LAKELAND -- At least four churches in the Florida Conference are welcoming new clergy.
Appointed to lead the second campus of First UMC, Deland, is Rev. Benjamin C. Collins, an ordained Baptist minister. He starts his new assignment Sept. 1.
Taking over from Mary Frost at Shady Hills UMC, Hudson, is Gus Howerton, a supply lay pastor who had been serving Lake Lindsey UMC in Brooksville. He begins Sept. 1. Frost plans to work in her husband's business.
Rudy Watson, also a supply lay pastor, began his new assignment at Glen Julia/Sycamore UMC churches in Quincy on Aug. 15.
Elder Victor Gonzalez of the Cuba Conference has been at Riverside UMC in Miami since July.
Best wishes to all in their new assignments!