COME CATCH THE 
W.A.V.E. WITH US... 

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28 

At Rock Harbor we want you to have more than a Sunday morning experience by learning to grow as fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. The Bible shows us how Christ can be part of our everyday life.

Here are the Four Steps to ‘Catch the W.A.V.E. to guide our journeys.

WHAT WE AFFIRM 

As a member of The Evangelical Covenant Church, we seek to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The purpose of Covenant affirmations is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885. For Covenant people, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant Affirmations:

  1. WE AFFIRM THE CENTRALITY OF THE WORD OF GOD.
  2. WE AFFIRM THE NECESSITY OF THE NEW BIRTH.
  3. WE AFFIRM A COMMITMENT TO THE WHOLE MISSION OF THE CHURCH.
  4. WE AFFIRM THE CHURCH AS A FELLOWSHIP OF BELIEVERS.
  5. WE AFFIRM A CONSCIOUS DEPENDENCE ON THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  6. WE AFFIRM THE REALITY OF FREEDOM IN CHRIST.

The Evangelical Covenant Church is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.
 
The Evangelical Covenant Church is:

-Evangelical, but not exclusive
-Biblical, but not doctrinaire
-Traditional, but not rigid
-Congregational, but not independent

The Evangelical Covenant Church is a pilgrim church. Until Christ comes, we worship, serve, and witness so that the whole earth may hear God’s voice, learn of God’s love, and experience God’s joy.
 
If you want to learn more about the Evangelical Covenant Church visit the Covenant website at www.covchurch.org or contact us for more information.

Our Team

Pastor Kevin Diamond 

Lead Pastor

Angie Diamond 

Family Life Director 

Pastor Kevin comes from a diverse Christian background. His parents grew up Catholic and Baptist, and raised Kevin and his sister Leslie at a Brethren Church. During High School the entire family was introduced to the ministry of Young Life. This early beginning to ministry ingrained in Kevin a passion to never make the Gospel of Jesus Christ boring. Kevin met his wife Angie in highschool in 2000 and they were married in 2003.

They graduated from The Ohio State University and while in college they served as a Youth Pastor/Leader at a Baptist Church and IT Administrator/Volunteer Youth Leader at the Vineyard Church of Columbus. After college, they both worked corporately still volunteering in youth ministry, until God began to speak starting with the word from a pastor at Vineyard Columbus, “Kevin, why are you just making money. Anyone can make money. You know that God has called you into ministry.”  God clearly called Kevin and Angie to serve together again at Faith Covenant Church in Westerville, Ohio. Kevin served as Associate & Youth Pastor for nine years at Faith Covenant Church.

During this season Kevin and Angie were blessed with the births of their 2 amazing boys Preston (2010) and Carson (2012).  Kevin also attended the Covenant’s North Park Theological Seminary. After graduating from North Park Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity the Diamonds followed the call as the Lead Pastor of San Andreas Community Covenant Church in California. There they were able to bring vitality to a 150 year old church and start Celebrate Recovery. After visiting Melbourne Beach to spend time with Angie’s sister, God began to speak again.

They felt the clear call to start a new church in this area that would be focused on the Word of God, love everyone, build a family-friendly ministry, and can live and serve alongside their own family. After sharing this vision with leaders of the Evangelical Covenant and going through Church Planter’s Assessment/Training, it was clear that God was moving in this direction and the Diamonds prepared to move across the country to follow His call again. Being a part of the community is important to The Diamonds so you will regularly see us at activities around the community. We find it a sacred privilege to get to serve and lead a new church! We love the Space Coast!

Ben Crane

Director of Worship & Creative Ministries

A gifted musician, songwriter, designer, and performer, Ben has had a diverse career in a number of different avenues. He first had the responsibility of leading a church creative ministries department at 16 years old, and since that headstart has grown exponentially in knowledge and wisdom. He experience in the church music world extends to building a ministry with a church plant, joining and streamlining a large existing team, consulting and modernizing church ministries, and leading a number of missions trips both in-country and abroad. Most recently, he has been a full-time performer at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and on tour with a number of shows nationwide. He has a passion for ministry and seeing lives changed for Jesus, especially assisting others in realizing the full potential of their gifting. Ben's life verse is Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."

LETTER FROM our PASTOR

The Greater Melbourne area may be the most incredible place on earth. A place of exploration, technology, opportunity, and life. Every day feels like a vacation, but it is still a place you enjoy calling home. It’s beauty to the extreme.

Yet, amongst so much beauty and possibility there is hurt that lingers. Drug addiction and depression are on the rise. Stress and unhappiness are the reality for too many. 1 in 5 adults claim stress as the reason for leaving their job. And time and time again we have seen and heard how finding real community and friends feels impossible. With all that the area has to offer, many are missing the one thing that truly makes life beautiful: a relationship with Jesus.

At the end of Acts 2 it talks about the early church and how “every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.” Luke writes of good deeds garnering goodwill that created space for people to receive the good news and discover life in Jesus. People don't care what we know till they know that we care. We have to ask ourselves the question: are we caring for people first? We want to be a church that responds ‘yes’. A church where all are welcome and hope abounds.

There is something that awakens on the inside of me when I think about the opportunity in front of us. Now more than ever, I am convinced that God has brought us to this time and at this place on purpose and for purpose to serve our community, to build a welcoming community, and to reach out with the saving love of God found in Jesus Christ. Together, creating a safe space for everyone to live, laugh, and love out the Good News of Jesus. That is our mission.

We understand that the only way this becomes possible is if God is in it. We need to pray like never before and believe God to do what only He can do. It’s about obedience, it’s about passion, it’s about coming together and seeing the vision come to life.  Happiness comes from our happenings, but our joy and laughter come from Jesus.

People are hungry for hope, and we want be a part of their story. I refuse to be complacent or to wonder “what if” while there are new stories to be written. We won’t stop until every person knows the truth and grace that has transformed our lives. My hope is that this inspires you and gives you the necessary information to prayerfully consider being a part of what God is doing THROUGH Rock Harbor Church.

Thank you for believing in the call of the local church, for believing in His mission and for taking a risk on a group of people who believe that God is doing something in the Melbourne, FL area. The story is just beginning.

why the space coast?

Even though the Bible belt of the South-East United States still has a higher than average attendance...according to Gallup* Florida is closer to states like Maryland & New Jersey in church attendance and this is even more true in East-Central Florida.

Also, the closer you get to the coasts in all areas of the United States the lower church attendance is. In the Space Coast you have the addition of a highly scientific minded workforce and you find a place that is in high need of a relevant church plant.

However, these facts don’t scare us away but show us the need for Healthy Missional & Fruitful Churches in this area. We find this to be exciting and exactly where God is calling us.

God opened to the door to this area when Angie’s sister, MJ Baker became the head coach of Eastern Florida College’s Women’s Basketball Team. After visiting the area in January of 2018 it became clear that God was beginning to call the Diamond family to come alongside the Baker family to start a church there and in the upcoming months there were only “Green Lights.: We know that the Local Church is God’s “Plan A” to reach a hurting world with the redemptive message and power of the Good News of Jesus Christ and there is NO "Plan B." And we are ready to bring it to East-Central Florida.

01 Love First

Partnering with organizations to consistently serve our community. We align with organizations making a difference by providing them with people and resources to help meet needs in communities both locally and globally.

02 Build Community

Creating safe places for people to truly feel apart of a family. We want our communities to be the driving force of Rock Harbor FL, we will meet in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks all over our area with the purpose of loving everyone, laughing often and doing life together.

03 Come Together

Gathering with purpose. Weekends are our opportunity to come together as a community and to invite our friends and family to a safe environment. One in which all feel welcome, inspired, encouraged and challenged through worship and engaging with the Bible. This our opportunity to be launched into the week.