Our History

Our History

The Spring of 2004 was a season of new beginnings. It was when Pastor Roderick Zak and his wife Vanessa Bumpers Zak were called to found a pioneering church in Central Florida that could help people discover the joys of following Jesus Christ. Five families were instrumental in helping bring that vision to life. The very first service was held on March 21, 2004 at the historic Plaza Theater in Downtown Orlando. The church began with 475 charter partners. Today, Rejoice in the Lord Ministries has grown to a faith community of over 1,000. This vibrant body of Rejoicers has attracted all ages and ethnicities, who come from all walks of life. Founded on the principle that believers are called to live like Jesus Christ by loving God and loving His people, the Rejoice in the Lord family focuses on spiritual nourishment, and energizing its members to make a positive impact in their spheres of influence. In recent years, Rejoice has also become affiliated with Vision360 and Converge Worldwide--organizations that connect influential and rapidly-growing churches around the world for the purpose of igniting movements and transforming lives for Christ. An interdenominational, hands-on ministry, Rejoice offers weekly services with positive and practical, Scripture-based messages as well as a wide range of opportunities for fellowship and service to God. With lively, contemporary music, the ministry strives for an atmosphere of exuberant praise where partners and guests can fulfill the call of Revelations 19:7: "Let us Rejoice and be glad and give Him glory."