Faith Lutheran Church of Punta Gorda History

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Faith Lutheran Church, located in Punta Gorda, Florida, was established by missionary Pastor David Lieske on October 1, 1972.  On that Sunday, he also baptized his daughter, Elizabeth Michelle.  He was later called as the resident senior Pastor.  The first services were conducted in the Board Room of the Port Charlotte County Board of Education on Education Avenue.  Later the services were moved into the Punta Gorda Junior High School located at the corner of Palm Drive and Rio Villa.  Faith Lutheran Church built its first permanent building and received its charter from Missouri Synod on March 17, 1973.

In May of 1976, Pastor Carl Geist became Pastor of the congregation and under his direction and other church leaders, an addition would be added.  The addition was dedicated in 1978 at 4005 Palm Drive.  In 1980, the church became self-supporting and burned its mortgage for the 3.3 acres it acquired just a few years prior.

Image of Faith Lutheran Church of Punta Gorda
Faith Lutheran Church of Punta Gorda
Trinity Tower at Faith Lutheran Church
Trinity Tower at Faith Lutheran Church

Due to the expansion of the community, a new sanctuary was built next to the original building with expanded parking.  The original church building seated 125 parishioners and the new building would seat 300.  The new building was dedicated on May 5, 1996.  The original church was remodeled to become the church office and parish hall.  During this time, Pastor Barr Chittick introduced the Saturday evening contemporary service.

August 13, 2004 brought disaster to the Punta Gorda region with Hurricane Charley.  The parish hall was destroyed and replaced with a new Zalman Hall on February 10, 2008.  Then on January 6, 2013 the church celebrated its 40th Anniversary Celebration followed a few weeks later with the Trinity Tower Dedicaton.  The tower is well known in the community for its awesome religious artwork with the picture of Christ and the phrase “Come unto Me”.  The tower was a project of love supported by Rev. Dana Narring.

The congregation has been blessed with the following servants of His Word: Rev. David Lieske 1972-76.  Rev. Carl Geist 1976-88, Rev. Paul Zalman 1988-96, Rev. Arnold Strohschein 1996-97, Rev. Barr Chittick 1997-2008, Rev. Dana Narring 2009-present.