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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!

Life-Giving Ways


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 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


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



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


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

Executive Pastor


Chris Ackerman

Associate Pastor


Brad Burke

Worship Minister


Mindy Clemons

Adult Discipleship Director


Katie Fanning

Director of Missions


Daniel Leptrone

Director of Operations


Heather Howell

Care Minister


Trish Wallace

Pastor's Assistant

Cathy Byrd

Community Care Minister


Ken Taylor

Counseling Pastor


Jim Luther

Congregational Care Pastor

Neal McGee

Student Minister


Mary McQuagge

Children's Minister


Bobbie Copsey

Children's Minister


Cindy Hansen

Nursery Director

Karen Self

Children's Ministry Assistant

Linda Seamon


Kris Nelson

Communications Director

Jonathan Gibson

Tech Director

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Mailing Address/Church Offices: 
Lynn Haven United Methodist Church
3203 Minnesota Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405