A Church that Lives Up to Its Name

Born from a natural disaster that destroyed three churches in the local area, Community Church has remained one of the oldest churches in South Walton.  The 70+ year history of the church shows the importance of working and worshiping together as one body to reach the community.  Considering its initial formation as ONE congregation from Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic members, preferences were set aside for the common good and glory of God. It is this spirit of unity that the church seeks to maintain through its transition in the new year as its senior pastor, Reverend Pete Hyde, will be retiring in July after his 16+ years of faithful service.

Associate Pastor, Scooter Ward shares, “We have been fervently seeking God in prayer to guide us through the changes and keep us in the center of His will, so that the transition is a smooth and positive one.”  The church continues to serve its community in several ways.  Although it has undergone several building campaigns, the original church building (now called “the chapel”) has a multiuse function throughout the year for several of its outreach ministries.  The chapel has also been the meeting place for the El Shaddai Hispanic Congregation on Sunday and Thursday evenings for nearly ten years.  The church hosts two annual bilingual services where the congregations worship together for the glory of God.

Community Church is an active member of the South Walton Ministerial Association, which seeks partnership with other SoWal churches to build the Kingdom of God.  The monthly Ukulele and weekly Bible study ministry to the area’s senior living and memory care facilities continues to grow in its effectiveness. 

The church also hosts several organizations throughout the year, including but not limited to Girls Scouts of South Walton, a local AA Chapter, a mental health support group, grief support ministries, KALEO College Summer Ministry, various Walton County Snowbird events/activities, an English as a Second Language Ministry with citizenship classes, and summer Vacation Bible School (VBS).

The Community Church Preschool has been in operation for 11 years, providing 50 kids a year a head-start to their elementary education.  The outstanding cadre of teachers and leaders has ensured the preschool’s continued success and relevance to all who attend. We are continually seeking ways to connect and grow with younger families in our community who do not currently have a church home. 

The church believes that missions are the heart of the Great Commission and is involved locally and globally for the sake of the Gospel, providing support to Caring & Sharing of South Walton, Canaan Recovery Foundation, Camel Club, Benevolence & Disaster Relief and partners with Mission Aviation Fellowship, Student Mobilization, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Samaritan’s Purse.  This year, the Community Church became a hub for the SoWal drop-off for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry.

“No doubt our church will need to adapt our methods to overcome the challenges of reaching people in the 21st century,” says Pastor Ward,  “but we stand by our commitment to preserving the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—the Light and Hope of the world.  Community Church has remained one of the oldest surviving churches in our local area and I pray we will continue to remain relevant and a vital part of our community for many years to come—being all that God desires us to be.”

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