About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Here's the deal, Tabernacle of God Church cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. TGC is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

OUR MISSION: We exist to raise, restore, renew, and release others into a new life in Jesus Christ.

OUR VISION: God wants to transform lives through your faith-filled love.


  • Character: How we walk makes a louder statement to those around us then how we talk. Application: Does my behavior match what I say I believe?
  • Unity: The power and presence of God’s love fosters the unity in our community. Application: Am I drawing bigger circles to include more people?
  • Excellence: We are committed to be 1% better today than we were yesterday, for the glory of God and for the good of others. Application: Am I seizing the 167 hours after the 1-hour weekly service?
  • Humble Service: Leaders are servers who live for others rather than themselves. Application: Did I make someone’s day better today?

Where we come from

TGC Church was started in 1988 by Senior Pastors Israel and Maria Sotolongo. Back then, this family imagined a church that was truly welcoming to everyone – where kids can grow to love church right alongside their parents, where each individual, unique as God created them can have a seat at the table and grow in God’s purpose for their life, regardless of personal history, family background, or ethnicity. TGC hosted its first gathering in a living room in Tampa, FL back in 1988. Since then, we’ve more than outgrown any living room, yet we still hold true to our commitment to welcoming anyone and loving everyone.

Where we're headed

The city of Tampa doesn’t exist to benefit our Church. Our Church exists to bless Tampa Bay. As we move forward as a church family, our goal is to never lose why we started this journey; to love God and people no matter their condition or status. We want to help people win and experience all that God has for them! This remains at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you’re always welcome at Tabernacle of God Church. We’re saving a seat for you. Wherever you’re at in your faith journey, you’ll always be accepted as part of the family. At TGC you have a place to belong, even before you believe or behave!

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