Situation and Burden
The church in Orlando was established in 1987 and currently there are approximately 120 meeting. The saints are scattered around the metro Orlando area which covers Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties with a population exceeding 2.5 million and growing.
There are a number of Spanish-speaking families to the south of Orlando, currently meeting in the Kissimmee area as a district of Orlando, under the fellowship of the brothers in Orlando. The general history of the church can be found on the website, www.churchinorlando.org/history.
The City of Orlando
Orlando is the 7th largest city and the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Florida. It is centrally located between Tampa and Daytona Beach along the I-4 corridor. Orlando is approximately 2.5 hours from Jacksonville, 1.5 hours from Tampa, 2-3 hours from Boca Raton/Ft. Lauderdale, 3.5 hours from Miami, and 4.5 hours from Tallahassee.
There is a large technical presence, particularly in east Orlando due to the proximity to University of Central Florida, and a strong Department of Defense research effort. The medical research industry is flourishing there; an area just southeast of the city is blooming, referred to as “medical city.” Orlando receives about 52 million visitors per year from the area attractions, such as Disney World, Universal City, Sea World and many more. For more information see City-Data Profile and Official City Website.
Population – 280,250 (Greater Orlando population: 2.8 million)
Median Household Income: $52,385
Racial Makeup: 38% White, 30.3% Hispanic, 23.5% Black, 5.9% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races.