Rev. Jeremy Knight Pastor

Jeremy and his family are recent Florida transplants from South Mississippi and are excited to be a part of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the family of faith at St. Paul’s UMC in Ocala. Jeremy is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi (Go Eagles and SMTTT!) and continues his theological education currently at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.


The Knight family consists of Nan, who is a lifestyle photographer and graphic designer, Leyton (son), Elise (daughter) and two awesome pups; Millie and Tucker.


Jeremy spent his first seventeen years of ministry focused on middle and high school students while serving United Methodist churches in Mississippi and Central Florida. Jeremy can often be found cycling, which he enjoys as well as seeking adventures and making memories with his family.


Elisabeth Kaizer Church Administrator

Elisabeth manages the church office, the church calendar, and takes care of the day-to-day administrative functions of the church. She is also the church webmaster and coordinates the online and social media presence of St. Paul’s.
Deborah Pritts Accompanist
Deborah is a retired United Methodist pastor, serving congregations across Upstate New York for almost 30 years. She is also a lifelong musician, receiving the Bachelor of Music degree (Performance) from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. Deborah went on to earn her Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary, also in Rochester, N.Y. Deborah serves St. Paul’s as accompanist, playing organ, piano and electric keyboards for worship services and other special events in the life of our congregation.


Kelly Hall Director of St. Paul’s Christian School

Kelly is the Director of Marion County’s finest preschool and is heavily involved in the church’s Children & Youth Ministry. Kelly has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Florida and is a life-long member of Saint Paul’s.

John Bendall Church Accountant

John handles St. Paul’s finances and works closely with our church leaders to assure the faithful management of the church’s financial resources.

Kraig Pritts Children & Youth Coordinator

Kraig is a retired educator of 35 years with experience in the classroom, building administration, school finance and 12 years as a Superintendent of Schools, he has experience working with children and youth at every grade level. Additionally he led Christian Education classes at the Middle and High School levels in United Methodist churches where his wife was a pastor. He is a strong supporter of the developmental approach to grouping children.

Larry Huennekens Custodian

Larry is a Charter Member of St. Paul’s. He joined the staff as the custodian in October of 2005.