Dr. Wayne D. Wiatt joined us for our March 4th Sunday worship service. This was such a special blessing for us all since Dr. Wiatt is the District Superintendent for the Florida Conference. We hope Dr. Wiatt can visit us again.
Here is a litlle history on Dr. Wiatt.
The Reverend Dr. Wayne D. Wiatt grew up in rural north Florida where he was on the “cradle roll” at Cherry Lake UMC and was confirmed at First United Methodist Church of Madison, Florida under Dr. Tom Kelsey. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music, and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Emory University where his thesis, “Children in Worship: Participation Through Creative Dramatics,” studied the many ways children can be included in leadership in a worship setting. During college he was employed as a summer youth intern at Trinity UMC, Tallahassee and answered his call to ministry under the mentoring of Rev. Phil Roughton and Dr. Gene Zimmerman. During seminary he served as youth director at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus and worked closely with Dr. Carlton R. Young, editor of the United Methodist Hymnal.
After graduating from Emory, Wayne served under Dr. Thomas E. Farmer, Jr. as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville from ’84-’88 and was appointed as senior pastor of Palm Coast United Methodist Church in 1988. While at Palm Coast, he received the Harry Denman award for Evangelism. He was appointed to Southside United Methodist Church, Jacksonville in 1996 until he was appointed as Superintendent of the East Central District in June of 2006. His leadership and involvement beyond the local church includes membership in Rotary International for 18 years, Habitat for Humanity, past president of United Way of Flagler County, Healing Racial Division Project of Jacksonville, graduate of Leadership Jacksonville in 1998 and past president of United Community Outreach Ministries, Jacksonville. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Bethune Cookman University, The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, Central Florida Wesley Foundation, Stetson University Wesley Foundation, and FREE Prison Ministry. He served as a Delegate to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2006.
Wayne is in his fifth year as Superintendent of East Central District in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has the responsibility of care and oversight for 83 Congregations and 161 Clergy including Appointed Pastors, Extension Ministers, and Retired Clergy.
Wayne is married to Ramona Folds, formerly of Titusville, and they have two children, a son, Matthew, who is married to Katie McEntire and a daughter, Taylor, who is married to Phillip Stokes.
Ramona has a degree in Telecommunication, a minor in Drama and is a certified KinderMusik teacher. She has worked in television, public relations and advertising and is a cast member at Walt Disney World.
His son, Matt, is a graduate of Flagler College with a BA in Communication and is a founding partner of Indieatlantic, a film and production company specializing in high quality event films.
Daughter Taylor is a graduate of UCF and majored in Sports & Fitness. She is currently a Graduate Assistant at Rollins College and pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership.