Rev. Daryl W. Allen (Pastor Daryl)
Daryl is a native of Florida and grew up attending the First UMC of Seffner where he met Debbie, his future wife, at the age of six. His first career was in retail management and included a stint as a regional trainer for Best Buy. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers & a Master of Divinity degree from the Orlando campus of Asbury Theological Seminary. He previously served Druid Hills UMC in Ocala for six years. Beyond the local church, Daryl serves the North Central District as the Registrar of the Committee on Ministry and District Residency In Ministry (RIM) Leader. Daryl and his wife Debbie, Co-Pastor of Community UMC, have been married since 1999 and have three sons: Parker, Wesley, and Davis. His hobbies include running and all things tech. He is also an avid sports fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rays, and Lightning as well as the Florida Gators.
Rev. Deborah L Allen (Pastor Debbie)
Debbie moved to Florida and met her future husband Daryl as a child attending the First UMC of Seffner. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies Education from the University of South Florida and a Master of Divinity degree from the Wilmore campus of Asbury Theological Seminary. She has previously served churches in Fort Myers, Hudson, and Belleview. Beyond the local church, Debbie serves the North Central District as the Chair of the Committee on Ministry and serves the Florida conference as one of the leaders for the Residents in Ministry Design Team. Debbie and her husband Daryl, Co-Pastor of Community UMC, have been married since 1999 and have three sons: Parker, Wesley, and Davis. Her hobbies include singing, running, and genealogy. Debbie also has a special place in her heart for the Warren Willis Youth Camp having served as a Summer Camp Counselor.
Rev. CJ Hill (Pastor CJ)
Associate Pastor of Adult Discipleship
CJ joined our Community family in July of 2019. He has pastored churches in the Florida Conference for the last 10 years in Jacksonville, Lakeland, and Bonita Springs. He is married to Amy and they have three children.
Rev. Malcolm Patterson
Minister of Visitation
The Rev. Malcolm Patterson started on November 15th as the new Minister of Visitation. "Mal" as he likes to be called, is a retired minister from the Evangelical Christian Church (previously an Ordained Deacon in the UMC) and has strong UMC roots and connection. He spent most of his ministry as a deacon serving in the academic world as a schoolteacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. He has served as a professor training teachers and he continues to serve online as an instructor and mentor for EdD and PhD students. Mal ministered in churches serving in a variety of roles that included preaching, visitation, teaching, leading in worship with communion and baptisms, and officiating weddings and funerals. Mal and his wife Joyce recently retired and moved from Massachusetts to The Plantation at Leesburg. The two met as children in their local United Methodist Church (Grace UMC of Lynn). They have two adult children and two grandchildren who still live in Massachusetts.
Rev. John LeCain (Pastor John)
Assistant Minister of Visitation
John is a retired United Methodist minister who recently moved to Florida after serving as a local church pastor in the New York Annual Conference. John has an interesting religious background having grown up Roman Catholic, then spending years practicing Judaism before finding his spiritual home in the United Methodist Church. In ministry one of John's biggest passions was caring for people and he knows how important personal contact is in the healing process.
John is married to Diane Parette and together their blended family includes 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 1 precious grandson. He and Diane attend the 9Thirty worship service on Sunday mornings here at Community. He is very warm and welcoming and gracious and has a presence that fits in well with the visitation ministry, as well as the rest of the staff and our Community UMC Congregation.