We empower people to Belong to God’s family, Believe in God’s Son, and Become who they are called to be.
BELONG - BELIEVE - BECOME
Gulf Coast Church believes you can BELONG before you BELIEVE. We want to see you BECOME who God has called you to be so we invite you with us as we find God's purpose for our lives, this city and our world.
No matter what: we love you and we keep no record of wrongs.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
We believe Honor is the gateway for the miraculous.
(1 Peter 2:17)
We serve others because Jesus first served us.
Excellence honors God and inspires people. It is bringing God our best because He gave us His best!
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
On earth as it is in Heaven is our goal. Prayer makes this a reality.
No contact; No impact! We believe in connecting every person to their purpose in Christ.
We pursue the God who constantly pursues us.
Without Faith it is impossible to please God. We dream BIG!
It's a lifestyle. We give freely of our time, talent, and treasure to bless God and those around us.
Josh Couch is a graduate of Valor Christian College where he received his Associate of Applied Science in Pastoral Leadership and Diploma of Arts in Religion. Being licensed with the Church of God, Josh has been actively engaged in ministry since 2006. He and his wife, Carissa, were married in 2011 and are both natives of Hamilton, Ohio. They have two children; Ainsley and Malakai. The couch’s are known for their passion for unity, serving and mentorship. They have preached and ministered in revivals and conferences from the state of New Jersey to the country of Haiti. Josh and Carissa share a desire to see the gifts of the Spirit demonstrated in these last days and a passion to remain sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
David Comer is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) with more than 20 years of ministry experience as an evangelist, an Associate Pastor, and a Lead Pastor. David has served as a member of the Indiana State Council, Youth & Discipleship Board, Music Committee and Ministerial Internship Board. Charity has served on the Indiana Women's Ministries Board. Through all of their ministry experiences they have developed a strong passion for God's presence and God's people and are excited to see what God still has in store for them and the
congregation at Gulf Coast Church. Married in 1996, David and Charity have three sons, two daughters-in-
law, and a grandson.
Ben and Katie Wissner are a couple that is passionate about worship and the presence of God. Both being called to ministry in high school, they've been leading worship since 2007, and leading worship together since 2014 in various capacities. They were trained in California and educated in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University. Since getting married in 2016, they have been worship pastors; first in Louisiana, then in Pensacola, and now here at Gulf Coast Church. They have two children; Reuben and Elliot. Ben and Katie's heart is for congregational worship and to see the church unified under the greatness of our God and the move of His Spirit.
Joshua and Stefanie Efird have served in various aspects of ministry since 2002 when Joshua became a licensed exhorter with the Church of God, but have worked primarily as youth pastors since 2012. Licensed in 2009, Joshua is now an ordained minister. The couple has been married since 2002 and have raised their three children, Caleb, Jeremiah, and Moriah in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, they have worked with teenagers at an inner-city community center and with children through a community youth football league. Stefanie is also a middle school teacher, having taught 7th grade English for the public school system since 2007. The Efirds’ passion is to see the broken and hurting fully restored through the love of Jesus Christ. Joshua and Stefanie find joy in partnering with young people through discipleship to see them walk out the callings of God on their lives.
Diego and Nicole Ambrosio are deeply committed and compassionate about loving and serving the Lord with fun, excitement, and excellence. They were married in 2016 and have four children: Brittaney, Jennifer, Luca, and a baby-to-come in May 2022. For more than a decade, they have served in various areas of children and youth ministry. Nicole and Diego are a dynamic duo in their gifts of leadership, discipleship, Bible teaching, sports, creativity, music, and worship. Together, they served as youth pastors at Gulf Coast in March 2017, then felt the leading and the peace of God in September 2019 to move into a new position as children’s pastors. Nicole works full-time at the church. She is an ordained minister with the Church of God. She received a diploma in Children’s Ministry from Kidmin Academy. Diego works full-time as a General Manager of a power and landscape equipment company in Plant City. Together, they lead the children’s ministry with a passion to teach kids how to love and grow in a personal relationship with Jesus, discover and use their God-given gifts for His glory, and boldly stand for their faith.
THE HOLY BIBLE
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant.
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal.
(I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind, and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.
(John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5)
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God.
(Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35)
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
(Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)
For anyone to know God and become a new creation in Christ, they must be drawn by the Holy Spirit living in them at their acceptance of Jesus Christ in their life.
(2 Corinthians 5:17, John 6:44, 65, Titus 4:3-7)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts.
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.
(Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9)
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
(I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11)
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100%sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both ours in fulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death
(I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29)
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.
(John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20)
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.
(Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters.
(Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11,12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10)
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23)
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)
A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.
(Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25)
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit.
(Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29)
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.
(Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21)
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4)
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels.
(Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8)
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
(Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)
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