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Local pastor, family visit biblical sites

Local pastor, family visit biblical sites

Pastor for Encompass Navarre Lance Whorton and his family made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last week as part of a mission trip to grow their faith. Along with a dozen other Americans from throughout the region, the Whorton family traveled to the place where it really happened. They spent three days in and […]

Fasting strengthens relationship with God

Fasting strengthens relationship with God

Fasting, or the practice of giving up food items for religious purposes while praying regularly, is referenced throughout the Bible as a way to get closer to God. The practice has evolved over the years into several different varieties, and is not always limited to food, but the goal is always the same. Read the […]

Shaver says preaching takes all kinds

Shaver says preaching takes all kinds

Earning a Master of Divinity and become an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church can take 10 years of study, work, paper writing and scrutiny. St. Paul United Methodist Church Pastor Christina Shaver says it was worth every minute to fulfill a calling from God. Shaver is the only female Methodist pastor in this […]

Teaching pastors south of the equator

Teaching pastors south of the equator

Early Monday morning, Aug. 15, First Baptist Church of Navarre’s pastor, the Rev. Jensen Petersen loaded up his suitcases, boarded an airplane and traveled down to Central America to the small coastal country of El Salvador for a six-day mission trip. Petersen will be leading a group of five from his church to join with […]

Momentum Church hosts summer series

Momentum Church hosts summer series

Momentum Church kicked off its Summer Nights series Sunday with a Night of Worship at the Community Life Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze. Matt Arnold, the Worship and Creative pastor at Momentum, said the Sunday worship event was one of two the church does each year and brings both the Navarre and Gulf Breeze congregations […]

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life United Methodist Church, once known as the Soundside Campus of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, now stands on its own as a new church serving both Navarre and Gulf Breeze communities. “We are very grateful for the hearts of the people at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church for their willingness to allow us […]

Santa Rosa County’s first synagogue opens its doors

Santa Rosa County’s first synagogue opens its doors

The Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue (AYMS), has just opened its new building’s doors to the Navarre community. The first-ever synagogue in all of Santa Rosa County, it is led by the Rabbi Wayne Leland. According to the synagogue website, the group began as a home-based Bible study Leland taught in 2001. From the original handful […]

Faith and failure instrumental to Baldwin’s success

Faith and failure instrumental to Baldwin’s success

Doug Baldwin has come a long way from Gulf Breeze High School, establishing himself as one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League. A lot has gone into getting to where he is today, but the one thing many overlook is perhaps the biggest driving force behind Baldwin’s success as a professional […]

Athletes not afraid to express their faith in God

Athletes not afraid to express their faith in God

It isn’t uncommon to hear an athlete thank God for his or her success in sports or to see athletes from both teams gather together for a prayer circle after a game. In a world where faith in God is sometimes looked down upon, many athletes aren’t afraid to express it. That group includes Navarre […]

Baldwin to speak at Momentum Church

Baldwin to speak at Momentum Church

Seattle Seahawks’ star wide receiver Doug Baldwin will speak live at Momentum Church on Easter Sunday. Baldwin, a graduate of Gulf Breeze High School, will speak live at the 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. services at Gulf Breeze Elementary School. The 10 a.m. service featuring Baldwin will be broadcast at the service being held at […]

The Crew combines faith and fun

The Crew combines faith and fun

Students hang on every word as Ray Millsap speaks to them inside a room at the Funplex in Gulf Breeze that is only lit by stage lights. More than 100 students are in attendance and on this Wednesday night in early March, they are listening to Millsap, the student pastor at Momentum Church, talk about […]

‘Risen’

‘Risen’

The resurrection-focused film “Risen,” directed by Kevin Reynolds hit theaters Feb. 19 of this year. According to the film-information website Box Office Mojo, the production budget from the Sony-owned production company Affirm Films sat at a solid $20 million for the film. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Faith in America

Faith in America

According to a research study done in January by the Pew Research Center on public approval ratings for news media and religious organizations, “Millennials’ rating of churches and other religious organizations has dipped by 18 percentage points. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as […]

Olive Baptist Church issues call for Night of Prayer to all churches

Olive Baptist Church issues call for Night of Prayer to all churches

At a time when our nation is the process of choosing a new leader and violent extremists seek to harm the citizens of Western civilization at home and abroad, even the most apathetic Americans have cause for concern. In fact, it may be correct to say that few times have been more stressful domestically and […]

Navarre High School youth group serves school and community

Navarre High School youth group serves school and community

While pop culture and social media are filled with negative images and influences for America’s youth, many young people across the country are looking to better themselves and bring glory to God. One such group of young people is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a local-area branch of an internationally known ministry and devotional […]

HNIS students help brighten the Christmas of area families

HNIS students help brighten the Christmas of area families

Students at Holley-Navarre Intermediate School lined up with gifts in their hands and smiles on their faces as they waited their turn to donate presents to a good cause Thursday morning. Holley Navarre Assembly of God Pastor Doug Barber and members of his church arrived in a delivery truck to collect the gifts, filling up […]

Manning sharing Gospel on journey across the country

Manning sharing Gospel on journey across the country

As a light rain fell Monday morning, Mitchell Manning walked along Highway 98 in Navarre carrying a wooden cross, the bottom of laying on a wagon that also holds supplies for his trip. Manning has been on the road for nearly two months. Originally from Tennessee – a friend drove him to Florida — he […]

Saints Recovery helps homeless in Navarre

Saints Recovery helps homeless in Navarre

Jeff Davis was working in the kitchen of a church when he thought about helping those in need in the Navarre area. “There was always all of this food left over after we fed everyone and I thought, ‘Man, this is crazy. There are so many people that could use this food,’ ” Davis said. […]

Joyfest brings together community members of all faiths

Joyfest brings together community members of all faiths

Area churches, authors and singers joined in to celebrate the 2nd annual Joyfest in Navarre Park on Saturday. Julie Condon, owner of Saltwater Cottage in Navarre and Vierra, FL was the brainchild behind Joyfest, which is named after her Aunt Joy. “She was such a giving person and didn’t have any children of her own. […]

Holley Assembly of God hosts homecoming

Holley Assembly of God hosts homecoming

Merriam-Webster says it is the act of returning home or to a place that is like home. Many have called Holley Assembly of God their ‘home’ church over the years, and some of those have moved away. But Sunday was a homecoming, a celebration of sorts of the birth of Holley Assembly, and a time […]

Blessed day for pets at St. Augustine Church

Blessed day for pets at St. Augustine Church

On a beautiful Sunday morning, several pets made their way to church with their owners to receive a special pet blessing at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Navarre. The Rev. Beth Hoffmann administered the blessing with a sprinkling of holy water. The long-standing tradition of the blessing of the pets began in the […]

Coastline Calvary celebrates new Navarre location

Coastline Calvary celebrates new Navarre location

It was standing room only Sunday morning at the grand opening of the new Coastline Calvary Chapel on Highway 87 in Navarre. “I wasn’t quite expecting that,” Pastor Randy Pitman said. “It went well.” While guests squeezed into the pews and stood along the walls, worship team leader Josiah Arceo welcomed them with uplifting music. […]

Local business expands 500 miles away

Local business expands 500 miles away

Expansion has been on the mind of Julie Condon, entrepreneur and owner of Saltwater Cottage, for more than a year. But she never thought her expansion would take her 500 miles away – to Viera, Fla., just south of Cocoa. Condon looked in Destin and even looked at expanding at her existing location on Navarre […]

Navarre United Methodist provides outreach

Navarre United Methodist provides outreach

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles highlighting the many houses of worship in Navarre. Navarre United Methodist Church (NUMC), A diverse group of believers who strive to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others, is located at 9474 Navarre Parkway. NUMC hosts contemporary services on […]

Apostolic Lighthouse Church: A home away from home

Apostolic Lighthouse Church: A home away from home

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles highlighting the many houses of worship in Navarre. Currently located at 8177 East Bay Blvd., Navarre Apostolic Lighthouse Church will soon move into its new home just further down the road. Apostolic Lighthouse, with its welcoming spirit and outreach programs, opened its doors 12 […]

Building an ark one animal at time

Building an ark one animal at time

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles highlighting the many houses of worship in Navarre. Navarre Presbyterian Church believes that God is active in today’s world. The church supports local efforts that help the disadvantaged as well as international projects through partnerships other congregations and denominations to support worldwide projects. For […]

St. Sylvester: ‘Brothers and sisters in Christ’

St. Sylvester: ‘Brothers and sisters in Christ’

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles highlighting the many houses of worship in Navarre. St. Sylvester Catholic Church, located at 6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway, has morning Mass Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30. Its evening Mass is Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. Its Sunday […]

St. Augustine’s focuses on community’s needs

St. Augustine’s focuses on community’s needs

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church is a quaint congregation located at 7810 Navarre Parkway. Since 1984, St. Augustine’s has been addressing the community’s needs through programs such as Caring and Sharing, Boy Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous, MOMS Club of Navarre and many more. St. Augustine’s not only offers community outreach, the congregation also offers “in-reach,” including Bible studies […]

Beach Side Church: Not your typical Easter service

Beach Side Church: Not your typical Easter service

Aside from a handful of runners and a few residents enjoying the peacefulness of daybreak, Navarre Beach is usually pretty empty at 6 a.m. But on Easter Sunday, cars filled the main beach parking lot as more than 400 people attended Navarre Beach Side Church’s 10th annual sunrise service. Pastor John Kerns, along with his […]

Children’s choir from Africa visits Navarre

Children’s choir from Africa visits Navarre

Navarre residents left behind a cold, rainy night when they stepped into the warm pink and purple glowing sanctuary at Navarre First Assembly of God Feb. 4. The sanctuary had been transformed and looked much different than it does during Sunday worship. Instead, those streaming in from the dreary weather were treated to a bright, […]