Our Story

How it all started...

In May of 1970, a group began meeting for worship in the Livestock Auction Barn on Hwy. 92 in Seffner “to comply with God’s command and our Lord’s example by meeting on the Lord’s Day for the purpose of studying the Bible and worshiping God.” Shortly thereafter, they began renting the 7th Day Adventist Church to meet for worship. In 1972, the current property on Lumsden Road was purchased. Over the next two years the present sanctuary was constructed by the members themselves, and in January of 1974 the congregation began worshiping in the new building. Along the way, this group began calling themselves the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brandon, Florida.
In 1987 the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brandon joined a young Presbyterian denomination: the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Since they were no longer “independent” they changed the name of the church to Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Presbyterian Church in America denomination began in 1973 in order to be “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission.” To learn more about the PCA, visit their website: pcanet.org.

Expanding the vision...

Over the years our congregation has started ministries that reach beyond the bounds of our property and into the community. In 1978 the Meals-on-Wheels program came to Brandon and Westminster stepped up to prepare meals every Monday for the shut-ins in the area. For over 45 years, and continuing in the present, we have faithfully prepared and delivered meals on Monday mornings for those who might not have a meal or human contact on that day. Currently we prepare between 90-100 meals each week.
In 1988, as a ministry to young parents in our community, we started the Westminster Academy Preschool. Our preschool offers a Mother’s Day Out program for parents who need to make appointments, run errands, or would like their children one and two years of age to enjoy time spent playing with other children in a safe environment. We also offer classes for 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s. The 4-year-old classes are a part of the Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) program.
Our congregation planted a new church in the inner city of Tampa in 2018. The name of the fledgling church was Christ Satisfies Presbyterian Church. At the time, North 29th Street and East Lake Avenue in the College Hill neighborhood of Tampa was known as one of the most dangerous areas in the city. We planted the congregation within half a block of that corner to reach out to that community. The College Hill community welcomed our outreach. Sadly, with the onset of Covid-19 in 2020, the meeting place was overtaken by the homeless in the area, so the city erected a fence around it, putting it off-limits to everyone. We had to discontinue the church plant, but Pastor Jimbo Mullen, who planted the church, continues weekly to reach out to the community and meets with those who were attending the church plant.
Pastor Jimbo is an Assistant Pastor of Evangelism at Westminster. He is also the Director of Christ Satisfies Ministries, which is a ministry of our congregation. Christ Satisfies Ministries (CSM) is a ministry of the gospel to the inner city poor and to the inmates in the area jails. As the church plant shut down, Pastor Jimbo put more focus toward the jails. Currently, in addition to his weekly outreach in College Hill and Nebraska Avenue in Tampa, he is in the South County Jail in Polk County on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. On Wednesday Pastor Jimbo is in the Zephyrhills Jail. Typically, he has between 20-30 inmates in each of his classes.

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