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Ministry finds a welcome after relocating to old Dover church

PLANT CITY - A new congregation has settled into a building that has served as a church for about eight decades.

New Covenant Community Church is now meeting at the former location of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Dover, 15140 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Dover.

Formerly located in south Tampa, Senior Pastor Rodney Fontaine said the church moved into the building after the Seventh-day Adventist church moved to another worship site in Plant City.

Fontaine said that he understood the building has housed churches since the 1930s when it was built by widows who lived on the neighboring property and wanted to build a church.

“This building has been around for a long time,” he said. “There’s been a lot of churches in here.”

He said said New Covenant, which he and his wife Cindy founded three years ago, has been growing since it moved to the new location earlier this year.

The nondenominational church offers children’s classes from 2-12 years old and is looking to add Bible classes Thursdays at 7 p.m.

The church also offers a food pantry for those in need.

“We’re just trying to get the word out that we’re here,” Fontaine said.

Fontaine and his wife have served in ministry for 34 years as a pastor and missionary. He was also a dean at Blue Ridge Bible College for nine years.

They moved with their family from Rocky Mount, Va. in 2011 and now reside in Lithia. Their sons Brandon and Josh and daughter-in-laws Sarah Ann and Mary Marie assist them in music and children’s ministry at the church.

The church holds worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

For additional information contact Fontaine at (813) 230-0514.

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