A Brief History of CCC
Christ Community Church began in the early 80's as a Bible study group meeting at the Day's Inn Motel in Ormond Beach, FL. Some of the members of this study began to dream about establishing a new church for the greater Daytona Beach community. The founding vision of the church was simply to be a balanced church of sound evangelical doctrine that emphasized expository preaching, small groups, unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and love in all things.
Some of the members were acquainted with the Evangelical Free Church of America. They appreciated its balance of unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials and love in all things. After prayerful consideration they decided to ask the Evangelical Free Church of America to help them plant a church in Daytona Beach.
At the same time that these events were taking place in Daytona, Larry Kirk was finishing up his Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. In the summer of 1984, Larry and Connie were invited to meet with the group in Daytona and speak at one of their meetings. Events unfolded rapidly after that first meeting! In September of 1984 Larry Kirk was called by the "Evangelical Free Church of Volusia County" to be the founding pastor.
The first services were held during Advent of 1984 at the Seabreeze Recreation Center. The congregation grew to about 70 people. Later the church moved to the Palmetto Women's Club and then after about a year, to the Daytona Beach Seventh Day Adventist Church building where the congregation grew to about 200 regular attendees.
During the 90's several significant changes took place. The church began using Christ Community Church as its name. New staff positions were added. In 1996, the church called Dennis Kiggins to Christ Community Church, to serve as our Assistant Pastor for Youth and Children's ministries. Under the ministry of Dennis, with the help of his wife Darlene, our youth and children's ministry experienced significant growth.
In 1996 we raised the money and purchased land on Williamson Blvd. This location is central to Daytona Beach, easily accessed, and highly visible. Plans were developed to build an attractive, multi- purpose facility that would enable us to minister more effectively to our church family and our community. Believing that church buildings are not monuments but tools for ministry, our new church was designed for maximum ministry at reasonable cost. We completed construction and moved into the new building in February of 1999. In June of 2001 a new Education Wing was completed as we continued to grow. We have been blessed to be able to accommodate many new ministries as a result of our facility.
The growth of Christ Community Church has been steady and strong in the new millennium. In 2003 we added a second service on Sunday mornings. Our average attendance grew from 400 in 2004 to 500 in 2006. We added a third service on Saturday evenings in October of 2005.
Our staff has experienced significant growth and change in the new millennium also. In October, 2002 the church called Matt Walker as a part-time youth pastor as Pastor Dennis moved toward a greater focus on children's ministries. Matt became our full-time youth pastor in 2003 and the Youth Group saw continued growth under his leadership.
Larry Kirk continues as our Sr. Pastor, Dennis Kiggins is the Associate Pastor ministering to Children, Families & Growth Groups, Casey Johnson is our Assistant Pastor in charge of Outreach & Assimilation, Bradley Robinson serves as our Director of Music, and Kyle Whitehead is our Youth Leader. Anthony Orzo is Lead Pastor for Restoration Church in Port Orange.
We look forward to the opportunity and challenge of planting more new churches within the next several years. Many opportunities lay ahead as we look into expanding our ministry in various ways.
Where We've Been:
• First service held during advent 1984
• 1985s-1995s Grew to 200 in rented facilities
• 1996 Purchased land
• 1999 Built building
• 2001 Added educational wing
• 2003 Added second service
• 2005 Added third service
• 2002-2005 grew to approx. 500 in attendance
• 2010 launched our first church plant: Restoration Church in Port Orange