Our Story

How it all started...

Yes, the pictures are correct in that Living Word Church started on a floating barge located on the Marina in Panama City, Florida. We literally had our ups and downs because of the tide, but it was an awesome beginning, The people who came together under the leadership of Jed K. Vaughn, Ralph Marinacci and Hayward Miller had a heart for God and a hunger for the teaching of His Word. Immediately Jed Vaughn, a business man from Birmingham, Alabama, became the Pastor assisted by Hayward Miller.
In 1983, after months of worshiping on the barge, and praying and seeking the Lord, the congregation decided that the Lord was establishing Living Word as a Church in the Panama City area. They purchased the present property at 500 East 19th Street, built a small Sanctuary for worship, then in 1984 purchased additional property and expanded to the present facilities.
Pastor Jed Vaughn pastored and taught this vibrant and excited congregation of people until December of 1993. Under his leadership and Bible teaching the church grew and established a people of faith and a people grounded in the Word. The youth ministry called Alpha Omega, grew leaders who continue to provide leadership today.
On January 1, 1994, Hayward L. Miller became the Pastor of Living Word and since then has seen the Lord do many great things, Lives and families are being touched with a local, regional, and national impact.

Expanding the vision...

God has proven Himself faithful to our congregation as we have shown ourselves to be resilient and LIVING WORD STRONG. The Mission and Mandate for Living Word is prompted directly from scripture and what Jesus taught and spoke. The Great Commandment that is found in Mark 12:28-34 and the Great Commission that is found in Matthew 28:18-20.

"We as Living Word Church have committed ourselves to love God and minister to all His people by Reaching, Teaching, Keeping and Sending People for the Kingdom of God!"

Where we are headed...

Because our Mission and Mandate is clear from the words commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ. This thriving congregation that has a heart for people are still establishing this mission and are excited about the future. We as a local church body REACH, TEACH, and KEEP people for the Kingdom of God. As we connect with individuals, families, and the community with authentic Worship and Discipleship, we know lives will continue to be changed, hearts will be touched, and the Gospel will be proclaimed .
Because of Livings Word's vision, many ministers, pastors, and church leaders are being raised up, equipped , and are part of this ministry. This leads us to have a SENDING ministry with an impact to further the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ around the World.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 10am and Wednesday Evenings for Mid-Week Worship at 6:30pm