Our vision as a church is to reach our local community and the Tampa Bay area by making disciples. There are several important areas we deem as important -
* We will proclaim salvation in Christ alone, by grace alone.
* We will be relevant to the culture
* We will accept people where they are and lead them to a deeper understanding and relationship with Christ. (A safe place for wounded people.)
* We will focus on unchurched people.
A priority will be the addition of ministry staff. We are a church based on people, and Christ calls us to minister to people through the life of Hope Church and through missions, both local and abroad. God has blessed us with the addition of Jessica Moore as our administrative assistant and our Children’s Ministry Director (part time.) We have also been blessed with Rev. Tom Edwards and his family who joined our staff (Also part time) in May of 2004. Tom is responsible for our youth, college and assimilation ministries. He is a licensed counselor and therapist and heads our counseling and support ministries.
Our Senior Pastor, Chris Smart, joined our church in August 2017. He and his family moved from Scotland to join our church. Chris has been working with the Free Church of Scotland for the past 18 years. Chris speaks Spanish fluently and is a great blessing and addition to our church.
We don’t just see ourselves as a church, but a center of the community. Planned in three phases of development, we have a God-given vision of a facility that has athletic fields, a gymnasium, playground facilities and an auditorium that can be utilized by all the surrounding community. We want our center and surrounding fields to be used for neighborhood teams, homeowner association meetings, birthday parties, musical and theatrical productions, neighborhood concerts, gatherings, weddings, parties, and more!Our foundational doctrinal statements are found in The Standards of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which we hold to be “the system of doctrine which is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone” (Associate Reformed Synod, May 31, 1799).