Geoffrey Lentz serves as the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe, FL. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida, a Master of Divinity from Duke University, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University. He previously served as Executive Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, the oldest Methodist Church in Florida. There he founded a new worshiping community called ICON known for its Ancient-Future style that has been lifted up as an example of the emerging church in America. Since his mid-year appointment in January of 2013, the church has grown tremendously adding new members on a weekly basis. Under his leadership, the church has completed a major expansion almost doubling the campus.
Geoffrey, native of Pensacola, Florida, and his wife, Elizabeth (Liz) of Tarpon Springs, Florida, live in Port St. Joe with their two children, Luke and Eliza Jane. Geoffrey loves spending time at the beach on “the forgotten coast” and paddle-boarding on the pristine St. Joseph Bay. He also enjoys reading and writing poetry, listening to live music, and watching Duke Basketball. He currently is working on writing a Gospel Album with the Bo Spring Band(2018-19). Geoffrey is author of The Gospel According to St. Luke: A Participatory Study and coauthor of Learning and Living Scripture: A Participatory Study Method, and author of forthcoming books, Bold to Pray: A Disciples Guide to Prayer(2018), The Deadly Seven: A Journey Through the Seven Deadly Sins(2019) and Hallelujah: The Soundtrack to Life(2019).