Serve Regionally

  • Disaster Recovery Ministry

    The mission of Disaster Recovery Ministry is to resource and equip local United Methodist Churches and districts as they assist their communities and individuals to prepare, respond and recover from disaster.

    Contact our Disaster Recovery Team circleemail

  • Christmas in July

    Each autumn, a collection of toiletries, school supplies and special items as requested by the children occurs to support the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. This facility was established in 1908 to provide a home for orphans and those rescued from abusive family situations. The collection stocks the store which offers items the children can ‘purchase’ through the points they have accumulated in reward for their good and benevolent behavior.  Click here to read a Christmas in July Update!

    If interested, please contact our Outreach Team circleemail

  • Residents Encounter Christ

    Residents Encounter Christ (REC) of Florida is an inter-denominational Christian ministry that brings the Good News of God’s grace to residents of jails in Florida.  REC of Florida is a 501(c)(3) designated organization. Trained and vetted volunteers enter the Sumter County Jail for a 3-day experience which includes talks from clergy and laity, followed by group discussions, inspirational music, and worship.

    If interested in participating, please contact Don and Lynn Argus circleemail

  • Prison Ministry - Oasis

    Lake Deaton has a covenant relationship with the Rev. Kris Schonewolf who is a pastor at Lowell Correctional Institute. In July 2019, the Florida Conference initiated the third Methodist prison congregation with the appointment of Rev. Kris Schonewolf to serve as pastor at the new church at Lowell called Oasis. The other two Methodist churches in a prison are based in Iowa and Tennessee.

    Lowell Correctional Institute is in Reddick, about 15 miles north of Ocala. It houses about 3,000 women, including three on death row. It is the second largest female prison population in the United  States.

    Lake Deaton encourages you to become involved through prayer, volunteering for various programs, and financial support. 

    For more information about how to volunteer, contact

    Pastor Kris Schonewolf circleemail