Reverend Dawn M. Conti


From The Pastor:

Planted in History . . . Growing in Hope

Proverbs says, “Without a vision the people perish.” The Apostle Paul was unable to proceed in his ministry until he had a “vision” of a man from Macedonia calling him. Peter had a vision that “God

shows no partiality”and it changed his life.  Kanapaha Church was founded in 1859 by a group of Sea Island Cotton planters who had a vision that God was calling them to establish a church.  Throughout the history of this church, God has provided men and women to carry forward this vision for their place and time in history.  Now it is our turn to “cast aside every weight and sin that clings so closely and to run with perseverance the race that is set before us”  (Heb 12:1) as together we discern, what God is calling us to do and be as witnesses to the love of Jesus Christ in Gainesville and beyond.

In the hope of discerning God’s vision for the ministry at Kanapaha Church in this place and time, the session at Kanapaha Church has been working with two outside consultants, Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell and Rev. Dr. Sue Westfall from Macedonian Ministries with the goal of uncovering God’s plan for the next five years of ministry at Kanapaha Church.  This plan has been informed by discussions with the session as well as five small group discussions with church members and friends led by Tom and Sue in September

Based on the feedback they received, Tom and Sue presented, and the session adopted, the vision statement, “Planted in History . . . Growing in Hope.”

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, November 9th , when the vision plan will be presented in both  worship services through preaching and a report from the session.  A more comprehensive report and a time for questions and answers will be available during the Sunday School hour between the worship services.

Please continue to pray for your session as we move forward with refining this vision and adopting ministries strategies to support it.



Grace and peace,

Pastor Dawn