East Coast Christian Center finds new home in Viera
Matt Stallbaum, the pastor for East Coast Christian Center, is excited about the new church which will be built in Viera.
Sharing God’s love can happen anywhere, as East Coast Christian Center has proven when the Central Brevard church launched a campus at the old Rave theater at The Avenue Viera in 2012.
As the congregation grew, the church swapped the theater for Viera High School, where it continues to meet, but not for much longer.
“We got to a place where the congregation could support our own building,” said Matt Stallbaum, the pastor who leads the Viera congregation.
In February, the church purchased a parcel of land at the corner of Viera Boulevard and Tavistock Drive to provide plenty of elbow room for the construction of a 20,000-square-foot church with seating for 560 worshippers. Had COVID-19 spared the area, plans were for the church to open by Easter of next year. The revised plans now call for opening in 2022.
With a life-giving, young-at-heart philosophy, the non-denominational East Coast Christian Center attracts a lot of families from a variety of cultures and faith backgrounds.
The Viera campus, unlike some of its sister campuses, will not have a school associated with the church. Nevertheless, it has plans to focus on young people, particularly teens.
“We’re reaching out to teens to provide a place where they can connect with God and community,” Stallbaum said.
Although he was ordained in 2004, Stallbaum could rightly claim to have been born for the ministry. His father, Dan, is senior pastor for East Coast Christian Center’s campuses, which in addition to Viera, include two church complexes on Merritt Island and a church in Cocoa. Approximately 3,000 people worship at the four campuses.
Dan Stallbaum oversees East Coast Christian University, East Coast Christian Center’s accredited theological school of higher education, and is also the voice of Morning Breath, a drive-time devotional radio program.
As Dan Stallbaum explains, East Coast Christian Center is a place “where cultures do not clash but blend” and “where the people are reaching out to the community so effectively that it is hard to go to hell from Brevard County.”