Pastor celebrates 10 years at church

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM.

“Without their little Cessna planes, other mission agencies would not be able to spread the love and good news of Jesus Christ to remote areas of the world,” Hyde said.

Community Church has grown since Hyde’s arrival, with a new pre-school, a new building that doubled meeting room and administrative space and a new contemporary service.

“In addition to the obvious traits you associate with a pastor, Pastor Pete has a great sense of humor, a strong commitment to the Santa Rosa Beach community as well as to our church, and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of our congregation as a whole body and as individual members,” Jim Hopson, chairman of the board of deacons, told The Sun.

Hyde gives credit for all the church has accomplished over the last 10 years not to himself, but to “the leadership and the congregation that have prayerfully discerned that this is the direction God is taking us.”

Hyde, who spent the first 25 years of his 30-year ministry in the United Methodist Church, is often reminded of these words of John Wesley — Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.

“It my goal for Community Church to live out these words not only in the next 10 years, but in the next 10 months, in the next 10 days, in the next 10 hours and in the next 10 minutes. With God’s help it will be possible if we will just prayerfully commit to it.”

Hyde would love to continue as pastor at Community Church for another 10 years, but he hopes to be able to retire before he is 70. Most important to Hyde is the example he sets for modeling service and missions in the community.

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