On July 23, 2020, Rev. Dr. G. Timothy Womack will celebrate his 20-year Anniversary as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church. The anniversary marks a big milestone for Womack, as he is now the longest-serving current pastor in any church in the Vero Beach area.
Editor’s note: The person who provided this information has since asked to print an apology to Pastor Buddy Tipton of the Central Assembly church, who has served that church since the early 1980s and is still there today.
On July 22, 2000, the Press Journal printed an article written by Shelley Canupp entitled, “First Presbyterian welcomes new pastor”. The article was about Rev. Dr. G. Timothy Womack – whom we now refer to as “Dr. Tim” – and his auspicious arrival from Jacksonville with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children. At the time, their daughter Savannah was only 4 years old and Jonathan was a tiny 5-week old newborn. Now, Jonathan is a senior in the honors program at Georgia Tech and is studying Computer Science. Savannah is a recent graduate of the University of Florida and is getting married on November 7th in St. Augustine to Jimmy Wear. Both Savannah and Jimmy work for Wear’s family company, WearDeck, headquartered in Ocala. Stephanie recently celebrated her tenth year working for The Hershey Company as an executive recruiter.
The 2000 article states, “Womack says he plans to promote a loving church within a loving community.” 20 years later, Dr. Tim has done just that. He has led, inspired, and spiritually advised the congregation through many important moments in history, from the events of September 11, 2001 to the 2004 Hurricane season, and every hurricane thereafter. When he isn’t preaching from the pulpit, he can still be found on the golf course, sailing, fishing, and diving. Over the years, he has also been involved with the Children’s Home Society as a board member and is an instrumental part of mission work with the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home in South Africa as well as churches in Cuba and Mexico.
What has made Dr. Tim so successful over the years is that he is a truly wonderful leader. His ability to cultivate and inspire in others the desire to be excellent in all they do is one of his most substantial attributes. At the same token, when you are around Dr. Tim you also feel immediately valued for simply being there. Connie Herr was on the search committee back in 2000. “Dr. Tim has brought joy and life to our church. It has become a place where members feel welcomed and heard”, she said. In her opinion, his memorial services are inspiring. She goes on to say, “While most would expect to leave a memorial feeling sad, Dr. Tim makes you feel happy and blessed to have known the one who passed. In the saddest of situations, he brings a light into the room.” Ms. Herr said it best when asked if she thinks Dr. Tim has done a good job over the years. She said, “20 years later… I gather his golf game still needs some work, but the rest of him is doing pretty well!”
Ask anyone who has been on the church staff in the last 20 years what they think of Dr. Tim, and their responses reflect the love and admiration for a man who has given his life in service to the church and touched the hearts of countless people. Rev. Rob White, currently of First Presbyterian Church in Hernando, Mississippi, was hired by Dr. Tim in 2005 as a Youth Minister right out of college. Womack was an integral part of White’s formative years in ministry, and went on to be a highly respected mentor. He not only officiated White’s wedding, but also joined them in celebrating his graduation from Seminary and baptized their first child. Rob said, “If I can touch one life nearly as much as Tim has touched mine, I will call my life a success.”
There will be a small tribute and gift presented to Rev. Dr. Womack during the 10am service on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Due to the current pandemic, the church has implemented social distancing protocols and mask requirements for the safety of the congregation. Only the first 100 worshipers will be allowed in the sanctuary. The service will also be available to view from home via livestream on the church Facebook page or via their website, http://www.firstpresvero.org. If you wish to attend in person, please call the church office to RSVP for the service at (772) 562-9088.
First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, founded in 1958, is a congregation of about 700 members with a vision for mission and ministry to represent the heart of the Reformed Tradition. The church serves Indian River County and beyond, covering worship and service to meet the needs of the community. It is located at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach.