Rev. June Edwards
"June Edwards is a highly respected pastor in our conference," Bishop Carter said. "She has strong gifts in administration and teaching, and has given remarkable leadership most recently at First UMC in Lakeland and on the Board of Ordained Ministry. She is also a significant mentor to many clergy in our conference."
A sixth generation Floridian and life-long Methodist, Rev. Edwards has served three appointments over the last 20 years in the Florida Conference-Forest UMC (Silver Springs), Druid Hills UMC (Ocala) and most recently as one of the Associate Pastors at First UMC, Lakeland. She and her husband, Steve Edwards, have been married for 39 years and have three daughters-Margie (Greg) Kurtz, Rachel (Johnny) Gibbs and Emily Edwards and three grandchildren-Johnny, Waylon and Ellie.
She is a graduate of the University of Florida (BA Education) and Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) where she was part of the first graduating class of the Florida campus. June has served the church at both District and Conference levels: North Central District Mission and Church Extension, North Central District Committee on Ministry, Conference Standing Rules Committee, the Advisory Board of Shade and Fresh Water, Board of Ordained Ministry and the Conference Congregational Vitality Committee.