History of FD


Freedom Destiny Church was first established in Grayslake, Illinois, on July 16, 2006. The Lord spoke to Pastor’s Adam and Candice Smithyman to give a personal seed of $2000 and to begin church services in a local coffee shop that had broke its lease. We began with a “boom” box and some card tables and chairs and served coffee and donuts. We were a full- fledged street ministry with many people coming for healing and restoration.  At that time we called ourselves Christ’s Café Church. We later changed our name to Freedom Destiny Center, and then later decided upon Freedom Destiny Church.


In the Spring of 2007, we entered into a time of prayer and fasting and we received visions and dreams about Jacksonville, Florida, where God spoke to us and told us to go to the West of Route 17 where the “Eagle has Landed.” We researched and found out about Eagle Landing Golf Club in Orange Park.  Pastor Adam and Candice moved their family to Jacksonville on March 9, 2008 and they had their first church service out of their home in Eagle Landing on March 16, 2008.


Soon the Pastor’s home got too small, so the church moved to the Eagle Landing Resident’s Club in October 2008 and then moved again to 420 College Dr. on June 1, 2010, where we had service for over six years. On December 11, 2016 we had our first service in our current location at 1241 Blanding Blvd. We have seen our ministries grow into greater worship, children’s, youth, outreach, missions help, conferences, and special events.


We are affiliated with the One Focus Network in Hampton Roads, VA. People come to this CHURCH for salvation, growth, discipleship, healing and restoration.