May 17, 2012
by Bev Soenksen
as submitted to the GolfCoastNewsToday.com
With the above in mind, this verse was the catalyst for the organization of the Gulf Breeze RV Church which began in the fall of 2001with 12 people in attendance.
Sunday mornings now find more than 100 worshipers representing as many as 14 denominations gathering in the RV Park’s clubhouse located at 19800 Oak Road West, which is just off County Road 6 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Services are held from Nov. 1 through the following Easter each year.
Working through the owner of the RV Park, a winter resident was instrumental in getting the Church organized. His desire was to have a “teaching” rather than a “preaching” service for the park’s temporary residents.
Since the church’s inception, there have been three pastors. The current pastor is A. O. McGill, a permanent Island resident.
Helen Hastings has been the Pianist since 2001. One of the early decisions of the Church was to give its weekly offerings to the Christian Service Center – a practice still continued today.
And even though the congregation meets only six months each year, it is one of the Center’s most generous Church donors.
Bev Soenksen, the Church’s representative on the Center’s Board of Directors, said, “It is a great feeling to know a small group of people who meet only six months a year can make a difference at the CSC. We believe in what the Center does, and we consider it a blessing to be a part of their mission.”