When Dr. James Doggette, Sr. first received the vision for Madison Mission, God specifically directed him to start a ministry that would not "follow the beaten path." From the very inception, this was destined to be a ministry of reclaiming and empowerment; a ministry where souls were snatched from the mouth of hell and provided with opportunities to maximize their spiritual potentials.
After much planning, the first service was held at the Asbury United Methodist Church on a Sabbath morning in May 1995. The service was Holy Ghost filled and electrifying, and the standing room only attendance exceeded everybody's expectations.
Without a regular place of worship, the early Madison Mission took on the characteristics of a nomad church as the congregation met at different venues from week to week. At least twenty different locations were utilized, including Mount Sano State Park and several school auditoria. As the church shifted to different locations each week, a building committee worked hard in the background and in 1998 secured 17 acres of prime property in Madison, Alabama.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2000, the Madison Mission Family Life Center was officially opened, and the jubilant members moved into the magnificent 14,000 square feet facility. The five-day opening exercises set the tone for the future as thousands of attendees celebrated with worship, drama, concerts, sports, and community activities. Each week, up to two-thousand worshipers gather to sing praises to the Almighty God. Joining the weekly worshipers is a faithful Internet congregation who tune into the live services each week from as far away as Europe and China.
The year 2011 welcomed a wonderful addition to the pastoral team of the Madison Mission SDA Church as Pastor Damian Chandler was called to become the Associate pastor. With his wife Tanzy and their three wonderful, children (Zoe, Salem, & Levi (who was born at Madison)). Pastor Chandler has greatly added to the spiritual leadership, the health and vitality of the church.
After 18 years of faithful service, Dr. James Doggette, Sr. received and took a call to another pastoral assignment. A national search was conducted and on July 13th, 2013, Pastor Gregory Nelson was installed as the second pastor of the Madison Mission SDA Church. Along with his wife Carla and their two wonderful children, Evan & Noelle, Pastor Nelson continues to provide the kind of dynamic, effective, and innovative spiritual leadership that has come to define Madison Mission. Under his leadership, the church is embarking on a major building project which will include the completion of a new 40,000+ worship facility, complete with a new sanctuary, expanded children’s ministry facilities and punctuated by the renovation of our existing family life center.
God has blessed Madison Mission to be an awesome ministry that has dares to follow God's call to raise up a powerful people, empowered to push the kingdom of God farther than it has ever gone before. With a host of anointed leaders and committed members, who believe in the gospel and power of Jesus Christ, it remains to be seen what God will accomplish at “The Mission.”