“WE EXIST To see Jesus change lives
and reach the world.”


VISION | Where We’re Going

The vision of New City Church is to see Jesus change lives and reach the world (John 20:21, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, 2 Corinthians 3:18).


STRATEGY | How We Get There

The strategy to see Jesus change lives and reach the world will happen through A.I.M.

  • Authentic Relationships - We believe that life change happens through authentic relationships with Jesus and through biblical community with each other. We pray that those who are a part of the New City Church family will find and experience these life-changing relationships.

  • Intentional Discipleship - We believes that a church is a movement, and movements move.  In order to reach the world with the Gospel, multiplication is essential to the mission of God. We are devoted to multiplying disciples, leaders, groups, and churches all over the world, starting in Tampa Bay.

  • Missional Urgency - We seek to see lives all over the world changed by the good news of Christ. We believe this happens through missional urgency.



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We hope that the people of New City Church will live sent lives to the familiar, the unfamiliar, and to the overlooked.

The Familiar

  • Families and Neighbors

  • Vocation and Education

  • Friends, Sports, Hobbies, Entertainment, and Activities

The Unfamiliar

  • Different Languages

  • Different Races

  • Different Religions

  • Different Lifestyles

The Overlooked

  • The Poor

  • The Orphan

  • The Widow

  • The Unwed Mother

  • The Refugee

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A Place of Need

• Tampa Bay Population: 3.1 million
• 55K people moved to Tampa Bay in 2017
• Expecting over 200K people in the next few years
• One of the fastest growing metro areas in the US – top 10 in 2017
• Out of the 51 Major Metro Areas in the US, Tampa Bay is ranking 50/51 in worship attendance
• 35% of people in Tampa Bay metro area would consider themselves religious, where the national average is 49%

A Place for Our Strategy

From day one, the desire to plant a church has come from a burden to reach the nations. Tampa Bay is a major metro area with a global influence and a global reach through business, education, technology, research, healthcare, and more. The metro area of Tampa Bay tends to attract traditionally mobile people such as college students, young professionals, and retirees that can be mobilized for short-term, mid-term, and long-term missions to plant churches in un-engaged and un-reached people groups of the world.


College Students

  • University of South Florida (40K+ students; one of the top universities in Florida)

  • University of Tampa

  • Hillsborough Community College


Young Professionals

  • According to Forbes, Tampa is one of the most popular areas in the US for millennials.

  • Tampa is one of the best places in Florida for millennials to find a job.



  • The Tampa Bay area is considered one of America’s best places to retire.


Meet the Hovis Family

Eric and Kelly are both North Carolina natives. They graduated from NC State University and got married in July of 2009. Then, Eric attended Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary where he completed his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministries. Eric served for over ten years in student ministry through Young Life and on staff at Providence Baptist Church. He also has spent over nine years in the business world. Eric, Kelly, and their one year old at the time, Addie, served in Almaty, Kazakhstan for a year and since then, have had two more children: Stockton and Millie. After returning from Kazakhstan, the Hovis family served at Mercy Hill Church where Eric was on staff under Pastor Andrew Hopper. Eric has a great passion for preaching the word of God, and both Eric and Kelly have a burden for the unreached around the world.