About Us: Congregational Vitality

Janet Earls has been serving the Florida Conference’s Office of Congregational Vitality as the Vitality Specialist since June 1, 2013.

According to Bishop Carter, “Janet Earls has a deep spiritual commitment to lead others in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. She was a key leader in the growth of one of our larger churches in Florida, one of our denomination’s most vital churches, where she was a member, at the same time, she has worked as a coach alongside some of our most distressed congregations. As a lay person, she will bring additional diversity to our conference leadership team through her experiences in corporate and congregational life".

Earls worked close to six years in the East Central District as a contracted church coach as well as volunteering in district leadership roles. Janet was the past chair of the EC District Center for Congregational Excellence; and for five years, she built a track record of success in guiding churches in crisis and coaching church leadership or transition teams through a vision process. Prior to working with churches, she has more than 10 years of experience coaching, training, facilitating and mentoring high performance teams in other secular industries.

Janet is a professional coach certified by Spiritual Leadership, Inc., graduate of Coach U, Kolbe Consultant – Copper Level, member of the Association for Talent Development and area Suncoast Chapter. Janet was a member of the Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and was a Lay Delegate to the 2012 General Conference and now a delegate for the 2016 General Conference. She is a member of First UMC Lakeland. Janet has been married to Lee for 34 year and has two adult children; Son, Ryan, married to Caroline living in Gainesville, and daughter, Jenna, living in Atlanta, Georgia.

You may contact Janet by e-mail at jearls@flumc.org or by phone at (800) 282-8011, ext. 109.

Rev. Dan Jackson has been Director of New Church Development since 2013. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the executive pastor of New Covenant UMC, one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. Prior to that, he was the senior pastor of five churches in a variety of settings in the West Ohio Conference, leading one merger and the development of a multi-site, multi-cultural ministry. Dan transferred into the Florida Annual Conference in 2008.

While serving at New Covenant, Jackson was part of developing a transitional housing ministry, a jail ministry, programs in leadership and spiritual development, fundraising for a $5.5 million facility expansion and planning for a second campus. He served the North Central district as chair of the Committee on Ministry and as a member of the District Leadership and Nominating Teams. Since becoming Director of New Church Development he has instituted a New Church Start Academy, overseen the restructuring of NCD’s financial assets and developed a strategic plan for ministry expansions in the conference.

Dan and his wife Patti have five children and live in Lakeland. Four of their children and all five grandchildren live in Ohio. He enjoys reading biographies, bicycling and camping.

You may contact Dan by e-mail at djackson@flumc.org or by phone at (800) 282-8011, ext. 147.


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