WEDNESDAY EVENING: All classes and ministries begin at 7:00pm and end at 8:00 pm. Here at First Assembly there is adult Bible study .. Youth Activities begin at 6:30 pm in our gymnasium with Praise and Worship at 7:00 pm.
At home and around the world First Assembly of God of Lake Placid is a church with missions at heart. Our world ministry outreach provides monthly support of many missionaries and organizations, and serves to challenge our people with a burden for souls around the world.
Each year the church hosts a Missions Convention to re-emphasize the foundation importance of missions work and allow for valuable interaction between our church family and the missionaries whom we support, both prayerfully and financially. From time to time throughout the year, visiting missionaries minister the Word of God from our pulpit and share their vision for the harvest of souls for Christ at home and overseas.
First Assembly supports various ministries and organizations that are located within our community which impacts those within our community to receive help and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Church and Its Mission – We believe the church has a mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
We are committed to fulfilling a four-fold mission. Our primary reason for being is to:
- Evangelize the lost
- Worship God
- Disciple believers
- Show compassion
The greater Lake Placid area offers 27 clear, freshwater lakes with some of the best fishing anywhere. This southern portion of Central Florida, also known as “The Ridge,” is one of the most scenic areas of the Sunshine State. Our hospitality and the beauty of our lakes and rolling hills have spurred residential growth around Lake Placid.
Both year-round and part-time residents enjoy our quiet countryside, and rely on the Town of Lake Placid for daily essentials as well as cultural, recreational and educational pursuits.
While you can enjoy the friendliness, comfort, and safety of our community, you don’t have to go far for the amenities of larger metropolitan centers. Being the most southern town in Highlands County, Lake Placid is a comfortable drive away from either coast and most population centers of the state.
You can take in the major attractions in Orlando, just 100 miles from Lake Placid or experience big city life in Miami, which is 145 miles to the south east. Regularly scheduled flights are available at airports in Orlando, Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale.
History of Lake Placid: In early 1842 the area now known as Highlands County was set aside for the Seminole Indians. After the last Seminole War (1856-58) the Seminole people retreated southward into the Everglades. In 1909 Congress opened these lands for homesteading and by 1912 there were 75 homesteaders in the area!
Over the ensuing years the settlement was known as Lake Buck, Lake June and Lake Stearns (after Marcellus Stearns, U.S. Government Surveyor General at the time). However, with the advent of the Atlantic Coastline railroad through the area, the name was changed again to Wicco because it was the railroad’s official name for the stop. In 1921, with housing in big demand and in short supply, it was a town of tents! By 1924 the area was once again called Lake Stearns (as was the lake west of town) and A.H. DeVane, E.C. Stuart and E. Morrow promoted citrus and land development here.
By 1926 the Florida building boom resulted in tourists flocking to the town and businesses sprang up everywhere. In 1927 Dr. Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System for cataloging library books, arrived in the area. Finding the locale remarkably similar to his native Lake Placid, N.Y. due to the lakes, Dr. Dewey had visions of a resort town as the semitropical branch of the Lake Placid Club in the Adirondack Mountains, which he had formed in 1893. Dewey’s first move was to open a 100 room hotel in mid-town for wealthier tourists and then to build a three hotel complex collectively called the Lake Placid Loj – the spelling the result in Dewey’s simplified spelling approach.
The Loj is the present site of the Lake Placid Conference Center. In 1927, at Dewey’s urging, the town’s named was changed to Lake Placid by legislative act and has remained so to this day. With the town thriving as a resort town, there were several large hotels, in addition to Dewey’s. Main Avenue was dressed up with a beautifully landscaped center mall and picturesque stone arches. In the early 1940’s work on Highway 27 was begun, but discontinued when World War II began. It was completed in the early 1950’s. The spontaneous growth that Dewey expected did not occur due to the Great Depression. However, a steady, more reliable growth did. The few hundred people in the area in 1928 has swelled to the present population of several thousand. With its rolling hills, beautiful lakes, and near perfect climate, it is popular for both vacation and retirement. With industry becoming aware of the advantages of climate, location, ample labor, and a steadily increasing southern market, Lake Placid’s future looks very promising!
Lake Placid Florida – Caladium Capital of the world.
Pastor Johnny Bryant
Johnny has served First Assembly of God as pastor since 1992. Pastor Bryant has a love and a heart for Missions and has lead various missions work teams within the US and to other countries.
Pat serves on our Church Board here at First Assembly. She also serves as our head usher in coordinating ushering responsibilities for all of our services. Pat also serves as our secretary for all Board meetings. She has a tremendous desire to serve others within our church family.
Carol serves on our Church Board here at First Assembly. She also serves on our media team. Carol has a desire to fulfill the call of Christ in her life.
Jim serves on our Church Board here at First Assembly. Jim also participates in ushering, Children’s Ministry and also helps with the church finances within First Assembly. Jim has a tremendous desire to share the love of Christ with others.
Pastor Johnny and his wife Sandy have been the senior pastors of First Assembly since August 1992. They have three children: Mitch and daughter-in-law Terry, Daughter Heather and son-in-law DJ, and son Kevin. Along with nine grand children Mitchell, Ethan, Liam, Aiden, Emily, Kaylee, Allie, Callie and Cohen. Pastor Johnny and Sandy have a strong desire for each person within First Assembly to have a personal experience with Jesus Christ. They are involved and have a great love for missions both home and abroad. Their desire is to fulfill the great commission in going, teaching, and sharing the gospel to all who will listen to this great message.
Pastor Bryant serves on the Board of Directors for the Pen Florida District of the Assemblies of God along with serving as a Sectional Presbyter within our beautiful state. Johnny and Sandy have pastored in Ocala, Florida; Billings, Montana; and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, before coming to Lake Placid.