What To Expect

Looking for a church? We’ve all been there. When you visit a church for the first time it’s common to feel a little awkward or uneasy.  Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you know what to expect. More questions? Feel free to contact us.

Sunday service starts at 10 AM starting with 30-45 minutes of worship, a short break, then ~50 minutes of teaching that ends around Noon.

Expect to encounter the presence of God as you experience powerful and engaging worship, focused on honoring God and realizing your identity and inheritance.
We teach biblical truth that is compelling, relevant and practical. What does the bible say about that?
Check out the latest sermon.
As you enter the church you will be welcomed into a friendly, casual environment by greeters and other authentic people. One of the first things you’ll probably notice is how much we love God and love His people. Others may introduce themselves to you as well. We’re genuinely a friendly church!

On a typical Sunday, we verbally welcome all of our first-time guests who are visiting but we won’t single you out or embarass you by asking you to stand up. Our passion is for you to experience our amazing God in real and authentic ways and to enter into the full inheritance He has for you.

Be sure to visit the welcome table located in either entrance and our complementary coffee & tea bar in the reception area.

In terms of ‘dress’, we are a “come as you are” church. Some men wear blue jeans – others wear dress shirts – a few wear ties. Some ladies wear slacks – others wear dresses. In the summer, shorts are preferred by some. Seriously, wear what is most comfortable for you.
There are kids from birth through 5th grade who are part of “DCF Kids” along with teens (6th-12th grade) who participate in our regular worship service.  You will also find adults all the way up through their 90’s. You will see couples, singles, middle-age and upper-age. No matter what season of life you are in, you will not feel “out of place”.
DCF is located at:
2054 John D. Odom Road
Dothan, AL 36303
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Our heart is to come along side you as parents, leading your kids into places of grace, mission and identity so that they may know Jesus and the love of God at an early age.  We lovingly pray and care for your precious children going beyond childcare with the goal that they be fully engaged and equipped to impact their own world with the love of Christ.

For infants – 5th grade you will want to check them in at the DCF Kids Registration table in the back of the auditorium.

Each child will receive an identification sticker and the parent will receive a corresponding one with a security code. This code will be displayed on the screen in the auditorium if you are needed during the service. You will also need the sticker with the security code to pick up your children from any of the classrooms.

To ensure a safe environment, all DCF Kids volunteers are background checked before serving in the ministry. To ensure the health of our kids and volunteers we ask that sick children do not attend classrooms.

On Sunday mornings all 6th-12th grade students are welcome to join us in the auditorium.

We encourage you to bring your Bible in whatever format is most comfortable for you. Many use a bible app on their smartphone mobile device or just use a regular printed bible. We also display important points and scriptures on a large overhead screen.
Visit the “What We Believe” section for more information.
Too good to be true. Religion says “do” and Jesus says “done”.
Learn more about the news that is really too good to be true.

A place to belong. Small Groups are a great way to meet new friends, grow in your relationship with God and make a difference in people’s lives.
We have Small Groups for men, women, couples, students, hobbyists, and more.

A way to get on track. We want to equip you with the tools to develop as a mature follower of Christ. Designed to introduce you to the Christian Life and how that life is lived out in a local church context, the DCF Growth Track will introduce you to healing, wholeness, growth and into a fulfilling leadership role here at DCF.

A place to express your gifts. God created you with unique gifts and skills and passions that He has “graced” you with. You can be fulfilled and change lives by expressing these gifts in a Grace Team.


Our Leadership

Through the course of history, the church has adopted numerous titles and positions to define church leadership.  However, the Bible only speaks of two…elders and deacons.  The word “elder” is used interchangeably with overseer and shepherd (or pastor) and describes the same office/person.  Elders are the highest human authority within a local church and they are responsible for leading and governing the church (setting direction, establishing doctrine, exercising discipline) as they faithfully follow Jesus Christ – the Head of the Church.  Even though the husband is ordained as the elder, we believe both the husband and his wife are called into this expression of church leadership together.  As the need arises, elders appoint deacons to assist them in leading the church.

David Hale
David HaleLead Elder
Dave is passionate about teaching foundational truths in authentic, practical ways. He also loves to create space for people to express their God-given grace gifts, bringing them to maturity and enabling them to access their full inheritance.
Karen Hale
Karen Hale~
Karen has been ministering with Dave for almost 30 years and is known for her prophetic gifting and words of encouragement.
Her passion is for ladies ministry and to see peoples lives transformed through encountering grace and the Holy Spirit.

Our Mission

Our Story

In 1974, a group of young people set out to do something radical in Dothan, Alabama… plant a church. Inspired by the Jesus Movement, they began meeting in homes, focusing on how to live church out biblically. Within a year of planting, DCF began to experience significant growth, with people moving to the city just to be a part of what was happening. Eventually DCF merged with another fellowship, Dothan Covenant Church forming the congregation we know today.

Throughout the 1980’s, DCF connected with various international leaders who helped build into the foundations a deep sense of community, an openness to the Holy Spirit, and a mandate to reach the nations, without losing focus on the local body of Christ.

In early 2010, through DCF’s relationship with NCMI, David and Karen Hale stepped into the role of Lead Elders/Pastors. David & Karen have brought over 20 years of leadership experience, a heart for authentic relationships, and an intentionality in creating space for God’s people to walk into all the fullness He has for them. Building upon a rich heritage and history, God is continually doing new things here at DCF.

What We Believe

Our Associations

The early church, described in the New Testament, provides a model in which God raises certain leaders up to go beyond their local church ministry. The local churches recognized God’s call on their lives and released them to minister in other churches. Some of these ministers were called by the Lord as Apostles or the “sent ones” as the word means in the original texts.

New Covenant Ministries International (also known as NCMI) is a global apostolic team of such men and women who receive funding primarily through relating churches while respecting the autonomy of the local church. Their role and connection to Dothan Christian Fellowship is to strengthen, equip, and encourage healthy foundations in our local church and its leaders.

… Along comes this idea called GRACE to updend all that “as you reap, so you will sow” stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.

Bono the Agitator

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Matthew 11:28-30 ,(Message Bible)

A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next 6 months, nor can he inhale sufficient air into his lungs with one breath to sustain life for a week to come. We are permitted to draw upon God’s store of grace from day to day as we need it..

D. L. Moody