Our Story

How it all started...

In the fall of 1968, Don Wheeler (then an elder at Pine Hills Christian Church) sought the blessing of beginning a new Christian church in the Bear Lake area.

In January of 1969, 14 people met together in the home of Grant and Jean Mueller. The following week, 28 people met for prayer, worship, and biblical teaching at the Mueller home. This enthusiastic group saw the need to seek for a building site as their attendance doubled to 56 people in the third week.

On April 20, 1969, the first Sunday worship service was held as the Seventh Day Adventist building on State Road 436. Herbert Owens became the first lead pastor of the newly named Lakeview Christian Church.

In March 1971, Jack Fawley became the lead pastor of Lakeview Christian Church. In August 1975, Bill Twaddell became the lead pastor followed by Bob Work in 1981. In June 1984, Steve Liming was the lead pastor.

Lakeview Christian Church launched its second worship service in 1987. In November 1998, Dan Donaldson became the lead pastor. After decades of growth, Lakeview Christian Church purchased 30 acres of land on 441/S. Orange Blossom Trail.

In July 2002, Lakeview Christian Church was renamed Journey Christian Church and officially opened in Apopka. In 2008, Mitch McKinney became the lead pastor.

John Hampton became the lead pastor of Journey Christian Church in March of 2010. At the start of 2014, the Mount Dora campus officially opened, and in September 2018, a permanent facility was purchased for this campus in Lake County. 

January 1969
Home of Grant & Jean Mueller

September 1970
Lakeview Christian Church

July 2002
Renamed Journey Christian Church

January 2014
Launched The Mount Dora Campus

2017
Launched Online Campus
(In Addition To In-Person Services)

2019
Mount Dora Campus Purchased Permanent Facility And Was Renamed The Lake County Campus

Where we are headed...

At the end of December of this year, Pastor John Hampton will be stepping aside as the Lead Pastor of Journey Christian Church and Pastor Dustin Aagaard will be become the next Lead Pastor of Journey starting on January 1, 2023.

This Leadership Transition webpage is all about telling the story of how we got here. From the timeline of how this came about, to the FAQ’s and their answers, to the Sunday messages we shared with our congregation on the weekends of May 15 and 22, this is the place where you can get all of your questions answered about Journey’s succession process.

Journey Stories

Be a part of the story...

There is power in your story. We want to celebrate every story we receive, and we are always looking for opportunities to share what God is doing in the lives of people at Journey!