This is who we are...
Our Mission is to have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ
and each other while we make Him known to the people around us.
Statement of Faith
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. It was uniquely, verbally, and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life in every age.
There is but one God, infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love, the Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each of whom possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
God created man in His own image—and man, as he was originally created, was innocent before God. But man chose to sin by disobeying God, and therefore was alienated from his Creator and came under divine condemnation. Thus all human beings are born with a corrupted nature and without spiritual life, and are totally incapable of pleasing God in and of themselves.
God the Father, by His own choice and out of love for sinful men and women, sent Jesus Christ into the world to reconcile sinners to Himself. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He was God in the flesh, both true God and true man.
Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily suffered and died as our substitute to pay the penalty for our sins, thus satisfying God’s justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He bodily ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, makes intercession for His own. He will return to earth personally, visibly, and bodily to judge all men and establish His kingdom.
Men and women are freed from the penalty for their sins not as a result, in whole, or in part of their own works, goodness, or religious ceremony, but by the undeserved favor of God alone. God declares righteous all who put their faith in Christ alone for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict men and women of their sins, and to impart new life to all who place their faith in Christ. He indwells believers from the moment of spiritual birth, seals them until the day of redemption, allots spiritual gifts to them for ministry, and empowers them to live a life pleasing to God.
All who are born again of the Spirit can, through the sure promises of God, be fully assured of eternal life from the very moment they put their faith in Christ. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but upon the finished work of Christ, who completely paid for their sins and upon the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, who is the deposit guaranteeing their inheritance.
The Resurrection of the Dead
At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his or her body to everlasting glory and blessing. At physical death, the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his or her body to everlasting suffering, judgment and condemnation.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Jesus Christ has instructed those who believe in Him to be baptized in water as a symbol of their new birth in Christ. Baptism is only for those who have personally believed in Christ. Our practice is to baptize by immersion. The Lord also instituted the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His suffering, death and resurrection. Neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper have any merit in helping a person obtain eternal life.
True prayer is what happens when our will is aligned with the will of God, and we pray accordingly. Prayer is our connection to heaven and heaven's connection to us. We believe we are completely dependent on God, and our commitment to prayer will decide whether we thrive or die as a local church. As someone has said, "Prayer is the breath of the newborn soul, and there can be no Christian life without it."
Marriage is an institution ordained by God. It is a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman and is the only Biblical context for sexual relationships and bearing children.
All true believers make up the church worldwide and should assemble together in local churches for worship, prayer, fellowship and teaching to become conformed to the image of Christ and to become equipped to carry out the “Great Commission” that Christ gave His followers in Matthew 28:19-20. Ultimately, Christians are meant to live not only in close relationship with Jesus Christ but also with fellow believers, encouraging and lifting one another up as brothers and sisters in God’s family. They are to look out not only for their own needs but also for the needs of each other and the people around them (Philippians 2:3-4).
Grace of God
God's grace through Jesus Christ is the basis and power, not only of our personal lives, but also of our ministry.
Commitment to God and His Word
Our aspiration is that our ministries will be marked by a wholehearted devotion to God, through prayer and by studying, obeying and teaching His Word.
The Great Commission
Our ultimate goal and mission is to reach the whole world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to make disciples of all the nations.
The local church is God's vehicle for accomplishing the Great Commission. The church is the place for winning people to Christ, building them to maturity, raising up leaders, and for preparing church planting teams to be sent out for the expansion of God's kingdom.
Each GCC church is led by a plurality of elders (pastors), men of Christ-like character trained within the church, who are servant-leaders devoted to prayer and the ministry of the word.
Love and Unity
We desire our ministry to be marked by a Christ-like, selfless love, loyalty, and unity with fellow believers.
Raising Godly Families
Strong families are the foundation for strong churches. Therefore we make it a priority to equip members and pastors in building their marriages and families.
Every Member A Minister
All Christians are empowered through the Holy Spirit to be workers in the church, not just the pastors. Therefore we seek to equip each member to utilize his/her spiritual gifts to serve others.
Originally from Chicago, Jeremy moved to the area after attending Moody Bible Institute and following God's calling to move near a rural University to raise his family. He and his family began attending in 2016 and Jeremy became full time pastor in 2017 and works diligently with the College Group at Graceland University. He likes a good home--cooked meal and dislikes unloading the dishwasher.
Peter, originally from Ohio, attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago around the same time Jeremy did. They became good friends and moved into the area around the same time. Peter and his wife feel a calling for ministry and they spend a lot of time working with the young people of the church. He enjoys hunting in his free time.
Praise & Worship Leaders
KEVIN & ANTHONY YODER
Kevin and Anthony are cousins that grew up together in the Leon area. Together, they lead our congregation in contemporary Praise & Worship music. Kevin is a full time farmer, successfully raising cattle as well as crops. Anthony is a full time Graphic Designer at a local graphics shop.