The Peninsular Florida District Council (PenFlorida) serves the peninsula of Florida from the Suwanee River to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Georgia border to Key West. PenFlorida also serves churches in the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
The district is just one of many districts of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. PenFlorida is home to over 300 churches and over 1300 ministers.
Vision and Mission
To serve ministers, missionaries, and members for Christ
The Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God is a Pentecostal agency of worship, evangelism, fellowship and discipleship.
The Peninsular Florida District Council exists to:
The District leadership is comprised of elected executive officers and elected presbyters.
- District Superintendent
- District Assistant Superintendent
- District Secretary
- District Treasurer
All executives hold office for 4 years. One executive officer is elected during the annually held District Council.
The district presbytery is a spiritual body that provides a prayerful, faith-filled covering for all facets of work and ministry in the district. The district presbytery provides visionary leadership to the district executives and ministers through:
- writing and enforcing policy;
- providing oversight of budgetary and administrative issues;
- making final decisions on matters of ministerial credentials and discipline;
- approving new church starts and missionary appointments; and,
- reviewing departmental reports.
What We Believe
These are nonnegotiable tenets of faith to which all Assemblies of God churches adhere. This list is derived from the official Statement of Fundamental Truths. Click links below to see the complete original statement with scriptures.
- WE BELIEVE... and declare His design and plan for mankind.The Scriptures are Inspired by God
- WE BELIEVE...–revealed in three persons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).There is only One True God
- WE BELIEVE...In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son Jesus was both human and divine.
- WE BELIEVE...though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
- WE BELIEVE... (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation'
- WE BELIEVE...and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.
- WE BELIEVE...the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
- WE BELIEVE... The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
- WE BELIEVE...Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
- WE BELIEVE...The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
- WE BELIEVE...A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the body of believers–the Church and to Meet human need with ministries of love and compassion.
- WE BELIEVE...Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
- WE BELIEVE...in The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
- WE BELIEVE...in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.
- WE BELIEVE...A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
- WE BELIEVE...and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. 'And so shall we forever be with the Lord!'
The Assemblies of God is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, as well as the fastest growing. The Assemblies of God has roots in the religious revival of the late 1800s. Many Christians in the United States and other parts of the world felt the need for more of God's power. In response, the Holy Spirit came on large numbers of them as it did in the book of Acts.
The beginning of the modern Pentecostal movement is generally traced to prayer meetings at First Assembly Bible College in Topeka, Kansas on January 1, 1901. Revival spread to Missouri and Texas and then to California. A three-year revival meeting at the Azusa Street Mission (pictured) in Los Angeles attracted believers from across the nation and overseas. This served as a springboard to send the Pentecostal message around the world. Today, the General Council of the Assemblies of God recognizes fifty-eight distinct districts.
The Peninsular Florida District Council was formed in 1925, when the Southeastern district was disbanded and replaced by several new districts following state lines in the region. In 1929, the state of Florida was broken into two districts: the South Florida district and the West Florida district. District archives indicate that 28 churches and missions were members of the district at that time. In 1961, the South Florida District was renamed "Peninsular Florida" due to the fact that more than half the district was geographically located in the northern half of the peninsula. In 1974, the largest church in the district was Miami Central Bible Church with an average Sunday school attendance of 950. In 1980, First Assembly of God in Lakeland was the first congregation to show an average Sunday worship attendance of more than 1,000.
Fourteen superintendents have served the district from Jepthat Webb to Terry Raburn. Howard S. Bush led the district from 1942-1960. During his tenure, Southeastern Bible College was moved to Lakeland, and a new campus was constructed on Lake Bonny in conjunction with the district offices. Superintendent Bush left the office when he was elected to serve as the assistant superintendent of The General Council of the Assemblies of God. J. Foy Johnson was elected district superintendent in 1966 and led the district until 1990. He built a new district office on Lake Parker. In addition, he provided oversight to the construction of two camp facilities: Camp Alafia and Masterpiece Gardens. Under his anointed leadership, the district experienced dramatic growth in the numbers of ministers, churches and adherents. The present superintendent, Terry Raburn, was elected in 1996.
Currently, the district has 350 churches with congregations in the Virgin Islands, 1,300 credentialed ministers, and more than 94,000 members and adherents from the Suwannee River to Key West.