We’re Creating a Refreshing New Church for a New Community
I’m Brian, a United Methodist pastor, and I am following God’s leading to start a new church in growing west Orange County. I previously pastored at United Methodist Churches in Ormond Beach and Orlando. This new adventure in west Orange has me thrilled beyond words and feels to me like the culmination of all my past experiences. The abundance of houses being built is a clear reminder that we naturally gather into a community. I want to create the kind of church that allows us to thrive in life. To do that, we need God’s help.
One of the amazing people helping to start this venture is my wife Melanie. She’s worked in the past with Disney, as a Director in Early Childhood Education, and much more. Ask her about some of the things she has done. Now, she is a full-time mom raising, teaching, and loving our two kiddos. Melanie and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. But, our story goes back to 2001, when we first met on the Walt Disney World College Program.
Melanie is a Florida-born , Georgia-raised girl. I am a Florida transplant, originally from Virginia Beach, an average surfer, and a pretty good woodworker.
Citrus Church is in the first phase of development. Our focus is learning the community and meeting people. If you want to learn more about the church plant, and how you can connect, email, text, call, or find me Brian online @RevJohnsonBrian.
Phase 1: Learning the Community – Current Phase
We will begin by immersing ourselves in the lives and stories already happening in west Orange County. My goal is to make connections, grow relationships, and seek out how Jesus is already at work in town.
Phase 2: Gathering in Community – Emerging Phase
Early on, we will be cultivating people interested in forming a new redemptive community in west Orange County. Look for monthly gatherings in different places to draw people together.
Phase 3: Launching the Community
When we sense God’s timing with a critical mass of people we will begin to launch a weekly worship service.
Phase 4: Living as Community
While the worship service is a key part of a church, it is not the sole focus. In fact, launching a new church is not the end, but the beginning. We will continue to grow, adapt, and engage positively in west Orange County.
Meet Brian at one of these community spaces, or email to set up a more convenient time for your schedule.
Week of July 24 through July 30
Monday July 24, 9am till Noon
146 W. Plant St
Winter Garden, FL 34787
My French Cafe
Tuesday July 25, 3pm till 5pm
7782 Winter Garden Vineland Rd # 100
Windermere, FL 34786
Brian Johnson – Pastor
(407) 614-7192 text/call