Glad Tidings Tabernacle was planted in the 1930’s and has enjoyed unbroken service to the community of faith and the wider community of Key West, Florida. Many things have changed over the years, but our beliefs and mission remain the same.
Our Mission Statement: “To bring people to Jesus Christ and membership in His family, develop them to Christ maturity, equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission to the world in order to magnify God’s name.”
- Two years after the fellowship’s founding, the pioneers of the Assemblies of God adopted 16 beliefs for the Fellowship, which remains virtually unchanged. Find these 16 beliefs in our “Statement of Fundamental Truths.“
Four of these beliefs are considered the core beliefs of the Fellowship. You may hear them referred to as our cardinal doctrines. They weave in and through all the teaching, music, preaching, discussions everything we do. The Church’s message revolves around these four defining beliefs.
Salvation Through Jesus Christ – Salvation is deliverance from spiritual death and enslavement by sin. God provides salvation for all who believe and accept His free offer of forgiveness. Mankind’s only hope of redemption from the fallen sinful state is through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son’s blood that was shed as Jesus died on the cross. The account of the crucifixion of Jesus is recounted by four of His contemporaries: Matthew (chapter 27), Mark (chapter 15), Luke (chapter 23), and John (chapter 19). (Luke 24:47; John 3:3,16,17; Rom. 8:16; 10:13-15;)
Divine Healing – Divine Healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:16,17; James 5:14-16)
Baptism in the Holy Spirit – All believers are entitled to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and therefore should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian church. With the experience comes the provision of power for victorious Christian living and productive service. It also provides believers with specific spiritual gifts for more effective ministry. The baptism of Christians in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by the initial physical sign of speaking in other tongues (unlearned languages) as the Spirit of God gives them audible expression. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 2:4; 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; 1 Cor. 12:1-31)
The Second Coming of Christ – Christians who have died will one day rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air. Christians who have not yet died will be raptured or caught up with them, to be with the Lord. Then Christians of all ages will live with God forever. The scriptural truth of the Lord’s soon return is “the blessed hope”. (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:13)
Jonathan Carey is Lead Pastor of Glad Tidings Tabernacle. Through his unique and practical preaching and teaching styles, coaching and gifts of leadership, Jonathan encourages people to live out GTT mission of equipping, encouraging, and empowering others through a live-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the author of several books and currently serves as the Caribbean Metropolitan Bishop for Global United Fellowship (GUF). Jonathan enjoys writing and quality time with his wife, Shena. Jonathan and Shena are parents of three adult children, Jonathan. Stephen, and Joyanne. They have two daughter-in laws, Sherry and Violet, and four grandchildren.