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ABOUT US

OUR HISTORY

Faith Presbyterian Church was founded by twenty-two charter members in 1994. A group from Ocala and a group from Wildwood had the same desire - to start a new church. The two groups joined forces and formed Faith Presbyterian Church. In the beginning the group met Sunday afternoons for Bible Study at the Oxford Community Center but as attendance increased there was a need for a place to hold regular Sunday worship services.

The American Legion Hall in Wildwood was made available which provided more space and greater awareness of our efforts to form a new church.After several monthis at this location, God, wording through on of our members, provided us with a vacated funeral home.  The funeral home included a 120-seat chapel, a house that would serve as a manse and two acres of land.  The property needed a loct of TLC but we were thrilled to have a permanent place to call home.

We were grateful to the lord for this wonderful opportunity and although our numbers were few we were might in purpose.  Th close-knot group rolled up their sleeves and went to work making the needed renovations.  Our efforts resulted in a beautiful church where we could worship and grow.  The church thrived as we served God and welcomed new members.  By 2003 we were at a crossroads; we either needed to add onto our existing church or build a new church.  In 2004, after much prayer and discussion we decided to purchase a peice of property and build a new church.  It was a huge undertaking for a relatively small group but God is greater.

In 2006 we moved to our new 6000 square foot church.  We were thrilled to have a beautiful new sanctuary in which to worship, a large fellowship hall, a fresh new kitchen, pastor study and office space.  The wonder of it all was seeing God's hand at work.  We were amazed at how He worked on our behalf to provide a peice of land, secure financing and bring people forth to accomplish His purpose.  Even more amazing is the fact that in just eight years our church was debt free.  We stand in awe at God's faithfulness and goodness to us.


Our Church

The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church developed from two groups that began in Scotland in the early 1700’s. The Associate and the Reformed Presbyterians migrated to America because of religious and political upheaval in Britain. In 1782 they merged to form the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Each local congregation of the Associate Reformed Church is governed by its members. A pastor is called and voted upon by the members. The Session which is comprised of the pastor and elders, are elected by the members and serve as the ruling body. They are responsible for the administration, organization and spiritual planning of the church. Their purpose is to promote order within the church in a spirit of Christian love. In addition to the elders, deacons are elected to work with the session. The diaconate is charged with meeting the care and needs of the members through mercy ministry; they are also responsible for the care and maintenance of the church facility.


Our Pastor

Faith Presbyterian Church is pastored by J. Gilbert Moore.  His thirty years in ministry has provided him a wealth of enriching teaching and preaching experiences.  He has pastored a number of churches throughout Georgia and North Carolina serving as a fulltime pastor as well as planting new churches.  For the past 13 years, Pastor Moore served as Chaplain and Bible teacher for middle school children. Pastor Moore's educational background includes a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Auburn University and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson MS.

Pastor Moore preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ through expository teaching with application of the Word to our daily lives.  His mission for the church is: worship through the unchanging Word of God, praying with praise, offering songs of thanksgiving and learning obedience to God's Word.   He emphasizes that the primary mark of God's true church is love; learning about God's love for us and in turn loving one another.