Our Sister Church
Founded in 2002, Ponce Church was the very first church to ever be planted in Ponce Inlet, Florida. Never in the history of the town had any Christian church of any denomination made their home in Ponce Inlet. Then miraculously, God called Pastors Rick & Nina Tidwell along with their 2 boys, Rich & Robert to leave their home in Michigan and start a church in Ponce. The process was not easy spiritually, emotionally or physically as the church was first illegally denied the opportunity to meet, followed by crippling rental fees, and finally the hardships were compounded by the fact that the Tidwells had no roots or relationships in the area. As a family they quickly discovered why no church had existed there, it was one of the enemies strongholds with no beacon of light within it for generations. Truly, if it were not for their faithful supporters from Michigan and the grace of God working in them, Ponce Church would not have survived it’s battle. However after many trials, tears, and the supernatural endurance given to Pastor Rick and his family, Ponce Church has now existed as a healthy, thriving church actively doing good within it’s community for over 13 years!
Ponce Church meets at the Ponce Inlet Community Center every Sunday, bringing love, truth, and hope to the thousands living in her town and it’s done all in the name of Jesus! The church also provides a weekly feast for the homeless and less fortunate in Daytona Beach every Saturday in partnership with Halifax Urban Ministries. Furthermore, Ponce Church has a heart for planting churches in order to bring the Gospel of Jesus and His good works to new cities beyond Ponce Inlet. As a result of this heart and vision, Ponce Church is officially planting Ormond Church in October 2015.
Ormond Church will be Pastor Rick’s 3rd church plant and his son Pastor Rich Tidwell’s first senior pastoral opportunity. After years of training and preparation, the entire Tidwell & Ponce Church family is thrilled to be branching out to reach more people with the powerful and life changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To learn more about Ponce Church, the Tidwell family and their vision, grab a copy of Pastor Rick’s new book “The Main Thing” on Amazon. All profits go to local charitable efforts including feeding and clothing the homeless in Daytona Beach. You may also learn more by visiting the Ponce Church website here. Thank you!