4124 Taylor Road

Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

History of First Christian Church of Punta Gorda


On July 17, 1975, an advertisement appeared in the Punta Gorda paper that read: 


"Christian Church in Punta Gorda? It is apparent that there is a need for a New Testament Christian Church in the Punta Gorda area. If you are interested in helping in this adventure, call 639 4539."... and so it began.  The advertisement was published by Bob and Norma Henry. The initial Bible Study and Services were held at their home.


In January of 1976, Harry Thomas and Virgil Felton presented the messages. Then an article appeared in the Herald on March 13, 1976 that read:


"Church Formed: The formal organization of a congregation to be known as The First Christian Church of Punta Gorda will take place during the morning Worship services on March 14, 1976 at the community Building in the Municipal Trailer Park as temporary quarters."


The church attendance grew over the next few years lead by Joe Douthett. The ground

breaking for the new church home, where it is presently located, was on September 9, 1979. The land was donated by Curtis and Thelma Duncan. The new building would consist of a sanctuary for seating 280; with four classrooms, a kitchen, a minister's office, a baptistery, and restrooms. Services were first held in the new building September 28, 1980. Church dedication was held Sunday, December 7, 1980.


Dwight Elam preached his trial sermon on January 16, 2005. The congregation voted and Dwight answered the call to serve. Dwight's first Sunday, as our Minister, was May 29, 2005; along with his loving wife Becky as the "co-pilot" in service to our Lord.