New church has G.O.S.P.E.L. Plan


William Whaley, pastor of New Day, and his wife, Eileen.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM.

When William Whaley began his research on the demographics in Walton County, he made a discovery that would lead to the birth of a new church.

"While the majority of people in Walton County live south of Hwy. 20, the majority of our churches are north of Hwy 20," Whaley told The Sun. "As I prayed, God began to impress on my heart the need for a new church in Santa Rosa Beach."

Several families in the area also shared that vision, and Jeff Geoghagan became Whaley's ministry partner at New Day Church. Monthly services began in December and weekly services began Easter Sunday. The church meets at the Allyson C. Donaldson Entrepreneurial Institute at the NWFSC South Walton Center in Santa Rosa Beach.

"We are praying about a more permanent location, but property and building space is expensive, especially for a new church," Whaley said. "We prefer to rent space because our desire is to spend our resources on people rather than in buildings."

Believing people search for hope regardless of where they live or their economic situation, Whaley said the only hope for Walton County and the world is the hope found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

"Our mission is simply to make disciples of Jesus Christ," he said. "Our vision is to see lives transformed by the Gospel. We not only desire to share the message of the Gospel with people but we also believe it is important to show the Gospel of Jesus."

One way New Day Church embraced the community was at a Family Fun Day in January and another the day before Easter.

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