Worship: Sundays at 10:30am

Our team

Pastor & Staff

Rev. Jeremy Knight

Pastor

Jeremy and his family are recent Florida transplants from South Mississippi and are excited to be a part of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the family of faith at St. Paul’s UMC in Ocala. Jeremy is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi (Go Eagles and SMTTT!) and continues his theological education currently at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
The Knight family consists of Nan, who is a lifestyle photographer and graphic designer, Leyton (son), Elise (daughter) and two awesome pups; Millie and Tucker.
Jeremy spent his first seventeen years of ministry focused on middle and high school students while serving United Methodist churches in Mississippi and Central Florida. Jeremy can often be found cycling, which he enjoys as well as seeking adventures and making memories with his family.

Elisabeth Kaizer

Church Administrator

Elisabeth manages the church office, the church calendar, and takes care of the day-to-day administrative functions of the church. She is also the church webmaster and coordinates the online and social media presence of St. Paul's.

Elisabeth graduated from College of Central Florida with an AS degree in Office Administration in 2006.  She has worked in/managed offices including a chiropractor's office and other churches for almost 20 years.

Elisabeth's family consists of her husband Glenn and her daughter Ellie.  She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

John Bendall

Treasurer

John handles St. Paul's finances and works closely with our church leaders to assure the faithful management of the church's financial resources.

John moved to Ocala in 1985. In 1987, he made a mid-life career change, went to UF (Go GATORS!) and got his accounting degree and has been doing corporate and church accounting since then. John got his start in church accounting by working as the business administrator for the North Central District of the United Methodist Church.

John enjoys spending time with his wife Theresa and their new miniature Daschund, Holly. 

Kelly Hall

Director of St. Paul's Christian School

Kelly is the Director of Marion County's finest preschool and is heavily involved in the church's Children & Youth Ministry. Kelly has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Florida and is a life-long member of Saint Paul's. 

Veronica Lopez

Children's Ministry Coordinator 

Veronica is the Coordinator for St Paul's Children's Ministry.  She  has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and taught K-5th grade for over 7 years. She is dedicated to enriching our children both through the church ministry and our own preschool. 

Deborah Pritts

Accompanist

Deborah is a retired United Methodist pastor, serving congregations across Upstate New York for almost 30 years. She is also a lifelong musician, receiving the Bachelor of Music degree (Performance) from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. Deborah went on to earn her Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary, also in Rochester, N.Y. Deborah serves St. Paul's as accompanist, playing organ, piano and electric keyboards for worship services and other special events in the life of our congregation.

Beth McCall

Music Director

Beth has a MA from Webster University in Management and Leadership.  

Larry Huennekens

Custodian

Larry is a Charter Member of St. Paul's. He joined the staff as the custodian in October of 2005. 

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