CULLMAN – After serving as the Associate Pastors of Destiny Church in 1999, Fred and Janice Rivers became the Senior Pastors in 2001. The church family at Destiny is made up of people from all different backgrounds. They are an interdenominational church with casual dress, contemporary worship and uplifting praise. At Destiny, they believe that being a part of a church family means getting connected to God, getting connected to others, becoming equipped for service and becoming empowered for outreach.
“God has a Plan” is the motto at Destiny. They have a mission to let people know that God has a plan for their lives, a plan to give them hope and a future, which is stated in Jeremiah 29:11. “There are so many people that are hopeless today, and that’s the way we were before we found the Lord,” Pastor Fred said.
“He put meaning into our lives and gave us purpose,” Miss Janice added. Pastor Fred went on to say, “God is the God of second chances and I really feel like that’s the heartbeat of our church family – we come together and celebrate the power of restoration in our lives.”
Services at Destiny are on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 6:50 p.m. The nursery is available at each service for infants up to 4 years old. Children’s Church is at each service for kindergarten through 6th graders. The youth group meets every Wednesday night with 7th through 12th grade students, and the Young Adult group meets each Saturday night at 6 p.m. “We cater to all ages,” Miss Janice said.
Destiny also reaches out to the community, ministers at the Cullman County jail and feeds the hungry. If you would like to donate funds for food, give them a call to contribute to their Grocery Basket ministry. They recently received a brand new church van so if you need a ride to one of their services, they can help.
Pastor Fred is preparing for a series this Christmas season called, “Why Do We Believe?” The series will be separated into three parts: 1. Why we believe in the Bible, 2. Why we believe in Jesus, and 3. Why we believe in Christmas. In addition to this series, Destiny is planning for other upcoming events for the community. On November 1, they will be reaching out to the community to help families prepare for the winter season with a “Coats and Candy” event. There will be a free chili supper, a coat for everyone in need, and children will delight in filling the pockets of their new coat with candy. This event is free and open to everyone. They are also looking forward to helping out with the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner at First Baptist Church.
A final thought that pastor Fred and Miss Janice would like to leave you with is this: God loves you and there is hope in Him. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and their website at edestiny.org. If you have any questions, give them a call at 256-737-9254 or attend one of their services located at 566 County Road 1339, Cullman, AL 35058.