OUR LEADERS

Bishop Charles D. Smith – Jurisdictional Bishop
Elder Charles Latham – Executive Officer
Vacant – Secretary
Minister India Rogers – Administrative Assistant
Minister Tabitha Hines – Administrative Assistant
Minister Shaneika Brinkley – Administrative Assistant
Minister Desiree Walker – Administrative Assistant
Elder Ruth Latham – Public Affairs Director
Elder Debbie Calix – Finance Director/Treasurer
Elder Donna Reed – Finance Secretary
Elder Treani Thompson – Missions Director
Minister Tyrone Brinkley – Minister of Music
Elder Bonita Russell – Usher Director
Elder Tony Sewell – Christian Education Superintendent
Elder Thomas Calix – Brotherhood Coordinator
Elder Paula Smith – Elect Ladies Coordinator
Minister Kourtney Littlejohn – Youth and Young Adult Coordinator
Elder Ruth Latham – Evangelistic Team Coordinator

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Elder Augustus Russell
Elder Paulette Harrison
Elder Tony Sewell
Elder Angela Jenkins
Elder Carlos Thompson
Elder Debbie Calix

DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS

Elder Augustus Russell – Tallahassee District
Elder Kenneth Elzy – Panama City District
Elder Carlos Thompson – Mississippi-Louisiana District
Elder Deborah Sewell – Tampa District
Vacant – Atlantic District

PASTORS

Elder Carlos Thompson - Christ the Redeemer
Elder Angela Jenkins - Emmanuel
Minister Christopher Mastin - Holy of Holies Tabernacle
Elder Tony Sewell - Lily of the Valley
Elder Deborah Sewell - Lily of the Valley
Elder Augustus Russell - New Covenant
Elder Paulette Harrison - Prince of Peace
Bishop Charles D. Smith - Promise
Elder Thomas Calix - Spirit of Christ

OUR VISION

To win as many people to Christ as possible through preaching the Gospel, opening their
eyes and turning them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God,
preparing them to meet Jesus when He returns. (Acts 26:18)

OUR MISSION

To go into all the world and preach the Gospel to everyone, baptizing them in the name
of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost that they might have eternal life. (Mark
16:15; Mat 28:19; John 3:15)

OUR HISTORY

The Gulf Coast Jurisdiction is part of The Church of the Living God International, Inc. a Pentecostal holiness ministry that includes churches in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.  In 1995, the churches in the Gulf Coast states were organized into the East Gulf Coast and West Gulf Coast Regions.  In 1998 the East Gulf Coast Regions was renamed the East Gulf Coast Jurisdiction under the leadership of Bishop Charles D. Smith.  In 2000, the East Gulf Coast and West Gulf Coast Jurisdictions were combined to establish the Gulf Coast Jurisdiction, with Bishop Smith still in leadership.

Currently there are five districts and eight churches in the Gulf Coast Jurisdiction (Tallahassee District, Panama City District, Mississippi-Louisiana District, Tampa District and the Atlantic District).  Christ the Redeemer, Gulfport, MS; Emmanuel, Panama City, FL; Holy of Holies Tabernacle, Holiday, FL; Lily of the Valley, Thonotosassa, FL; New Covenant, Montgomery, AL; Prince of Peace, Jacksonville, FL; Promise, Fort Walton Beach, FL; and Spirit of Christ, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

  • WE BELIEVE that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, infallible and inerrant in the original writings. 

  • WE BELIEVE there is only one Living and True God, Maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; and in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who was with God in the beginning, (John 1:1-2, 14); and in the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth which proceeds from the Father and Son and in equal with the Father and Son, (1 John 5:7) and is a gift to the believer. (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; John 15:26) 
  • WE BELIEVE in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and that He suffered, was crucified, died and buried.  The third day He arose again, He ascended into Heaven, and setteth on the right hand of the Father.  His return is imminent in order to judge the quick and dead. (Matthew 1:18-25; Acts 2:22-24, 30-32; Acts 7:55-56; Acts 1:11; Mark 16; Luke 24; Ephesians 1:20-23; Hebrews 1:3-4; II Thessalonians 1:7-10)
  • WE BELIEVE in the personality of Satan, adversary of God and man. (Genesis 3:1-5, 14-15; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-15; Matthew 4:1-11; II Corinthians 11:14; I Peter 5:8)
  • WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God and sinned, bringing death to all in his fall.  (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 5:12; I Corinthians 15:21-22)

  • WE BELIEVE there is only one Living and True God, Maker of Heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; and in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who was with God in the beginning, (John 1:1-2, 14); and in the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth which proceeds from the Father and Son and in equal with the Father and Son, (1 John 5:7) and is a gift to the believer. (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; John 15:26) 
  • WE BELIEVE in repentance from sin, in the atonement by the substitutionary death and shed blood of Jesus Christ for the propitiation of sins of the world. (Matthew 4:17; Luke 24:27; Romans 5:6-10; II Corinthians 5:15, 21; I Peter 1:18-19)

  • WE BELIEVE that salvation is by grace through personal faith in Jesus Christ, thereby experiencing the new birth. (Ephesians 2:8; John 3:1-17; John 1:11-13; I Peter 1:18-23)

  • WE BELIEVE in baptism by immersion in water. (Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:19; John 1:29-34; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38)

  • WE BELIEVE in sanctification and in the baptism, filling and indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the believer.  We believe in the operation of gifts of the Spirit in the church. (John 17:17-20; Ephesians 5:26; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12; I Peter 3:15; Acts 2:4; Acts 1:8; Acts 19:1-6; I Corinthians 12:13; I Corinthians 12:4-14, 40)

OUR MINISTRIES

MEN'S (BROTHERHOOD)
The purpose of the Brotherhood department is to aid in the development of men to be sober minded and become spiritual leaders in their households and the church. (Titus 2:2, 6-8; Ephesians 5:25-33; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:19, 21; I Timothy 5:8; I Peter 3:7)
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
The purpose of the Christian Education department is to aid in the instruction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (II Timothy 2:15; II Timothy 3:14-17)
WOMEN'S (ELECT LADIES)
The purpose of the Elect Ladies department is to aid in the development of women to be discreet, meek, chase, holy and live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. (Titus 2:3-5, Ephesians 5:22-24, 33; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 3:5; I Peter 3:1-6)
EVANGELISM
The purpose of the Evangelistic department is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, prefect the saints for the work of the ministry and edify the Body of Christ. (Mark 16:15-16; Ephesians 4:11-16; II Timothy 4:2, 5)
MISSIONS
The purpose of the Missionary department is to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need in the church and community and propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Romans 12:13; Acts 13:2-5; Luke 10:30-35)
USHER BOARD
The purpose of the Usher department is to keep the door and ensure order in the House of God. (I Chronicles 15:22-23; Psalms 84:10)
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
The purpose of the Youth and Young Adult department is to aid in development of young people in the Lord to be obedient and examples in the church and community. (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:20)
MUSIC
The purpose of the Music ministry is to help the people praise God in the beauty of His holiness under the anointing of the Holy Ghost and drive away evil spirits. (Psalms 150:1-6; I Samuel 16:23; II Chronicles 20:18-22)

OUR CHURCHES

CHRIST THE REDEEMER

318 Commerce St.

Gulfport, MS 39507

EMMANUEL

702 South Tyndall Parkway

Parker, FL 32404

HOLY OF HOLIES TABERNACLE

Holiday Tower

2439 US-19

Holiday, FL 34691

LILY OF THE VALLEY

9812 Harney Rd.

Thonotosassa, FL 33592

NEW COVENANT

1506 Madison Ave.

Montgomery, AL 36107

PRINCE OF PEACE

7614 Pritchard Rd.

Jacksonville, FL 32219

PROMISE

716 Edge St.

Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547

SPIRIT OF CHRIST

206 Jonquil Ave. NW

Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548