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Jesus told the early church that he came "that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). Our Mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who bring God's love and life to their community and world. 

We believe there are only two things that should truly matter to those who walk with Christ: To Love God and Love Others. The five Life-Giving Ways below are how we do this on a daily basis. All members of Lynn Haven UMC are encouraged to engage in these practices as a way to share the Gospel with everyone they meet. 

Whether you are looking for a church home or you are seeking to discover Christian faith for the first time, we would love to have you join our fellowship. We invite you to learn more about our church by planning a visit soon!

Lynn Haven United Methodist Church – Statement of Faith

We believe...


In the one God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinite in love, perfect in judgments and unchanging in mercy. God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ

That Jesus Christ is God’s Son incarnate, born of the Virgin Mary. He died for the sins of all, taking on Himself, on behalf of sinful persons, God’s judgment upon sin. In His body He rose from the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us.

Holy Spirit

That the Holy Spirit is God present and active in the world. The Holy Spirit was given to the church in His fullness at Pentecost. By the Spirit, Christ lives in His church, the gospel is proclaimed and the kingdom of God is manifested in the world. 


In the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both the Old and New Testaments, the only written Word of God, without error in all it affirms. The Scriptures are the only infallible rule of faith and practice. The Holy Spirit preserves God’s Word in the church today and by it speaks God’s truth to peoples of every age.


That human beings were created in the image of God. This image was marred in every part through the disobedience of our first parents, and fellowship with God was broken. God, in His prevenient grace, restores moral sensibility to all humankind and enables all to respond to His love and to accept His saving grace, if they will.


That God graciously justifies and regenerates all who trust in Jesus Christ. Believers become children of God and begin to live in holiness through faith in Christ and the sanctifying Spirit.

Entire Sanctification

That God calls all believers to entire sanctification in a moment of full surrender and faith subsequent to their new birth in Christ. Through sanctifying grace the Holy Spirit delivers them from all rebellion toward God, and makes possible wholehearted love for God and for others. This grace does not make believers faultless nor prevent the possibility of their falling into sin. They must live daily by faith in the forgiveness and cleansing provided for them in Jesus Christ.

Assurance of Believers

That all believers are assured that they are children of God by the inward witness of God’s Spirit with their spirits, by faith in the gracious promises of God’s Word, and by the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. 

Christians in Society

That Christians are called to live in daily witness to the grace which comes to us in Jesus Christ, to preach the gospel to every person according to the command of Christ, and to declare God’s insistence upon righteousness and justice in all relationships and structures of human society. 

The Church

That the Church is the people of God composed of all those who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Church is Christ’s body; it is visible in the world wherever believers, in obedience of faith, hear the Word, receive the sacraments and live as disciples.


That the sacraments, outward acts ordained by Christ, are tangible expressions of God’s grace the Lord uses to confirm and strengthen the faith of His people.

Baptism marks entrance into the fellowship of the Church and is a sign of the cleansing of sin and new birth in Christ. It is suitable for both infants and believers and may be performed by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling.

Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is a reminder of the sacrificial death of and a symbol of the love which Christians have with Christ and with one another. Those who eat the bread and drink from the cup experience Christ’s presence and proclaim His death until He comes again. The table of our Lord is open to all persons.

Return of Christ

In the personal return of Jesus Christ, in the bodily resurrection of all persons, in final judgment and in eternal reward and punishment.

God’s Ultimate Victory

In God’s ultimate victory over Satan and all evil and the establishment of His perfect kingdom in a new heaven and a new earth.

This is the statement of faith of Asbury Seminary and based on Wesleyan-Arminian theological doctrines (asburyseminary.edu/about/theological-orientation/statement-of-faith).

LHUMC beliefs about the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion have been added.

Life-Giving Ways

Join the Care Team

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people.

Romans 12:9-10, 13-16b NLT

Worship with Us!

Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.

Psalm 100:2-4 NLT

Learn More

Growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Ephesians 4:15-16 NLT

Get Involved

Whoever wants to become first among you must serve the rest of you like a slave. In the same way, the Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people.

Matthew 20:27-28 NCV

Give to LHUMC

Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others…Two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of [others] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8, 12-13 NLT

Meet our Leaders and Staff


Craig Carter

Lead Pastor


Terry Tatum

Discipleship Pastor


Daniel Leptrone

Director of Operations


Brad Burke

Worship Minister


Mindy Clemons

Groups Minister


Heather Howell

Congregational Care & Leader Dev.


Trish Wallace

Exec. Asst., Communications, Accts. Receivable


Cathy Byrd

Community Care Minister


Ken Taylor

Counseling Pastor


Neal McGee

Student Minister


Mary McQuagge

Family Minister

Bobbie Copsey

Nursery & Family Ministry Asst.


Cindy Hansen

Serving Director & Hospitality


Linda Seamon


Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

Tech Director


Glen Johnson