On Sunday morning, August 10, 1980, the first service of Christian Love Fellowship began in the Lions Club of Boynton Beach. Dr. Joe and Bea Guadagnino, founding their ministry on John 13:34, which the Lord had given to them, embarked on their journey. Services continued at the Lions Club until February 1981.
At this time, God directed Dr. Joe and Bea’s paths to a storefront in the Center 7 Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach. They started with only two storefronts and within a few years God continued adding to the church until we took over seven storefronts in order to accommodate church offices, nursery, youth and children’s church, as well as our sanctuary.
After much prayer and fasting, the vision to expand led us even further — the purchase of the Ultra-Vision Movie Theater in October 1985. This was a giant leap of faith to purchase a million dollar, 35 thousand square foot twin movie theater across the street. We saw many miracles take place during this transaction and the hand of God was evident in this purchase. With Gideon’s Army, our pastors took us down the path of a new journey with God.
It was also at this time that God directed Dr. Joe and Bea to begin what is known today as South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary. Over the years we have had over 600 people attending the College and Seminary influencing literally hundreds of lives; accomplishing the mission God gave our Pastors – reaching the world with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In the fall of 1987, God directed Dr. Joe and Bea to begin Christian Love Fellowship Academy, currently known as Deerfield Christian Academy. In order to do so, we had to completely remodel the southern side of the twin-cinema to allow us to create a school atmosphere for the children. The Academy began with only 52 students ranging from pre-school through second grade. Today, we no longer have the academy but we will still continue to fulfill our mission as a Bible Training Center. God has continued to bless the work we are accomplishing here at Christian Love Fellowship Ministries.
In September, 1997, Dr. Joe’s son, Pastor Tony began to work in the full-time ministry alongside of him. Pastor Tony was set in the position of Senior Pastor in September, 2003. He is very excited about this honor from the Lord. Pastor Tony and his wife, Rosalind, are looking forward to continuing the vision given to Christian Love Fellowship.
We fully realize and welcome the awesome responsibility that has been placed on us by God to accomplish His will. What a privilege it is for all of us together to respond to such a high calling of God!