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.

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 HaleElder
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

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