In the spring of 2000 First Baptist Church of Kissimmee started a new church plant in the Four Corners area. Rick Ergle was called to be the Planting Pastor. The first location was a pizza restaurant, followed by two different social halls at local camp grounds and an elementary school. The Mission continued to grow and in February of 2002, Mission Four Corners constituted and became Four Corners Baptist Church. Soon after, Paul Vander Kaay was called to serve as Senior Pastor of the new church. In February 2004, the first services were held in the recently purchased and refurbished facility at 125 Cottonwood Drive in Davenport.
But the church is not a building. The church is a group of individuals with a common purpose and a unified mission. The heart of 4CBC is clear and stated in a simple 4 word mission statement: “Moving People Toward Christ”.
Even as a small mission church in its infant stages, this focus was evident, sponsoring mission trips to Montana and Mexico. In fact there have been numerous mission trips through the years that continue to today.
In addition, 4CBC is passionate about realizing their mission in their local community. This strategy has involved many different forms through the years:
- Hosting another church in the 4CBC facilities – a Haitian church
- Hosting Hope Counseling (providing Christian-focused counseling for the whole family)
- Sponsoring the annual “Easter at 4CBC” featuring Easter services, an Easter Egg Hunt (thousands of eggs!), Easter Bunny photos, and complimentary breakfast
- Sponsoring the "Really Free Yard Sale" offering thousands of items to the community that are completely free
- Hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) each summer for kids
- Sponsoring a “Great School Supply Give-Away”
- Hosting Women's Conferences
- Partnering with Loughman Oaks Elementary School as mentors and teacher’s aides and with food donations.
- Partnering with “The Way” community assistance center
- Hosting community Block Parties.
- Participating in the annual "Heart Walk" to raise money for the American Heart Association
- Hosting Community Association Meetings
- Creation of "Kid Central" – an entire building focused on connecting with children and their families
- Support of the Ridge Baptist Association, the Florida Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention that meet local, state, and national needs
- Assisting a new church plant, Grace Baptist Church, in many areas including their Block Parties