The Church of Christ is a body
of Christians seeking to restore first century Christianity in the twenty-first
century. In the first century the followers of Christ were all members of one
church (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:4-5). They
were united in purpose and plan because they all accepted Christ and his authority.
Is it reasonable to believe that Christ’s followers can once again be
united in his one church?
Churches of Christ are dedicated
to the restoration of this unity, which existed in the Lord’s church at
its inception (Acts 2:47). We wear no human names (Romans 16:16), nor uphold
any creed apart from the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). On the first day of the
week, churches of Christ throughout the world take the Lord’s Supper (Acts
20:7), pray (Acts 2:42), sing hymns (Colossians 3:16), study the Bible (Acts
20:7) and contribute financially (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) as did the first century
church. If you are interested in being simply a Christian, a member of the church
that Christ established almost two thousand years ago, you are urged to examine
the church of Christ by studying your Bible. The ministers, elders, deacons
or members of the Woodland Park congregation would be delighted to arrange a
home Bible study to further discuss the church of Christ with you. You can also
take advantage of our home Bible correspondence course by completing the information
on the Contact Us page.
The Woodland Park congregation
began its initial services in 1958 at a local YMCA. The following trustees were
selected to oversee the building fund: Major Kolb, Simmie Mayes, Jesse Boyd,
Pleas Rutland, Robert Brown, Roscoe Cole, and Sam Ikner. Church records reflect
that Charlie Maye gave the first dollar toward this effort.
In August of 1960, construction
began on the church building at Woodland Park. Ninety days later, the building
was completed. In that same year, the congregation held its first Sunday morning
services in the new building. Members rejoiced and praised God, giving thanks
as they sang “At the Top of the Hill”. Sam Ikner delivered the first
sermon and continued his service as minister until his death.
Other past ministers include
Allen Davis, Evans Hulett and Dallas Walker. Fred Mickens began working with
the Woodland Park congregation on June 6, 1971. On December 19, 1971, John Black
and Jesse Boyd were ordained the first elders of the congregation. Later, Simmie
Mayes (1978) and Dennis Steverson (1994) were appointed elders. In June 2000,
Bruce Lee and Paul Woodard, were selected as deacons. Willie Davis and
Ken Hairston were ordained deacons and Paul Woodard was ordained as an elder
in December 2003.
On January 17, 1992, Woodland
Park purchased Lot 1, Block 2, in Heritage Towne Center in Birmingham, Jefferson
County, Alabama, which consists of approximately 4.11 acres of land. This purchase
was made possible by a bond issue held on November 17, 1991.
In July 2002, ground was broken
for a new 21,100 square foot facility on the Heritage Towne Center property,
that was completed in February 2004. It is appropriately referred to as the
"church on the hill." In addition to the sanctuary, which has a seating
capacity of 450, there are six classrooms, a nursery, multiple offices, a commercial
style kitchen and a multi-purpose fellowship hall/gymnasium for special events.
There is adequate parking (over 100 parking spaces) with additional land for
growth and expansion. This facility is not only used for church related events
but also as an outreach ministry to evangelize and teach, enhancing our efforts
to lead more souls to Christ.
We are a friendly church and
would be glad to have you in our services. Please stop by to visit us. We are
in southwest Birmingham off Interstate 65 in the Heritage Towne Center off Martin
Luther King, Jr. Drive. The directions may be obtained by clicking