The Reverend Doctor Jerone A. Gamble is an innovative pastor and administrator; a graduate of Bethune Cookman University(Bachelor of Science in Biology); Yale (Master of Public Health in Hospital Administration), and the United Theological Seminary( Doctor of Divinity); his education and professional skills are a tremendous assest to Central Florida Community College, the Second Bethlehem Baptist Association, and the Florida General Baptist Convention. His expertise includes strategic planning, project and budget managment and team building. Armed with excellent organizational, development and collaboration skills, it is no wonder that he was chosen to pastor a church with such a rich history after only one year of serving as its interim pastor. Dr. Gamble's vision today is for tomorrow's church as evident from his sermons, teachings and the church's worship style.
Mt. Canaan is a 112 year old spirit filled, spirit led, dynamic and ever evolving congregation whose leadership reflects the same. The focus is teaching the Word of God and living by Christian biblical principles; the church and its ministries embrace education, support home and foreign mission, encourage evangelism and models discipleship. The blessing of his pastorship is two fold; to teach and to demonstrate that Christian living is a lifestyle, not a pasttime.
Ministries and Committees
Deacon - devoted to supporting the office of the pastor; takes the principle role in the financial matters of the church including overseeing church finances, and administering the benevolent gifts of the church to widows, orphans and the poor
Deaconess - assists thedeacons and the pastor in promoting the spiritual welfare of the church; assists with the administration of the ordinances, facilitates the arrangment for pastor's appreciation events
Teaching - includes, but is not limited to, Sunday school where there shall be a variety of age appropriate classes for the congregation to select and attend; bible study where there shall be one or two bible study sessions that meet on a weekly basis and Vacation Bible School where there shall be an organized dynamic program annually
Missionary - an extension of the teaching ministry, is the principle service ministry of the church. In addition to teaching the Word of God, this ministry focuses on teaching the values of service to mankind. It takes the lead role in connecting the church to service groups and organizations within the community, doing good works assisted and supported by the congregation and the church. All members are participants in this ministry
Worship - allows the congregation to partake in the worship portion of the service by engaging in song and other musical renditions; this ministry includes all worship leaders
Music - the singing ministry of the church, this ministry is primarily devoted to leading songs and praise portions of the services. This ministry serves beyond the walls of the church carrying the name of Jesus, through song, to the local community. The outreach extends to nursing homes, federations at other churches and other venues approved by the pastor
Young People's Department - devoted to the Christian and spiritual nurturing, education an development of the children and youth of the church, this ministry works closely with the pastor, and the parents of the church, focusing on the establishment and building up of on-going programs and activities to engage the children and youth in spirit-filled activities and events designed to teach Christian values, Kingdom principles, and Godly living in their daily lives
Usher - a Helps ministry, its primary purpose is to demonstrate the Christian hospitality of the church. The ushers serve in all worship services, events and such other services in which the pastor and congregation are convened.
Repast - a Helps ministry; this ministry is responsible for organizing and coordinating all church sponsored events that include the eating or serving of food, with the exception of Family nights; to include, but is not limited to, setting up the kitchen, maintenance, service and clean up of the fellowship hal
Sick Benevolence - responsible for knowing the status of the sick and home bound; calls attention to the pastor and deacons the needs of the sick and needy, and offers suggestions as to how these needs may be met
Library - oversees the operation of the church's library; reviews and catalogues all books and materials; establishes and maintains procedures for inventory and upkeep of materials
Building and Grounds - assists the deacons with the maintenance and upkeep of property and building; grounds beautification
Special Events - coordinates all events outside of regularly scheduled church services and activities; coordinates and facilitates such events
Christian Growth and Development - works in conjunction with the office of the pastor to establish and maintain a plan of Christian education for the congregation; periodically develops learning themes and curriculum within teaching ministries
Prayer Service - plans the weekly prayer service; goal is to increase participation by creating a dynamic, spirit-filled prayer service; meets regularly to review the organization of the prayer service and make recommendations (to the pastor) for enhancements and/or improvements
Baptism - responsible for coordinating all baptisms; provides candidates with information regarding the ceremony explaining what the church provides and what they are to bring in order to participate; oversees the operation and maintenance of the pool
Hospitality - makes special arrangements for special guests, (individual or groups) by taking care of the amenities and/or gifts for such occasions (i.e. weddings, births, funerals, graduations and other approved celebrations); other duties may be assigned per the pastor
New Member - responsible for orienting new members to the ministries and operation of the church; ensures that new members receive a church directory, the Articles of Faith, schedule of services and other related items