and He authored my life in order to ...

Becky Jordan, First Brandon

October 5, 2016 Becky Jordan,  First Brandon First posted on July 30, 2013 I had occupied a pew for several years and become a museum Christian.  No longer alive, no salt or light.  I was full of self and limited God to a microscopic place in my life.  Matthew 6:23 says …’the darkness that takes ...

John Nunn, Christ UMC, Neptune Beach

September 21, 2016 John Nunn, Christ UMC, Neptune Beach HEAVEN HERE AND NOW: My wife of 53 years passed away on May 29, 2013. Nothing could have prepared me for the effect this event had on me. I was unable to function, lost weight, grieved and cried almost without end. As an example: One day ...

Dr. Kevin M. James, Sr., pastor of Palm Coast United Methodist Church and Bethune-Cookman University Football Chaplain

September 7, 2016   Dr. Kevin M. James, Sr., pastor of Palm Coast United Methodist Church and Bethune-Cookman University Football Chaplain Are You Ready For Some Football? We are blessed in life with four seasons of the year: winter, spring, summer and football. Weekends are about Football. ...

Mike McHargue, Good Samaritan UMC, Tallahassee

August 24, 2016   Mike McHargue, Good Samaritan UMC, Tallahassee I'm a Southern Baptist turned atheist turned Jesus-follower.   And now I'm a Methodist.   Like so many in our culture today, I lost my understanding of God, and with that my relationship with Christ. It's a long story–but basically my ...

Julie Mitchell, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville

August 10, 2016   Julie Mitchell, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville The disciple shares her witness about losing her 15-year-old son to a hiking accident. She tells how she found herself angry, lost and broken, trying to make sense of it, then learning to wait and listen and let God make decisions for ...

Bev McGregor, First UMC, Port Orange

July 27, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Bev McGregor, First UMC, Port Orange Does God Always Get It Right? Sometimes in life God answers your prayer request exactly as you've asked it.  Other times, He just doesn't seem to get it. Graduating from high school, I told God I was ready to go ...

Bob Meeks, New Hope UMC, Brandon

July 13, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Bob Meeks, New Hope UMC, Brandon The disciple tells his story about how losses of loved ones led him to turn away from God and how his wife, the pastor and the congregation of the church helped him turn back to God and feel a belonging in the church ...

Diane Bohner, First Bradenton

June 29, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Diane Bohner, First Bradenton God has been working on me for a long time and about five years ago, I finally listened.    He kept telling me to just be the person I always was, to be helpful to others, listen to them, never turn my back on someone in ...

Penny Marchant, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville

June 15, 2016 This Week’s Storyteller is…   Penny Marchant, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville “If you’re not dead, you’re not done,” says Penny Marchant. She shares how attending the Leadership Summit inspired her to use and give her gifts as God’s servant.     Up Next…   Diane Bohner, First ...

The Children of Anona UMC, Largo

June 1, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is… The Children of Anona UMC, Largo Wrapping up our Mother’s Day testimonies, the children of Anona talk about their special Moms.   Up Next…   Penny Marchant, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville “If you’re not dead, you’re not done,” says Penny Marchant. ...

The Children of Casa de Paz, Kissimmee

May 18, 2016 This Week’s Storyteller is…   The Children of Casa de Paz, Kissimmee The children talk about what is special about their Moms in this Mother’s Day video.   Up Next…   The Children of Anona UMC, Largo Wrapping up our Mother’s Day testimonies, the children of Anona talk about their...

Michelle Ottley Fisher, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville

May 4, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Michelle Ottley Fisher, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville In this video, Michelle tells the story about how being involved in the church helped her understand where she was in her journey. We all have gifts that are meant to be given, she says, adding that ...

Paul Daniel, Melrose UMC

April 20, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is… Paul Daniel, Melrose UMC The Melrose and Orange Creek-Campville churches needed a new mission project.  As the pastor, I looked around in the community for any needs that two very small churches might fulfill. We knew about the Pack-a-Sack program in the...

Celebrate Recovery, First UMC Clermont

April 6, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is… Celebrate Recovery, First UMC Clermont In this video, several members of First UMC Clermont share the positive impact Celebrate Recovery has made in their lives.       Up Next Week…   Paul Daniel, Melrose UMC Stepping out in faith and trusting God ...

Ida Mary Spears, First UMC, Bowling Green

March 23, 2016 This Week’s Storyteller is… Ida Mary Spears, First UMC, Bowling Green Not so very long ago, I was choir director at a church in a small rural county.  There were some wonderful musicians in the church who selflessly gave of their time and talents to present some wonderful musical ...

Erica, Trinity UMC, Gainesville

March 9, 2016   This Week’s storyteller is… Erica, Trinity UMC, Gainesville Erica shares her testimony about the power and gifts of prayer in her church community and her life.      Up Next Week…   Ida Mary Spears, First UMC, Bowling Green The disciple shares an experience that affirms that ...

Hank Lunsford, Trinity UMC, Sarasota

March 2, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is… Hank Lunsford, Trinity UMC, Sarasota On a recent mission to Pahokee, the ages of the missioners ranged from 17 to 84.  One young man was on his first mission trip.  He was a new member of another Methodist church, but joined our Trinity-sponsored team. ...

Amy Perry, CrossRoad Church

February 24, 2016 This Week’s Storyteller is… Amy Perry, CrossRoad Church Amy finding peace with her identity of being "in the hallway." This is God's story...as evidenced in Amy's life...for His glory. John 1:6-8 (NIV) There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to ...

Regina Johnson, Kerr Memorial, Miami

February 17, 2016 This Week’s Storyteller is… Regina Johnson, Kerr Memorial, Miami Paying It Forward “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6   The journey to a church rummage sale started out as a fascinating voyage. I discovered it...

Daniel and Carrie Simone, Killearn UMC, Tallahassee

February 10, 2016   This Week’s Storytellers are… Daniel and Carrie Simone, Killearn UMC, Tallahassee “I used to think it odd to see a family praying in a restaurant.” The couple tells the story of how their discipleship grew from simply listening to sermons to building relationships in the church, ...

Rodney Body, Dover UMC

February 3, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is…  Rodney Body, Dover UMC From early 2015… I was appointed as a retired supply pastor to the Dover United Methodist Church in East Hillsborough County, FL (South Central District). Dover United Methodist Church is actually the oldest Methodist Church in ...

Richard Ottum, LifeSong Church

January 27, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is… Richard Ottum, LifeSong Church The disciple gives us an amazing reminder of how God can take a terrible situation and bring good from it for His purposes.       Up Next Week…   Rodney Body, Dover UMC In early 2015, the pastor shared a story of how...

Charles Kinder, Retired Elder

January 20, 2016 This Week’s Storyteller is… Charles Kinder, Retired Elder Thirty nine years of ministry provided many wonderful (wonder full) experiences; serving a General Board, a United Methodist Foundation and an interdenominational /international ministry. However, the most meaningful ...

Chris, Wellspring UMC, Tampa

January 13, 2016   This Week’s Storyteller is… Chris, Wellspring UMC, Tampa Through growing up in a church, the disciple says he knew a lot about going to church, but not much about having a personal relationship with Jesus. He shares about how he believes he is an example of how Jesus is healing ...

Loree and George Reed, Ponte Vedra UMC, Ponte Vedra Beach

January 6, 2015   This Week’s Storytellers are…   Loree and George Reed, Ponte Vedra UMC, Ponte Vedra Beach It began simply enough. "So Pastor Jeff, what's the deal with our sister church in Cuba?"   Attending Sunday morning services was about the extent of our church involvement. Neither Loree (my ...

Lindsay Leverett, Killearn UMC, Tallahassee

December 30, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Lindsay Leverett, Killearn UMC, Tallahassee The young disciple shares her passion and excitement about beginning a year-long mission in Nicaragua, in which she hopes to build stronger, deeper and sustainable relationships with the 12 churches and ...

Nettie Cribb, Lakewood UMC, Jacksonville

December 23, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Nettie Cribb, Lakewood UMC, Jacksonville I read about the CareFest event and want to share a ministry we have at our church. A member of my Sunday school class whose husband died two years ago and is now legally blind, lives alone, 93 years young, ...

Larry Coleman, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville

December 16, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Larry Coleman, CrossRoad Church, Jacksonville The disciple testifies about how putting God at the center of their world, he and his wife had a marriage full of love and life that surpassed his hopes and expectations.     Up Next Week…   Nettie...

Rob Bullerdick, St. John’s UMC, Sarasota

December 9, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Rob Bullerdick, St. John’s UMC, Sarasota “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” Mark 2:17.   This has been my life verse lately, and the verse...

Mary Kay Roach, Centenary, Quincy

December 2, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Mary Kay Roach, Centenary, Quincy What a blessing to read many stories of those who have taken their Walk to Emmaus! Many blessings from my own Walk. First, it was a blessing to be a pilgrim among others with the Big Bend Walk to Emmaus at Centenary ...

Suzanne Eichler, First UMC Port Orange

November 25, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Suzanne Eichler, First UMC Port Orange Suzanne shares her testimony about how attending Financial Peace University at the church changed her thinking about money, what truly are wants and needs and helped her climb out of debt to the point that she ...

Jere Gault, First UMC Lakeland

November 18, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Jere Gault, First UMC Lakeland Being an American who was interested in our country's current immigration laws and the related plight of undocumented, immigrant farm-workers, I was struggling to reconcile the situation with my personal value system. ...

Marjan Watkins, CrossRoad Church UMC, Jacksonville

November 11, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Marjan Watkins, CrossRoad Church UMC, Jacksonville The disciple witnesses about how Jesus brought her from the despair of losing her son to the light of joy in serving others.     Up Next Week…   Jere Gault, First UMC Lakeland The disciple ...

Tom Foryt, Christ UMC, Lehigh Acres

November 4, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Tom Foryt, Christ UMC, Lehigh Acres I teach reading to seniors who have not passed the FCAT reading test at Lehigh Senior High School. Last October (2013), for the first round, the other teacher and I employed every type of reading strategy we knew to...

Mary Negron, Memorial UMC, Fernandina Beach

October 27, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Mary Negron, Memorial UMC, Fernandina Beach The disciple shares her testimony about how even small acts of hospitality and caring—praying, sharing a meal with a stranger—contribute to the Great Commission.   Up Next Week…   Tom Foryt, Christ ...

Doug Fallin, Shores UMC, St. Augustine

October 21, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Doug Fallin, Shores UMC, St. Augustine Wilbur’s Conversion—Stewardship in Action Wilbur was age 69 when his doctor announced to him that he had Stage 4 lung cancer.  How long he had been in denial is uncertain, but Wilbur had developed a hoarseness in...

Octavious King, University Carillon UMC, Orlando

October 14, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Octavious King, University Carillon UMC, Orlando This disciple’s testimony: Do not let your sins stop you from accepting God’s love and His plans for you.     Up Next Week…   Doug Fallin, Shores UMC, St. Augustine Stewardship in action: The ...

Elissa Salinger, Forest Hills, Tampa

October 7, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Elissa Salinger, Forest Hills, Tampa God is the ultimate giver, and as His servant, I, too, must give as I am able.   I must share this story of how God once used me. Let me begin by saying I was having a terrible day. Nothing was going quite my way ...

Tommy More, First Clermont

September 23, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Tommy More, First Clermont (Submitted in 2014) My childhood was the same as any other childhood. I grew up in a Christian family and attended a local Methodist church because that was routine. As a young boy, I was molested by a neighbor several ...

Kristi Allred, First Brandon

September 16, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Kristi Allred, First Brandon The disciple shares her testimony about how God never abandons you and sends people to you when you need them.     Up Next Week…   Tommy Moore, First Clermont After turning his back on God and living recklessly, ...

Jeanie Scheff, Memorial, Fernandina Beach

September 9, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Jeanie Scheff, Memorial, Fernandina Beach Suit up and Show up - be amazed! God whispered; we said yes!  Joey and I suited up, showed up, and it has been an amazing unfolding!    In 2006 we were invited to sing weekly at the Saturday farmer's ...

TJ Zimmerman, First Lakeland

September 2, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   TJ Zimmerman, First Lakeland The youth ministries director talks about the importance of mentoring, particularly intergenerational mentoring.     Up Next Week…   Jeanie Scheff, Memorial, Fernandina Beach Suit up and show up! The disciple shares...

Pamela Green, Ebenezer Miami

August 26, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Pamela Green, Ebenezer Miami In January 2014, I participated in the World Methodist Evangelism Tour in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, as a missioner from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. It was one of the most transformational ten ...

Nikki Dion, University Carillon UMC, Oviedo

August 19, 2015   This Week’s Storyteller is…   Nikki Dion, University Carillon UMC, Oviedo The disciple shares her story of being a “Vessel for God’s Grace” and realizing that you don’t have to be on the edge of a cliff to understand that God loves you.     Up Next Week…   Pamela Green, ...

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