Robert Bledsoe has been appointed by the Florida United Methodist Conference to Cypress Lake UMC as an associate pastor. He will begin serving at Cypress Lake on July 1. In The United Methodist Church, clergy appointments are made annually by the bishop, who has the responsibility for setting all the pastoral appointments in the conference. This unique system of assigning clergy dates back to John Wesley. The bishop and the cabinet (all district superintendents in the conference) look at appointment needs throughout the conference, taking into consideration the needs of each church, the gifts and talents of each pastor, and other circumstances in the conference.
Pastor Thom and Pastor Joe will remain in their current roles as Senior Pastor and Director of Contemporary Worship & Congregational Care.
Erick and Tracie Ashley have been appointed to serve churches elsewhere in the Florida Conference; Erick will be senior pastor at Grace Community UMC in Lithia, and Tracie will be senior pastor at Emmanuel UMC in Bradenton. We have been blessed to have the Ashleys share their gifts with us over the last year, and they will be deeply missed.
At the same time, we are excited to welcome the Bledsoes to our congregation and into our family. Learn more about Robert and his wife Jessica in their own words at http://cypresslakeumc.com/news/new-associate-pastor.