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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Pastor Paul Campoli

As Pastor of the Sarasota Seventh-day Adventist church, I am pleased to welcome you to our church website. I believe it is not an accident that you found your way here. I trust you will find items and links that will be of help to you in your personal spiritual journey. If you have questions and/or comments, or simply would like to share a prayer request, please feel free to contact me personally or any of our pastoral ministry team. We welcome all inquiries and would be pleased to dialog on any topic you would like, believing that among the greatest compliment that could be given a person is that which was given by the Apostle Paul to the believers in Berea when he said, “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11, NKJV) 

If you are ever in the Sarasota area, I also would like to take the opportunity to personally invite you to join us for our weekly Saturday morning study time and/or worship service, or our Wednesday night Prayer meeting. The church address and meeting times can be found on the “Contact Us” page. See you soon.

Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Paul Campoli


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A Brief History Of Our Church 


The Sarasota Seventh-day Adventist Church had its beginning in 1908.  A company was formed and meetings were held in the home of John Bishop.  This home was located across the street from the John Ringling Towers Hotel.  Mr. Bishop was a fisherman by trade and was known around town as Captain Bishop.  

Around 1910 the Company moved to a building on what was then Fourth Street.  This became the first church.  This location is now approximately Orange and Ringling where a modern Attorney's building is located on the premises.  The parking lot to the rear of this current structure, is where the church building once stood. 


In June of 1924 Elder Russel held a tent meeting aided by Sister Graham as Bible Instructor.  In October of that year Sarasota voted to have a Church School, which opened a month later with 14 students enrolled.  Elder McCauley pitched a tent in 1926 and Elder J.R. Spangler was the evangelist in a successful tent crusade in 1947.  The tent was pitched on the what is now the Court House parking lot.  Elder Henry Carubba lead the music for that service.

From Fourth Street, the Church moved forward, with God's help, and in 1926 a Church was built at 1702 Laurel Street.  This building in still standing.


In April of 1970 Sarasota believers opened a new church building at 3101 Wilkinson, which would serve as the congregation’s home until 1990. This building is also still standing.

In the late 1980’s, the congregation decided to build a new complex on a piece of property located off of Clark Road east of I-75.  Groundbreaking at 5764 Churchill Downs Road was held on December 17, 1989 and the congregation began worshipping at the new location in the summer of 1990.

More than two dozen pastors have shepherded the Sarasota flock and today the Sarasota Seventh-day Adventist Church worships at the Churchill Downs location with more than 200 members. Three separate buildings provide ample facilities for classes, ministries, fellowship, and worship. The membership is actively involved with many ministries, including children's ministries, community outreach, and health seminars and activities.