From First Baptist Church to Family Church - Our Story | Family Church

Family Church is one church in many neighborhoods speaking the neighborhood language on mission to build families by helping them discover and pursue God’s design. We are multigenerational, multicultural, and multisite. We are a place where you can feel at home. Whether you are single, married, divorced, young, old or somewhere in between, there is a place here where you can connect. We are committed to teaching the Bible, building families and loving our neighbors.

Family Church is on mission to make disciples of Jesus in the places where we live, work and play. We are continuing a legacy of people committed to taking the gospel—the good news that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried and raised from the dead—to the ends of the earth.

We were founded as the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach in 1901 when there were fewer than 1,000 people living in the city. A small group met first in a home, then in the city’s reading room and then in a donated building on Clematis Street. As the church grew, we changed location and acquired buildings and property to accommodate the growth. Our current downtown worship center was built in the 1965. Over the years, buildings have come and gone but our church has reinvented herself to continue spreading the gospel in South Florida.

This mission is more important now than ever before. There are an estimated 1.4 million people in Palm Beach County and 96% of them remain unconnected to God and His church. When Pastor Jimmy Scroggins came as our Lead Pastor in 2008, he brought to us a vision to plant 100 neighborhood churches. We want to more effectively go out to reach people rather than expecting them to come to us.

We are a growing multicultural, multigenerational and multisite church. The name “Family Church” incorporates this vision and has allowed us to plant campuses across Palm Beach County and beyond. Our church planting residency program trains bi-vocational campus pastors as well as other pastors and ministry leaders in areas such as worship, assimilation, adults, students, kids and operations. These men and women are planting churches all over South Florida—turning a vision into a reality.

Each Family Church campus has been launched by a group of courageous individuals who are willing to go and make disciples. Here is a brief timeline:

our story

October 2010 - Family Church Abacoa launched out of a partnership between Family Church Downtown and Central Baptist Church.
January 2011 - We launched our first Spanish-speaking campus, Iglesia Familiar Downtown.
October 2013 - Family Church West launched to reach our western communities.
October 2014 - Family Church Sherbrooke launched from a partnership between Family Church Downtown and Gracepointe Church in West Lake Worth.
April 2014 - Iglesia Familiar Greenacres began out of a partnership between Family Church and Centro Familiar Cristiano.
March 2015 - Believing we would be better together, Family Church Abacoa partnered with Palm Beach Community Church to become Family Church Gardens.
October 2015 - Family Church Gardens launched the first Family Church "grandbaby," Family Church Jupiter.
October 2016 - Family Church in The Farms launched out of a partnership between Family Church, Church in The Farms, and Harvest Bible Chapel.
October 2017 - Family Church Boca grew from a seed church into a campus of Family Church.
February 2018 - Family Church Village launched out of a partnership between Family Church and Village Baptist Church.
February 2018 - Family Church Portuguese grew from a seed church into a campus of Family Church.
October 2019 - Family Church Port St. Lucie launched out of a partnership between Family Church and First PSL.

God is still writing our story. There is no master plan other than His. We constantly challenge each other to be His ambassadors, joining God in the work He is doing to reconcile broken people to Himself. At each campus, we are committed to teach the Bible, build families and love our neighbors. We are on mission to be the church OUT THERE, helping people discover and pursue God’s design.

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