Church, first christian, is getting a new name
Woodlands Church in Lakeland, Florida, is preparing to get its new name.
On Monday, the church received its new parish name: First Baptist Church.
In addition to the new name, First Baptist will be receiving a new parish office.
The new church is located in the new Woodlands Community Center at 614 W. Second Ave., and it will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with regular services from 10 a.s.m.-3 p.s., every day of the week.
Church President Mike Kovalits said the new church will also be the only church that will serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
The church is expected to have a new chaplain and will also serve a gay-straight alliance (GSA) ministry.
The new church, he said, is an “outreach program” that will be used in partnership with the Florida GSA and other organizations.
The church’s pastor, David C. Anderson, said the name change was not an easy decision.
Anderson said he is proud of the name, which is similar to the name of the church’s predecessor, the First Baptist church in Florida.
Anderson is a former Baptist minister who attended First Baptist in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
He said he does not want to make the church appear like the “Old Guard” or the old church.
Anderson also noted that the name “wasn’t chosen lightly.
It was not decided in the least, but it was a very difficult decision to make.”
It’s very hard to go from one name to another,” he said.