I have been working with youth since 1992. Accepting a call to the gospel ministry, I attended Warner Southern College, where I graduated in May of 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Ministry (with a concentration in Christian Education and Youth Ministry). Having been a lifelong resident of Highlands County for 50+ years, in recent years my wife and I are finding great joy in "country living" in Hardee County (wherein my wife helps take care of her elderly mother).
I served on the pastoral staff at First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine in Sebring from January 1996 to December 2012. While there, it was our goal to develop a youth ministry that would help cultivate spiritual growth in the lives of young people. What a joy it is today to see many of the young people that were active in our ministry years, grow up, marry and start families of their own!
It is always a joy and privilege to serve our Lord where ever He leads. During my years at FBC Lake Josephine, I became involved in not only Disaster Relief ministries through the Florida Baptist Convention, but also missions and World Changers with both the North American Mission Board and LifeWay.
Since leaving FBC Lake Josephine, God is continuing to bless our lives through the practice, staff and clientelle at Sebring Animal Hospital, where nowI serve as the Veterinary Practice Manager. He has also opened opportunities for volunteer service at our church, First Baptist Church of Wauchula, with the youth group and the Sunday morning tech staff; and in the Highlands County community where I serve as a Chaplain to the deputies and staff of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.
If you have found my website and are new to the the Highlands and Hardee County area, I welcome you to explore these pages (as well as the Sebring Historical Society pages) to learn more about the history of Florida's Heartland. If you are not new to the area, I hope that through these resources you will develop a deeper understanding of the rich herritage that helped establish the communities in Highlands County and the surrounding areas.
Allen C. Altvater, III