Our Story

An old Walmart, a new church

Since 2012, God’s presence is no mystery to The Church of Eleven22. God is doing amazing things around the world, in our city and through the people of Eleven22. You may never know the powerful impact your story could have on another person's life. 




Under the leadership of Pastor Jerry Sweat, Beach Church started a weekly worship gathering to reach ages 18-35, the ‘lost’ generation – the un-churched, the de-churched. Pastor Jerry asked Pastor Joby Martin to lead this new service held Sundays at 11:22am.



Easter 2009

Our first Easter in 2009 showed signs of being more than just a weekly worship service. Over 1,500 people poured in to celebrate the resurrection. We began to be affectionately referred to as Eleven22.




By early 2011, a distinct Eleven22 culture and vibe were firmly established. As God continued to expand the impact of Eleven22, He also began to clarify the vision. Pastor Jerry Sweat challenged Pastor Joby Martin that it was time for him to become the Lead Pastor of a church, and he wanted to help him launch a church. With that, the movement known as The Church of Eleven22 was born to be a place for all people to discover and deepen a relationship with Jesus Christ.



January 2012

Beach Church and Eleven22 kicked off a joint capital campaign called Upon This Rock, the fruit of which built out The Church of Eleven22 facility at Beach and San Pablo in Jacksonville, Florida.


September 23, 2012

The Church of Eleven22 held its first worship gathering in its new facility and over 3,000 people attended the first weekend.



Spring of 2013

Families were being turned away due to lack of space for children. We announced our first expansion - The Restore Project. Rooted in Acts 15, the call was to restore the final 20,000 square feet of the building at Beach and San Pablo so more children and adults could come and discover a relationship with Jesus Christ.


June 2013

More than 200 people were baptized in the ocean at our first Beach Baptism, while hundreds of friends and family watched from the beach.



January 2014

The new year brought 1,000 new people to experience the gospel. Our newly 'restored' space opened, including the Sanctuary where 500 people can worship.


December 2014

Almost 5,000 people were worshiping at Eleven22 each weekend. Since opening day in 2012, there were 1,045 people who surrendered their lives to Jesus and 465 people were baptized.



August 2015

As part of a community transformation effort, Hope’s Closet Thrift opened – a thrift store designed to bring dignity to those it serves, and to offer the hope of Jesus to all who enter.


September 2015

Just three short years after launching, we celebrated salvation number 3,000. That's 3,000 lives eternally changed!


October 2015

We launched our biggest initiative to date – the Before All Things generosity initiative – a two-year discipleship journey where we learn and live out the reality that Jesus is Before All Things.



January 10, 2016

We launched our second campus, The Church of Eleven22 Baymeadows campus, in an old sports bar with more than 1,600 people in attendance.


June 2016

We celebrated 309 people surrendering their lives to Jesus at Beach Baptism.



January 8, 2017

The Church of Eleven22 launched our Mandarin campus, walking out the Before All Things vision of planting the gospel in local communities.



January 8, 2018

We launched our Arlington campus, walking out the Before All Things vision of planting the gospel in local communities.


April 8, 2018

Launched our second Hope's Closet Thrift in Arlington to continue to reach more people with the gospel through a retail setting.


May 2018

There were 426 people baptized in the ocean at Beach Baptism, while thousands of friends and family watched and celebrated from the beach.




Our collective story is made up of your individual stories. We invite you to listen to fellow Eleven22ers as they share how God has moved in and through them.

We'd love to hear your story too. You never know how God may use your story to transform someone else's life.

Do you have a story that you would like to share? We would love to hear it from you. It may just change someone's life!