WHO ARE WE?
When you visit Tampa Covenant Church, you will notice two things right away. The first is that TCC consists of a group of people who truly love God. You’ll see it in our worship of our Lord, our dedication to His Word, and our willingness to give of ourselves in His service. You’ll also see something rare in our culture — a group of people who genuinely love each other with biblical, sacrificial, Christ-like, “I’m-always-there-for-you” love. Yet, it’s not our goal to keep this love within the confines of our four walls but to affect social healing and cultural renewal through the declaration and demonstration of God’s goodness and creativity.
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
The Essentials Of Our Faith
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these Essentials:
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
- Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
LEADERSHIP & STAFF
Born in London, England to West Indian missionaries. Mark has been a part of TCC since he was a teenager. Mark graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Baccalaureate in Religion and earned his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary. Further, Mark is a retired Senior Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force where he served 22 honorable years. His hobbies include being a cheerleader for his family, reading good books and listening to sermons from his favorite preachers. Mark is married to Aida and they have three adult children, an awesome son-in-law and two wonderful grandsons.
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Lou Kaloger has served as a teaching elder at Tampa Covenant Church since 1987 and as a pastor since 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. In addition to his responsibilities at TCC, Lou teaches courses on the history and theology of religious imagery and architecture at Trinity College of Florida and a graduate course on contextualization, spirituality, and Christian worship at the Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. He is a second-career pastor after having served for 14 years as vice president of a Tampa advertising agency. Lou and Angela have been married since 1978. They have three wonderful daughters, two great son-in-laws, and four stinkin’ cute granddaughters.