Florida Bishop Ken Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of our own 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. Pastor Thom will continue as the Senior Pastor here at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church while serving as District Superintendent. 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.
“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.”