S T A T E M E N T O F F A I T H
I affirm the basic tenants of the Christian faith as presented in the:
I have a very diverse Christian experience which has deeply shaped my heart and life. I was raised in the United Methodist Church, and my family attended traditional Baptist Churches during my teenage years. I officially surrendered my life to Christ when I went to college and was discipled by a Reformed Presbyterian woman. The powerful transformation of this discipleship was only matched by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in the non-denominational and charismatic churches where I frequently worshiped. As an adult, I have spent several years serving in the Southern Baptist denomination. Currently, I am committed to a nondenominational church.
I love God, His Word, and his people (also known as “the church”). It is my desire to exercise humility, respect, and grace when Bible-believing sisters and brothers draw different conclusions. My faith compels me to embrace the motto, “In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, and in all things charity.” I am committed to living as a peacemaker, reconciler, and bridge-builder in God’s kingdom.
I have heard it said that most times people read the Bible and forget about the bookends, mainly the first two chapters of Genesis and the last two chapters of Revelation. The first two chapters of Genesis speak to the supreme power and authority of God. It also speaks of his creation and the purpose for humankind. The last two chapters of Revelation informs Christians of our eternal victory and reward in Christ Jesus. I minister out of a kingdom hermeneutic of what God originally intended for his “very good” creation, what Christ has redeemed, and the eternal future where all believers will dwell in harmony and worship our risen Savior forever.