Christ Fellowship started in 1984 as a small Bible study with 40 people in a living room and has grown to nearly 30,000 people on multiple regional campuses in South Florida. In addition, there are nearly 10,000 people experiencing Church Online every week through a live streaming on the Internet around the globe.
In April of 1984 five families gathered in the home of Tom and Donna Mullins for prayer and Bible study. This was the beginning of what is now Christ Fellowship Church. In the Fall of 1984 that group had already grown to nearly 40 people and had outgrown the Mullins living room. The newly formed church moves into the cafetorium of Grove Park Elementary School on Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
The church family had grown to 80. They prayed and fasted before stepping out in faith to purchase an old horse farm on Northlake Boulevard. What is now known as Gardens South Campus opened November 1992 and had 300 in the first service. In the late 90s the congregation of 300 expanded to over 4,000 people. These folks packed five services each weekend and jammed the parking lot. It was at this time prayer and preparation for an additional 40 acres across the street began.
In April 2000 a new campus with three buildings was opened. Immediately new people flooded in to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. It wasn’t long before even this new facility was at full capacity and had to increase to five weekend services. The vision of Christ Fellowship continued as we reached out to impact the large Latin American community in our area. CF en Español now has vibrant congregations on two campuses.
In January 2004, the Impacting Faith mission began with a focus to reach our region through a multi-site strategy. In August 2004, the Wellington/Royal Palm Campus launched at Polo Park Middle School with 800 people. Two years later, the campus grew to almost 2000. God provided for the purchase and renovation of a former Target store. In October 2006, the Royal Palm Campus opened and has been growing ever since. Today, there are over 5,000 children, students and adults who worship there every week. God was doing a work in downtown West Palm Beach when the doors opened to launch the CityPlace Campus in April 2005. Expanding the vision to reach the heart of the city for Christ, we began meeting at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace. That campus has since grown to four weekend services.
In January 2008, we launched our Online Campus to reach people for Christ around the corner and around the world. Thousands log on each week from 60 different countries for worship services, pastoral care and discipleship. In August 2009, iPhone video streaming began to allow individuals to participate with CF worship anywhere using their mobile phone. In August 2008, we extended our reach to the Treasure Coast with the Stuart Campus. Nearly 1,000 people worship each week at South Fork High School. In February 2008, the Christ Fellowship church family joined together to expand our campus reach even further. The Gardens Campus opened the Life Center in December 2008, which included the Café 242, Source Bookstore, Student Ministry Center, Adult classrooms and shortly after, a new God’s Town for kids. Heading into 2011, Dr. Tom and Donna Mullins, along with the Board of Elders, passed the leadership baton to Todd and Julie Mullins with Todd as the Lead Pastor of Christ Fellowship. In 2009, Christ Fellowship celebrated 25 Years of Impact. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus said: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. The faithfulness of our church family remains steadfast.”
While much has changed through the years, the heart and mission of Christ Fellowship is the same. We are called to impact our world with the love and message of Jesus Christ. God continues to be faithful. Led by Julie’s vision, God opened our eyes to the heartbreak and devastation of modern-day slavery. The church launched Hope for Freedom in 2011 to bring true hope and healing to young victims of sex trafficking by supporting international rescue missions through the A21 Campaign. We also opened Hope House, the first long-term safe home on the east coast of Florida with professional services for rescued girls. In 2012, Christ Fellowship began holding services in Boynton Beach at the Boynton Beach High School. That same year, we expanded our mission work in Belle Glade by opening the Belle Glade Life Center, a place where children and adults can go six days a week to connect, learn life skills and hear the word of God. Through this center, God is radically transforming lives educationally, emotionally, socially and most of all spiritually and more than 50 children have been baptized there. In 2014, we celebrated our 30th birthday with a year of reaching more people in more areas, with more than 1,700 baptisms and services at three new campus locations. God called us to be in New York City, and we are now changing lives in the big city and reaching people for Jesus every weekend on the Upper West Side. Our Boynton Beach campus moved into a permanent location — the old Dillard’s store at the Boynton Beach Mall. With Restore Coffee Roasters at the church’s mall entrance, people are coming in for a cup of java and finding Jesus. The official launch of the new Okeechobee campus was also in 2014 and we continue to reach that community with the love of Jesus.
As more than 1,000 people continued to meet each week at our Stuart location in a high school, we have moved into our permanent home on 321 acres in Martin County — an area larger than Disney’s Epcot. With multiple locations in South Florida, Christ Fellowship is one family. We are able to connect in person, online and on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Senior Pastors Todd and Julie Mullins are eager to see a radical transformation in this generation for Christ – a transformation that will revolutionize schools, families and the community with the truth and love of God. They are calling everyone to step up and take their place in God’s kingdom, every day of the week, everywhere we go.
On September 21, 2014, we opened the doors to our Okeechobee location. God has a rich history in the county of Okeechobee and we’re eager to see how He will move in this region. Christ Fellowship launched with two full services and added Wednesday night student services. Hundreds of people have found a place to belong and a place to grow in community with God and each other.
In July 2015 Christ Fellowship purchased Tradition Studios in Port St. Lucie. A building that was meant for creating movies and entertainment is now being made into a church to impact Port St. Lucie with the love and message of Jesus Christ. Christ Fellowship has been placed in one of the fastest growing areas in Florida. God has blessed us with being able to purchase the building completely debt free.
It’s been one of our most exciting years in the history of Christ Fellowship. This July we opened the doors to our Port St. Lucie location at the former Tradition Studios in Port St. Lucie. God is doing an amazing work as we’ve seen thousands of new people find a home at Christ Fellowship. We’ve seen hundreds of people get connected and find community through The Journey and serving on the Dream Team.