After meeting on the campus of Florida A&M University and marrying in North Florida in the early 2000’s, Joey and Sonja officially launched The Fresh Church in 2015 out of a God-given inspiration. They are passionate about reaching the marginalized and building marriages.
At first, it was a thought, a feeling, a desire, a pulling of that inner voice from God. We can describe it in many different ways but, all in all, we had a sense that God wanted us to start a life-giving church in the heart of the Hollywood area. We never intended on being “church planters” but as we continued to serve God, His desire for us became clearer. He spoke to us a phrase that we will never forget. He said, “You launch it, I will land it”. After hearing that, we knew exactly that, God, was nudging us to plant a church. The next discussion would be location. Pastor Joey was raised in Hollywood FL, and for the longest time felt the need to be a blessing to that city in some capacity. We love Hollywood. We feel called to leverage our lives and make a difference in this city. Gratefully, this is the place where a lot of our family and friends live as well. With no idea how it was going to happen, it was clear that we were called to impact Hollywood FL and the surrounding areas.
After taking time to pray, process, and prepare personally, we sensed that in 2015 we would launch the church with faith and assurance. God told us specifically to “Launch it” and He will “Land it”. So the “how” is not up to us. It all began to make sense as we continued to move on what God had shown us. Through this process, He has provided every step of the way. We are a church that is unapologetically outreach driven, we care for those who are considered the least of these. We love on people from all different walks of life. We believe that in everything that we do we should show Jesus and share Jesus.
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