New Beginnings Facilitators


Jim Nation

Jim is a retired Professor of Entomology at University of Florida, but still teaches in the undergraduate Honors program on a contract basis because he believes in the subject he teaches and loves working with young people. He and his wife Dorothy have been active members at FUMC for many years. Contact Jim at or 386-418-3775.


Margaret Steptoe

Margaret graduated from Maryville College with a degree in Bible and Christian Education. She worked in two churches in the Holston Conference as a Director of Educational ministries. Her husband brought her to Gainesville, his home town. Margaret worked as the Church Secretary at FUMC for many years. She has volunteered in the educational ministries teaching all ages from young children to older adults. She also helps lead Bible studies and Mission studies for the United Methodist Women locally and on the District level. Contact Margaret at or 352-372-5879.


Dan Greathouse

Dan is a retired officer in the US Marine Corps, a veteran Bible study and Sunday School facilitator, a Certified Lay Servant, and apologist wannabe. He and his wife Kay are long time United Methodists. He is currently our Church Lay Leader and Church Council Chairperson. Contact Dan at or 352-665-0850.


Flo Caldwell

Flo Caldwell is a retired engineer and has been one of the facilitators of New Beginnings for about a year. She enjoys small group Bible study because of the interesting discussions sparked by the questions of the participants. She loves learning new things, traveling, and singing in the choir. Contact Flo at or 352-379-3993.