About our Congregation
Rolling Hills Moravian Church has served Seminole County and central Florida for over 50 years.
We are an international community of faith that emphasizes fellowship, simplicity and sincerity in our life together.
We are people who seek to know the Lord Jesus Christ; to grow in faith, love and hope, and to show God's love to others in word and deed.
In the 1950s, flush with the excitement of the Quincentennial,
the Southern Province launched a campaign to extend the Moravian
Church into Florida. Rolling Hills was one of the four churches
begun in that campaign. It is also the only one remaining.
The idea was to seek out Moravians already living in Florida
who would form the core of a new congregation, and then have the
church grow along with the neighborhood. Coral Ridge came first,
then Boca Raton. Redeemer was the last.
Rolling Hills got its start when the Southern Province purchased
6 1/2 acres in the Sanlando area of Orlando in 1965. The property
was covered in pine trees, and a narrow two-lane road ran by it.
But the fast growing neighborhood offered splendid prospects for
a new church.
David Burkette was called as organizing pastor, and Rolling Hills
first service was held on August 7, 1966, in rented space in the
Altamonte Springs community center. A parsonage was built, and it
served for meetings until the church was completed and dedicated
by Bishop George G. Higgins on August 13, 1967. Organizing of Rolling
Hills as a congregation of the Southern Province followed that October
Rolling Hills brought Moravian customs to a community previously
unacquainted with them - lovefeasts, Christmas candle services,
the Easter Sunrise Service, and the church band. Prospects were
bright. An assistant pastor was called, and a Christian education
building was constructed, designed so that a Montessori school could
use it during the week.
And then, in the face of other denominations moving in, the Southern
Province's campaign into Florida fizzled. The other three churches
- Coral Ridge, Boca Raton, and Redeemer - faded away.
But Rolling Hills was not left alone. From our Provinces to the
south, especially Nicaragua, came a stream of members who formed
the nucleus of new churches - Prince of Peace, New Hope, King of
Rolling Hills too was revitalized, so that in 1991 the church
was renovated, and the congregation embarked upon a renewed dedication
that continues today.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
June 25, 2017