Ortega United Methodist Church
  Sunday Service @ 9:30 & 11:00am  |  4807 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville FL

               
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Art McClellan

Art McClellan

Lead Pastor
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Art McClellan is the Lead Pastor at Ortega UMC.  Art celebrates the many wonderful ways Ortega UMC lives into and shares our Vision – Connecting Christ, Church, and Community, and our Mission – Connecting every person, in every generation, in every place with the love of Jesus Christ. 

 

Art is an eighth-generation Floridian with family roots in Tallahassee that date to the early 1800’s and whose grandmother was born and raised in Jacksonville on the banks of the St. Johns River.  He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  Prior to attending seminary, Art worked as a staff analyst with the Florida Legislature and a manager with the Florida Institute of CPAs.


Art’s second career call to ministry came after many years of joyfully serving Christ’s Church in many non-clergy roles of worship and leadership.  Along with his wife Faith (yes, that’s her real name) and their three young children, Art attended Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky to earn his Master of Divinity degree.
Faith McClellan’s family are also native to Jacksonville.  Faith is a Mathematics educator currently teaching statistics at Mandarin High School.  Their three now-adult children are Sarah-Ashley (husband Ben), who is a medical resident in Denver, CO, Keith (wife Anise) who is an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy in Orlando, and Pete, a recent FSU graduate who is pursuing a career in film production in Atlanta.


Art’s passion for ministry is celebrating and sharing the joy of Christ’s love in and through the ministry of the Christ’s church to encourage our gracious Christian living in the community of faith and with the community we seek to serve that surrounds us for God’s glory.  Art enjoys multiple forms of Christian worship and is very excited to celebrate Ortega’s vibrant traditional and modern worship expressions.  Art also enjoys cooking, bike-riding, exploring hidden treasures in our own community, making new friendships and celebrating the gifts of God’s grace, love and life with family, friends and neighbors.

Shannon  Jennings

Shannon Jennings

Director of Christian Education
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Shannon has been a part of Ortega UMC since birth. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Shannon grew up in Ortega‘s children and youth programs. A graduate of the University of Florida, Shannon was hired as Ortega’s youth director in 1997 and served in that role for 16 ½ years before transitioning to the Director of Christian Education in September of 2013. She is married to Jonathan Jennings and has three young boys, Jage, Jaks and Joby. Shannon has also been an integral part of the contemporary worship service at Ortega since its inception, singing, playing piano, and leading worship as part of her ministry at Ortega. Shannon is passionate about ministry and loves being a part of the Ortega family.

Kirby Tyler

Kirby Tyler

Director of Youth Ministries
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Kirby comes to Ortega UMC with a rich history of youth ministry that began with her own youth experience under the leadership of Rev. Mike Hudson at CrossRoad UMC. Kirby also served to help direct CrossRoad’s Summer Camp Ministry. Following her experience as a missionary in Kampala, Uganda, Kirby returned to Jacksonville and has been an active member of Swaim Memorial UMC and a Youth Counselor with Southside UMC. Kirby also serves as Assistant Lay Director for Florida Crown Chrysalis and as a volunteer for Campus to City Wesley Foundation.

 

Kirby is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from Florida State College. She shares her excitement about a ministry where youth know they are loved, valued, gifted with a purpose, and are prepared to take their faith with them for the rest of their life. She celebrates youth ministry that shares in activities that gathers with the whole church, and not only as a separate ministry.

 

Kirby enjoys spending time boating with her dad, camping, fishing, game night with friends, and time with her dog “Finley.” 

Jim  Smith

Jim Smith

Director of Music Ministries
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Jim has been on staff at Ortega since 2008. He has a B. A., Music, from University of California at Fresno (Fresno State) and a Masters of Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft Worth, Texas.

Jim has spent decades in music ministry and education including 11 years as a full time Minister of Music in the Baptist Church and 22 years teaching Choral Music for Duval County on High School and Middle School levels. Jim is married to Gwen Smith who helps serve the Children’s music ministry. They have been happily married for 26 years and have been blessed with four grown children and five grandchildren. Jim enjoys reading, fishing, boating and spending time with Gwen and their three cats. Jim’s vision for Ortega’s music ministry is “That God will continue to make use of the vehicle of music at Ortega UMC so that all may hear and respond to the message that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.”

Gayle  Runion

Gayle Runion

Playschool Director of Education
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Gayle has been a member of Ortega UMC since 1974. She grew up in the Ortega youth group and has remained actively involved at Ortega including serving on various committees. Gayle has been a part of Ortega’s Playschool for 27 years in some capacity as parent, grandparent, volunteer, and music teacher. For the past 10 years she has worked as the Director of Education alongside Janie at the Playschool.  Gayle is married to John Runion and they have two daughters. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, walking, spending time at the beach and with family.

Winslow Colbert

Winslow Colbert

Administrative and Financial Coordinator
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Winslow is a Jacksonville native who was confirmed and married at Ortega UMC.  She is married to Bart and has two step-daughters, Jeanne Lamar Petersen & Amelia Colbert, and a grandson, William Petersen.  Winslow is a University of Florida Alumni and has been serving on the Ortega UMC staff since 2004.  While her primary job is office administration and finances, she has worn many hats during her tenure at Ortega and is vital to the daily operations of the church. Winslow enjoys spending time with family at Black Creek, growing camellias, and playing bridge.

Scott Coleman

Scott Coleman

Director of Contemporary Music
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Scott also grew up at Ortega United Methodist Church. In June of 2012 he was hired as the Director of Contemporary Music.  Scott was involved in music at Ortega for many years before his employment as he served in your choirs and youth bands while being an active part of the youth group.  Scott is a talented musician and vocalist with an expertise at directing and assembling bands.  He is also the co-founder of The RiverTown Band and The Royals.  Both groups are professional top-of-the-market event bands.  In his free time Scott enjoys spending time with family, cheering for the Gators, and playing music.  He is married to Karen Coleman and they have three children, Wyatt, Georgia Grace, and Will.

Charlie Mann

Charlie Mann

Organists
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Charlie has been the organist/pianist at OUMC since April 2001.  He has been playing the keyboard since the age of five and was his home church’s organist/pianist at age 13.  Charlie is a native Texan and graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1970.  He came to Jacksonville in 1976 with the U.S. Navy and served a total of 25 years with 13 of those years here in the Jacksonville area.  In addition to his OUMC music responsibilities, he provides musical accompaniment for local musical theater and school choral programs.  Charlie is currently employed as a defense contractor by Logistic Services International in Jacksonville as a curriculum/courseware developer for Patrol Squadron Thirty at NAS Jacksonville.  He lives on the west side of Jacksonville with his wife Kim.  They have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

Jonathan Jennings

Jonathan Jennings

Audio Visual
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Jonathan was born and raised in Jacksonville and grew up at Ortega.  He was part of the youth group, youth band, and part of the team that helped start the contemporary worship service at Ortega.  His audio experiences began with helping to run sound and setup sound systems for youth choir tours and continued with managing audio, video, and lighting for worship services and other events.  Jonathan studied business management at the University of North Florida and is also employed by Battery Distributors Southeast, Inc.  He is married to Shannon Jennings and together they have three sons.  Jonathan enjoys practicing martial arts, playing music, and spending time with his family.  

Dale Pridgen

Dale Pridgen

Maintenance Supervisor

Dale has been working as Ortega’s Maintenance Supervisor since 2011.  Many of the events and daily operations of the church wouldn’t be possible without Dale working behind the scenes to setup and prepare facilities for the ministries of the church.  Dale has a knack for being able to fix almost anything.  Outside of work Dale enjoys gardening.

 


IMPORTANT TIMES
Service Times
9:30AM Contemporary Worship (Sanctuary)
11:00AM Traditional Worship (Sanctuary)

Other Times
9:45AM Sunday Morning Small Groups
10:45AM Sunday Morning Small Groups
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CONTACT INFO
4807 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville FL 32210
Church: (904) 389-5556
Playschool:  (904) 387-0749

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