Pastor celebrates 10 years at church

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October marks the 10th anniversary of Pastor Pete Hyde (center) with the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church. He was recognized in Sunday services Oct. 13 during the 10 a.m. service. Pictured with Hyde is his wife, Kay, and Jim Hopson, chairman of the board of deacons.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM.

When Pete Hyde arrived to pastor Santa Rosa Beach Community Church in October 2003,  he saw a need for the church to live up to its “community” name.

“Before I came, this church played a pivotal role in starting what is now Caring and Sharing in conjunction with the South Walton Ministerial Alliance,” Hyde told The Sun. “I discerned a need for us to extend our ministry further outside our congregation and the walls of our church. More Bible study and more involvement in missions, locally and beyond, and be involved in and impact the local community.”

Over the last 10 years, the church has made a deliberate effort to be in the community. Many organizations now use it as a meeting place, including three Girl Scout troops and El Shaddai Hispanic congregation, and the church sponsors Cub Scout Pack 562 with 90 boys registered this year.

Community Church is an integral part of the community-wide “Converge” youth ministry that involves Community Church, Good News United Methodist, The Chapel at Crosspoint, Simple Faith and Christ the King Episcopal Church.

 The church’s annual Fall Festival and vacation Bible school are also community outreach events, and Bible study has grown from one adult class to seven classes for all ages, three taught by Hyde.

Church tithes are used in support of eight mission agencies plus a benevolence account. Eighty percent of mission spending goes to local agencies and 20 percent to foreign missions.

With a heart for missions, Hyde has led trips to the Appalachian Mountains to minister to the poor; been to Juarez, Mexico, to help build a church; and gone with a group from Community Church to the Dominican Republic to minister in a children’s hospital. He leaves Oct. 21 to go to Ecuador with Mission Aviation Fellowship, which provides air transportation and technical support for other agencies in the third world.

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