All Saints History
When Port Orange began to grow rapidly in the 1970s and Dunlawton Avenue became a two-lane paved road late in 1978, the Lutheran Church decided to establish a mission church in the town. Young Pastor Gerald VandeMark came from Illinois with his wife Heike and two children to develop the new mission. He began house-to-house canvassing and made 4,500 initial calls, wearing out two pairs of shoes. A planning committee was set up, and services began in March 1979. The new congregation, then meeting in a civic center, was chartered that December. Three acres were purchased at today’s location.
The congregation began its first capital funds drive in 1983 and broke ground on a new church building in 1984. Late in the 1980s classrooms were added, and by 1994 (after two more additions) the building reached its current size. Pastor VandeMark left for another job in 1990. Port Orange continued to expand, especially west of I-95. Growing All Saints responded with an attempt to establish a two-location parish using rented space at the Cypress Head golf clubhouse amidst several new subdivisions. When special grant money ended, the effort was terminated.
Today All Saints, like many mainline Protestant churches, is smaller than it once was, with about 100 worshippers on an average weekend, but is planning new efforts to resume growth. The council seeks your ideas to reinvigorate outreach and service in God‘s name.