Encounter Church provides a warm, loving environment were you can encounter God, discover your purpose, and experience what it means to be "In Christ" and a part of the church family. We are a new church launched out of CJ McBride Ministries looking to expand and reach the lost in our city, state, nation, and across the world. We have a worship service at 9:00am & 6:00pm every Sunday, and a bible study every Wednesday at 7:00pm. Visit our ministry page to learn more about what we do!
Meet Our Pastors
Senior Pastors Gary and Jo Ann Porter
Senior Pastors Gary & Jo Ann bring almost 40 years of ministry experience to Encounter Church. They have served under Pastor CJ & GiGi the last 9 years as leaders and Care & Conect Pastors at Abiding Love in Foley, AL. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
The first step to getting connected at Encounter Church is simply to attend service. Come as you are, there is no dress code. Our services typically last 1 hour and 15 to 30 minutes. We try not to go over in order to be respectful of your time, however if service does last longer we understand if you must leave. We have a nursery for newborns to 18 months. We are working on establishing a children's ministry, but for right now your young ones will have to accompany you to service.
Attend Ministry Groups
We are working on establishing different groups to minister to our church members. be sure to pick up a bulletin on your first visit to learn about what events are coming up. Attending these events will help you to meet people and build relationships within the church.
There are many opportunities to serve and as we continue to grow, so will those opportunities. Serving at your local church is a way to give of your time to God. You will find that it is one of the best ways to get connected. Here are examples of areas you can serve:
Media (Sound Booth, Camera, and more)
Worship Team (Auditions Required)
And much more!
Invite Someone Else
Once you feel you have found the were you fit, its time to share that experience in others. We want to grow as a church in order to reach more people for Christ. You have no way of knowing how many lives one simple invitation can change.
We are a loving church family where you can find acceptance, fellowship, and relationship. Pastor Gary's sermons are uplifting, challenging, and full of the Word of God. Come and discover your purpose with us!
7004 Pine Forest Rd
Pensacola, Florida 32526