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Our mission is making fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Our History

During the late 1990’s Beach United Methodist Church (UMC) of Jacksonville Beach began focusing its ministry on evangelism and discipleship; the church’s desire was to “take the beaches for Christ.” With established United Methodist churches to the north and west, Beach UMC turned its sights to the south in hopes of expanding the work God was doing through the church. Beach UMC leased and renovated a former mortgage company headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach. Worship services began March 25, 2001 at what was then called the South Campus.

The original vision for South Campus was that it would be a worship center with some evening activities. The church found that many of those who worshiped at South Campus wanted a “full service” church with Sunday morning opportunities to grow as followers of Christ and a regular pastor in the pulpit. Just one year after opening its doors, the vision began emerging that as a chartered United Methodist Church the people attending South Campus would better be able to meet these felt needs and reach out to their neighbors with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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With the full support of Beach UMC, the Jacksonville District and the people of South Campus themselves, plans were laid to transition the South Campus to a new church launch effective January 1, 2003. The Reverend Jeff Bennett, associate pastor of Beach UMC was appointed pastor of Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church. With the work of countless lay people, Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church was launched January 26, 2003.

The church's motto during its early days was "Connecting the Unconnected" as the church sought to reach with those who had no current connection with Jesus Christ through a local church. From the early days to today, PVUMC has urged worship participants to join a small group Bible study to deepen their faith connection. Each spring and fall the church has begun new small groups focused on a church-wide study with the expectation that some of the new groups would continue following the initial study.

Just prior to the facility lease end, property at 76 South Roscoe Blvd was purchased with proceeds from the 3-year $1.2 million capital campaign A Journey of Faith. In August of 2007 the church moved worship to the elementary school nearest the property, Ocean Palms Elementary. Offices and midweek ministry moved to the 1,400 square foot house at 76 South Roscoe Blvd.

On November 9, 2008 ground was broken at the site for construction of a multi-purpose church building. Offices were relocated to a single-wide trailer at 56 S Roscoe Blvd and midweek ministries to the Palm Valley Community Center and The Players Community Senior Center during construction. The church first worshiped in its new 15,000 sq ft building on December 13, 2009. The first floor comprises a multi-purpose sanctuary, several child-care rooms adjacent, and offices. The upstairs is configured for youth worship, teaching and fellowship, including rooms for children and adult ministry. Funding for the building came through a second 3-year capital campaign (Building on Faith) and financing from The Florida United Methodist Foundation. The building was consecrated on February 28, 2010 and the church chartered on September 26 of that same year.

The congregation of some four hundred and forty (440) now worships on Sunday mornings with a 9:30 Alive! Contemporary service and a 11:00am Traditions service.


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