Connect, Grow, and Serve.


Connect, Grow and Serve is the Mission Statement of Ortega Church. When we serve others, we serve the Lord. We believe that our being in mission together is a great way to deepen our faith, connect as a faith community, and connect to the community we seek to serve. Click below to learn about our local partners.

Family Promise

Family Promise of Jacksonville is a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary shelter, meals, hospitality and case management for families experiencing homelessness.   Family Promise works with homeless families to tailor individualized plans and help them take the necessary steps toward lasting independence. 

Ortega Church is one of 17 hosting congregations in the Jacksonville network who provides meals, hospitality, and overnight accommodations for one week on a rotating basis. How you can get involved:

  • Prepare and serve meals on an evening of our Host Week 
  • Volunteer for a Day Host at the church on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Volunteer as an Overnight Host at the church from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.

The Next Family Promise Volunteer Opportunity will be May 19-25. Volunteers are needed for meals. They are to be delivered by 4:30pm each day. They can be homemade or picked up from Chick-fil-a or BBQ if you are having a busy week. The meals are to be dropped at the Family Promise site: 432 University Blvd. N. If drop off is a problem we can pick up the meal and deliver for you. Sign up to Volunteer HERE or contact Gretchen Lynch:

Methodist Children’s Village

The Methodist Children’s Village is a five-star Christian Early Childhood Learning Center nurturing children from birth to 5 years of age.  Ways you can serve:

  • Volunteer at the center as a reading pal
  • Join Ortega Church for a Saturday clean up day to improve the MCV’s facility and grounds with yard work, classroom cleaning or painting projects! 

Check back for Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities.


For more volunteer information, please contact

Faith-Based School Partnerships

Faith-based partnerships are a very important support system for students, families and teachers. When families and communities work together with schools, students’ success is greatly enhanced. Ortega Church currently partners with Venetia and Stockton Elementary Schools with a variety of outreach, service and community-building projects.

For more volunteer information, please contact the church office at 904-389-5556

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization distributing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. Ortega Church supports this world-reaching ministry by hosting an annual food packaging event where volunteers create thousands of meals to be shipped around the world.

For more volunteer information, please contact



Community Health Outreach

Community Health Outreach is a Christian ministry serving those in need of groceries, baby supplies, and no-cost medical and dental care. They have been providing care since 1988. Join Ortega Church as we serve at the community at Community Health Outreach Campus, located at 5126 Timuquana Road. Volunteers serve in the Drive-Through Food Pantry or assist in sorting clothing, diapers and equipment for their Baby Luv Outreach Ministry. The Baby Luv Outreach Ministry assists parents of young children with these essential baby products.

For more volunteer information, please contact the Church Office at 904-389-5556.