Who We Are
Welcome home! We're looking forward to getting to know and love you. At Limona Village Chapel, our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and we live into this mission by loving God, loving people, engaging our world, and growing in faith. We are a United Methodist Church, which means we talk a lot about grace, mission, and small groups. We believe in the ancient creeds (like the Apostles' Creed), and we take scripture seriously. We aren't perfect, but we're deeply committed to learning and growing together. If you're looking for a church that will laugh, cry, celebrate, grieve, and simply be there for you - welcome home!
We began as a gathering of believers in a local school building (known as the Limona School), located in the rural community of Limona. The church was officially organized on October 15, 1916 in the United Brethren tradition. Our vision was to be a "village chapel" - a church for the neighborhood. Eventually, we purchased the school building and moved it to the corner of Limona Rd and Victoria St, where the church remains today. In 1968, a fire destroyed the sanctuary. A new sanctuary was quickly built, and we joined the United Methodist Church in the same year. We later built a fellowship hall and two education buildings. Today, we continue our long-standing heritage of being a church that exists for the good of the neighborhood.
Pastor Bailey grew up in Largo, Florida; earned a business degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland; and received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Duke Divinity School in May 2021. He enjoys baking, playing board games, and making new friends - and right now, he's watching Abbott Elementary on Hulu with his wife (Allison) and their dog (Brodie). Pastor Bailey has a deep love for the church and wants to help people grow in their friendship with Jesus, build bridges between the church and our community, and create a more equitable church and world.