Pictured:  Pastor Jay Burford and wife Debbie Burford
When Pastor Jay Burford was 14 years old he gave his life to Christ.  He recalls walking down the aisle, at the church his grandparents helped to found, and hearing God’s gentle voice quietly speak to him and say, “Son, later on in your life we are going to do big things.” 

Pastor Jay went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Debbie, and have three children, Amy, Mindy, & Joshua.  He continued steadfast in his walk with the Lord. He was a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, he occasionally preached and sang solos for the choir, and served on numerous church committees.  He thought to himself that certainly all of this was what the Lord intended by “big things.”

However, God had different and bigger plans, as our God does quite often for those who are willing.  He was calling Jay & Debbie and their family into full-time ministry; he was calling them to leave what they knew and were comfortable with and to step out in faith in the stormy waters.  Those stormy waters involved leaving the church where their entire family had been baptized and planting a new church in the community to reach the lost and the brokenhearted.  Family and friends deserted them.  People questioned their sanity.  Yet through it all their eyes never left Jesus and they were determined to follow the call that Pastor Jay knew was an answer to what God told him when he was 14 years old.

Fellowship Community Church was born in living rooms and around restaurant tables.  It grew from one family to five families to ten families and through miracle after miracle FCC was able to construct a meeting place.  This was the beginning of our church, and it started with Pastor Jay, his vision, and his family!