Our first meeting was in Al and Desi Pino's living room in 1997! Five years later, Corey Schmatjen moved to Miami to join the team as a second pastor.
God has used Palm Vista to bring many to saving faith in Jesus Christ, and to train leaders for gospel ministry in South Florida and beyond.
In a Nutshell
Labels can be misunderstood, but here are a few of our distinguishing characteristics:
1. A Christian Church
We believe the Bible and are in line with the historic Christian faith that was "once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). We are “in Christ” and gather together as a local expression of His body.
2. An Evangelical Church
We treasure the Bible as God’s very Word and, therefore, as our final authority in all matters of life and doctrine. We also love the gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ and see it as the central and saving message of the Scriptures.
3. An Essentially Reformed Church
We embrace the general tenets of Reformed Theology. We love God’s sovereignty in all things, especially in our salvation, and His power to keep us to the end! However, we by no means minimize our responsibility to pursue holiness and live lives that please God.
4. A Continuationist Church
We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is actively at work building and maturing His Church by glorifying Jesus Christ and giving gifts to each member of His body. We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture are still given to believers today and are to be pursued and used in love to bring God glory and bless His Church.