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Our Story

Welcome to the Pasadena Community Church,

a United Methodist Congregation. We hope you’ll take a minute to explore all the ministries and opportunities we offer and plan to visit us soon.

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The life of our church is guided by:

 

Our MISSION

Glorifying God by Making Disciples of Jesus Christ.


Our VISION

We commit to being a church that welcomes all into a relationship with Jesus Christ by providing a place where all can believe in Him, belong to Him, become a reflection of Him, and be the difference in service for Him.


Our CORE VALUES

We recognize that Christ’s love has no boundaries.

We believe when we truly embrace diversity, we embrace God, that all are fully welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, occupation, or station in life.

We claim a sacred place where Christ’s love unites all to support and care for others while nurturing a personal relationship with God.

We welcome all to share Christ’s love through help, hope, and healing

In 1932, during the peak of the financial difficulties, serious consideration was given to closing the church. There were very few winter visitors and many citizens of the area were in distress. After considering this however several different leaders from various denominations decided that Pasadena Church would be a community church, serving the entire community including Pasadena, Lake Pasadena and the Jungle area, which though 7 miles away from the City, was growing. Immediately $3,200 was raised from some prominent businessmen to complete the initial building interior, purchase 100 chairs — and membership started to grow.

As the 1930’s progressed, conditions were still severe; however they were slowly starting to improve. Church attendance gradually improved as several neighborhood canvasses were carried out. The church was slowly changing from a predominantly winter church to an all year round church. Membership approached 100 with average Sunday school attendance around 58 as 1935 arrived. Sunday services were crowded and all financial obligations had been met. In 1936 the new parsonage was purchased at 6442 3rd Avenue South at a cost of around $1,500 which served as the parsonage until around 1951 when a parsonage was purchased at 7172 2nd Avenue South.

In 1936 the first printed bulletins appeared at a Sunday service. 1937 was the church’s most successful year to date as attendance started to overflow onto benches on the lawn and additional loud speakers for the out of doors listeners were added. In 1937 funds were raised for an enlargement of the church. Two wings were to be erected, one on each side of the existing building and the auditorium was to be enlarged to provide space for the chancel and choir loft together with a pastor’s study. The approximate cost of $15,000 was raised and construction commenced. As the 1930’s ended, the auditorium, which now held 725 people would fill an hour before the service, benches outside were filled and cars parked in the surrounding lots.

As 1940 started, the church immediately secured additional property around the church, added a new amplifier system, purchased a large vibraharp and chimes and a new heating system for services in the winter months. Five loud speakers now covered what was called “Radio Park” (later changed to “Garden Sanctuary”) with parking space for 2,000 cars. This had the unique appeal of allowing people to worship in the comfort of their cars if they were elderly or infirm and unable to get into the church. Outside the church, however, the United States was deeply involved in World War II. The drafting of young men in increasing numbers, long lists of casualties, limitations on food, travel, gas, and materials brought home to every community the seriousness of the war.

These limitations greatly curtailed driving which affected attendance at the church. Pledges and offerings were down about 50%. The Sunday school and the youth groups had all but disappeared. The church directory had 40 servicemen listed, equal to more than 10% of the total membership of the church. A large army camp had been set up on the area of what is now Admiral Farragut Academy. The church was developing plans to serve the 150,000 soldiers, sailors, and marines located in Pinellas County. Special services and events were held and member homes were opened up for meals and entertainment for the troops. Additionally, a regular bi-monthly newsletter was mailed to servicemen who had reached out to the church during this difficult time. As the 1940′s moved on, the war restrictions were slowly lifted. Plans to improve the Garden Sanctuary which included building the tennis courts and improving the sound system were being advanced, Sunday School activities and enrollment were increasing and the church membership was growing.

In the last years of the decade, a new building project was undertaken with the addition of the Chapel and the Social Hall. The Chapel was named the Goodwin Chapel after Mr.George Goodwin who had worked tirelessly for the church, especially during the difficult WWII period. As the 1940′s ended, Dr. Hamilton was finishing his twentieth year at the church with church membership now over 1,000, the weekly congregation was many thousands, the Sunday School enrollment approaching 500, and a church annual budget which started at $2,000 now over $37,000.

As the 1950′s started, the momentum of the church continued. On Easter Sunday in 1951, 2507 cars were parked with an estimated attendance of 8,000 people. The church continued to purchase any surrounding land which became available for purchase with the Garden Sanctuary now covering 18 acres. Also, the Youth Building and the East Window were built-in 1951. In 1952 the streetcars and brick pavements of Central Avenue were disappearing and construction-related detours temporarily hampered church activities. However, the church growth soon continued with Easter services now attended by over 10,000 people. A new Associate Pastor, Rev. Walter Rutland of Clearwater was introduced in 1953 and the annual budget had now grown to over $98,000 annually.

The parsonage located at 316 Villagrande Ave. was secured as part of a land exchange. At the start of 1956, the congregation looked forward to a $175,000 building expansion which would include an educational building and new centralized offices for the staff. Special fundraising was carried out, the funds raised and construction started. Membership was now over 2,000 people.

2019 – Corey A. Jones

2018 – Dan G. Johnson

2008 – Charles D. Reeb

2006 – James E. McWhinnie

1997 – Clifford V. Melvin

1988 – John A. Stroman

1976 – Edward W. Norman

1968 – Thomas C. Kelsey

1929 – J. Wallace Hamilton

1927 – E.L. David

1926 – J.E. Lewis

1925 – J.S. Lean

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