Connect with God and others.

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.

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.


What to Expect at Celebration

Belong

/beˈlong/ verb 1- to fit into a group naturally or to be a part of something else. 2- to be a part of Celebration with your family and friends.

Connect

/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.

Disciple

/de'si pel/ 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.

Mobilize

/'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 Leaders


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David Emmert
David Emmert
Senior Pastor

  • Graduate of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Married to Pam. Two children and one son-in-law.
  • Served as missionary for 10 years in Zambia and Ethiopia.
  • At Celebration since 2006.

Doug Bedgood
Doug Bedgood
Pastor of Christian Living

  • Graduate of the University of West Florida and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Married to Jana. Two children.
  • At Celebration since 2008.


Warren Halstrom
Warren Halstrom
Pastor of Celebration Creative

  • Graduate of Western Washington University and the University of British Columbia.
  • Married to Shelley. Four children and one daughter-in-law.
  • at Celebration since 2006


Tommy Hendricks
Tommy Hendricks
Family Pastor

  • Graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Married to Jo. Seven children.
  • Served with the North American Mission Board.
  • At Celebration since 2006.

Aaron Sheffield
Aaron Sheffield
Student Pastor

  • Graduate of Clearwater Christian College.
  • Married to Allyson. Two children.
  • At Celebration since 2010.

Natalie Thomas
Natalie Thomas
Business Administrator

  • Graduate of Florida A&M University
  • Married to Angus. Two children.
  • At Celebration since 2007.

Our Staff


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Laurie Arnaldo
Laurie Arnaldo
Student Ministry Assistant
Chelsi Blankenship
Chelsi Blankenship
After School/Summer Camp Assistant Director
Melanie Callaway
Melanie Callaway
Kinderschool Ministry Assistant
Jerri Chesney
Kaitlin Harper
Business Administrator’s Assistant
Jerri Chesney
Hannah DeMarra
Children’s Director
Jerri Chesney
Jerri Chesney
Groups Coordinator
Jimmie Horne
Jimmie Horne
Maintenance Team Leader
Audrey Johnson
Audrey Johnson
Student Ministry Intern
JoAnn Kirkland
JoAnn Kirkland
Senior Pastor’s Assistant
Pam Lueck
Pam Lueck
Kinderschool Director
Katrina McMillan
Katrina McMillan
Director of Communications
Holly Mills
Holly Mills
After School/Summer Camp Director
Ruth Petty
Ruth Petty
Preschool & Child Care Coordinator
Jordan Prutsman
Jessica McNeil
Videographer
Kimberly Prutsman
Kimberly Prutsman
Worship & Creative Arts Volunteer Coordinator
Barbara Sessions
Barbara Sessions
Accounts Receivable
Grady Shafer
Grady Shafer
Technical Director
Melanie Stowers
Melanie Stowers
Kinderschool Registrar
Amy Stubblefield
Jennifer Thacker
Benevolence Coordinator
Amy Stubblefield
Amy Stubblefield
Accounts Payable

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!