Church Legal Center

St. Petersburg Florida 33713

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Contact Information

  • Company
  • Church Legal Center
  • Year Established
  • 1986
  • Location
  • 2429 Central Avenue
    Suite 207
    St. Petersburg, FL 33713
    United States

Company Details

  • Business, Commercial Lawyer
  • Personal Quote/motto:
  • Your Church's Partner for Legal Matters
  • Year Established
  • 1986
  • Hours of Operation
  • 9:00am -4:00pm
  • Accepted Forms of Payments
  • Credit Cards, Church Check or Cash
  • Credentials
  • Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq., CCA

    John Joseph is an ordained minister, attorney and Certified Church Business Administrator and Fellow in Church Business Administration with the National Association of Church Business Administration. He also holds a Cambridge Certificate in Risk Management for Churches and Schools from Cambridge University, England. As the founder and principal attorney at Church Legal Center in St. Petersburg, John serves churches, ministries and charities throughout the Tampa Bay area and across the state of Florida in areas such as church incorporation and dissolution, property and finance matters, employee relations and church governance.

    Education and Experience
    John completed his undergraduate studies at Stetson University in 1982 and earned his Juris Doctorate law degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Law in 1986. John has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1986 and is admitted to practice in every state court in the State of Florida.
    John currently serves as a Hearing Master for the City of St. Petersburg and a Hearing Officer for Pinellas County, Florida. In addition, John teaches Church Law and Administration for ordination candidates. John is an active speaker in Florida and is a contributing author for Enrichment Magazine, including a special two volume set on Church Management.

  • Honors & Awards
  • John was highly honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Golden Hammar Award, presented by Mr. Richard Hammar, J.D. CPA, “Honoring Those Who Have Exhibited A Mastery of Church Law and Administration.”

    John is a member of The Florida Bar and the St. Petersburg Bar Association. He has received the distinctive honor to have been appointed for three consecutive terms as a member of the Florida Bar Public Service Pre-Paid Legal Services Committee. John was appointed twice by the President of the Florida Bar as Chairman of the Committee.

More About Church Legal Center

For over 30 years, churches across the state of Florida have relied on church attorney, ordained minister, and certified church administrator Rev. John P. Joseph, Esq., CCA, to guide them through every aspect of a church’s legal existence, from incorporation to governance, employment, property and finances, and even dissolution, merger or consolidation. With his unique background and combination of disciplines, John is perfectly situated to understand how churches operate and function both as a ministerial body and as a legal entity incorporated under the laws of the state of Florida.

Church Legal Center provides comprehensive legal assistance to support churches in their mission. With the help of Church Legal Center, you can rest assured that your church is properly organized and operating in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, with special attention paid to your unique status and legal needs as a religious organization.

The law practice at Church Legal Center focuses on providing advice and representation to churches, ministries and charities of all denominations in the Tampa Bay Area and throughout the state of Florida. From Key West to Jacksonville, we have represented Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, Independents, and many other groups. Give us a call at 727-388-5097 or email us at so we can discuss the ways in which Church Legal Center can meet your legal needs.

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