God records in Hebrews 11 the people who exercised great faith to fulfill God’s plans. We commonly refer to it as God’s Hall of Faith. The hall of faith continues to be written today. As we team together and look to God in faith, we too can write eternal history.
Many people just like you were once new to Oakwood and they’ve found what you too may be looking for – a caring community of faith where you are accepted and loved just as you are, and yet encouraged to become more than you presently are. We all need a community that can encourage us as we face life’s many challenges. Most importantly, together we want to meet and experience a personal relationship with Christ in ways the transforms our lives.
We’re striving to become the kind of church God intends – a community where we grow in our love for God, for one another, and those in our community and world. We do this by offering relevant Bible teaching, heart-felt worship, authentic relationships, earnest prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. While Sunday morning is the front door through which most people enter into the life of Oakwood, you’ll soon learn that we’re also a network of community groups that offer that kind of genuine community in Christ.
Whether you’ve begun a spiritual journey and starting to ask questions about God, or a follower of Christ who wants to love, grow, and serve, you are welcome here!
Our church history
Oakwood Community Church was birthed in the fall of 1982 with a home bible study in South Tampa. On Easter Sunday of 1983, the first official worship service was held at Plant High School.
Oakwood became a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, an association of autonomous churches united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. You can find out more about the Evangelical Free Church of America at www.efca.org.
After several “temporary” facilities, the Lord opened the way for the building of our permanent home here in Carrollwood. On January 24, 1993, we worshipped the Lord together for the first time in our own building here on Casey Road.
Over the subsequent years, the Lord has increased our ministries, adding more lay-leaders, new staff members and facilities such as our Youth and Children’s center. God now compels us to excel in love through new and expanding ministries, including the exciting birth of a daughter congregation in Pasco County.
Just as in the past, today the ministries of our church have a singular mission: to transform ordinary people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.