FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
The house felt a bit cramped as Rev. Doyle Perryman and his wife Krissi taught their first bible study to the five interested visitors that had gathered on a Sunday morning. Little did they know at the time, that this one bible study would ignite a new ministry and grow into the thriving church they have today.
In 2010, a few of Doyle’s coworkers at Stage Stores, a distribution company based in Jacksonville, came to him interested in studying the bible, but not necessarily in joining a church. Having been preaching and participating in ministry for six years, Doyle saw this as an opportunity to minister to those around him.
“It was people who had bad experiences in the church. They were just turned away from it,” Doyle said. “They started showing up to our small group and it has grown from there.”
Last year, the opportunity to rent a facility from Central Baptist led them to take the small group out of their home and establish a new church in the city of Whitehouse called New Creation Baptist Church.
“In Philippians, it says that once you accept Christ you are a new creation and that is basically the foundation we went on,” Doyle said. “When someone has the salvation experience they are not the same person they were before. They are a new creation.”
Having a new building is what Doyle describes as their “driving force” to the growth they have experienced.
“You wouldn’t think that a building would make that much of a difference but it does,” Krissi said. “There is so much more responsibility. And we want people to come that want to use their talents. Whether it is in the music, teaching Sunday school or starting a children’s ministry we want people to come in and do those things.”
Krissi has lived in Whitehouse all her life and grew up attending church with her family. In addition to being a pastor’s wife and holding many responsibilities at the church, she works as an adult special needs caregiver. Krissi is also a recording Christian artist and travels to Nashville to sing and record her music.
“I am more missionsfield oriented. I usually am doing a lot of mission’s trips from all over; Tyler to Mexico,” Krissi said. “But, we have missions here. And that is what I am trying to focus on now, is turning it back around to our community and trying to be a help here.”
Together, Doyle and Krissi have expanded their church ministry with clear goals to reach out to their community.
“A lot of people think of church as a social network and our goal in starting this church was to reach out to the community,” Krissi said. “We are real people. We have pasts and we have problems and we want people to understand that church is for the hurting, for healing. And we don’t care where you came from, what color you are or what denomination you are. We want you to feel loved and welcome and let us, as a church family, grow with you.”
New Creation Baptist Church has grown from its small beginnings as an in-house bible study, to a ministry that is focused on enriching the community with events such as Create in Me, a crafting class hosted twice a month, and a booth at the upcoming Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce’s Independence in the Park on July 5th as well as weekly services held twice on Sundays and on Wednesday night.
“If you don’t start somewhere, and you have to start small, then [God’s message] is going to get lost in our society. Jesus started with 12 men and it grew from there,” Doyle said. “A church is a good foundation for our community and a good beginning to bring God back in to our society.”