Meet the Pastor

Meet Pastor Jeff Spicer!

While a senior at Middle Tennessee State University, at the age of 19, I answered the call to ministry and was licensed to preach in The United Methodist Church. I immediately began serving a rural four church charge while finishing college and then into graduate work at Vanderbilt University. After marrying Melissa Ann Herrington, the love of my life to this day, I took a brief break from school to serve as the associate minister at the Niceville First UMC, where my wife and I fell in love with the Gulf Coast. I returned to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, to finish my Master of Divinity Degree where I once again served a rural four church charge in the hills of Kentucky. A few years later I received my Doctor of Ministry Degree.

In my 40 years of ministry I have served a variety of churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, primarily in either the Pensacola or Mobile areas. Throughout this period, I’ve learned to be a passion learner. In each opportunity to serve, in different locations and with a variety of different people, I’ve come to appreciate the challenges and complexities facing individuals and the church today. Connecting a growing generation of individuals, with no church experience or preferences, living and facing the complexities of our rapidly changing culture, with the help and hope of God, has become my heart’s pursuit.

Mary Esther UMC is a church that has celebrated our past, but is focused on building the future as a place where individuals and families can experience a gracious and loving God. Our congregation celebrates an “ageless message” changing the world of all generations.

My Favorite Things

Helping people come to know and experience God’s love for them. Spending time with family. Reading, teaching, motorcycling, movies. Any opportunity for a meal out or a brief time away with my beautiful bride of 40 years.

My Biggest Stuggle

Finding enough hours in the day to do the things I need and want to do.


I have a vision of our church as a central place in our community where an ever-growing number of people can find an opening and welcoming opportunity to experience and grow in faith.