Administrative Assistant

Lauren Churchwell

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Lauren began her tenure with the Middle Florida Baptist Association in March of 2019. She is a native of Madison County and a graduate of the University of Florida.

She and her husband Josh are raising three boys: Jacob, Jackson and Jonathan. They are members at Fellowship Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, antique shopping and participating with her "Circle of Sisters" women's retreat team.

North Region Catalyst with the Florida Baptist Convention

Gary Townsend

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Gary is a seventh generation Floridian, born in Plant City, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University and Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Gary and his wife Susan live in Ocala where Susan is a teacher. They have two grown children and four grandsons.

After pastoring in Jensen Beach, Florida for over thirteen years, Gary moved to Ocala to become the Director of Missions of the Marion Baptist Association. In 2004, Gary joined the staff of the Florida Baptist Convention.

Gary’s role as regional catalyst is to connect with and engage churches, pastors and staff in areas of church planting, church revitalization, community ministries and other ways the convention can be “right beside” the churches. The partnership with local associations is an important relationship in serving churches throughout Middle Florida Baptist Association and all of north Florida.

Director of Missions

After serving as our Director of Missions for three and one-half years, Robert Dixon resigned and has returned to his family in North Carolina.  He will be missed.  Please pray for Robert and Kim as they seek God's next ministry opportunity.  If you need to contact Robert, feel free to contact our office for his new address.  Also remember to pray for our Association's leaders as they guide us in moving forward.  


  August 2022  
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