St. Philip the Apostle Mission

Tampa, Florida

St. Philip the Apostle Mission

Founded 2005

Diocese: Diocese of the South

Deanery: Central Florida Deanery


9100 El Portal Dr
Tampa, Florida 33604-1258

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Office: 813-933-9807

Parish Contacts

Home: 813-933-9807


General Location
We are centrally located in Tampa; two blocks south of Busch Blvd, just off North Blvd at 9100 El Portal Dr.  We are 4 miles from the University of South Florida and 3 miles west of Busch Gardens.

Once on Busch Blvd, use the directions below.  Because of expanded parking for our neighbor, the North Branch Library, El Portal is no longer accessible directly from North Blvd.

From I-275
Take the Busch Blvd exit and turn right at the bottom of the ramp.  Go west to the 2nd intersection, which is North Blvd.  (Sign will read “N Boulevard”, and Chamberlain High School is on the right).  Turn left (south) onto North Blvd.  Make the first right onto W. Humphrey.  Make the next right onto N Edison.  One block later Edison makes a T intersection with El Portal Dr.  The church is visible on the right, and guests may park on the street.

Schedule of Services

All Liturgies and services are in English.  Inquirers and visitors are always welcome as our guests.  As St. Philip said to St. Nathanael, “Come and see.”

6:00 PM Great Vespers followed by Confessions.
Saturday Evening

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

7:00 PM Vespers followed by Bible Study.
Wednesday Evening

For a complete list of upcoming services, please visit the Monthly Calendar on the parish website.

Parish Background

At the 2005 All American Council, His Eminence Archbishop Dmitri, Archbishop of Dallas and the Diocese of the South, gave his blessing for the planting of a mission in Tampa, Florida.  He also blessed the mission’s selection of St. Philip the Apostle as its heavenly namesake

By the grace of God a 3600 square foot existing church building, on an acre of land, was purchased at the beginning of October.  Through a combination of trades people and the labors of a small but dedicated group of mission members a proper Orthodox temple was created and the social hall painted and updated.  The first Divine Liturgy was celebrated on November 6, 2005.

Fr. Joseph is the priest in charge of the mission.  He is also chaplain to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at the University of South Florida.