On June 23, 1974, First Christian Church of Tarpon Springs met for the very first time in the First Federal Saving and Loan Association in downtown Tarpon Springs; 12 people became “charter members.” The vision of the church was to reach people for Christ in north Pinellas and west Pasco counties as well as support domestic ministries and international missions.
The First Minister
Bob Allen, along with his wife Carolyn, was called to serve as the first senior minister in 1975. On the church’s first anniversary, the congregation received a donation of five acres of land on Keystone Road and was able to build and occupy the first building by January of 1977.
The First Missionary
God blessed the church. It grew. More land was donated. Classrooms were built and more staff was hired. The church sent out her first homegrown missionaries, Jeff and Patty Greene, to Mexico. Tom Phelps, and his wife Rosalie, were called as the second senior minister (1982-1987).
Rob Clark, and his wife Cherie, served as senior minister from 1987 – 2001. During these years, the Worship Center and Family Life Center were built and staff were hired in Administration, Children's Ministry, Christian Education, Facilities, Student Ministry, Worship, and Women’s Ministry. Between the explosive population growth of north Pinellas and west Pasco counties and the Pinellas county plans to widen Keystone, the Elders began to pray and plan for a full-campus relocation in Trinity, Florida just four miles from the Keystone location. The Trinity property purchase began in 2001.
The Move to Trinity
Greg Johnson, and his wife Becky, accepted the call of lead pastor of the congregation (2002 - 2017). Construction began on the Trinity property in 2007 and a new church name was chosen that would intentionally represent the many generations of people who gathered to worship, grow, and serve together. Generations Christian Church moved to Trinity in August of 2009. These years were marked by spiritual and numerical growth. Thousands were baptized and connected into GROW groups. GCC clarified and honed her mission of connecting people to Christ both locally and globally. Outreach into the community and short-term trips to the nations became a reality.
The First Multi-Site
Generations Christian Church launched her first multi-site campus in Spring Hill, FL on September 25, 2016! The Trinity and Spring Hill campuses share one vision, mission, strategy, ministry model, budget, leadership, and governing board of Elders. Simply put, we are one church in different locations.
Connecting People to Christ
Today, Generations Christian Church in Trinity, Florida continues to fulfill her mission of connecting people to Christ in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Hernando Counties as well as through internet broadcasting and strategic local, domestic, and international partnerships.
Pastor Johnny Scott, and his wife, Jen, were called to GCC in the summer of 2017. Pastor Scott began as lead pastor on October 1. The Scott family is eager to get connected at GCC and continue the mission of connecting people to Christ.