Florida - Panama City



Emerald Coast Leadership College "cohort," located in Panama City, Florida, operates in partnership with SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary to enhance the distance education that SUM provides. SUM is a fully accredited Bible College that is training men and women to proclaim Christ throughout the cities of our world! At the Emerald Coast Leadership College cohort you will be able to gather with like-minded SUM students in a dynamic classroom environment while fulfilling the SUM experiential ministry and spiritual training requirements via the practical hands-on ministry training and transformational mentorship provided by Emerald Coast Leadership College.

Visionary Leadership

Pastor Phil Edwards


Cohort Advisor

Ben Pitman


Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Ben is forging tracks into Panama City, Florida. Since leaving a promising teaching career in Australia to pursue a life in ministry, Ben has graduated from Summit International School of Ministry (2011) to come on staff at First Assembly as the Young Adult Director and Cohort Advisor for Emerald Coast Leadership College.

He is excited to see what God will do in him through ECLC as he is driven by God to see the church become unified, to develop strong, godly leaders and to make disciples that will be answer their call. ECLC provides an awesome vehicle to do just this! Recently engaged, Ben is looking forward to marrying fiancé Brooke Edwards in January.


First Assembly 
1701 N. East Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405

Phone: 850-769-3558
Website: www.firstassemblypc.org