About Genesis Church
About Genesis Church
4070 Mission Road
Tallahassee, FL, 32303
9:29 A.M. and 11:01 A.M.
Students and Connect @7 P.M.
gGroups and gSchool meet at other times and locations during the week.
A Brief History
A Brief History
Genesis Church began with a small core group of eight people when God called the Hunters, Pastor Scott and his brother Brian, to move from Cincinnati, Ohio with a vision to create an exciting and innovative church in Tallahassee. Our former denomination gave us a small building on the eastern edge of the city. For six months, the core group planned and organized a church committed to reaching unchurched people in a relevant and relational way.
During this big-faith, risk-taking time, a core planning team grew to almost forty by word of mouth as we prepared for our opening day on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003.
After months of hard work, diligent prayer and strategic preparation, as well as an extensive marketing campaign, we opened our doors to the public not knowing what to expect.
Opening day was a great success with more than 220 people attending two services! Even more importantly were the eight people who accepted Christ and set the stage for a church designed for unbelievers and believers alike! Our core group immediately grew to more than 150 throughout the summer of 2003, and the church grew in surges during the next two years. By our third year anniversary, more than 1000 people attended our Easter celebration at Leon High School in downtown Tallahassee.
After serving in the church in roles as Families Pastor, Media-Arts Pastor and as Graphic Designer/Marketer, Pastor Scott assumed the Lead Pastor role in year 9 of the church! Our vision and passion for our city, our country and our world are bigger and stronger than ever as we live out our mission to know Christ and make Him known. Genesis is in year 15 and is still one of the most welcoming, friendly, diverse and non-judgmental environments around. We still have a heart to be a real church for real people! Come and experience Genesis at 9:29 & 11:01 this Sunday.
Scott is husband to his lovely wife Tabitha and dad to his wonderful daughters, Adison and Ella. He became Lead Pastor of Genesis Church in January 2013, but has been a driving force in forming and developing the church since it began over a decade ago. Scott has worn many hats in the church and helped develop many of the functioning ministries in existence today. His passion is to reach the lost in compassionate, caring and creative ways. He helped start Genesis with his older brother in this journey. His heart is not just for his city, but for the nation and the world. He knows the best is yet to come!
Adam has been on stage since the age of 5, and led music in his first church at age 15. He is married to Kiona, and they are both Preachers Kids! They have 14 children (yes, that is for real!). Adam and his family have been in Florida since 1999, and have been at Genesis since November 2016.
When he isn't singing, arranging, working with the worship team, or doing graphics and social media, Adam enjoys working on their 27 acre farm, and riding his tractor!
Rachel was born and raised here in Tallahassee and graduated from Flagler College with degrees in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education. She and her husband, Michael, along with their two beautiful kids, Lily and Wyatt, have been attending Genesis Church since 2009. Rachel joined the Genesis Church staff in February of 2015 as the Genesis Kids and Special Needs Director. She is a die-hard FSU fan and enjoys attending home football games. Rachel sleeps with a stuffed fish named Ethel that she has had since childhood.
More info about Pastor Josh Coming Soon
Jo'Toria is a native of Tallahassee. She has been a member of Genesis since 2015. She attended TCC, FSU and FAMU, where she received her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Jo'Toria enjoys spending time with her family & friends, reading, outdoor activities, arts & crafts and music. Every time she hears music, she has this uncontrollable urge to dance or sing,one of her nicknames in high school band was "do a lil dance".
Sandie is married to her best friend, Tom and has four incredible children: Andre, Sammie, Bailey and Faith. She grew up in the midwest, but Tallahassee has been home for 23 years. She has a degree in Exceptional Student Education and worked as a special educator for many years. Sandie and Tom also served as Medical Foster Parents, where they met and adopted two of their children. She mercilessly mocks her husband for loving science fiction and all things nerdy, but secretly she loves it, too.
Jennifer has been married to Lawrence for over 20 years. They enjoy spending time cheering on their daughter Emily at clogging competitions and Alex at the baseball fields. Jennifer and her family have been attending and volunteering at Genesis Church since 2008 and she has been on staff since January 2015. When she was 14, she could not have a pet so she bought a hamster and hid it in her closet for a month before her mother found out!
Michelle has been attending Genesis Church since 2008 and has been on staff since February 2017. She has been married to her husband Piney for over 25 years and has 2 amazing children, Brandon and Leilani. In her spare time she loves watching her daughter perform and spending time with friends and family. Michelle is terrified of everything that crawls except babies and dogs!
What We Believe
What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26,27 , 3:22 ; Psalm 90:2 ; Matthew 28:19 ; 1 Peter 1:2 ; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King. (Matthew 1:22-23 ; Isaiah 9:6 ; John 1:1-5 , 14:10-30 ; Hebrews 4:14-15 ; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ; Romans 1:3-4 ; Acts 1:9-11 ; 1 Timothy 6:14-15 ; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. We believe in the post-salvation experience of Spirit Baptism which is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit enables us. We believe the church should operate in the fullness of the Spirit as the first century church did in the book of Acts. (Acts 1:8; 2, 4, 8, 10, 19; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Galatians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error. (2 Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5)
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:2, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1, 10:9-10)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)
In Non-Essential Beliefs, we have liberty. Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters…Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls…So then each of us will give an account of himself to God..So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)
In All our Beliefs, we show the love of God. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (I Corinthians 13:2)
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