Our Story

How it all started...

In 1958, a group of Christians from the North Shore Christian Church in Jacksonville, FL, who had moved to the south side of Jacksonville and who were encouraged by the brothers and sisters at North Shore, began meeting in the Englewood area of town. Those early founding members of the congregation were also assisted by The Plea Foundation. The Englewood Christian Church met for the first time on September 7, 1958. A church planter, Delmar Debault, supported by the few Florida Christian Churches that were in existence at the time, preached and worked with the group for the agreed time period of one year.

Expanding the vision...

On September 1, 1959, the church hired their first full time preacher, Fred Smith, Jr., who came from Illinois with his wife, Madonna. Under their thirty-seven years of leadership, until Fred retired on September 1, 1996, the Englewood congregation made a Kingdom impact on Florida and around the world. Englewood has helped start thirteen churches, the North Florida Christian Service Camp, and spear-headed the beginning of Florida Christian College. The current preacher, Pete Ramsey, is only the third full time preacher in the history of the church, beginning his tenure on December 17, 2017.

Where we are headed...

Part of the heritage of our faith community is the relationship with our physical community. We began as a neighborhood church, experienced our greatest times of growth and ministry impact as a neighborhood church and have a desire to resume our role as a neighborhood church.  Some churches get really, really big and move around while others stay small and don’t move at all. Our hope and desire is to continue to grow by making an impact not only in our neighborhood but all around Jacksonville and when the time is right, and God’s vision and purpose seem clear, to expand our ministry to other areas of Jacksonville while staying firmly rooted in the Englewood area. All of this is centered around God’s call for us to help his Kingdom grow. We hope you might want to be a part of that Kingdom growth.

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