Director of Missions

Robert Dixon

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Robert came to the Middle Florida Baptist Association from his home state of North Carolina in June of 2018.  He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and his wife Kim have been married since 1985.  She is a retired school administrator.  They have four adult children and two grandchildren.  

Robert has been in vocational ministry since 1985.  He has served in a variety of positions in churches in Illinois, Georgia and North Carolina.  One verse that has come to mean a great deal to Robert is John 3:30 when John the Baptizer referred to Jesus and said, "He must increase, but I must decrease."  

There are three areas of concern that Robert desires to address among our Middle Florida churches:  1) help them make disciples who make other disciples,  2) encourage and support the pastors and their families and  3) help our churches to have healthy practices. 

Administrative Assistant

Lauren Churchwell

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Lauren began her tenure with the Middle Florida Baptist Association in March of 2019.  She is a native of Madison County and a graduate of the University of Florida.  

She and her husband Josh are raising three boys:  Jacob, Jackson and Jonathan.  They are members at Fellowship Baptist Church.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, antique shopping and participating with her "Circle of Sisters" women's retreat team.  


Catalyst with the Florida Baptist Convention

Gary Townsend

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Gary is a seventh generation Floridian, born in Plant City, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University and Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Gary and his wife Susan live in Ocala where Susan is a teacher. They have two grown children and four grandsons.  

After pastoring in Jensen Beach, Florida for over thirteen years, Gary moved to Ocala to become the Director of Missions of the Marion Baptist Association. In 2004, Gary joined the staff of the Florida Baptist Convention.  

Gary’s role as regional catalyst is to connect with and engage churches, pastors and staff in areas of church planting, church revitalization, community ministries and other ways the convention can be “right beside” the churches. The partnership with local associations is an important relationship in serving churches throughout Middle Florida Baptist Association and all of north Florida.

  July 2021  
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