Our History

  West Gate Baptist Church is a pillar in the Town ‘n’ Country area of Tampa. West Gate was established in October of 1959, when Rev. Gerald Cheney had a dream to see a church started in the community that could eventually reach the world. Since 1959, West Gate Baptist Church has been through many changes, but the dream of Rev. Cheney has been unchanging and undimmed.In 1988, West Gate Baptist Church called Dr. Bruce Turner from Holbrook, Massachusetts, to be pastor. Pastor Turner was the longest serving pastor in West Gate history, faithfully serving for twenty-two years. During that time, West Gate experienced rapid expansion, including the founding of Florida Baptist College in 2005. In 2007, West Gate completed construction on an additional 10-acre campus which included a new 1,456-seat auditorium, college classrooms, administrative offices, nursery facilities, and much-needed parking.

  In 2010, Pastor Turner announced his retirement from the pastorate of West Gate Baptist Church. Upon this announcement, West Gate called George Pirt to become its new pastor. Pastor Pirt now continues West Gate’s fifty-year legacy of strong Bible preaching, soul-winning, and church planting.


Our Pastor

Pastor George Pirt grew up in Bushnell, Florida. As a child, he was brought to church through the bus ministry of St. Catherine Baptist Church of Bushnell. He was exposed to the Gospel and received Christ at a youth rally when he was thirteen years old. It was also at St. Catherine that he met his wife Michele. After graduating from high school, Pastor Pirt joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and honorably served from 1996 to 2000. He and Mrs. Pirt were married in September of 1997.

In 2000, Pastor Pirt returned to St. Catherine Baptist Church and served in various roles, helping the church to grow. In 2006, St. Catherine Baptist Church called this former bus kid to be the pastor. From 2006 to 2010, the church experienced great growth.

In March 2010, Pastor Pirt accepted the call to become the pastor of West Gate Baptist Church. Under his leadership, West Gate Baptist Church has seen tremendous growth in the Sunday schools as well as the bus ministry. Pastor Pirt has a strong desire to reach the Tampa Bay area, our country, and the world, for Jesus Christ. West Gate is blessed to have a pastor who continues West Gate’s tradition of Bible preaching, local church planting, and a love for souls.
George Pirt
Pastor of West Gate Baptist Church

Our Team

Michele Pirt
Church Secretary
Jewel Julian
Financial Secretary
Arlo Elam
Outreach Pastor
Mark Verceles
Assistant Pastor
FBC Vice President
Daniel Muriel
Youth Pastor / Music Director
Justin Raymond
Assistant Pastor
School Administrator
Benjamin Jackson
Assistant Pastor
FBC Dean of Students
Juan Alvarado
Assistant Pastor
Spanish Ministry
Hyundoe Kim
Children’s Pastor
Bro. Clayton
Bro. Phillips