First Family Church is the result of a small group of people who prayed for God to establish a ministry in the Lake of the Ozarks region that would nurture and care for the family as well as reach out to the community in all the power and glory of the Holy Spirit. As the desire for this type of ministry increased, God stirred additional people with the same passion to come together in prayer for direction and wisdom.
In April of 2006, this small group began meeting on Wednesday nights to allow the Holy Spirit to heal, inspire, unify, and define the ministry of the church that would be birthed from this passion.
May 4th, 2006 was the first service in the basement of the Stone Crest Mall. Thirty-seven people were in attendance that day, with Rev. Martha Tennison preaching God’s Word. With the passing of each Sunday, excitement and intensity grew, and attendance grew to 51 by Mother’s day of 2006.
Bursting at the seams with people, this new church needed a larger facility. They searched for meeting locations in the Lake Ozark and Osage Beach area and ultimately rented the Miller County Board for Services of the Mentally Disabled (Hwy D), but outgrew that facility within three months. By September 2006, the growing group leased a storefront property in the High Point Center (Former WalMart on Osage Beach Parkway).
The official launch of First Family Church came on February 4th, 2007, with over 80 people in attendance.
Over the next 18 months, the church saw nearly 160 salvations and had grown to over 250 in attendance. In August 2008, the church was informed that the High Point Center was being torn down for development and the church was given 90 days to relocate. Eight days later, the church signed papers to purchase the property located at 645 Highway 42, which is where the church continues to meet today. At about the same time, the church was able to purchase the 5.5 Acres adjacent to its current facility for future expansion. December 7th, 2008, First Family Church celebrated the first Sunday in their newly remodeled facility.
In the years since its birth, our church has seen many changes. In the Spring of 2014, Founding Pastors Steve & Amy Foley, felt led by God to step down to pursue another direction in ministry. Later that year on December 28th, 2014, First Family Church elected Greg & Di Ann Perkins to be the church’s second pastor and to lead the church into its second decade of ministry to the Lake of the Ozarks region.
We remain committed to the passionate prayers of that initial small group of people–that we be a ministry that would nurture and care for the family as well as reach out to the community (Lake of the Ozarks region) in all the power and glory of the Holy Spirit. When we say, “YOUR Life is OUR Passion,” we are placing a priority on YOU and all the things that make up your life (Family, Marriage, Children, Career, Friends, and Hobbies). We long to be a Godly influence in each area of your life, so you are able to live the life God intended for you by sending Christ to die in your place so you could have abundant life both today and forever.
We invite you to become part of the First Family story and experience the future God has for us together!