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Talbot House’s premier fundraising event will take place Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. We are returning home to the RP Funding Center. This event features a buffet-style dinner, silent auction, client testimonial, and inspirational message from keynote speaker Rev. David McEntire. We are honored to be hosting Rev. McEntire, the recently retired Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Lakeland. 

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Rev. David McEntire, keynote speaker.

This year’s theme, “Unraveling Homelessness,” analyzes the five common threads that lead many of our clients to homelessness, including: 

  • Poverty: low-income jobs, low educational attainment, poor financial education.
  • Illness: physical and mental illnesses, lack of health insurance and access to care, medical debt.
  • Abuse: domestic and sexual violence, adverse childhood experiences, substance abuse, and more.
  • Food Insecurity: rising costs of living and lack of access to healthy food.
  • Housing: barriers to housing, affordable housing inventory. 

We will discuss how Talbot House’s programs are designed to address each of these critical needs and how, together, our community can weave a stronger  and more resilient future. 

Tickets will be $75 per person and pre-registration is required. For more information please email Carley Lintner or call (863) 687-8475, ext. 140.

About Rev. David McEntire

David is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and has lived in communities in Europe, the Far East and throughout the United States. David has served in ministry in the Florida and North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church for 48 years. David is a 1972 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in Psychology and Religion. He attended seminary at Duke Divinity School, Duke University and began his first appointment in1981. David has served churches in Plantation, Ocklawaha, Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, and Lakeland, retiring at the end of 2022.

 David married Nancy Curran in 1976. Nancy was born in Baltimore but grew up in Pompano Beach, Fl. Nancy and David have three children; Katie, Andy and Molly. Katie is married to Matt Wiatt (the son of Rev. Wayne Wiatt).  They work for IndieAtlantic Films. Andy is married to Ashley and they have two sons, Crosley and Jude.  Andy owns a film company, the IndieAtlantic Company and is co-owner of Concord Coffee. Molly is a 2013 graduate of Florida State University and currently works at the Florida United Methodist Conference as an associate director of missions and volunteers.

 David is firmly grounded in his Wesleyan roots and theology, grateful to part of the United Methodist family. He is passionate about mission and evangelism and most of all loves to preach. David’s greatest joy is knowing that a person has come to know the love of Jesus Christ in a personal way.