WELCOME TO JOY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH!
We're so glad you're here. Our vision is to be a people who have experienced Christ’s “living water” (John 4) and seek to bring love and hope to those who are without it. We believe our website is an extension of the foyer of our church. Our desire is that you feel as comfortable browsing this site as you would walking through the doors of the church.
Our non-denominational church is affiliated with Liberty Network International www.libertynetwork.net/ a network of independent churches with a common heart and vision to minister the gospel. We are a growing church of people, led by God's Spirit, who have a hunger and thirst for God's Word, and a love for the lost and hurting. Known for the love that extends from the hearts of the members to anyone who comes, we put a strong emphasis on the application of the Word of God in everyday life.
In early 1975, a group of people began meeting for fellowship, Bible study and prayer. Out of this group a church was born. It was named Holy Trinity Church.
About 30 people held their first church service on March 16, 1975, in the recently vacated home of Stanley and Pauline Jordan on Old Bethel Road in Crestview. The founding pastor was George Waller.
In 1977, acreage adjacent to the house where Holy Trinity Church met was purchased and the church building was constructed. A second building was needed by 1982.
The name of the church was changed to Harvest Life Church in 1992. Hearing the call of God, Pastors Dale and Brenda Walters moved to Crestview in April 2005 to become the senior pastors of the church. As evidence of what God was doing in the Body, 2007 brought another name change to the current title: Joy Fellowship Ministries.
We recently completed a building project - joining the two previously constructed buildings to make one multifunctional building! We are so excited about what God has done! Every prayer and generous financial blessing that has gone into supporting the construction of this building has been a tremendous testimony to God's faithfulness. We are truly here to build God's kingdom and not ours!
"Where there is no vision, the people perish…Proverbs29:18 Our vision for Joy Fellowship: is to be a people who have experienced Christ’s “living water” (John 4) and seek to bring love and hope to those who are without it. A place where through the Word of God we can welcome the weary and lost to come and find refreshment and rest, healing for his or her wounds, and through God’s word direction for their journey. God’s will for Joy Fellowship is to be that “Spiritual Oasis” for those that are wandering through the spiritual wilderness of life, without love, without hope, without direction for their life journey.
Vision without action is a day-dream; action without vision is a nightmare. Mission is to vision what the tracks are to a train. A train, regardless of how big it is or how distant its destination, will go nowhere until the track is laid. Vision must have a track to follow-“that’s Mission”. Vision for Joy Fellowship is essential. It gives direction, but it does Joy Fellowship no good to know direction if we don’t have a path to follow-a path that leads us and others to our destination. That’s what Mission provides us with; a path in life that leads us to the fulfillment of our vision.
Our Mission: Worship God, make disciples of Jesus, and serve the people of Okaloosa County and the surrounding areas. We want to be a church that God can use and work through to build a community of His Spirit in these last days; a spirit filled Community that is ablaze with the heart of God. We believe God’s heart is to build His Church, prepare His Bride, and restore a new community. A Spirit-filled Community that is so full of God’s heart for people that there is a driving passion to lead people to Christ and Christ-likeness. Not so much a program of the Church, but a passion of the heart of God’s people. Come Visit!
WHAT DOES THE CHURCH BELIEVE?
We believe in Salvation through confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10; John 14:6)
There is only one true and living God. There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:2,27; Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:7)
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and desire to apply all of it to our daily lives. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21)
We believe Jesus Christ, conceived of the Virgin Mary, is the only begotten Son of the Father. Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father praying on our behalf. (Luke 1:26-33; Hebrews 7:25)
We believe we are reconciled with God through the blood of Jesus when we repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ. (Acts 13:38,39; Romans 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Mark 1:5)
We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit and encourage our congregation to live so that these gifts may be manifest in their lives. (Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
We believe in water baptism by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:11; Matthew 28:18-19; John 14:6)
We believe in divine healing for the body. However, also believe that God uses doctors and medicine as vessels of healing. (Acts 3:2-12; Acts 5:15, 16; James 5:14-15)
We believe every blessing we receive from God comes through the Jesus’ complete sacrifice for us on Calvary, not by anything we can do or achieve on our own. (Romans 5:11; James 1:16,17)
We believe in the Second Coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:10,11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7)
We believe those who die without having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will spend eternity without Him, but those who die having had a personal relationship with Him will share in His glory in Heaven forever. (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; John 5:29; Jude 1:7)