History & Beliefs

Our History

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) was born on March 20, 1983. That means we are now 35 years old. Actually, as churches go, that is fairly young. A group of 27 men and women, in what is now Peace River Presbytery, had a vision for a church in the southern part of Charlotte County. It was assumed that Punta Gorda’s expansion would happen in this area of the community and so plans were made to establish a reformed church here. The logo of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church was adopted by the Session on Sunday, August 28, 1983. It was designed to symbolize the background, meaning and mission of Burnt Store Presbyterian Church. Our first building was dedicated in 1985 with an educational facility to follow in 1988. In June of 1990, the Reverend Timothy Stewart was installed as our Pastor succeeding our organizing pastor, John Stump. Our current sanctuary hosted its first worship service on November 4, 2001. During our 35 year history, we have grown from the original 27 members to a worshiping community of several hundred today. Click here to read a news article about our 35th birthday celebration.

Our Beliefs

The Apostle's Creed–an historic expression of Christian faith–is a good summary of what we believe. We affirm a three-in-one understanding of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the inspiration and authority of the Bible. We affirm Jesus Christ's complete humanity and total deity, his virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension and promised return. We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith. We celebrate the sacraments of Baptism (infant and adult) and Communion. We believe the Church, created and commissioned by Jesus Christ is the only agent of change in the world. Trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the salvation of humanity, we believe we have been sent by him into a broken, hurting and sometimes hostile world as ambassadors of his grace and peace. 

Copyright 2018, Burnt Store Presbyterian Church (USA) of Punta Gorda, Florida, Inc.

11330 Burnt Store Road - Punta Gorda - Florida - 33955
Phone: (941) 639-0001     Fax: (941) 639-1069
Email: office@bspconline.org     Website: bspconline.org
Office Hours
Mon - Thurs 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  /  Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Services
Traditional: 8:15 AM & 11:00 AM, Contemporary: 9:40 AM