Director of Family Ministry

Madeline Baum, Director of Family Ministry
work: 352-854-9550
Email: family@ocalawestumc.com
 
I answered my call to ministry in 2009 and shortly thereafter was certified as a candidate for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. I have spent the last nine years serving as the Director of Family Ministries at a United Methodist church in Jensen Beach, FL, while finishing my bachelor’s degree, working on my masters of divinity degree, being a mom and a wife and growing in my own faith. We relocated to Ocala in April of 2017 to follow God’s call on our hearts to continue serving Him, here at Ocala West UMC. We are so blessed to be a part of this amazing community of faith and honored to walk with families, children and youth here in Ocala as we strive together, to seek first the kingdom of God, (Matthew 6:33) and to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Mark 12:31)

My journey to ministry has been a long and sometimes difficult path. God has taught me to use the struggles that I have been through to inspire and encourage others as they discover and develop a life-changing relationship with Christ. This grace that God has poured out on me, and on all of us is a precious gift which I treasure with all my heart. I am blessed with many other gifts also, like my incredible husband Lou. We have been married since 2000 and two years later God entrusted us with our amazing daughter Sara. She is now 15 and is talented, beautiful, smart and loves God with all her heart. She is my greatest joy and always an important part of our ministry. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us here in Ocala!