Who We Are
While living in Jacksonville, Florida, during a time of prayer, Pastor Tim McClure Sr., knew it was time to begin his preordained work for the Lord. In his mind, he heard God’s voice declare, “go to Melbourne.” Tim argued, “Lord, I want to do your will, but I really don’t want to go to Australia!”
After sharing his dilemma with his current Pastor and mentor, Wil Cohron, Pastor Cohron shared his knowledge of a town in Florida called Melbourne. After only a couple weekend visits, Tim and Jenny felt this was home. Melbourne is where they would spend the rest of their lives, serving God. In 1980, Bible Truth Church was established. Pastor Tim McClure Sr., his wife Jenny, and two children, Chanda and Tim Jr., worked collectively in ministry.
In 2001, after a new structure was completed, the church was renamed PromiseLand. This transition stemmed from Pastor Tim’s idea that every life has a distinct purpose; this belief fueled all his efforts. He passionately studied Jesus’ example “to seek and to save the lost.” He often proclaimed that his purpose was to change the moral climate of this city, one person at a time.
Tim McClure Sr. ministered to PromiseLand Church and the local community for 33 years. Countless lives have been positively impacted due to Tim McClure Sr. obedience to the voice of God. Upon his untimely death, his son, Tim McClure Jr., became lead Pastor, allowing his legacy to continue.
PromiseLand’s mission remains the same: to transform our community and the world through the power and love of Jesus Christ. We achieve our mission through unity and by living our values “love, serve, and grow.”
At PromiseLand Church, our beliefs originate from the Bible. Our beliefs are essential to our congregation as they influence the perspective of yourself, the world, and God. Additionally, our beliefs can impact your outlook on circumstance, values, and God’s role.
We believe the Bible is given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, infallible, and God’s revealed word to man (Ps 68:11; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21).
We believe that Scripture teaches that there is only one true God who has manifested Himself as Father in creation, Son in redemption, and Holy Spirit in regeneration (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Col 2:9).
We believe that mankind is born sinful and in need of salvation (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:29; John 6:44; Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 2:14).
We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ that He is the Son of God and the son of man. He came to save man from the condemnation of sin by giving his life and offering His blood as an atonement, making it available to all who exercise faith in Him (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential (Luke 7:50, 24:47; Romans 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling enables the Christian to live an overcoming life (Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12, 13; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 John 2:29).
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is given to believers who ask for it (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:4).
We believe in water baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Matt 3:15, Matt. 28:19, Rom 6:3, 1 Peter 3:21).
We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and all who believe in Jesus (Matthew 24:31-46; Acts 24:15; Revelation 22:11).
We believe in the personal appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 John 3:2).
We believe in miracles and healing for the human body in answer to faithful prayer (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Mark 16:18; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24).
We believe that discipleship teaching and training through preaching and teaching God’s word is essential for a believer to sustain and maintain a successful growing life in Christ (John 8:31; 2 Tim 2:15; Heb 4:12; Col 1:23; 1 Tim 4:16; 2 Tim 3:14-17).
We believe We believe the Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. The Church is committed to the teachings of Christ and obedience to all His commands. It seeks to bring the Gospel to its community and the world. The Church works together in love and unity through the power of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
At PromiseLand Church, our code defines who we are and is vital to our congregation. It guides us towards our mission, influences major leadership decisions, and inspires everyday ministry plans. We also utilize our code to help navigate staffing and budgeting issues. In essence, our code keeps us focused on the unique calling God has given PromiseLand as a local church.
- Bible – We filter everything we do through the Bible; it’s about kingdom first
(Matt 4:4; 2 Tim 3:16; Isaiah 55:11; Pro 30:5; Deut 4:2; Ps 119:105; John 17:17; Eph 5:25-26).
- Community – We honor one another to glorify God; it’s about valuing people
(Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14; Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47).
- Discipleship – Jesus is the center; it’s about integrated priorities
(Matthew 28:19-20; Eph 4:11-17; Matthew 5:14-15; John 13:34-35).
- Relevance – We understand our surroundings; it’s about integrity and character
(1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 2 Tim 3:16-17).
- Entrepreneurship/Innovation – We are contributors, not consumers; it’s about taking action
(Matthew 25:14-30; Proverbs 8:12).
- Excellence – We can do more by doing less; it’s about focused excellence
(Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14, Proverbs 27:17; 2 Tim 2:15; Proverbs 22:29).
- Growth – We don’t maintain, we multiply; it’s about ongoing growth
(Eph 4:15; 3 John 1:2; 1 Peter 2:2; Hosea 4:6)
- Transformation – We believe big and start small; it’s about active faith
(Matthew 5:13-16; Luke 4:18; Acts 9:32-43).
- Servitude – We decrease so that Christ may increase; it’s about the needs of others
(John 3:30; Luke 22:27; Philippians 2:1-30; 1 Corinthians 12).
- Stewardship – We think inside the box; it’s about embracing our limitations and relying on His power
(Ps 24:1-6; Matthew 28:18-20; I Cor 10:26; I Cor 4:1-2; Matt 25:14-30).