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Welcome to Celebration

Celebration isn't just a location. It is a group of people that are committed to living life in a way that honors God. We believe that people have been created to worship Him. Each week we share in an authentic, contemporary celebration focused on biblical principles that change hearts. Come comfortably dressed and prepared to be among friends. Whether you've never darkened the door of a church or if you've been attending for years, we hope you'll feel welcome at Celebration!

What to Expect at Celebration


/fil/ verb 1- to put someone or something into a space so that it is completely or almost completely full. 2- to be a part of Celebration with your family and friends.


/ke'nekt/ verb 1- to join, link, or fasten together, unite or bind 2- Develop relationships with each other through Communities, Groups, and special events.


/de'sipel/ verb 1- to teach; train 2- to grow more like Christ as a part of the Celebration family, through Groups, Sunday teachings, and other opportunities.


/'mobe liz/ verb 1- to bring (people) together for action 2- to find new and exciting ways to serve and share the God News of Jesus.

Our Staff

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Part of the Celebration Staff
This is a part of the team that joyfully serves to make the ministry of Celebration possible.
Back row, left to right. Natalie Thomas, Laurie Arnaldo, Tommy Hendricks, Doug Bedgood, Warren Halstrom, Greg Hagenbuch, Jeremy Rhodes, Katrina McMillan, Angie Steinberg.
Front row, left to right. Pam Lueck, JoAnn Kirkland, Lori Messina, Jerri Chesney, Kimberly Prutsman, Kara Murphy, Ethan Casewell, Chari Wester, Jimmie Horne, Holly Mills, David Emmert.

Our Leaders

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David Emmert
David Emmert
Senior Pastor
David is a graduate of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY, where he met his wife, Pam. They have two children and one son-in-law. Their family served as missionaries for 10 years in Zambia and Ethiopia He has served at Celebration since 2006.

Doug Bedgood
Doug Bedgood
Pastor of Christian Living
Doug met his wife, Jana, at a Christian club he formed at his high school. They have two children. He graduated from the University of West Florida and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Doug has been at Celebration since 2008.

Warren Halstrom
Warren Halstrom
Worship & Creative Arts Pastor
With degrees in music from Western Washington University and the University of British Columbia, Warren leads our Worship and Creative Arts ministry with over 25 years of local church experience. Warren specializes in designing captivating and compelling worship experiences and raising the next generation of lead worshippers.

Tommy Hendricks
Tommy Hendricks
Children & Family Pastor
After graduating from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Tommy served with the North American Mission Board. During his final year with NAMB he met his wife Jo. They now have seven children and have been with Celebration since 2006.
Aaron Sheffield
Aaron Sheffield
Student Pastor
Aaron is from Winter Haven, FL and originally felt the call to ministry when he was in the ninth grade. He still carries a passion for seeing revival in students. He and his wife, Allyson, have two daughters and have been serving at Celebration since 2010.

Natalie Thomas
Natalie Thomas
Business Administrator
Natalie has an accounting degree and business administration degree from Florida A&M University. She been a part of the Celebration team for 10 years now. She is studying for her CPA degree now. She and her husband, Angus have two sons, Erick and Taylor.

Our Beliefs

Celebration Baptist Church adheres to the Baptist Faith and Message adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000.

We are members of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Florida Baptist Association.

Our History

Celebration Baptist Church started as a mission of Immanuel Baptist Church of Tallahassee in 1980. The new congregation grew quickly and a year later it purchased its current 12.44 acre site and promptly began construction on what is now our family activity building. Throughout the 1980s the church continued to experience growth and in 1989 the Celebration family moved in to a new worship center.

In 2001 the church purchased 100 acres as a potential future home for the congregation. After much prayer the church family felt led to remain on their property in Killearn Estates. The 100 acres was sold to the City of Tallahassee and plans were made to expand and improve the current campus.

In August of 2014, the Celebration Family was very excited to open the doors to their new preschool building and the Broom Tree Cafe. They look forward to continued growth to meet the needs of families in Tallahassee!