First United Methodist Church of Alachua
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Pastor Lamar Albritton
WHO AM I?
When God called Moses to go back to Egypt with the mission to set free the people of Israel, he asked God to tell him “HIS” name by which he goes to liberate the people. The Bible says, “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM …’” (Exodus 3:14). Now hear me brothers and sisters of 1st UMC Alachua, in NO way do I fathom such a comparison with the Almighty God; woe is me even if I think such. Yet, the question still remains on your part … “who am I?” Who is Lamar Albritton that has been appointed your new pastor?
In order to answer that question I’ll start with the basics. I was born on July 26, 1955 in Rockledge, Florida as the oldest of four children to Lamar and Evelyn Albritton. My parents lived three years in Cocoa, Florida and then moved to my mother’s home town of North Attleboro, Massachusetts. After three years of working in the cold and the snow, dad moved the family back to Florida. Through a series of tragic events in my young life I, along with my sister and brother, were raised by our grandparents Monroe and Mattie Lee Albritton in Shady Grove, Florida; just northeast of Perry, Florida about 12 miles. When we came along my grandparents raised cattle and other livestock.
I graduated from Taylor County High School in Perry, Florida and then on to North Florida Junior College in Madison, Florida. A semester before my graduation I met my dear wife Vivian Fulford of Monticello, Florida. On June 27th we celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary. Vivian was raised on a peanut farm started by her dad, C.A. Fulford, in 1946 after WWII. It is a family farm that is still in the business of selling peanuts, yet has diversified in many different ways over the years.
From Junior College I went on to Florida State University (“GO NOLES …” oops careful now)! While completing my undergraduate work in history I became for five years a student supply pastor for the Miccosukee UMC in Miccosukee, Florida just outside Tallahassee, Florida. From there it was on to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. While attending seminary Bishop Duffey of the Kentucky Annual Conference granted me a Local Pastor’s license and then appointed me to the Mount Olivet Circuit in Mount Olivet, Kentucky. The circuit consisted of three small churches – Piqua, Foster’s Chapel and McKendree UMC. While in Kentucky God blessed us with our first two children, Evelyn (1982) our oldest and Daniel (1984).
Florida bound after seminary (1985), I was appointed associate pastor of the Grace UMC in Venice, Florida for three years. Vivian and I were blessed while there with our third child Olivia (1986). From Grace UMC I was appointed in 1988 as the first full-time pastor, as well as elder, in the 100 years history of the Parrish UMC in Parrish, Florida. In our first year there our fourth child Caroline was born (1988). My family and I had the privilege to celebrate with the good people of Parrish UMC their Centennial. We made it a year-long event of ministry and outreach! After six fruitful years in Parrish, I was appointed to the Lake Gibson UMC (1994) with the greatest privilege of serving for 17 years. Right now I’m just scratching the surface during this time of transition to describe our years at Lake Gibson UMC. However, down to earth we are leaving with our first grandchild being born – Charlotte Grace Albritton (June 3, 2011)!!!
I can’t quite say that the above information justifies even a snap-shot of WHO AM I. But it is a start in sharing my story with you good people of 1st UMC Alachua. I want to say to you, along with Vivian, I am so proud to be your pastor, looking forward to hearing each of your stories as we share in the one great story (which is our identity): our love for Jesus Christ and His church.
“I love to tell the story of Jesus and His love” … Pastor Lamar Albritton
I can be contacted by phone: 386-462-2443(office), 352-359-9432 (Cellular), 386-462-1765 (Home)
Or by email at email@example.com
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