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Ocala West United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

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Born in Jacksonville, on Oct. 5, 1952, and raised in the Jacksonville/Middleburg area, the Rev. Alan Jefferson received a degree in history from the University of North Florida, and a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Married to Ronda Jo Ryan, they have three children; Becki, married to Shawn Lucas living in Edgewater, with their son, Wyatt; Bo, married to Crystal Wellman, along with 2-year-old Tre (James Alan III), living in Crystal River; and Tim, married to Jessica Bullion, with children Tiffany, and Tyler, living in Lakeland.

He was ordained a deacon in 1977 and received his Elders Orders in 1979, serving appointments as an associate pastor at Brandon First U.M.C., and as pastor of First U.M.C. Reddick, First U.M.C. Hialeah, and Crystal River U.M.C before serving as the District Superintendent of the Southwest District.

During his ministry, he has been involved in the local community serving on School Advisory committee in the local High School, United Way, Rotary Club, Lions Club, P.T.A., as well as chaplain at local hospitals, Marion County Volunteer Fire Dept., the Crystal River High School football team, and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.  He has always tried to be involved with the local Ministerial Association.