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from our pastor

If my years in pastoral ministry have taught me anything, it’s that people visit churches for a lot of different reasons. 

At Nature Coast, we want to welcome all of our guests warmly and thoroughly. Whatever your background and whatever your motivation for stopping by, we’re ready for you. 
Some of our guests are going through a difficult time and desire the warm, loving support that a Christ-centered church provides.
Others are seeking a congregation where the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached, where the grace of God is experienced and expressed in community.
Many are seeking a place for their children to establish and grow in the faith.Some have been hurt by the church in the past and are showing up one last time, hoping for something better.
Others are curious about life’s perplexities and how the Christian message speaks to them.
The list goes on and on…
Whatever your reason for being a guest of Nature Coast Church, I want you to know that you are welcome here with us! We are excited to have you join us!
Finally, if you have any questions about Nature Coast Church, please feel free to drop me a note. I’d be more than happy to help you, or point you to someone who can.
We can’t wait to see you!

Pastor Brad Bresson

Our Vision and Core Values

We make a big deal about Jesus

Nature Coast Church is a place for all people, regardless of where you might find yourself on your faith journey. We desire to be a place where you can bring your friends. If you are spiritually skeptical, curious about Christianity, giving the church one last try, or a committed follower of Jesus Christ, we make room for you wherever you are in your process.

Relational

Christ’s Grace removes the need to always be right.

Fearless

Even in our world of uncertainty, we can bring healing into darkness because we are being healed and loved by the perfect Father.

Seen

God sees the whole of our story, so we see the whole of each others stories.

Forgiven

Because we are forgiven, we are free to be relational, fearless, and seen.

Our Beliefs

Nature Coast Church wholeheartedly embraces the historic Christian faith expressed in all the ecumenical creeds of the universal church (e.g., the Apostles and Nicene Creeds). 

Grace-driven Community

The good news (gospel) of Jesus Christ is the power behind changed lives which means our growing faith in the what Jesus has already done our service will be motivated out of brokenness and love rather than fear.

Redemptive Community

The transforming grace of Christ compels us to redeem the dark places of our community and bring healing to fractured souls.

Lamb-led Community

We desire to lead in a way that reveals Christ’s grace as more real than our competency.

We are humbled to be participants in Christ’s larger church.

In the essentials, unity; in the non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.

Who We Are

Discover Nature Coast

Finding your way in a new church family can be difficult. New faces. New places. New gatherings and opportunities. Where should you get started? Great question!

At Nature Coast, the answer is something we call Discover Nature Coast. The class is offered as a two-session format multiple times a year.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the life and heartbeat of Nature Coast Church! A time of informative discussion and Q & A’s with Pastor Brad and other ministry leaders to the ‘Heartbeat’ of NCC.

Sessions

Session 1 – Our History, Identity, & Vision
Session 2 – Our Core Values / Beliefs

membership

Does Discover Nature Coast equip me for membership at Nature Coast Church?

Yes! Completing the sessions of Discover Nature Coast equips guests to make a decision regarding church membership, but does not obligate them to join. For those led to join Nature Coast Church, we will schedule you a Q&A meeting with individuals from the Nature Coast Team.

If you have questions about Discover Nature Coast please contact the Nature Coast Church office @ 352-628-6222 to get more details.

*The next dates for Discover Nature Coast are TBD.

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is worship like?

Worship at Nature Coast Church is God-centered. 

Sunday morning services include passionate music, scripture readings, confessions, prayers and relevant, Christ-centered preaching. 

Sunday morning worship at Nature Coast is a time for us to gather as one family to bring praise to God and to build up the body of Christ. The songs are led by a modern worship band and include a mixture of new music and hymns. On occasion, soloists and choirs help to lead in song as well, but worship at Nature Coast is always a participation activity.

What about my kids?

We want your children to experience and express the gospel of Jesus Christ through several Sunday morning gatherings specifically for them.

Nursery (From birth to 3-years-old)

We have a safe, fun nursery for children from birth through age 2 during all worship services and Sunday School. Located to your left, when entering the building. A thorough nursery check-in/check-out procedure helps insure security. Please let our nursery volunteers know if your child has any special needs/allergies.

Coasters Children’s Church (Pre-K – Kindergarten)

We offer classes for pre-K children during all worship services and during our Sunday School hour. This group is invited up to the front of the church for a short children’s message, and then dismissed to their classroom. Please come pick-up your children following the service.

Compass Children’s Church (1st – 5th grade)

Although children are always welcome to attend the duration of worship with their parents, we offer children’s worship service for kids (1st -5th grade) during our 10:00AM worship service. Children are dismissed to their classroom following a brief children’s message.

Anchor Youth Group (6th – 12th grade)

Anchor Youth Group meets during Sunday service. The youth is dismissed to gather together and worship after the children’s message. Anchor Youth also meets Sunday evenings at Nature Coast Church from 6:00PM-7:30PM.

What should I wear?

Nature Coast Church strives toward an atmosphere of warm, authentic community anchored in God’s gracious love and acceptance. 

As such, we care much more about you than your wardrobe or fashion sense. We have a wide diversity of dress among our members and friends. Some dress very casually. Others dress “business casual.” Still others wear their “Sunday best.” Our pastors mix it up Sunday to Sunday, too. Dress as you feel comfortable. We’re just honored to have you as our guest!

More questions?

No problem! If you still have questions for us, please contact our office at office.naturecoast@gmail.com

We are so happy to have you join us! 

Our Team & Leadership

Staff

Ala Vaughan

Ala Vaughan

Finance Coordinator / Soul Care Team

Allie Olmstead

Allie Olmstead

Music Director / Student Ministries Director

Brad Bresson

Brad Bresson

Pastor Senior

Mariana McNally

Mariana McNally

Director of Connections

Our Team & Leadership

Elder

Dennis McNally

Dennis McNally

Elder

Fran Howard

Fran Howard

Elder

Ron Vaughan

Ron Vaughan

Elder / Soul Care Team

Our Team & Leadership

Deacon Team

Amber Litle

Amber Litle

Deacon Team / Soul Care Team

Amy Rise

Amy Rise

Deacon of Children and Families / Soul Care Team

Dennis Blauer

Dennis Blauer

Deacon Team / Deacon of Compassion

Joe Kostansek

Joe Kostansek

Deacon of Facility & Maintenance

Peggy Bertalomi

Peggy Bertalomi

Deacon of Soul Care

Our Team & Leadership

Soul Care Team

Ala Vaughan

Ala Vaughan

Finance Coordinator / Soul Care Team

Don MaGee

Don MaGee

Soul Care Team

Lynn Bresson

Lynn Bresson

Soul Care Team

Amber Litle

Amber Litle

Deacon Team / Soul Care Team

Judy McNally

Judy McNally

Soul Care Team

Peggy Bertalomi

Peggy Bertalomi

Deacon of Soul Care

Amy Rise

Amy Rise

Deacon of Children and Families / Soul Care

Kim McGovern

Kim McGovern

Soul Care Team

Ron Vaughan

Ron Vaughan

Elder / Soul Care Team

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