Lead & Founding Pastor, Dean Inserra

Lead & Founding Pastor, Dean Inserra

As a student at Leon High School, Lead Pastor Dean Inserra was given a passion by God to one day plant a church in his hometown of Tallahassee, a city over-churched but under-reached by the gospel.

In early 2007, with a group of close friends, Dean began a Bible study in his parent’s home. After much prayer, this core group decided to begin what is now City Church (then known as The Well), a church committed to reaching a lost generation by communicating an everlasting truth in an ever-changing culture. Sunday night Bible studies quickly grew, and a Sunday evening service was developed in the summer of 2007. 

The Well had its first service on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at Godby High School, with 130 people present. Over the next few months, the church grew, and began holding special services such as Easter and Christmas services at The Moon, a local Tallahassee night club.

In August 2010, the church completed renovations on a leased warehouse space and moved into its first permanent facility. In May 2011, The Well became City Church, and continued reaching the city with the same truth under a more accessible name.

Over the next several years, City Church would outgrow the warehouse facility and occupy several temporary facilities, including a portable campus at Leon High School and a build-out of a former department store at the Centre of Tallahassee. In late 2014, Forest Heights Baptist Church merged with City Church for the planting and launching of a new campus at City Church on Tharpe Street, right down the road from City Church's old home at Godby High School.  With this church revitalization project, City Church became multi-site while continuing to meet at Leon High School. 

On October 25, 2015, City Church broke ground on what would be its own permanent facility at 3215 Sessions Road, on the north side of Tallahassee at Monroe Street and I-10. The church completed a 6-month building process and celebrated the grand opening of its new campus on May 1, 2016. City Church now meets at this central location and continues to see lives changed with the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

This video from our Five-Year Anniversary Service (on August 19, 2012) tells the story of our first five years.

Preview service in May 2007.

Preview service in May 2007.