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Bishop Carter names Thom Shafer as South West District Superintendent

Bishop Carter names Thom Shafer as South West District Superintendent

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Bishop Ken Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Thom Shafer as the new South West District Superintendent effective July 1, 2020.

Rev. Shafer will follow Rev. Dan Jackson, who is retiring in June due to health concerns.  Rev. Shafer will continue as the Senior Pastor of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Fort Myers while serving as District Superintendent.  This innovative approach is being done in other annual conferences, including North Georgia.

Additional staff support at the local church and district level will be provided to make sure the mission of the church and the district are faithfully accomplished.

Rev. Thom Shafer

“Thom Shafer is one of our most effective and respected spiritual leaders.  He is relational and missional, and his gifts will greatly benefit the Florida Conference,” Bishop Carter said.

“In this unique appointment, he will have one foot in the world of a very vital church and one foot in the oversight of a connection of growing churches. I am grateful for Thom’s openness to this calling, and trust that his voice will add to strengths already present in our cabinet."

Rev. Shafer has served as Senior Pastor at Cypress Lake UMC since 2013.  Previously he served as Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables and District Superintendent of the former Jacksonville District, as well as churches in South Miami and Temple Terrace.

The child of missionaries, he spent part of his childhood in Cuba and Uruguay. He earned his undergraduate degree from Florida Southern College and his Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

He has served numerous leadership roles in the annual conference as well as on boards for community organizations.  In 2011, he served two years as Associate Vice President for Advancement at Florida Southern College.

He and his wife, Karen, have two adult children, Amanda (and son-in-law Fredy), and Daniel, and recently became grandparents.

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