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First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda

Our History

Here we will tell the story of the beginnings of our church and how we became what we are today.


In 1895, the First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda was established based on the signatures of 16 individuals, meeting on Sundays on the second floor over a bakery on Marion Avenue, now the site of the City Hall parking lot. In 1900, construction for a new church began on property originally purchased from Mrs. Issac Trabue. A few years later, Mrs. Trabue donated additional land, used as a parking lot. In 1937, the lot north of the church was donated by Col. and Mrs. A. B. Tucker, which enabled the church to add an educational annex to the structure.
Extensive damage to the church occurred in 1960 from the forces of Hurricane Donna and then from a fire during the restoration period. It was then decided to build a new church, an A-frame sanctuary.

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the church in 1995 a special Capital campaign was established to further enhance the church. An addition was made creating a new entrance with a bell tower, steeple and prayer garden. In 1999, a committee was formed to renovate the educational wing and church office. At the start of the year 2000 a successful campaign was instituted to continue with the renovation plans in the sanctuary. As membership grew, and the special programs and missions of the church increased, so did the need and desire to expand the church building capacity.

With the strong demonstration of faith and support from the church congregation and with the dedicated services of the pastor, growth continued in the new millennium. On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley destroyed the sanctuary and badly damaged the remainder of the buildings. On Easter Sunday of 2005, the congregation voted to sell the property on Harvey Street and purchase 4.6 acres of property that was the former Italian-American Club, located at 25250 Airport Road. After renovating the existing building, the congregation worshipped for the first time in their new building on March 19, 2006. On February 28, 2013, FPCPG embarked on a new journey leaving the Presbyterian Church (USA) and joining the new denomination A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). ECO is a more Biblically-based denomination that was formed in January 2012. 


First Presbyterian Church 
25250 Airport Road 
Punta Gorda, FL 33950