Rev. John Griswold
Born in the New York winter of 1958, the second child and only son of John and Beth Griswold, I became a United Methodist when, in 1968, the Methodist Church became the United Methodist Church. We migrated gradually, in fear of the winter, from the North Shore of Long Island to the east coast of Florida. My parents were teachers. My older sister, Gail, is the town clerk for Melbourne Village, FL. Xan, my younger sister, has returned recently from California and lives with me while looking for work.
Ordained in 1982, I have served throughout the Florida Conference and, while going to school, in Connecticut and Massachusetts. I finished my undergraduate work at Florida Southern College, our United Methodist College in Lakeland, FL. I received two degrees from Yale University and my doctorate from Boston University School of Theology (also a United Methodist school).
I have great hope for our time together. While I have not yet met all the leaders of your beautiful church, I am delighted to have received such a warm welcome and to have met so many charming people. I look forward to meeting you.
Louise Urquhart, who retired from the church office in 2013, has been back in the office since the beginning of 2016. Louise is a Certified United Methodist Church Secretary. She has three grown children (2 sons and 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren) of which two children live in Lakeland. Louise shares her home with 3 cats and 1 dog. She is originally from Massachusetts and has been in the south since the early 70’s. Louise enjoys camping, gardening, crafts, walking, and biking.
James E. Jordan (Jim) received his B.A. degree in Sacred Music from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, in 1980, majoring in organ and voice. He has studied organ under Mrs. Doris Brinson, Dr. Bennett Penn, and Miss Janice Van Otterloo, and piano under Paula Parsché and Dr. Rita Fandrich. Jim has taught piano and voice at Polk State College as an adjunct professor for several years, and after 16 years at Polk State College as the Director/Manager of Systems and Programming, he now is the Technical Project Manager at Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s only university focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. Jim is a native Floridian, and currently lives in Fort Meade, Florida.