Our History

Our church was founded in 1986 and chartered in 1987 under the name Killearn Lakes United Methodist Church. The first service was held in the living room of our parsonage. Shortly after, we moved to Plantation Center, a local strip-mall, and occupied four of the store fronts. In 1992 we built our first facility, a multi-purpose building, at 8013 Deerlake Rd South in the center of Killearn Lakes Plantation. We held our first service on August 23, 1992 and officially consecrated the new facility on September 27, 1992. We completed our second building phase, an education wing, in the fall of 1997. 


The year 2006 marked the beginning of our Journey to Abundance, a five year vision God has for our church to move into abundant ministry. Abundant ministry is reaching, discipling and deploying people in the Love of Jesus.


On March 1, 2009 we renamed our church. As the Church, planted in and called to this mission field in Tallahassee, we desired a name that captured and communicated the essence of who God has called us to be as a people. We believe that God has given us the name, Deer Lake United Methodist Church. Psalm 42:1-2a says, "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God." 

We are a church for real people who struggle and search. We are a people of faith, who as we gather in true community find hope and healing and joy in the presence of God. And, we are a church who are both fully satisfied by the living water that Jesus offers, and yet still hungry and thirsty for more of God and His Kingdom.