January 1988 was the beginning of an era for Deerfield Beach S.D.A. Church. Osmond Baptiste and William Nairn had the directive from God to start a church in Deerfield Beach. In March of the same year, a meeting was called with Ena Ebanks, Evadne Patterson, Lloyd Robinson, Glenis Robinson, and Herman Bent, which resulted in the formation of a working group. Owning to the fact they had no building of their own, an agreement was made with True Vine Church of God in Christ and services began.
On April 2nd 1988, the first services were held, with seventy persons in attendance. On July 15th, 1988, the first Community Guest Day was held and eight souls were baptized.
In 1989, with the assistance of Pastor David Long, signs were posted directing visitors and friends to the place of worship. Community visitations also started during this period. On April 22nd, five more souls were baptized. Commissioner Carl Nixon gave Elder Doggette the key to the city of Deerfield Beach and read an official proclamation of the city that designated April 22nd as “Seventh-day Adventist Day”.
Finally, on January 20th, 1990 the Deerfield Beach SDA Church was officially organized and made arrangements to worship at the facilities of the New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. While worshiping there, Elders Baptiste and Nairn, along with the members of the board, voted to purchase the first lot of land at 350 NW 1st Terrace, in order to build a multipurpose/fellowship hall for the community. The larger adjacent lot was also considered for purchase. Fortunately, this lot was owned by the Wells and King families, members of the Daughters of Zion S.D.A. Church, in Delray Beach, Florida, consisting of five girls and four boys, who agreed to sell it to the church. The majority of the family members donated their proceeds to the church’s building fund.
On Sunday, April 21st, 1991, the groundbreaking ceremonies for the multipurpose/fellowship hall were held and construction began. On April 14th, 1993, the building was completed and the Certificate of Occupancy was received.
After 30 years of worshipping and fellowshipping together, the Deerfield Beach S.D.A. Church, continues to have a strong presence in the community, through the outreach of many of our dedicated ministries.