Palm Vista Community Church

Who We Are

Connect. Grow. Go.

Our Distinctives:

At Palm Vista we love the Bible and are ultimately submitted to it in all things. Although labels can be misunderstood, a few of the distinguishing characteristics that define our church is that we are 1. A Christian church. 2. An evangelical church. 3. An essentially reformed church. 4. A charismatic / continuationist church.

What exactly does all that mean? Below is a brief explanation:

1. A Christian Church
While this may seem evident, we want to affirm that we are indeed a church that believes the Bible and is in line with the historic Christian faith that was "once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). We are “in Christ” and gather together as a local expression of His body.

2. An Evangelical Church
By evangelical we mean that we treasure the Bible as God’s very Word and, therefore, as our final authority in all matters of life and doctrine. We also mean that we love the gospel, or good news, of Jesus Christ and see it as the central and saving message of the Scriptures.

3. An Essentially Reformed Church
By essentially reformed we mean that we embrace the general tenets of Reformed Theology. We love God’s sovereignty in all things, especially in our salvation, and His power to keep us to the end! However, we by no means minimize our responsibility to pursue holiness and live lives that please God.

4. A Charismatic / Continuationist Church
By charismatic or continuationist we mean that we believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is actively at work building and maturing His Church by glorifying Jesus Christ and giving gifts to each member of His body. We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture are still given to believers today and are to be pursued and used in love to bring God glory and bless His church.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 10:30am - Service

What to Expect

What are services like?
What to Expect: A friendly environment: Hospitality and relationships are important to us. You will find joyful people who want to meet and serve you. A diverse church: You'll see people of all ages and many different cultures and backgrounds. It's the gospel of Jesus Christ that makes us one family. A relaxed atmosphere: You'll notice that some people will dress up and others will dress casually. Come as you are and feel free to wear what's comfortable to you. You will fit right in. A place for the whole family: We have a children's ministry for ages 6 months through 10 years of age which takes place simultaneous to our adult service. We also provide simultaneous translation for all friends and family who would feel more comfortable in Spanish. A one and a half hour Sunday service: We begin our service with 20-25 minutes of worship in song – mostly contemporary, lyrically rich songs and hymns. After a brief time of announcements, we will preach from a specific book of the Bible for 40 minutes, followed by a response time through song and/or prayer. We begin at 10:30am and conclude by 12:00pm. A guest reception: At the conclusion of the service, we will host a brief, informal guest reception where you can meet our pastors, find out more information about our church, and receive a small gift. It’s our way of saying thank you for joining us.

What is the community like?
We are a multi-generational, multi-ethnic community of Christ-loving people. We hope to be a people who love God and love people. Who are submitted to the Bible in all things and seek to live out our faith on a daily basis.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Any and all people are welcome in our church. Our desire is that you would encounter Jesus Christ through our preaching, singing, community groups and conversations with our members. We would love to take the time to get to know you and tell you more about this God and Savior that we worship.


Al Pino

Al Pino

Al was raised in Miami, born to Cuban parents. After graduating from the University of Florida he spent four years in the army where God made it clear he was to give his life to full-time ministry. (This would just be a more accurate time sequence instead of the other way around) He served on the staff of Christ for the Nations in Dallas for seven years and is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. After pastoring a church in Atlanta for two years, he was equipped to start a church in south Florida. In November of 1996, Al fulfilled his dream to return to Miami and plant Palm Vista Community Church, where he now serves as lead pastor. Al loves cheering for the Florida Gators and reading up on war history, but more importantly he loves His Savior and he loves people. This same love has led Al into strategic relationships with pastors in many Latin American countries.

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