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Interim Associate Pastor

The Rev. Ruth Elswood, Parish Associate

 

I am filled with joy that God has called me to serve at First Presbyterian Ocala. God called me to ministry later in life, after I retired from a lifelong career in early childhood education. I worked for many years for the Florida State University System and viewed my work with children and families as a sacred calling, dedicating my working life to improving the quality of early childhood education for all children,  especially those from low-income families. My call to serve in ministry is a

continuation of my desire to be of service to all God’s people. Micah 6:8 guides my ministry - “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” In seminary I spent almost a year working as a resident chaplain at Tampa General Hospital in Florida, where I learned much about ministering to the spiritual needs of people experiencing crisis and illness. My first ordained call was to serve the elderly as chaplain at Palm Garden Health Care

Centers. Later I served the First Presbyterian Church in Jasper, Florida as interim pastor.

 

On a personal note, I am married to my dear husband, Lon. Between us we have five children and eight grandchildren. They are the joys of our lives!

 

511 S.E. Third Street, Ocala, FL 34471

The Rev. Dr. D. Ronald Watson, Jr., Pastor

The Rev. Ruth Elswood, Parish Associate

The Rev. Dr. Ray C. Ruark, Jr., Pastor Emeritus

Phone:  (352) 629-7561  Fax:  (352) 629-8066