New Beginning: Church Purchases Chumuckla Farmer’s Opry

November 19, 2012

A church has purchased the Chumuckla’s Farmer’s Opry and Campground just weeks after the country music landmark closed due to the owner’s retirement.

The Living Truth Church purchased the facility for a permanent home after meeting in  various temporary school locations in Santa Rosa County for the past 12 years.

“We will use the Opry location in keeping with the vision of a come-as-you-are to hear God’s word-church. Our church family is truly a family,” said Pastor Norman Sullivan.  “This is just a building and campground and we want to use it for God’s glory. It’s going to be exciting to see what God has planned for us here at our new location. Our congregation is made up of folks from East Milton, Pensacola, Cantonment as well as Milton and Pace proper. We look forward to meeting new folks from the nearby Chumuckla community who would like to come check us out.”

In additional to regular services, the church plans to host concerts and various events to stay in touch with the community, such as the “Punches Family” gospel group that performed Saturday night in Opry tradition.

Sullivan said Living Truth Church was excited to purchase the 10.5 acre facility to have plenty of space for future growth.

“We’re excited to see how God continues to use this ministry to love on this community,” said Sullivan. “When the opportunity came to buy the Farmer’s Opry, it was more of a God-thing than anything else.  It was just the right time for both us and the Wyatt family. We were looking to build and, they were ready to slow down.”

“The main thrust of Living Truth is to follow Jesus’ mandate to be disciples-making disciples. We connect folks to Christ and His church, help them grow spiritually, get them to love on the community by serving, and then multiply who they are in Christ. And we do a lot of this through small groups that meet throughout the local area during the week, said Living Truth Disciple Pastor Andy DeGuire. “Our modern worship style differs from other churches, but that’s just because we’re trying extra hard to reach the next generation. The cool thing is that the older folks enjoy this worship style (or some of them put up with it because they know we’re trying to reach their kids and grandkids).

Services are held at 10:30 each Sunday at the Living Truth Church at the former Farmer’s Opry location at 8897 Byrom Campbell Road, about five miles north of the Pace soccer fields. For more information about the church,  visit or call (850) 994-7698.

Pictured: The Living Truth Church has purchased the former Chumuckla’s Farmer’s Opry. Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.


One Response to “New Beginning: Church Purchases Chumuckla Farmer’s Opry”

  1. cygie on November 19th, 2012 12:41 pm

    Praise God that the building is going to be put to good use. I hope the church is blessed with this structure and can grow and serve God!

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