Our Pastor

Fred O. Gaylard Jr. was born in Lake City, Florida in 1960 to Fred and Goldie Gaylard of  Wellborn, Florida. Siblings include Marie Fralick (Ted) of Wellborn, Timmy Gaylard of Fort  Worth, Texas and Melvin (Jamie) Gaylard of Pensacola, Florida.


Fred was united in matrimony to Theresa Pamela Bulthuis in 1982 at the Deep Creek Advent Christian Church in Lake City, Florida. Fred and Pam are proud parents of one daughter, Ashley Gaylard Shaw, son-in-law Paul, and grandsons Lance, Landon  and Levi.


The family has been active members of the First Advent Christian Church for the last 16 years. Fred has been a licensed minister for 2 years and currently serves in various  capacities  in the First Advent Christian Church to include Sunday School teacher for the young married couples, youth leader, deacon, trustee and board chairman.


Fred would share the following to encourage each of us to consider our walk as believers.


Our lives are but a brief  period of time in which we are afforded the opportunity to witness to individuals we come in contact with occasionally or routinely. As a result of spending time daily in God's mighty word. I have matured to a point realizing that as individuals the lifestyle  we live in the  greatest way  for  us to testify to others. As  Christians we are to strive to do what is right in all situations even in the face of adversity.


In March 2007, we began as a church a course entitled "New Covenant Foundation" that  consisted of 30  lessons, which concluded in July 2007. I began a growth process spiritually like never  before.  In  September 2007  the church began a second level study  entitled  "Possessing the Kingdom"  another intense series focusing on nothing less than  God's  word.   Again unparalleled  personal  spiritual  progress was experienced. The study was completed in June 2008  with  noted  improvement in the church body. In  September 2008  through June  2009 I was blessed with the opportunity to teach the first level study "New Covenant Foundation." 


During the past few years I have grown closer to my relationship with the Lord culminating with my Ordination. May each of us be willing servants of God in any capacity we are called.