LCF is excited to welcome our new Executive Pastor, Timothy Dickert. Please join us in welcoming his family to the LCF family! He has graciously answered 5 questions about him and his family for you in today’s blog post. You can contact Pastor Tim at [email protected]
Now About Those Questions….
- Where were you born?
I was born in Perry, Florida. My family heritage on my father’s side is German and on my mother’s side, it is part Irish/Scottish/Wales and Scandinavian.
My father’s family comes from Alabama with a background in Lumber and sawmills.
My mother’s family comes from the Carolina’s.
- Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small area in the rural county of Dixie in north central Florida. There are three main towns in the county which are Old Town, Cross City, and Horseshoe Beach. I grew up in Cross City and it has around 2,000 people. My grandfather started the lumber company in Cross City called Suwannee Lumber and my father began Dixie Green Mulch.
With a town so small, everyone thought they knew me even if I had never met them.
There wasn’t much to do growing up except to go fishing, hunting or mudding. So, if you weren’t shooting guns, then you were playing in the mud.
- Where did you go to school?
I graduated high school in a class with around 60 people with most of the same people I started school with in kindergarten.
I went to college at Rhema Bible Training College in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- What did you do after school?
I started my career in Chiefland, FL as a youth minister. After a few years, I moved back to Oklahoma to go back to school and then my daughter was born. After my daughter was born I left school and started apartment management. I moved back to Florida and managed apartments.
- What made you choose insurance?
In 1999, while on the job, I was assaulted and nearly killed. Due to the injury, I left managing apartments. I got my insurance agent’s license and began working for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
I became appointed with Blue Cross Blue Shield and was a rookie agent of the year and the top producer in the state of Florida for several years afterward.
An opportunity presented itself and I came to Nationwide Insurance handling the states of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
During this time, I also started a photography and video studio.
I love photography and still enjoy teaching the techniques. I’ve photographed over 50 weddings.
So now you’re asking the question:
What are you doing here now?
At the end of 2010, I made a recommitment to the original call to the ministry God had on my life.
I was bi-vocational in that I maintained working at Nationwide Insurance as a claim adjuster while accepting a position as children’s minister for two years and then a youth ministry position. In 2017, I took a children’s director position at my last church.
My day job at Nationwide had a layoff in June of this year. I wasn’t sure what or where I was going, but I was praying and believing God for what was coming next. I knew God was stretching and challenging me. Pastor Scott had asked if I was interested in applying for the position that was opening soon. After strong moments in prayer, I knew it was the right thing to do.
My wife Nicole and I, with the four kids Landon 13, Addison 12, Peighton 7, Colton 6, are beyond excited to be here in Guyton, @ Liberty.
We also have an older daughter Olivia and son-in-law Liam with a soon to be a 2-year-old granddaughter, Arabella.
We are learning names and faces and getting our lay of the land. I am here now and Nicole with the kids will transition as soon as I set the new residence up.
Now you know all about Tim Dickert…