Good News began as a rescue station. In January of 1991, Smiley and Karen Sturgis with their four children (God would bless them with two more), moved to St. Augustine (Smiley’s hometown) to plant Good News Church. Their vision was to plant a church passionate about the gospel “Good News” and living life together in small groups.
On March 3, 1991, barely two months after the Sturgis’ parachuted into St. Augustine, Good News held her first worship service at The Riverview Club in St. Augustine Shores with 140 attendees. That evening our first small group met as well, and we have been coming together in worship and small groups ever since.
On Christmas Eve, 1999, we held our first service at our Wildwood Campus. In 2002, we added our gym to make room for our children and youth.
In 2010, Andy Hirko was selected to be our World Golf Village (WGV) Campus pastor, and he began the work of building a core team and finding a place to worship. Easter Sunday, 2011, Andy, along with his wife Kristy and daughter Lilyana, launched our first service at WGV. This took place in a tent as our current campus was not finished yet. We had 419 people come to our first service. In July, we were able to move inside into our beautiful WGV Campus.
Over the years, we have seen thousands of people, locally and globally, profess faith in Jesus Christ through the faithful witness of believers at Good News. Because of our passion and commitment to the gospel and biblical community, Good News has helped plant 36 churches across the globe. Our Global Outreach strategy is to plant gospel-preaching, self-supporting, national-led churches. We have made amazing partnerships with nationals and other churches in this church planting mission.