About Us

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Our Story

It’s not supposed to be this way.
Have you ever felt that about the world?
About your life?  So have we, and we believe God feels the same.  We believe that the world as it is now is not how God intended it to be.  Sin has fractured the beauty of God’s world and brought darkness into every facet of creation.
But it doesn’t have to stay this way.
Through His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, made a way for humanity to be reconciled to God and for the world to be healed of its brokenness.  The full restoration will be completed when Jesus returns, but in the meantime, He’s called His people to partner with Him in building His Kingdom in powerful ways.

Mission / Vision

Outpost Church exists to help people say yes to Jesus so they can flourish for the glory of God.

Our vision is to see people and places all over the world become “outposts” of the Kingdom of God.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

“What you BELIEVE drives how you BEHAVE.” –Pastor Phillip

The Core Beliefs of outpostChurch are not simply facts we accept with our minds, but truths we embrace with our lives.  They give shape to our walk with Jesus and clarity to our theological positions, and while we seek harmony with all people in love, we stand by these beliefs as true and unwavering.  This is not an exhaustive list of everything we believe, nor a full list of all of the Scriptures that support these beliefs.  Rather, these are the essentials, the starting place from which we build.

7 CORE BELIEFS
 
  • God is One God in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  (Genesis 1:26;  Matthew 28:19-20;  Luke 3:21-22)
     
  • God the Father loves all people and desires relationship with them through Jesus Christ.  (1 Timothy 2:3-6)
     
  • Jesus is God and the only source of salvation and eternal life.  (John 10:30-33;  John 14:6-11)
     
  • The Holy Spirit works transformation and miracles in and through the lives of followers of Christ.  (John 14:12-17)
     
  • The Bible is true, inspired by God, foundational to our faith, and authoritative for our lives.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
     
  • Salvation is a free gift from God that comes to those who respond to the Gospel by turning towards God and away from sin, not through self-effort, but by trusting Jesus as Savior and surrendering to Him as Lord.  (Mark 1:15;  Ephesians 2:8-9)
     
  • The Church is God’s plan to show His glory to the world by reconciling people to Himself through the sharing and showing of the Gospel.  (2 Corinthians 5:17-19;  Eph. 3:20-21)
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
 
One of the most loved and widely-used distillations of the Christian faith, the Apostles’ Creed has been used by followers of Jesus for centuries as a concise, yet comprehensive statement of the basic foundations of what we believe.
 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.  

On the third day He rose again;

He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and
He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic* Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
 
Amen.
 
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* In this context, “catholic” refers to the whole Body of Christ throughout the world and all time, not necessarily the Roman Catholic Church.

DISTINCTIVE POSITIONS

• MIRACULOUS GIFTS are for today, and are given at the Holy Spirit’s sole discretion for the glorification of Jesus and the building up of the Church.

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• DIVINE HEALING is something God loves to do and often does. It is accomplished through the Holy Spirit and empowered by our faith, but it is ultimately at God’s discretion and is not always guaranteed.

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• SPEAKING IN TONGUES is a spiritual gift given to God’s people as the Holy Spirit so chooses, and is helpful for increasing our faith and building up the Church. It is neither a guarantee to all followers of Jesus, nor a sign of baptism in the Holy Spirit, nor a sign of spiritual maturity. When practiced privately it is beneficial for individuals, and when practiced publicly, it must be accompanied by another person’s Spirit-empowered interpretation, and must be done “decently and in order.”

• MEN AND WOMEN are equally loved and valued by God, equally gifted by the Holy Spirit, and equally needed in the Church and society. They are also different in wiring and function, and are designed to complement one another in a way that mirrors Christ’s relationship with His Church. As such, both men and women can and should teach and lead in all capacities in the Church, except for the office of Elder/Senior Pastor, which should be held by a qualified man.

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• SEX is a good gift given by God for enjoyment and the procreation of humankind. Because of its incredible power to both bond and break, God’s design is for it to be expressed only within the context of a covenant marriage between a man and a woman. All forms of expression outside of this should be repented of and avoided, including pornography, fornication, homosexuality, polygamy, incest, and bestiality.

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• ALCOHOL is a gift of God (Psalm 104:14-15) to be enjoyed in moderation, and may be used wisely, never in excess. Drunkenness is a sin and should be avoided, as is behaving in any way that causes someone else to “stumble.” As such, it should be avoided in contexts where it would be a hardship or offense to someone else. (Romans 14:21-22)

OUR TEAM

Phillip and Heather Gonzales

Lead Pastor / Pastor’s Wife

As the son of a pastor, Phillip has always answered questions about following in Dad’s footsteps with, “If God calls I’ll go, but we’ll see…” When he sensed “the call”, though, he was ready to go.  

Serving in many different ministry roles has provided a broad perspective on the Kingdom of God, and whether speaking, leading worship, writing or helping empower others for ministry, he dives in headfirst.

Heather loves to paint, sing, play flute, and take care of their son Bradley and daughter Elendra.

Clayton Miller

Treasurer / Finance Director
Clayton Miller is a member of Outpost Church and has attended since its first meeting.  He is a retired professional engineer with fifty years experience in private consulting and government service as a civil engineer and business manager.  He is happily married to Gwen and they have eight children in six states.
 
Clayton has engineering degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska and a Masters degree from Harvard University. He has lived in Fort Myers for 22 years.  Florida is the seventh state he has called home.