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Meet the Pastor
Jeff Tate

Jeff, the oldest of three siblings, was born and raised in Tampa, FL. After attending Hillsborough Community College (Tampa), he received a degree in Family and Child Development from Auburn University. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Christian University (now Amridge University, Montgomery, AL).

Jeff served 10 years in youth ministry in Alabama, Florida and Kentucky before answering the call to pastoral ministry. Jeff has served as senior pastor of First UMC, Apalachicola, FL for 4 years, 10 years as lead pastor of First UMC, Lake City, FL, and has been serving the past 6 years as the lead pastor of Keystone UMC, Keystone Heights, FL.

Jeff is passionate about introducing people to Jesus, helping them grow in a personal relationship with Jesus, and equipping followers of Jesus to share their faith and serve others.  He and his Family are excited for this new chapter in their lives.

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