Immanuel Baptist Church
Mailing Address: 8015 SE 180th St, Oxford, FL 34484-0649
Immanuel Baptist Church held its first worship service in the Seventh Day Adventists Church building in Lady Lake. Jerry Montgomery was the Pastor. Thirty-five people attended, with nineteen joining as Charter Members.
The proper legal structure of IBC was established and the constitution/by-laws approved.
The first deacons were elected by the church membership. After a year of "watch care" status, the church was received into the Lake County Baptist Association, The Florida Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.
Four experienced musicians joined the membership: Bobby Kinsey (Choir Director), Russell Stephens (Worship Leader), Tim Caruthers (Pianist) and Betty Shealy (Organist)
The Church continues to grow, leading to the offer to purchase twenty acres of land on County Road 102. The first official meeting of the church on that property was on December 22, 2010, as a time of praise and thanksgiving; asking God to affirm His Will for the project. Funds were obtained and plans developed for a new church building.
Ground-breaking services were held at the church site on CR102. IBC continued to grow in membership, physical assets and pastoral demands beyond the ability of one pastor. Pastor Jerry Montgomery considered returning to retirement as a new leader in the international missions field was considering return to his home in the county. In a special called meeting the church extended an invitation to Mike Dameron to serve as Associate Pastor, effective March 1, 2012.
After months of construction, IBC met in the new Worship Center for the first time on August 5, 2012.
With mixed emotions, Pastor Jerry Montgomery read his letter of retirement to the congregation as of December 2012.
The church building and facilities were dedicated to the service of the Lord.
Mike Dameron became the senior pastor of IBC, by unanimous vote of the membership.
Jerry Montgomery became Pastor Emeritus of IBC in recognition of his continuous service to the church since 2008.
The building and equipment was fully paid off in just two years and two weeks of moving into it.
We broke ground on a new 500 seat Worship Center and Fellowship Hall to be completed by May 2016.
We had our first service in our new building.