Crystal Beach Community Church was founded January 6, 2013 by Pastor C.L. Garey as the first Inter-denominational Bolivar Peninsula Church. He was terminally ill at this time; but, had a heart and a mission to reach out to the un-churched plus to welcome our peninsula to know the love of Jesus Christ. Our Pastor C.L. went to be with the Lord April 27, 2013. However, his vision lives on in our hearts to serve & worship as he so bravely taught us, while so very ill.
During April, May, June, July & August, God blessed us abundantly with Guest/Interim Pastors from Beaumont, Orange and Galveston Texas. We give honor and appreciation to the anointed ones that served CBCC: Pastors’ Marty Forson, Matt Chandler, Mark Davis and Kaye Sims gave their Kingdom contributions to heal, love and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ embellishing Pastor C.L.Garey’s Community Church vision: “real people…with real problems…serving a REAL GOD”.
September 1, 2013, Spirit filled Pastor Kaye & Jimmy Sims accepted their calling from God to Shepherd our little Yellow Beach Church. Kaye graduated, 2003, from Wisdom Bible Institute of Orange, TX. and fulfilled her World Ministry Fellowship requirements. Kaye is an Ordained Minister and has served in many capacities ~teaching disciples for 6 years, leading college career groups for 10 years, serving as Spiritual leader on Emmaus Walks and Kaye mentors and counsels many. Kaye serves the Lord with all her heart and obediently works for the Kingdom. Kaye & Jimmy live in Orange, TX., but are blessed to be part-time Crystal Beach residents enjoying their “cabin”, as Kaye calls it. Jimmy and Kaye’s home church for 32 years, Community Church Orange, where their “Small Group Discipleship” continues to be a personal ministry gift. Jimmy Sims is diverse with his many shepherd roles ~ Spiritual Leader on Emmaus Walks, his Love for the Lord as well as his City of Orange responsibilities as “Mayor”. Jimmy and Kaye work together at their business, Sabine Packaging in Orange. They both are proud of their families, their only daughter and their prize Granddaughters~ Hadley and Molly (on the way). Kaye & Jimmy both teach the Word of God, provide Godly counsel, and serve as true Servants for the Kingdom. They untiringly teach us how to have a relationship with the Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a “lifestyle” to “love people & love God”, to get into the WORD and reach out to others. Kaye is teaching us to be a Serving and Worshiping Church. “God is GOOD”, Kaye says with passion weekly!
CBCC is a casual Beach Community Church ~ God Rocks here! The gifted, Sandy Cook, a veteran leader of Praise & Worship teams, directs our music team. The Choir and string section is graced by God. Our building is humble~ unfinished plywood floor, rafter ceiling, but, proudly, we showcase an artistically, Youth designed, and painted nursery.
The “Little Yellow Church” located at 990 Alma & Hwy. 87 (across from Coconuts) survived IKE and was the original Latitude 29.2 Surf Shop. After Ike, it was resurrected to house the Church of Christ services until their new peninsula church was built. This Holy ground now is home to Crystal Beach Community Church thanks to Latitude owners, Rusty and Sarah Standridge who have an attitude for Christ and for helping others.
It is exciting to be a part of this God centered inter-denomination Community Church. We believe the “Bible is the Truth ~ it breathes God”. We celebrate “One” God revealed to us as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, Praise & Worship Music, Dances, “Dinner on the Dirt” monthly feeds, Bible studies, Movie Night and many outreach projects. We do not take up a collection (Pastor C.L. Garey’s request), if led, there is a small box in the church for donations, prayer requests and comments. CBCC is a corporation registered in the State of Texas and maintains a 501(c)3 IRS status. CBCC is governed by a Board of Directors and Officers. CBCC is transparent with financials, meeting minutes and list of directors are all openly available at CBCC. Financials are posted on the bulletin board monthly. CBCC tithes monthly to a person or outreach need on our peninsula.
Please visit us on FB, www.crystalbeachcommunitychurch.org or come to the ‘lil yellow church where you can ”come as you are and we pray you don’t leave the same”. Come get “plugged in” we need a videographer, assistant sound person, web-master assistant, journalist, and many more outreach people are needed for upcoming events: Thanksgiving baskets, Community Thanksgiving gathering, Christmas stockings, Christmas Program @ Winnie Arboretum, Crystal Land parade Santa Sing-a-long, Chester Moore “God Outdoors” Spring Break Beach event 2014, Community Sunrise Service 2014, Texas Crab Festival sponsorship/booth 2014 and Big Store Community Trunk or Treat 2014. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our Peninsula, let us know your comments and ideas to help us grow HIS Kingdom.
Thank you God for our Crystal Beach Community Church and for all you do for us~