Redeemer 30A begins services at new home
A local church recently redeemed a new Sunday location at the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast.
With a growing congregation and limited space, worshipers of Redeemer 30A Church set their sights on finding a new venue. On Sep. 16, the church changed up its scenery and branched off from its old spot in the Tack Room of Arnett Stables. Around 185 people showed up for the first service at the new location.
“We wanted to just provide an opportunity for our church to grow,” said Josh Pool, pastor of scattering efforts, who added that the church's goal is to makes disciples of all nations.
Pool said the church follows the tagline “to see Jesus Christ, the lord of all peoples, by making disciples.” He and David Huffman, pastor of gathering efforts.
“Pastor David Huffman and I have been friends for about nine or 10 years now, and as we were just praying about going into ministry and working together in ministry, we both had a heart for Santa Rosa Beach,” Pool said.
Huffman – who said he felt it was his calling to start a new church – didn't want the church to be strictly based off of one personality, so he invited Pool to join him, and the two have been preaching together ever since.
"Our first meeting was in the summer of 2015 and our first service was Oct. 12, 2015," Huffman said. "It all happened pretty quickly and organically."
Pool said he and Huffman learned about the available spot after speaking with their good friend, Pastor William Whaley, who connected the two with the staff at the Boys and Girls Club. Now, with a new location and more gathering space for the congregation, Redeemer 30A enough room to continue to grow its services.
"Originally, we were meeting in a home off Highway 30A for a few months," Huffman said. "But as (the church) grew, we ran out of space. So (Arnett Stables) opened up for us to meet, and that was great, for a time. ... It was really challenging trying to find a place that would work with us and that we could come in and support as well. So when the Boys and Girls Club opened up as a possibility, we were ecstatic."
Once a month, the church hosts a fellowship meal for members and guests, a gathering Pool said is great for newcomers to meet everyone and "feel the life of the church."
"Our dream is to be a church that cares more about who we worship than where we worship," Huffman said. "A church isn't a place, it's a people. Our members understand that."