Jeremiah Garrett
Director of Student & Young
Family Ministries

Hometown: Port Charlotte, Florida

Family Info: I married my wife Natalia in 2005, we actually met when we were both in high school in 2001, and worked together at the local K-mart (insert blue light special joke). We have two little boys, Daniel and Samuel. They are two of the greatest blessings in our lives and definitely keep us active. Daniel, our oldest loves fishing, Paw Patrol, and Super Heroes. Samuel loves anything on wheels and following his big brother around, trying to do everything he does. Our family enjoys going to the beach, parks, and spending time together.

When did you join the staff of Aldersgate? I joined the staff at Aldersgate on December 26, 2014. Fun fact, my first “official” youth event was a New Year’s Eve lock-in where we ended up at the Beach at about 2:00am, playing Steal the Bacon and the police showed up (No one was hurt or arrested).

What did you do before joining Aldersgate? I worked as the Youth/Associate Minister at Christ the Redeemer Church in St. Augustine Florida and before that as the Director of Youth Ministries at Will Rogers UMC in Tulsa Oklahoma. I graduated from Oral Roberts University with my BA degree in 2008, and worked at Home Depot all through college.

What do you do for fun? I enjoy lifting weights in my spare time and fishing with my son Daniel. I can also be found on my day off relaxing at the beach reading a book, or with my wife at the movie theatre watching the latest Marvel release.

Favorite books? Aside from the obvious answer (The Bible), I actually prefer fiction. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz, The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker, Three by Ted Dekker, Blink of an Eye Ted Dekker.

Who has influenced you the most in ministry/life? My father-in-law Peter has been the biggest influence in my life. I started dating my wife about six months after becoming a Christian and for the last 16 years my father in law has been an example of what a Godly man should be, as well as someone who holds me accountable and is always available to offer wisdom and support.