In early 1984, Bishop William Folwell issued a call for a new mission effort, along charismatic lines, in North Lakeland. Organizational meetings were held at the home of Richard and Katherine Munday. The new mission began meeting Sunday evenings at the Holiday Inn near I-4, and later at Padgett Elementary School.
Fr. Hugh Elton "Bud" Williams (formerly of All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Lakeland) was appointed Priest-in-Charge. Several families, who had been influenced by the Renewal at All Saints, signed up.
On August 16, 1984, 26 pioneers signed a petition signifying their support, and Christ the Kings was born, although at first it was simply referred to as the NLM, or North Lakeland Mission.
On October 15, 1987, Christ the King was consecrated by Bishop Folwell. At that time, the membership had grown to 87. Christ the King officially became a parish on January 25, 1991, with a membership of 125.
Over the course of the next 25 years, Christ the King has been led by three different Priests; Rick Gomer for 17 years, Walley Reynolds for 3 years, and Carolyn Biggs since 2015.