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Who We Are


Hyde Park United Methodist Church is a warm-hearted, open-minded, Christ-centered congregation in Tampa, Florida, living out our mission to Make God’s Love Real in our own congregation, our community and the world.

Our Mission: Making God’s Love Real

To Make God’s Love Real, teaching others to follow Jesus by loving God and loving all.

Our Vision

People will be connected into loving community, transformed to be more like Jesus, and equipped to teach others how to live life as God intends.


We are a diverse body of believers, united by our beliefs. We welcome all to experience God’s love and grace, to learn and grow with us on the Discipleship Pathway.

Hyde Park United Methodist is one church with two locations.

Our historic Hyde Park campus dates to 1899, with traditional Sanctuary and Chapel alongside contemporary and modern worship and active ministries engaging adults and children, and reaching out to our community and world.

At our downtown location, The Portico, a creative new faith community is emerging centered on conversation, connection and community change, and emphasizing arts, serving and missional engagement with its neighbors. Sunday evening worship services began September 2016 at The Portico.

Our Core Values

Christ Centered

Committed to the life, words, way, and Spirit of Jesus, and passionate about inviting others to experience him.

Biblically Rooted

Grounded in a faithful study of the Bible, both privately and in small groups.

Warm Hearted

Welcoming and expressing love to all people, and seeing the image of Jesus in others as God’s children, regardless of differences.

Open Minded

Engaging a variety of perspectives while affirming each other’s worth and humanity; seeing the truth that the Spirit offers in people as we search, think, question, and honestly express our growing experience of the faith.

Mission Directed

Called to serve others, bringing hope and healing to others near and far, by making a difference for God’s kingdom on earth.

Connection Committed

Passionately welcoming others into an experience of God’s love, and connecting to each other in faithful community.

We believe

… in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We affirm that God is known and experienced as the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

… that Jesus is the incarnation, the very embodiment of God’s loving presence and power. We maintain that Christ is both fully human and fully divine. We affirm Christ’s saving work on the cross and that through his life, death and resurrection, “God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

… the Holy Spirit works within personal experience and in the life of the Christian community to make God’s redemptive love a tangible reality in our lives and in the world.

… the Bible is God’s written word that reveals the character of God. We believe that it contains the truth about God, about life, and about the relationship between God and all of creation.

… that Grace is the undeserved, unearned, unrepayable gift of the God who loves us enough to meet us where we are, but loves us too much to leave us there. Grace is the love of God at work within us to transform each of our lives into a unique expression of the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ, so that we become participants in God’s transformation of the world.

… that the church is called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. It is the body of Christ which worships, serves, and lives the life of faith together. The church is the community that is called to live now as if God’s future has already come.

… that the kingdom of God is both a present reality and a future hope. God’s kingdom is breaking in upon the world bringing peace and justice, compassion and hope, and the fulfillment of all God’s purposes. Wherever God’s power is, there too is God’s Kingdom.

United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. No matter how or where we serve Jesus Christ, we do God’s work in a unique structure — referred to as “the connection.” Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. No one congregation can do all these ministries, but together — through the power of our connection — we can make a tremendous difference.