What We Believe

The Gospel—God’s revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ—is at the center of our values.
Everything the church stands for grows out of the Gospel. This account of the redemption that was achieved by the life and work of Jesus Christ is the focal point of all Scripture and the reason for our hope. The Gospel must always be cherished and never neglected. When the Gospel bears fruit in us, we are conformed to the image of the central character of the Story—Jesus Christ.
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Leadership & Staff

Jerry Cisar Elder

Jerry has a strong passion for teaching and equipping Christians to influence the local community with the Gospel. Shortly after coming onto the pastoral team in 1999, Jerry took on primary responsibility for preaching and overall direction for the church. Supporting Jerry in his responsibilities is his wife Donna. Jerry and Donna have four children who are married: Stephanie, Lindsay, Carissa and Christian. They also have five grandchildren (and counting). Click here to visit Jerry’s blog “Devotional Thoughts from Jerry”.

Daryn Kinney Elder

Daryn joined the staff in June of 2004 after 5 years of full time ministry. Daryn’s responsibilities include preaching, worship, discipleship, pastoral care and oversight of various ministries. Encouraging Daryn in all of these areas and more are his wife Valerie and his sons Jude and Shay.


Steven Brunson Elder

Steven joined the pastoral team in January 2011. Steven came on staff with many years of pastoral care and ministry experience. His primary areas of responsibility include pastoral care, Biblical counseling, visitation, administration and oversight of GCCC Ministry Teams. Steven is supported by his wife Pam. Together they have three children: Ranae, Maria and Joshua.


Luan Nguyen Elder

Luan and his family started attending GCCC in 2004. He has served as a pastor vocationally since 1997 in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Florida and now leads the GCCC Riverview / Brandon church plant. He is a graduate of Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN (M.Div., 2002). Luan has been married to his wife Teresa for 18 years and has two teenage children, Hannah and Alexander.


Vance Whitaker Elder
Dave Wilson Elder

Dave and his wife Susan moved their family to St. Petersburg in 1992 as part of the team that started Gulf Coast Community Church. They have four children: Luke, Zack, Ben and Leah. In addition to serving the church as an elder and community group leader, Dave is a freelance marketing communications professional.



Pete Mishler Elder
Pete and his wife Denise joined Gulf Coast Community Church in 1999 and have lead a Community Group and served the church in a number of other ways for most of the time since then. They have three married daughters, a son and twelve grand children.
Brian Eide Elder

Brian and his wife Anne moved their family to St. Petersburg in 2005.  They have five children:  Jeffery, Jonathan, Joshua, Elijah, and Benjamin.  In addition to serving the church as an elder and community group leader, Brian is the chair of the Bible Department at Northside Christian School.


Ryan Carver Director of COMission and Student Ministries

Ryan oversees Campus Outreach Mission (COMission), our outreach to college students at USF St Pete. Ryan’s passion for evangelism serves the entire church. Ryan also serves our parent and student ministry leading the 8th – 12th graders and their parents in corporate meetings and discipleship groups.


LaDonna Taylor Financial Records/Administrative Assistant

LaDonna’s main responsibility is financial records and bookkeeping. She oversees Jerry’s administrative needs and assists in administration details throughout the church as needed.


Allison Stonecipher Administrative Assistant

Allison’s main responsibilities are administration and hospitality. She greets all who interact with the church office and assists in administrative details throughout the church as needed.