Our Story

How it all started

This church was an idea of Pastor Sherrod Barfield, Pastor Jamie's Father, of the River of Life Church of God. He wanted to start a second service, but it had to be totally different from the other. Enter Pastor Jamie Barfield. Pastor Jamie has always been the “do it a different way” type of Christian, and it shows in the church. This church is under the Church of God in Cleveland, Tenn. We have complete freedom, but we are still accountable to our denomination.

The original name of the Church of God was International Christian Fellowship. It started with the intentions of allowing people from every background to gather together in a church and not feel intimidated by religious jargon. Our main goal is for you to feel the love of Christ. We want our actions, words, and service to make you feel right at home. We believe it’s not how we dress or how our hair is styled that makes a difference in the way God see us. We believe God looks through the outward appearance into the heart, as Samuel said about David. It doesn’t matter if you were brought up Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, atheist, or any other religion. We were all raised with different beliefs, but the centerpiece must be Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made on the cross to save us.

Together, we believe that we make a unique family called "the church," and this family can bring a value to your life that will give you a purpose for living beyond yourself.

You are important to us

No, I’m not just saying that, I’m totally serious. Our first service was on Sept. 18, 2005, and we had six people in attendance. Going forward, I told God that every person who walked through that door would be important to me. So, that’s why I can say, “You’re important to me and this ministry."

Where we are headed

Since this may be our one shot at giving you something to remember, our goal is to show the love of Christ to you in this service. Maybe through something you hear or see you will want a relationship with Him. All He desires is a one-on-one, eye-to-eye relationship with you.  Allow me to introduce Him to you: Jesus is madly in love with you, knows everything about you, is the creator of the universe, owns everything, and yet all He wants is you. The best part is, all you have to do is say, “I want you too, Jesus.” It’s the absolute easiest relationship you will ever have, with the One who has it all.

In the years since then, the church has grown numerically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. In our home at the Palmetto Pointe community in Myrtle Beach, we are watching God move in an amazing way. Our desire now is the same as it was in our little trailer we started in: to show the love of God through our lives. We will never forget the importance of each person, and we will strive to reach those who have been hurt or turned off by church.

Be a part of our story

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 8am, 9am, and 11 am.