Since Destiny Worship Center was started in October 2001, the church, its congregation, and ministry have grown by leaps and bounds. And now, the church is poised to expand some more.
The church was founded by Steve and Jackie Vaggalis. Steve serves as the lead pastor and his wife as women's pastor.
Through the Vaggalis's leadership, the church has grown from 100 people at their first meeting to more than 4,000 at four regional campuses. The church now has more than 50 people on staff.
Every Sunday the main campus on Poinciana Boulevard sees around 2,500 worshipers and parking the multitude of cars has been a challenge, said Operations Pastor Steven Vaggalis.
So, when the owner of the KFC/Taco Bell restaurant next door approached the church to ask if they were interested in purchasing his property, it was a no brainer.
"He reached out to us and said he had trouble staffing and was going to close and sell the property," said Vaggalis. "He said since we had been neighbors for so long, we were the perfect ones to approach. Parking has been our biggest challenge, so we made the decision that we needed to do it."
The former restaurant consists of 3,124-square feet and rests on .742 acre and is valued at half a million dollars.
Plans are to use the property just for parking, but there are no plans to tear down building at present.
"We might possibly use the building for offices," said pastor's assistant Barbara-Ann Chaudoin.
The church is also growing in another direction as plans are in place to open a fifth church campus in Fort Walton in the fall.