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We want to serve God by serving others in Lake, Marion and Sumter counties


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How We Started

After several preliminary planning meetings The Church Of Christ at Lady Lake officially met for the first time in worship on October 6, 2002.

For the next four years the congregation would meet in leased buildings in the Lady Lake area. (The primary building was the "Old Schoolhouse," featuring a large Auditorium and classrooms.) Meanwhile, a 2-acre property (including rectangular house) was purchased. Conversion of the house into a usable church building began after necessary zoning and permitting were completed.

Finally, in January, 2007, the congregation met in the new facility on Oak Street in Lady Lake. Now, several years later, the group has almost outgrown the existing building and is making preliminary plans for expansion.

Loving God. Loving People.


Terry Wheeler minister of the church of christ at lady lake

Terry Wheeler


Joseph Terry Wheeler was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1954. He grew up in Bremen and graduated high school in 1972. In ‘76, he acquired a BA degree in Bible at Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee. He then began full-time evangelistic work as an associate minister with the Central church of Christ in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Before this, he preached regularly for the Austin Chapel church near Scotts Hill, TN, from ‘73 to ‘76.

Wheeler worked in Spartanburg from ‘76 to ‘79. From there he became evangelist for the church in Duncan, SC, where he served from ‘79 to ‘87. While in SC, he worked regularly in radio preaching, in prison ministry, and in alcohol/drug rehabilitation ministry. Next, he preached for the Ann Arbor, Michigan, church for over 8 & 1/2 years, regularly conducting a Sunday live call-in radio broadcast and weekday radio devotions, as well as helping coordinate campus ministries and seminars, besides various TV evangelism efforts and tract writing.

Afterward, he was with the Mountain Island saints in Charlotte, North Carolina, for eighteen years. This involved an extensive tract ministry, radio work, and conducting special classes on various Bible subjects. He has authored a series of booklets called God and Us, a booklet entitled Churches of Christ through the Dark Ages, a three-volume chronological harmony of the gospel of Christ, and stories for children. He was the chairman of the board of directors of the Carolina Messenger magazine for eight years. He taught for ten years for the East Tennessee School of Preaching extension in Statesville, NC, and taught for the North Carolina School of Biblical Studies in Clemmons, NC, for six. He is now working with the church at the Villages in Lady Lake, Florida.

Wheeler has conducted gospel meetings, lectures, and seminars all over the Carolinas and the Southeast, and in Michigan, Ohio, and Washington State. He was involved with mission efforts over several years in Montreal, Canada.

He has studied Latin, French, German, New Testament Greek, and ancient Hebrew. He has been heavily involved with youth ministry, Bible camp work in the Carolinas and in Michigan, and is a strong supporter of Christian education. He has taught Christian evidences, marriage enrichment, parenting, evangelism workshops, and leadership training. He has been involved in numerous debates and counseled many over a range of concerns.

Wheeler has been published extensively over the years in brotherhood and non-brotherhood publications. His most recent work can be found in the Carolina Messenger.

He has been married to the former Barbara Sue Tracy of Spartanburg since ’79. They have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren!

Our Church


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  • '17 Ladies' Day gifts


Our assemblies are conducted with respect for God and a desire to edify one another. We reverently sing and pray, share an open communion of the Lord’s Supper (that is, all decide for themselves if they believe they are worthy to participate) and respectfully listen as lessons/sermons are presented. No one is singled out or embarrassed; all are encouraged to actively participate. Members of the congregation help with the song leading, distribution of the elements of the Lord’s Supper and in leading prayers. Emphasis on member involvement is the hallmark of all church activities.
It is true that churches of Christ do not use musical instruments in their assemblies, but music is an important part of every gathering. We always sing, but it is singing with the human voice only. We do this for two reasons: the New Testament endorses singing with the human voice only (no where in the New Testament can it be shown that the congregations used instruments) and everyone can come and participate without concern for doctrinal differences or personal opinion.
Visitors are treated as special guests at our assembles. You will be greeted with friendship and respect. We include in the assemblies only those elements that can be documented as part of church assemblies in the New Testament. These include: singing, praying, the Lord’s Supper (on Sundays) and teaching/preaching. By including only those elements that are authorized in the New Testament we know everyone can come and participate; that issues of conscience or differences of opinion are eliminated.
Written studies about the Bible are available (including studies online). Go to the website for International Gospel Hour to find an excellent study series: www.gospelhour.net. Also, one-on-one studies can be arranged by speaking with anyone at the church. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and we are anxious to study it with all who are interested.

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