about

 
 
 

vision

where are we going? 
To grow our faith influence to our neighbors one individual and family at a time.
 
 

mission

how do we get there?
A body of believers with over 65 mission/service opportunities that seeks to minister to the body, mind and spirit in the Lake Region and beyond..

culture

who are we?
A dynamic faith family of believers that love one another and work in unison to minister God’s love to a hurting , lost and dying world.
 
 
 

meet the staff

 
 

REV. JEFF TATE

 PASTOR 
 
 
 
 
 

DR. TOM FARMER Jr.

 ASSOCIATE PASTOR 
 
 
 

TAMMY KARAFA

 DIRECTOR CHILDRENS MINISTRIES 
 
 
 

DARLA CALCOTE

 OFFICE MANAGER
SUPPORT STAFF 
 
 
 
 

BILL PETERS

 TREASURER
SUPPORT STAFF 
 
 
 

SONIA BOWEN

 PIANIST
SUPPORT STAFF 
 
 
 

LIZ OUTTEN

 NURSERY STAFF
 
 

Caroline Karafa

Nursery 

Malana Bass

Nursery 

Andrew Koehler

Nursery 

Kaitlyn Cline

Nursery 

Chris Roberts

Nursery  (Substitute)

 
 

BETTY WALKER

 WEBSITE 
 
 
 
 

 history

A very special THANK YOU to the pastors who have served KEYSTONE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH and helped it grow into becoming the church it is today by serving Jesus Christ through ministry in the community of Keystone Heights.

Rev. Dave Landers       1979 – 1988

Rev. Richard Albury     1988 – 1989

Rev. John Barhan         1989 – 1994

Rev. Delbert King         1994 – 1996

Rev. Jerry Johnson       1996 – 1998

Rev. Jamie Westlake     1998 – 2003

Rev. Jeff Kantz               2003 – 2005

Rev. Donald Corbit        2005 – 2011

Rev. Nick Godun           2011 – 2011 (July, Aug, Sept, Oct)

Dr. Tom Farmer, Jr.       2011 – 2012  (Interium)

Dr. Craig Moore             2012 –  2016

Rev. Jeff Tate               2016

 

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For our first Sunday Service, March 18, 1979. we met at the Masonic Hall.  Dr. Harold Buell, who was our Gainesville District Superintendent, led the worship service  with approximately 75 people in attendance.  By May of 1979, a parsonage was selected and purchased for our first pastor.  They moved in June of 1979. 

On May 20th of 1979, Keystone United Church was chartered with sixty-three members.

Our church organized The Wednesday Lenten Luncheon which was opened to the entire community of interested people on the 3rd of March, 1981.  We had just moved into our new church building.  Rev. Dennis White of Melrose United Methodist Church was invited to be a guest speaker.  It was the first sermon given in our new church building which is now known as our Fellowship Hall.

The idea for LAM (Lake Area Ministries) was formed by our church during Dave Lander’s ministry.  Joan Vaughn was the church secretary.  She and Dave saw a need for this ministry and brought it to the attention of an alliance of community ministers. 

By 1988, almost ten years later from our founding days of forming KUMC, we had outgrown our church building.  A new Sanctuary was built to hold 350 people.  It is the same Sanctuary we worship in today.  By 2002, the Multi Ministry Center was built and completed.