THE GULF ATLANTIC DIOCESE
IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.
To the faithful in Christ Jesus in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese and to The Rev.
Frederic (Ric) Sterry Smith
Mercy, grace, and peace be to you in abundance in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
As Bishop of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, it is a great pleasure to recognize Ric as the Diocesan Coordinator of Disaster Relief, a faith based ministry of Christian Compassion. He comes with our blessing and support, desiring to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of victims.
At his own initiative, Ric has raised up numerous volunteers and free-will offerings for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They have come from All Souls, Our Savior, and Redeemer locally. Interdenominational congregations within Florida and from congregations as far away as South Carolina and Tennessee have joined in. These servant teams have ministered in the greater Jacksonville area, and it is our hope and expectation that this servanthood ministry will expand into southern Florida to meet both current and future needs.
Rev. Smith’s outstanding accomplishments reflect his true servant’s heart and exceptional dedication, demonstrate godly outreach on behalf of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese, and bring glory to God the Father.
The Rt. Rev. Neil G. Lebhar October 27, 2017