ABOUT N.F.C.C.
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History

In September of 1973, the late evangelist Roxanne Brant (1943-1986) had a vision for establishing a place where Christians would have an oasis and refuge with like-minded neighbors. Christened at the start of 1977, on January 1st, visitors from all over the world have come to visit, worship and live here at NFCC.

Heeding The Lord's instruction, Roxanne acted in faith and purchased a 240-acre parcel in the heart of North Central Florida, near the rural town of O'Brien. It took three more years of steady leg work to comply with federal, state and county codes and regulations before the 240-acre plat could be approved.

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SpacerThe vision that God gave Roxanne was that Christians would be called here -- from all over the country, and all over the world -- to establish residence, become part of our local church and actively participate in the Center's outreaches and ministries. Decades of action, based on faith and obedience, has seen this vision come to fruition.Spacer
Our Founder, Roxanne BrantSpacer
Image: The founder of the Nothern Florida Christian Center, the late evangelist, Roxanne Brant.
 
For 18 years, God used Roxanne to bring life, encouragement and healing to the body of Christ. Her deep love and commitment to the Word of God brought keen insight and illumination to congregations around the world.

Many others have been blessed through cassette teachings, television appearances and the 17 books she authored as well as the two much needed and timely video teaching series: How to Know God's Will and How To Test Prophesy, Preaching and Guidance. Hundreds of ministers and their families found in Roxanne a fellow minister who truly understood the challenges of the pastoral ministry and a friend who cared enough to pray long after the local church crusades had ended.

Roxanne was born to a highly respected family and grew up with many social advantages. She was seriously considering a career as a concert pianist or medical doctor when she met the risen Christ in a university library. As a result, her goals were changed and she began serious preparation to serve the Lord in the ministry. She studied at Harvard Divinity School, Boston University, School of Theology and received her Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Divinity School. She also held an earned doctorate in theology and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.


After Roxanne's graduation from seminary, her ministry quickly grew from one desk where she typed her first and still most popular book, Ministering To The Lord. Invitations to minister began to increase. God used her ministry to literally breathe new life into many churches, causing them to catch the vision and reach out to the lost and hopeless. Literally hundreds of thousands of people have been born again, filled with the Holy Spirit and healed in her world-wide crusades. Sensing her dedication to the Lord, many people committed their lives to Christian Service.

A very vital part of Roxanne's vision for the ministry was the development of Northern Florida Christian Center on 240 acres of land near O'Brien Florida. The Center served as the international offices for Roxanne Brant Ministries, and has become home for a number of families who have been called by God to work closely with the ministry.

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As part of her vision for the area, Roxanne brought in gifted, anointed, men and women of God for monthly teaching seminars. She had a strong desire to see Christians mature through these seminars and teaching aids. Roxanne believed everything should be done as unto the Lord and that believers should study to show themselves approved unto God, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15)

Another part of Roxanne's vision for Northern Florida Christian Center was to provide temporary housing for furloughing missionaries and weary pastors who needed a quiet place to get away and rest to be refreshed in body, mind and spirit. That vision is reality today. God's servants who have used the facilities at the Center have been ministered to in a quiet atmosphere and have sensed the presence of the Lord from the moment they came on the grounds.

On November 27, 1986 Roxanne H. Brant went home to be with the Lord. Today, Roxanne is in the presence of her Lord whom she so dearly loved and faithfully served. We who knew and love her have deep appreciation for her life and ministry.

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After a long career in banking in Roanoke, Virginia, Retha felt the call upon her life to enter full-time ministry. The Lord divinely connected her with Roxanne Brant. In 1975 she became Roxanne’s administrative assistant, a position she held for more than eleven years. During that time, they crisscrossed America and other parts of the world holding crusades in churches, auditoriums and stadiums. Hundreds were born again, thousands were taught the Word of God and healed through this ministry.

Roxanne’s untimely death in 1986 thrust Retha into a leadership role. Soon after Roxanne’s death, she was installed as President of Northern Florida Christian Center, and a short time later, became the pastor of the Center church.

Retha holds a Bachelor of Theology degree. She has also earned a Diploma in Biblical Studies, Concentration in Biblical Counseling With Distinction and an Associate Teacher Diploma from Trinity College of the Bible. In addition to pastoring the Center church, she oversees the 240-acre Center and its many outreaches, does personal, premarital, marital and family counseling by appointment.

 

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What We Believe
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In the Bible as the inspired  and infallible Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15,16).

 In one God, eternally existent in three persons;   Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19, Mark 12:29).

 In the virgin birth of  Jesus Christ. His vicarious, atoning death, bodily resurrection, and ascension.  (Isaiah 7:14; Romans 8:34; Acts 1:10).

 In salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 5:1; Romans 10:13-15).

 In baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19).

 In divine healing through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16, 17; James 5: 13,14).

 In the baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4 is given to believers who ask for it.

 In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit which enables a believer to live a holy life (Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15,16).

 In  the second coming of Jesus Christ (Acts 24:15; Luke 14:14; Revelation 19:7-9).  

 

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