Bob Bumgarner to take position with Jacksonville church
Aug 24, 2014
By BARBARA DENMAN
Florida Baptist Convention

JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Bob Bumgarner, lead strategist of the Church Health Group, will resign from the Florida Baptist Convention to assume a position as executive pastor of a Jacksonville church, effective Dec. 31.

 
However, the name of the church has not been released until its decision is made public. 
 
The 17-year employee has served in a variety of roles since his arrival to the Florida Baptist Convention staff, including associate director of the Pastoral Ministries Department; director of the Pastor/Church Staff Leadership Department; director of the Office of Leadership Development; and director of the Church Development Division. 
 
In his current role, Bumgarner serves on the Convention’s administrative staff, the highest organizational level within the staff, which reports directly to John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer.  
 
“Bob’s best contribution has been his work ethic and always current expertise,” said Sullivan. “His leadership input into our staff has been exceptional. He has been a great friend and co-worker.”  
 
“It is one of the highest honors in my life to have served on Dr. Sullivan's staff for 17 years,” said Bumgarner. ”I have loved coming to work every day for all these years. The trust and freedom Dr. Sullivan has extended me has changed me forever! My time on the Convention staff is filled with good memories of loving God and serving His church together.”
 
Al Fernandez, lead strategist for the Convention’s Church Planting Group, recalled that one of the reasons he accepted the church planting assignment “was that I would be working closely with Bob Bumgarner. Together our teams designed the Church Planting Training and Support Process which Church Health Group has half of the training responsibilities. We proved that groups could work as a team.”
 
After Bumgarner’s departure, Lewis Miller, who currently serves as strategist of the Congregational Support Ministries team, will serve as interim of the Church Health Group. 
 
A native of Austin, Texas, and reared in Kansas, Bumgarner, 51, holds the master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and the bachelor of science degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan.
 
Prior to his tenure at the Florida Baptist Convention, Bumgarner served as executive pastor of Arlington Baptist Church in Jacksonville and pastor of Amanda Baptist Chapel in Middletown, Ohio. He taught as an adjunct professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, extension and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Jacksonville extension.  
 
He is the brother of Florida Baptist Witness Executive Editor Kevin Bumgarner. 

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