About Us

Pastor John shares his weekly sermon that complements the welcoming and lively feel of the Bay Point Church band. We know you will love his messages and we hope you come back to join the Bay Point family!

Mission

To get and make disciples that transform the world.

Vision

To create irresistible churches that everyone enjoys.

Worship

We believe the Bible, composed of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired word of God. Bring your family and come worship with us to hear God’s word. Our contemporary services will move you!

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Church History

Watercolor paining of Bay Point Church exterior

Church History as told in, For Love of God, The First 100 Years plus Twenty-Five by Dorothy A. Carpenter

The church was founded in 1868 by Jesse Knight, a pioneer and early settler in Nokomis, FL. He paved the way for the longevity of the church through his teaching of Christ to his family and residents, his gift of land for a church and school in the community and his craftsman skills to help build the church-school with his hands. The church was destroyed in the 1926 Florida hurricane, but was rebuilt and has since underwent expansion, remodeling and improvement.

100 years later the church became known as the Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church and remains a historical fixture for people to worship, further their spiritual journey and join a welcoming community.

Celebrating 150+ years, Bay Point Church is believed to be the oldest religious organization in the territory and community. John Guerre became pastor of the church in 2015 and brings joy, laughter and a passion to connect with the church community through his weekly messages and sermon addresses.

We hope you can join us for a Sunday service! Contact us today and let us know you’re coming. We can’t wait to meet you!

Join Our Church

Sundays at 9:00 am – now open  in the church Sanctuary

Leaders

Pastor John Guerre

John Guerre

Pastor

“There is no greater thrill in my life than to build a biblically balanced, fully functional missional community. This is my calling and I love every minute of it!”

Pastor John gave his life to Christ as a 10-year-old in a new church that was meeting Sunday nights in a firehall. This was his call into ministry, although it was a few years after that he grasped this message from the Lord. He grew up in the Pittsburgh area as a lover of all of its sports teams, especially the Steelers and Penguins.  

With a vision to build a biblically balanced, fully functional, missional community that equips the saints, wins the lost, and changes the world, John joined Bay Point as Pastor in 2015. John’s pastoral strategy consists of these guiding principles that, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, will carry out his vision: 

  • Biblical preaching and teaching of the “full counsel of God—in season and out of season” 
  • Develop the behaviors of a “Level 5” leader: 
    • Share an inspired vision
    • Model the way
    • Challenge the status quo 
    • Enable others to act 
    • Encourage the heart

Pastoral service brings extreme joy to Pastor John, and Bay Point members feel his joy and passion through his sermons and messages. Delivered in a meaningful yet fun and joyous manner, Pastor John delivers the word of the Bible and enables the growth of the church of Jesus Christ. Join Pastor John at his next service; you’ll have some fun! 

Sheri

Sheri D’Avello

Family Life Coordinator

“Everyone will want to choose Bay Point for its warm, caring atmosphere. Come and grow with us!”

Sheri is proud to serve Bay Point Church and the church community as the Family Life Coordinator. Growing the church ministries brings her joy and her continuous learning of what the Bible teaches is how Sheri stays connected to her lifelong friends. If you are new to the Bay Point Church or Nokomis community, whether visiting for the winter season or a full-time resident, Sheri will make you feel at home here at Bay Point. Sheri is proud to support the church’s community outreach programs like the recent food drives and building children, youth and senior ministries that bring people to Christ.

Kelly sings

Kelly Monville

Worship and Music Director

“You are not alone in your walk with the Lord! We are a welcoming church for everyone as we learn more about God’s love for us.”

You can find Kelly on stage as the band leads the contemporary church services. Her passion for sharing the Lord’s message through music and prayer is evident in her voice and her ability to foster and grow relationships across Bay Point Church families. Kelly also leads the church community efforts including local food drives, a weekly young women’s small group, the Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child and leads devotions for Upward Soccer League for children ages 3 years old to 5th grade. She is inspired by the weekly messages and has an open heart upheld by the presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Sheri

Joan Sauer

Business Manager

“Bay Point messages give me hope that through a relationship with God, we can grow and learn together how God destined us to be!”

Joan is a friendly, personable member of the Bay Point office staff and she is always eager to welcome members to the church. The warm, caring and friendly nature of the church starts with its representatives. Joan is a leading example of how a faith and Jesus-based life can be fulfilling! Joan enjoys the church small groups, Bible studies and outreach. She takes pride in her work and building relationships with members and staff through Jesus Christ. Come say hi to Joan!

Doug and Damaris Heinlein

Children (Damaris) and Senior High (Doug) Leaders

“We are excited with joining the Bay Point Church Family and have great expectations of what God will do through us here.”

Charles Douglas (Doug) Heinlein grew up in Sarasota Florida. Ruth Damaris Heinlein (Damaris) grew up in Guatemala City Guatemala in Central America. We presently reside in Sarasota Florida. We have 4 children, three of which live in Sarasota, and 8 grandchildren all of which reside in Sarasota.

Our ministry includes 6 years in Guatemala as missionaries, 7 years in youth ministry, and fourteen years in children’s ministry.

We are both are accomplished musicians. Damaris plays the guitar and has preformed with a band that traveled presenting the gospel. Douglas plays the saxophone among other wood winds and has received formal training as a clown.

We are excited with joining the Bay Point Church Family and have great expectations of what God will do through us here.

Kathy Avens

Middle School Youth Leader

“God has blessed me with amazing opportunities to minister to kids and teens, and I am grateful He has led me to Bay Point. Let HIS work begin!”

Kathy has been prepared for youth ministry from a young age by feeling the Spirit of God laying the foundation for this life-long journey. She has been a leader in youth ministry for 25 years, starting her calling at a Baptist Church. Kathy’s passion comes from her love to be silly, energetic, and a great role model for youth. She especially loves to teach the Word of God and shares it with the lives of youth by teaching them how to use it in their daily life. Kathy grew up in a Catholic family in a little town Linden, New Jersey. She became a resident of Sarasota, FL in 2015 and currently resides in Venice with her family.