The Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church will celebrate its 25th anniversary Sunday, June 2, and the public is invited to attend the festivities.
The celebration is called "Celebrating 25 Years of God's Blessings" with the theme "How blessed is the man who trusts in God's Word." A service will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church, followed by a tri-tip and chicken barbecue lunch.
The church opened its doors on Jan. 3, 1988 as an Evangelical Free Church and met in a variety of places -- Sugar Pine Camp, Emerald Cove Camp, the Seventh-day Day Adventist Church, the Highview Center, the Elks Lodge and Oakhurst Intermediate School -- before building and settling into its present facilities, located at 50443 School Road(427), for the past eight years. Before settling there, it was often referred to as the nomad church of Oakhurst.
Doug Morton was the first pastor at the church. Later, Pastor Bob Johnson became pastor and has been there for the past 21 years. He ministers there, along with Pastor Ray Castro, Pastor Craig Shigyo, administrator Ralph Fairfield, children's director Denise Prather, junior high director Steve Riley and office manager Trish Milner.
"We are a body of people, committed to the preaching of God's Word (the Bible) in an expository fashion (verse by verse), to the disciplining and maturing of the people God gives us, and to ministering to and reaching our community with the Good News of Jesus Christ," Johnson said. "For the last 25 years, that has been our passion and we have seen the goodness of God at every turn."