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Hope on the Beach Celebrates 20 Years

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Beach worship service, circa 2010.

In 1998, people had the vision to start a church in Santa Rosa Beach. On March 14, 1998, they had their first service with 33 attendees. The second service had only three.


Hope’s mission and vision was to be “A Light in South Walton.” Twenty years later, they believe they have fulfilled this vision with their service to the community. Hope’s outreach includes layettes, blessing the lifeguards, Halloween, Egg Drop Palooza, Vacation Bible School, Chili Cook-Off, Christmas at the Beach and many others.


In 2003, Hope believed God was calling them to start a beach service. Who knew that the service would grow to more than 80 attendees each weekend and 2,500 at Easter this year? God has blessed Hope on the Beach in many ways, and this community is one of the blessings.


Hope would like to thank the community for their support—from donations of items, time and energy, to a place to meet in the early years. They are honored to have the opportunity to serve the community and invite the public to celebrate with them Sunday, April 22.


The 20-year anniversary worship celebration will be held at 8 a.m. at Ed Walline Beach and at 10:15 am at the main campus. You can find details about this event and others on Hope’s Facebook page and at


Hope on the Beach is located at 3834 U.S. 98 West on the second floor. An elevator is located at the east end of the building for convenience. For more information, call 850-267-0322 or email

– Devon Malloy


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