In 1895, the First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda was established based on the signatures of 16 individuals, meeting
on Sundays on the second floor over a bakery on Marion Avenue, now the site of the City Hall parking lot. In 1900, construction
for a new church began on property originally purchased from Mrs. Issac Trabue. A few years later, Mrs. Trabue donated additional
land, used as a parking lot. In 1937, the lot north of the church was donated by Col. and Mrs. A. B. Tucker, which enabled
the church to add an educational annex to the structure.
Extensive damage to the church occurred in 1960 from the forces
of Hurricane Donna and then from a fire during the restoration period. It was then decided to build a new church, an A-frame
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the church in 1995 a special Capital campaign was established
to further enhance the church. An addition was made creating a new entrance with a bell tower, steeple and prayer garden.
In 1999, a committee was formed to renovate the educational wing and church office. At the start of the year 2000 a successful
campaign was instituted to continue with the renovation plans in the sanctuary. As membership grew, and the special programs
and missions of the church increased, so did the need and desire to expand the church building capacity.
the strong demonstration of faith and support from the church congregation and with the dedicated services of the pastor,
growth continued in the new millennium. On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley destroyed the sanctuary and badly damaged the
remainder of the buildings. On Easter Sunday of 2005, the congregation voted to sell the property on Harvey Street and purchase
4.6 acres of property that was the former Italian-American Club, located at 25250 Airport Road. After renovating the existing
building, the congregation worshipped for the first time in their new building on March 19, 2006. On February 28, 2013, FPCPG
embarked on a new journey leaving the Presbyterian Church (USA) and joining the new denomination A Covenant Order of Evangelical
Presbyterians (ECO). ECO is a more Biblically-based denomination that was formed in January 2012.