New Church Development

The Alabama-West Florida Conference is committed to starting new churches in growing areas.

Below, follow the progress of our church starts.....


The Harbor UMC was launched in August of 2012 in downtown Dothan.
We are a United Methodist Community in the geographic center of Dothan.
70% of the people that live within 1 mile of The Harbor live at or below poverty level.  Our mission is "To change the heart of Dothan through the heart of Christ'.  More.... 

 The Harbor Church is a unique church in downtown Dothan, Alabama, striving to meet the needs of the homeless and impoverished. Click below to watch a compelling video about this church start and how it is successfully becoming a refuge for those who have weathered life's storms. Rev. Dwight Deal eloquently states, ".....if we had to give one of those things up, I'd quit preaching and we'd just keep feeding. I think that's where most of the ministry takes place."

Grace Community Church

At Grace Community Church, we are making disciples that make disciples by moving out, moving in, and moving up. This statement reveals our vision, values, and strategy.  Our vision is exponential in nature.  More....

{Photo courtesy of The Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh}

(Kym Klass/The Montgomery Advertiser) - They don’t know when it will open its doors or even what its name will be, but Elvyn and Bessie Hamilton know they have come to build a Methodist church from the ground up in southeast Montgomery. The other thing that is known about the church is that it will be one of the few African-American-led Methodist churches to “be planted” in recent years. The Hamiltons have been tasked with returning home not just to serve, but to study the community and its needs so they know what the new church must become. Although there are no walls, doors or pews, the church was born earlier this week, when it was officially created by the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Full article here.