Our Mission

Suncoast Baptist Church exists to be used by God to see lives changed by lovingly leading people to become fully-devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.

Family

We want you and your family to feel at home. Whether you’re single, married, with kids, or without; we have something for everyone! Our church is a place where kids, teens and adults can connect with God, learn to love like Jesus, and make a difference in the world.

Joshua 24:15

...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Community

Our church is comprised of people in this very community. Our kids go to the same schools. Our families play in the same parks. We understand many of the challenges you face because we are right there with you. The culture at Fellowship is one of friends working together as a team to serve through the varied talents that God has given each individual.

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

World

We understand that the world could be a better place. Trouble and heartache has plagued mankind for generations. But we believe we can help and make a difference. Why? Because God has made such a difference in our lives through the power of the Gospel, we can’t help but share it with other people.

1 Peter 3:15

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Our Beliefs

God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God and infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90); that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

The Church

We believe that a New Testament church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures (I Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9); we believe the true mission of the church is found in the “Great Commission” which instructs us first, to make individual disciples (Matt 28:19,20); second, to baptize the converts; and third, to teach and instruct as He commanded. 

 

Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ, eternal with the Father, was begotten of the Holy Ghost; that He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person was ever born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (I John 1:1,2).  He is both true man, one person with two natures, tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin (Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 4:14-17).

 

The Bible

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men and supernaturally inspired; that it is truth without any error; and therefore is and shall remain the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (II Tim 3:16; I Peter 1:21). 

Baptism

We believe that baptism is the immersion in water of a born-again believer to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, as it pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Matt 28:19,20).

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; eternal and equal with God the Father and God the Son (I John 5:7); that He was active in the creation (Genesis 1:2);  that in the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness of the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, bears witness with, sanctifies, and helps the believer (John 14:7; Romans 8:14-27). 

 

Salvation

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker,  but  by  voluntary  transgression,  he fell from his sinless state (Genesis 3), in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners and therefore under just condemnation and are guilty before God (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3). We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the Son of God who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is the new creation in Jesus Christ (John 3:3,5); that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8,9).

 


Loving God. Loving People.

Our Leaders


Pastor Eric

Pastor Eric McConnell

Senior Pastor

Pastor Eric has been at Suncoast Baptist Church since 2013. His desire is to see others impacted with the life-transforming power of the Gospel, and he has a passion to preach God’s Word in a way that communicates biblical truth in a practical way.

Eric is a graduate of Trinity Baptist College and Piedmont International University, and he is currently pursuing a PhD in Old Testament. Eric and his wife Rebecca have two children, Eric Jr. and Elisabeth. When spending time as a family, they enjoy watching Michigan football, playing Monopoly Deal, and movie nights with popcorn, Sour Patch Kids, and SURGE soda.


Ashley Cox

Ashley Cox

Children’s Ministry Director

Ashley Cox has been the Director of our Children’s ministries here at Suncoast Baptist Church since July 2013. Her position includes the coordination of class materials, curriculum, and schedules for all regular children’s classes age 0-12. She works very hard to ensure that all of the classes held during service times are safe and inviting for both the parent and the child. Make sure you come by with your children and find out how to get involved!

Ashley graduated from Liberty University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries. The fall after graduating from college, Ashley spent a year working with Mission Year, a non-profit organization in inner-city Philadelphia, which gave her the opportunity to work with children and families.

Ashley married Michael in February of 2015, and they have enjoyed navigating ministry and married life since then.

Want to worship with us?

We would love to have you come worship with us this coming Sunday!
The Bible Fellowship hour begins at 9:15 AM, and offers classes for all ages, including multiple adult classes. Our morning worship service begins at 10:30 AM, and it features blended worship music and practical teaching from the Word of God.