Back in 1966, Sherwood Park Baptist Church began on Post Road and grew steadily. About 45 years later, the name was changed to New Hope Church. In 2013 under different leadership, the name changed again to East Coast Church and the property & building was sold to go portable, meeting in downtown Melbourne and then to Quest Elementary in Viera. Leadership choices and hardship over the next 2 years proved a new direction was needed. In the spring of 2015, True Life Church was re-launched with the 30 people that remained, now under new leadership with Pastor Joshua Smith. We had to go forward boldly in faith and trust God to provide over time even when the financial numbers didn't add up, and we moved into and renovated our first location on Wickham Road. It was small for a church - only 3,000 sq ft - but we were able to have a place to gather (without the basic food groups on the wall!) and didn't have to set up everything every weekend. We strived for integrity and a new focus (that's why we have our logo and colors), and focused on God's Word and community. We gradually added key leadership roles to invest in vital ministries of our church. True Life Church stayed there across from East Florida State College for 3 years and had outgrown our space. We began renovations on a new location on Sarno Road in early 2018, and opened there that November. The pandemic back in 2020 hit us just like everyone else, and we essentially had to re-launch all over again, but it gave us a good pause to re-evaluate everything we had been doing. Out of that process, we started some new habits: really thinking about what songs we're singing (and where they come from theologically), avoiding a performance-driven model of worship gatherings, weekly Communion, standing for a main Bible reading (because God's Word is holy), and shifting to preaching expository messages almost the entire year (week-by-week chapter & verse). In early fall of 2023, we relocated to 3840 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. here in Melbourne FL. after 5 years on Sarno Road. The new location will give us a great space to continue meeting & growing spiritually, working towards a family-integrated church & ministries, and great visibility to the community. We'd love for you to worship with us and see why True Life starts here! Our Elders are leading the church towards being a Biblically-literate, Biblically-living, and Biblically-loving community of believers.
We would love to have you join us on the journey!
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