Family Life Fellowship is the union of RiverHills Church and First Baptist Lake Hamilton. After some circumstances that only God could provide, He led us to form this new church on November 1, 2015. RiverHills Church was a church planted in February 2008 by Pastor Don Maiden and his wife Linda. We were sponsored by Heartland Community Church, the Florida Baptist Convention, and the Ridge Baptist Association. We launched RiverHills in an elementary school cafeteria, and then in 2010, we rented and remolded space in a warehouse building that we shared with another business. In April 2015 toward the end of our lease, we were told by the landlord that he was renting to another bidder and that RiverHills would need to move by the end of the month. Like many of God’s providence's are, this was a blessing in disguise.
One telephone call was all it took to let RiverHills know that the foresight of God was at work. First Baptist Church of Lake Hamilton invited us into their buildings based upon a rental agreement. We started flip-flop services the first Sunday of May 2015. Things worked out so well that toward the end of July 2015, FBC Lake Hamilton asked RiverHills to consider joining with them to launch a new church. Our church prayed and considered it, and decided to enter discussions with them. Five leaders from FBC and five from RiverHills formed a Feasibility Study group. We answered 27 questions that formed a report, which was distributed to the two churches August 16. The report was unanimously adopted by the churches August 19, 2015.
Forty-seven names were offered by the congregations to name the new church. Through a process of elimination, 14 people chosen for the task, three names made the final cut. Each of the three names were discussed, and by consensus of agreement Family Life Fellowship was chosen as our new church name.
Our joyous mission as Family Life Fellowship is to revitalize and join two churches together to launch a new and exciting vision. We want to bring renewal to families of every sort, and spiritual revival to the church and the region the new church serves. Presently, as we prepare to launch Family Life Fellowship, our core-group numbers about 70. We enter the launch stage excited and trembling with desire to bring glory to God and new spiritual energy to the “New Thing” God is doing.
We are excited to invite you to join us in this new and exciting journey into the future we call Family Life Fellowship.