Oceans Church, located at 834 U.S. Highway 98 in the Shoreline Village Mall, hosted its grand opening Sunday. About 250 people visited the church between the two services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
DESTIN — A new church recently stepped on the scene with a mission of worshiping "in Destin as it is in Heaven."
Under the direction of lead pastor Michael Janetis, Oceans Church held its grand opening Sept. 15. Between the two Sunday services, roughly 250 people visited the building at 834 U.S. Highway 98 in the Shoreline Village Mall.
"We really felt like there was something special here, (and) that God wanted to kind of redeem this old, dried up shopping center that use to be the happening place in Destin," Michael said. "The heart of the church is to bring restoration, and even this renovation is a perfect external picture of what we feel that God's called us to do in this city."
For the last five years, he and his wife, Jaime, have worked as worship pastors for The Waters Church in Minnesota, Oceans' parent church. With some additional help from the Church Multiplication Network, the two were able to transform a washed-up fitness center into a sanctuary.
"It's definitely surreal and overwhelming," said Jaime, who is also a pastor at the church. "We're exactly where we're suppose to be. I'm from the Panhandle (Panama City) originally ... and to be back as a part of this community is just a real blessing."
For Destin resident, member and "lover of Jesus" Lori Allgood, the addition of Oceans Church was a clear sign that "God has a heart for the people of Destin."
Allgood added that four core values shaped the church's foundation: love, humility, creativity and authenticity.
"It's outstanding just to see what God is doing in Destin," she said. "By far, the absolute best thing about (Oceans Church) is that the presence of the Lord is here."
Sunday services are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Each week, the church also chooses a different local church, mission and city focus to pray for.
Looking ahead, Oceans plans to introduce additional worship groups, including Crew, a youth program that will kick off Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.
"This was a big undertaking," Jaime said. "It defiantly felt like something that was bigger than us, which is a good place to be because you know that only the Lord can build it."
For more information, follow the church on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at OceansChurchFL.