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.
A local YMCA was the site of the first Woodland Park Church of Christ worship service. The small group of Christians comprising the Woodland Park congregation held its first building fund drive in March 1958. Major Kolb, Simmie Mayes, Jesse Boyd, Pleas Rutland, Robert Brown, Roscoe Cole and Sam Ikner were selected as trustees to oversee the building fund. Construction began on the church building at Woodland Park in August 1960. Ninety days later, contruction was completed and the first Sunday morning services were held in the new building. Sam Ikner delivered the first sermon and continued his service as minister until his death.
Other ministers were Allen Davis, Evans Hulett, Dallas Walker and Fred L. Mickens. Bro. Mickens ordained the congregation's first elders in December, 1971 - John Black and Jesse Boyd. Later, Simmie Mayes (1978), Dennis Steverson (1994) and Paul Woodard, Sr. (2003) were ordained as elders. J. W. Pitts was chosen as assistant minister in 1985. Bro. Mickens also ordained deacons - Bruce Lee (2000), Paul Woodard, Sr. (2000), Willie Davis (2003) and Kenneth Hairston (2003).
In January 2006, Bro. Pitts became the minister of Woodlard Park and Robert L. Beeman, II became the assistant minister later in the year. Bro. Pitts ordained Walter Hicks, III as a deacon.
In July 2002, ground was broken for the present facility on about 4 acres of land in the Heritage Towne Center. The first worship service as held in February 2004. In 2009, a Future Growth Steering Committee was formed to explore, plan and develop pograms and facilities needed to accommodate the future growth of the congregation. Woodland Park members support several ministries, as weel as an Academic Christian Excellence Committee. In November 2010, the congregation enjoyed its "50 Year Celebration".
The leadership of the congregation was expanded when four deacons were ordained by Bro. Pitts in December 2011 - Leo Looney, Henry McGowan, Marshall Thomas and George Turner. Later in 2016, another deacon - Ray Hildreth - was ordained.
In October 2015, God again blessed the congregation to break ground on the Woodland Park Christian Learning Center and construction was completed in 2016. This Center will prepare children for educational and spiritual excellence. Currently, it is being used for Bible Bowl and other classes. As we look forward to our future, we continue to trust in God and rely on His love, His goodness, His grace and His guidance.
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 here.