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On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

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As Polly and I travel the roads of northwest Ohio, southern Michigan, and northeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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Cambria Baptist Church, Cambria (Hillsdale), Michigan, Dave Locke, pastor Cambria Baptist is an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) congregation. (Church Website)

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Allen Baptist Church, Allen, Michigan, David Wruck, pastor. Allen Baptist is an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) congregation.  Its pastor is a graduate of Jack Hyles’ college, Hyles-Anderson College.  (Church Website)

Allen Baptist wants passersby to know that it is independent, fundamental, soul-winning, and only uses the King James version of the Bible. These words are nonsensical to unbelievers, but to IFB adherents looking for a new church, they speak volumes. These words also say to some Christians: you aren’t welcome here!

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Grace Baptist Church, Angola, Indiana, Bob Koenig, pastor (No Web Presence)

Grace Baptist is an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) congregation. Koenig has pastored Grace Baptist for thirty-two years. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University. He earned his doctorate through post-graduate work done at Bob Jones. Earned doctorates are rare among IFB preachers. (See IFB Doctorates: Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, Everyone’s a Doctor)

For many years, Grace Baptist operated Grace Baptist Academy. The school has since closed its doors.

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Word of Life Outreach Center, Quincy, Michigan, Bob and Carol Montgomery, pastors (Church Website) The Montgomerys have pastored Word of Life for thirty-one years.

Word of Life is a generic Pentecostal/Charismatic/Evangelical church. According to an article written by one of the pastor’s daughters, Word of Life is different from other churches because:

People often ask me, “What does your church believe?”

They are wondering what we believe that may make us different from other churches.

So, my short answer – we believe in tongues, the power of God’s Word, and that God is ALWAYS good.

So, here is my long answer (short answer with details).

1. Well, if you check our Statement of Faith, then you will notice that it is not much different than others you have seen. However, the first thing that might stick out to you or may be different from what you have seen is that we believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

Word of Life believes that the only reason people are sick is because of their lack of faith. Churches are filled with sick and dying people. If they would only have f-a-i-t-h, the God who is ALWAYS good would heal them. Talk about a delirious fantasy. I wonder how many sick people presently attend Word of Life, and how many congregants have died despite leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus? Something tells me that the folks at Word of Life get sick and die at the same levels as the rest of us.

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SonLight Community Church, Angola, Indiana, John Mueller, pastor

SonLight is an Evangelical Mennonite church, affiliated with the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. It believes the following about the Bible:

We believe the Scriptures, errorless in the original documents, are divine authority in all matters which they address. Their truthfulness is not negated by the occurrences of such things as irregularities of grammar or spelling, intended and conventional generalizations or approximations, various literary devices, observational descriptions of nature, or reports of false statements made by evil persons. Since God the Holy Spirit is the source of the message as well as the mover and supervisor of those who recorded it, the Bible is reliable in what it communicates and is the supreme authority for faith and practice. Nothing may be taken from it and nothing may be added.

The church’s website says that newcomers can expect:

Our services are casual and modern. We embrace a come as you are philosophy. You’ll find most people in jeans, but feel free to dress however you feel comfortable.
When you arrive, be sure to grab a cup of coffee or cocoa from the coffee bar. We’ve got all the fixings! Don’t forget to get a couple of donut holes before you head into the auditorium. Have a seat wherever you’d like. We have a floor level and balcony.

Worship is typically songs you’ll hear on the radio from Bethel Music, Chris Tomlin, or maybe even our very own Aaron Scantlen. Join in if you know the words, or just enjoy the music and let the lyrics talk if you’d rather.

Next is the message delivered by one of our pastors or elders. Each message is crafted by a sermon prep team who ensures it is applicable, relatable, and biblically sound.

All in all, service usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.

How to be a wise guy, says SonLight’s sign. My first thought was this: what, the pastor is teaching congregants how to be mafia members?  The sign also says, SEE God move through you. Pray tell, how can anyone “see” God move through them? Or see God at all, for that matter? I am a heathen, an apostate, a denier of the existence of God.  Yet, if good works are a sign of God flowing through a person, I know a lot of atheists who are full of the Big Kahuna. Perhaps what Sonlight calls evidence of God moving through a person is just them being a kind, decent, loving human being — no deity needed.

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of northwest Ohio, southern Michigan, and northeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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Union Church, Quincy, Michigan, Brad Parrish, pastor  (Church Website)

Union Church is what is called in this area a “federated” church — the merging of separate denominational churches into one congregation. In the early twentieth century, the Presbyterian and Baptist congregations in Quincy joined together to form Union Church.

Based on a quick perusal of its beliefs, I’d say Union Church is a generic Evangelical congregation. I do give them credit for posting online their complete financial records for 2016 (nothing since then). Most Evangelical churches either offer scantily-clad public financial summaries or tell nosy people such as myself to mind their own business. You can tell a lot about a church by looking at its financial records, and that’s why most Evangelical churches refuse to make their annual reports publicly available.  They don’t want people to know how little of their money actually goes to ministering to people outside of their clubhouses.

Union Church wants passersby to know they are: acceptable, valuable, capable, and forgivable. Go ahead, figure that one out.  As an unwashed, uncircumcised Philistine,  am I not the enemy of God and a child of Satan? How does that square with acceptable, valuable, capable, and forgivable?  As an atheist and a humanist, I have value without God. The same goes for being acceptable and capable. All of these things rest on SELF, and not some sort of deity. As far as being forgivable, it’s up to those I have harmed to forgive me. God can’t forgive me, of course, because he doesn’t exist.  Forgiveness starts and stops at the human level. I have no want, desire, or need to be forgiven by a mythical God.

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Pleasant View Church of Christ, Angola, Indiana, Michael Booher, pastor (Church Website)

The church’s ABOUT page states:

Pleasant View Church of Christ is a non-denominational New Testament congregation, part of a worldwide movement to restore the essentials of apostolic Christianity. We endeavor to lead lives of faithfulness and devotion guided by Christ as the divine Son of God and the Bible as the inspired record of God’s revelation. Pleasant View Church of Christ has no headquarters or rule from any outside human source. We are locally self-governing and our own Elders lead in spiritual matters.

Being neither fundamentalists nor modernists, we call ourselves Christians. We realize we are not the only Christians but we have no other name.

Our authority is God’s Word. We have no man-made creeds. The Scriptures are our only rule of faith and practice. We allow liberty in opinion in matters where Scriptural revelation does not legislate. And we accept the fullest conformity to the clear and uncontested revelation of the Word.

I find it interesting that Pleasant View says that it is not Fundamentalist, when in fact its doctrine and practice says it is. If it walks, talks, and acts like a Fundamentalist, it IS a Fundamentalist.

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Melbern United Methodist Church, Melbern, Ohio, Diane Schaffner, pastor (No Web Presence)

The folks at Melbern United Methodist Church wants passersby to know that the Christian God loves them more than they will ever know. Really? What evidence is there for the claim that this God loves us at all? Look around. If this is love, I sure as hell don’t want to upset Ms. God. Yes, the Bible says that the Christian God loves everyone — well, not everyone says the Calvinists, just the elect — and has a super-duper plan for their lives. Again, outside of the Bible, where’s the evidence for this claim? Just because you say something doesn’t make it so.

 

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of northwest Ohio, southern Michigan, and northeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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First Church of Amboy, Amboy, Michigan, Alan Fenstermaker, pastor. Formerly Amboy Baptist Church — an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) congregation (No Web Presence)

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Reading Church of the Nazarene, Reading, Michigan, Pastor Phil and Sabine Rigden (Facebook Page)

Reading Church of the Nazarene wants passersby to know that only through weakness can you become strong.  I choose, instead, to stand on my own two feet — no deity needed.

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Missionary Church of Allen, Allen, Michigan, Ray Hicks, pastor (No Web Presence)

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Quincy United Methodist Church, Quincy, Michigan,  Richard Wilson, pastor

A banner on the church’s website says RETHINK CHURCH. That’s exactly what many of us did, and that’s why we are now atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other flavors of unbelievers.

What, exactly, does it mean to spring into action for Jesus?  How does one “spring” and what “action” is expected after “springing?”

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of northwest Ohio, southern Michigan, and northeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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Salem Cass United Methodist Church, Findlay, Ohio, no pastor listed.  (Facebook page) The church’s website is hacked.

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Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, Ohio, Steve Ramsey, pastor.

I assume Good Hope is trying to reach age 60 and older farmers with their 7:30 a.m. worship service? That’s the earliest service time I’ve ever seen.

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Williamstown First Brethren Church, Williamstown, Ohio, no pastor listed. (Facebook page)

Williamstown First Brethren wants passersby to know that the message preached at their church doesn’t change. In fact, it has transformative power. This church is over 125 years old. Does anyone really believe their message has never changed? Even Fundamentalist churches can’t claim their message never changes. It does. The problem, of course, is that when you are in a religious bubble, everything seems static, and change is often hard to see.

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Grace United Methodist Church, Dunkirk, Ohio, David Roy, pastor. (No Web Presence) According to the Kenton Times, Pastor Roy is 22 years old. My first thought after I read Grace UMC’s sign was “premature ejaculation?”  What’s too soon? Don ‘t make us come to your church . . . just tell us.

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Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Kenton, Ohio, Douglas Flinn, Sr, pastor.

The church’s website states:

Our mission is to Invite all people to become disciples of Jesus Christ, grow in their faith and commitment and to serve our communities  and beyond.

Our vision is for Walnut Grove to be a lighthouse showing people God’s unconditional love. We will do this by helping them meet needs and improve their life skills. As people recognize God’s love for them, they will find a safe harbor in a relationship with Jesus Christ

WGUMC understands a disciple of Jesus Christ to be a person who is committed to following Jesus in their heads; is continually being changed by Jesus in their hearts; and is committed to living out the mission of Jesus with their hands.  Being a disciple is a process that never ends!

Lots of religious gobbledygook. What I want to know is this: does WGUMC’s unconditional love extend to LGBTQ people?  The United Methodist denomination is divided on social hot button issues such as GBTQ people as pastors/members and same-sex marriage.  How I interpret WGUMC’s sign message, “Build Others Up, Don’t Tear Them Down,” depends on whether LGBTQ people are really unconditionally accepted as they are. If not, then the Bible and the church tears people down. The Bible is littered with negative, anti-human commands. These teachings do nothing to affirm or build-up people. The Bible is a powerful weapon that can be used for good or bad. Sadly, far too often, the Bible is used as a tool to bludgeon and harm.

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of northwest Ohio, southern Michigan, and northeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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Apostolic Fellowship Church, Plymouth, Ohio, Steve and Kathy Luna, pastors. (No web presence)

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All Believers in Christ Church, Mansfield, Ohio, Russell Stanford, pastor. (Facebook) The church’s website says its mission is:

Minister: To minister restoration to the lost and downtrodden through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus the Christ and to a meaningful relationship with Him.

Luke 14:23  “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Jesus loves you and wants to meet your needs.

Come as you are

Everyone is Welcome

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Apostolic Christian Church, Paulding, Ohio. Apostolic Christian is affiliated with the Apostolic Christian Church of America.

The church sums up its doctrine this way:

The doctrine of the church is based on a literal interpretation of the Bible, which is recognized as God-inspired, infallible, and inerrant. New Testament teachings are carefully followed, and counsel and advice are sought from examples found in the Old Testament.

We believe salvation is obtained by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. True faith is evidenced by obedience to God’s Word, which instructs a soul to do as the Lord Jesus emphatically taught, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The biblical pattern of repentance is observed, which includes godly sorrow for a past sinful life, confession of sins, restitution for past wrongs, and becoming dead to sin. The wonderful and matchless grace of God is given to those who are humble in heart, along with peace and forgiveness from God.

Following conversion, which is manifested by a new walk of life in Christ, the convert gives a testimony of his or her faith and conversion experience to the congregation. This is followed by water baptism by immersion. Baptism symbolizes the burial of the old sinful nature into the death of Christ, and the subsequent rising of a soul out of the baptismal waters as a new creature in Christ Jesus. This is followed by the laying on of hands, whereby a church elder prays over the new member. This prayer acknowledges and entreats the presence of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s heart, and consecrates the new child of God into a life of service for him. The new member is thus formally united with the church, which is Christ’s body.

Self-denial, separation from sin and unfruitful works, and nonconformity to worldliness are integral parts of the Christian walk of life and they lead to a life of peace and joy.

This new life in Christ is exemplified by sincere effort to reflect his virtuous character in one’s thoughts, words and deeds. Despite trials, temptation, and potential sorrow, God’s grace is sufficient for humble hearts to walk with happiness and contentment in the love of Christ and to rejoice in the hope of heaven-if they are true and faithful until life’s end.

A cursory reading of their doctrine leads me to conclude Apostolic Christian is King James-only, pacifistic, and requires women to wear head coverings. Their beliefs seem to be a mix of Church of Christ/Baptist/Mennonite doctrine.

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Ashley Love Divine Baptist Church, Ashley, Indiana, Phillip Lucas, pastor. (Facebook) Ashley Love Divine is Evangelical in doctrine. On the church’s FAQ page, the following question is asked and answered:

What should I wear? Anything is fine, we do ask that it is apportiate [sic] attire though.

If “anything” is fine, why does it need to be “appropriate?” Isn’t this the exact opposite of “anything?”

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of northwest Ohio, southern Michigan, and northeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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A Rope of Hope Ministries, Leipsic, Ohio, Curtis Jackson, pastor. Jackson describes his vision for A Rope of Hope this way:

Pastor Curtis and prophetess Deborah Jackson mission and vision  is to love God, And to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, to minister the ordinances, to edify believers, and to do all that is sovereignty possible and biblical permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.

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Abundant Love Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, G.L. Bush, Sr, pastor.  (Facebook) Abundant Love’s disaster of a website says:

The Abundant Love Ministries pray that our Members, Friends,  and Visitors are Anointed, Healthy, Wealthy, and more than Conquerors in every area of their lives.

Pastor Bush’s church bio page says:

After seeking the Lord for direction with much prayer and fasting, in November 1993, the Lord gave Pastor, Elder Gary L. Bush, Sr. the vision for a church in the Fort wayne area. The first initial meeting of the new church was on November 11, 1993.

After securing a building for worship, Pastor Bush, set the first service for a “Watch Night Worship” on December 31, 1993 and the Opening Service was announced and planned for January 2, 1994.

God began sending the “such as should be saved” into Abundant Love Church with signs and wonders of the Lord. The ministry began to grow and the Pastor formed the choir and named it the Abundant Voices of Love.

During these past twelve years the “Anointing of the Lord” has been removing burdens and destroying the yoke of sin our city.

We are Spirit Fed, Spirit Led and Spirit Bred! The Word of God is our foundation, strength, and standard of faith and practice.

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Archbold United Methodist Church, Archbold, Ohio, Jim Nathan, pastor. (Facebook) According to the church’s website:

Archbold United Methodist Church is known for its welcoming hospitality, come as you are nature, offering opportunity to engage with others. We recognize our need as broken people to be in relationship with God and in relationship with each other. We believe in that living, active Spirit of God that guides, encourages,strengthens, protects and sustains us in the midst of all of the trials. We follow in the example of Christ, seeking to be His disciples as we reach out beyond the walls of the sanctuary in mission and ministry. We act as the hands and feet of Christ others might know that same saving grace through Jesus and that we might build the Kingdom of God in this place and in this time. We believe that the Bible contains all things necessary for our salvation and is a living book that has life and meaning for every context of time and place.

I wonder where Archbold UMC stands on the LGBTQ issue that is currently vexing its denomination? If they welcome LGBTQ people as they are and treat them as equals, then the above statement carries weight. If not, then the statement is little more than subterfuge. As of the writing of this post, I know of only one area church that is open and affirming towards  LGBTQ people — St. John’s United Church of Christ, Defiance. Many local churches say “we love gay people, yes we do,” but their love is anything but. The goal is to evangelize LGBT people and cure them of their sexual deviancy.

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Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Indiana, Joseph Nass, pastor.  (No web presence) Bethel Brethren is affiliated with the Charis Fellowship (formerly known as The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches).

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Arcadia United Methodist Church, Arcadia, Ohio, Erma Metzger, pastor. (Facebook) Pastor Metzger posted the following on Facebook about the LGBT controversy:

Yesterday the General Conference of the United Methodist Church concluded with the approval of the Traditional Plan. This maintains a prohibition on LGBTQ clergy and prohibits same-sex unions from being conducted in UMC churches and strengthens penalties for offenders. There is still work to be done from a judicial/legislative perspective as parts of the plan are questioned to be unconstitutional. There will be a simulcast with our Bishop, Gregory Palmer, this Saturday, March 2 at 10am in The DOCK at St. Mark’s UMC in Findlay when he will address what this means for the church. There is a great deal still happening among church leaders to work through how our denomination will move forward. Some people today are very happy with the outcome – but many others certainly are not. While the conclusions of this Special General Conference were not what the council of bishops preferred, may not be what I had hoped for, and many clergy and lay people alike are hurting at this time – I want to make something absolutely clear. Arcadia UMC welcomes, includes, loves, values and cares for EVERYONE. That absolutely will not change. We are about Building God’s Family Through Faithful Christian Service – and that will continue. We will continue to offer grace and love, and make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world. Please be in prayer for all of those who are hurting, for our church as we move forward in ministry, and for the leaders of our denomination as they seek God’s guidance to faithfully lead us all. I love you all!

Pastor Metzger seems to say that LGBTQ people are welcome at Arcadia UMC. But, what if a gay couple wants a church wedding? Will Arcadia UMC and its pastor break canon law prohibiting such marriages? True justice demands such action.

 

 

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

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As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

The Gathering Place, Defiance, Ohio, Richard Buttermore, pastor According to its website, the church’s mission is:

To present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in such a way that turns non-Christians into converts, converts into disciples, and disciples into mature, fruitful leaders, who will in turn go into the world and reach others for Christ

This church wants passersby to know what exactly? As I read their message, I thought of a light bulb that has been dropped and shattered. How “bright”  is this bulb’s light? Just saying… Life teaches us that people can be crushed and harmed in such a way that there is no hope of their “light” shining brightly again. War, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence. and a host of other light-dimming acts of violence we humans afflict on each other — often in the name of God — often cause irreparable harm. And despite what Evangelicals say, Jesus isn’t very good at gathering up the pieces of shattered bulbs, re-affixing their elements, thus allowing them to shine brightly again. As a humanist, my hope is that we work to end violence against not only each other, but that which we commit against our planet and other animals.

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The Gathering Place, Defiance, Ohio, Richard Buttermore, pastor

My only thought was this: not if you wear a condom.

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These signs are from a residential yard just south of Edgerton, Ohio on State Route 49.

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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Bruised Reed Ministries, Lima, Ohio Facebook

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Deliverance Temple of Joy Miracle Outreach, Lima, Ohio, Doris Newby, pastor No Web Presence

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God’s House, Lima, Ohio No Web Presence

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In Faith Ministries International, Lima, Ohio, Michael Lyons, pastor. Lyons’ church bio states:

Michael D. Lyons is the Senior Pastor of “In Faith Ministries International”, a rapidly growing, non-denominational, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural congregation located in Lima, Ohio.

A native of Dayton, Ohio; he was raised in a Pentecostal spirit-filled church and surrendered his life to Christ at the tender age of 10 years old. However, his journey quickly led him to a valley that included drugs and alcohol. After spending several years wandering in the wilderness, he found his way back to the righteousness of Christ under the prophetic teaching of Bishop Ted Willis of Second Baptist Church in Piqua, Ohio, where he was ordained a Minister of the Gospel.

Pastor Michael attended Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio where he received his Bachelors in Business Administration. He has been a frequent guest on local Christian television and radio. His heart to help make a difference in Lima has caused him to serve on the board of community agencies to being the chaplain for the high school football team.

His God-inspired mission is to tell the world how to walk by faith in the covenant promises of God’s word through Christ Jesus. His thirst for kingdom manifestation along with Gods anointing and favor has allowed many doors to be open for him to preach and teach the gospel of the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Lyons’ wife Kim is the church’s co-pastor.

According to In Faith’s about page, the church is:

We are a progressive, Christ–centered, culturally diverse Church committed to training disciples for the Kingdom of God. Our God inspired mission is to tell the world how to walk by faith in the covenant promises of God’s WORD through Christ Jesus.

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Lighthouse Church of God, Elida, Ohio No Web Presence

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New Creation Lutheran Church, Elida, Ohio Facebook

New Creation is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). According to the ELCA website, New Creation averages twenty-two in attendance.

It is not uncommon to see church signs that say, Everyone is Welcome. Come as You Are. While congregations believe in their heart of hearts that they are welcoming, accepting people, I have found that every church has a limit as to whom they will accept.

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Sharon Mennonite Church, Elida, Ohio No Web Presence

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Elida Ohio, Paul Scannell, pastor.  Website  St. Paul’s describes itself this way:

We are people who gather for worship, friendship-building, and service to others both locally and on a larger scale through the network of the United Methodist Church.We are young. We are old. We are everything in-between. We are related by blood or related by faith. And we welcome anyone to become part of our family.

 

 

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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Deerfield United Methodist Church, Deerfield, Michigan, William Kriechbaum, pastor Facebook

I wanted to go inside to find more information about this Christ who died and rose again for the people of Deerfield United Methodist, but alas the doors were locked. The church wants passersby to know that it supports the United States and it armed forces. Good to know…

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Light of Christ Catholic Church, Deerfield, Michigan, Jeffrey Poll, pastor Website

Light of Christ Catholic wants passersby to know that they wish them peace, love, love and happiness at Easter and always. The irony here is the memorial to a dead soldier; an emblem of violence and death, and not peace, love, love and happiness.

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Deerfield Free Methodist Church, Deerfield, Michigan, Bill Fix, pastor Here’s what the church wants you to know about them:

The beautiful sanctuary of Deerfield Free Methodist Church is shown below. It is even more beautiful in person and I want to invite you to attend. Our campus is located at 572 East River Street in Deerfield, Michigan. We are part of the Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church of North America. Our conference is a coalition of churches desiring to advance God’s Kingdom by including people from all walks of life. We invite you to join our church family this Sunday at 10 am. Prior to the church service we have complimentary refreshments in Aunt Bethel’s Cafe located in our Heritage Hal [sic]. Come as you are and enjoy a service that might change your life in a really good way!

I thought Christianity was all about Jesus? Evidently, at Deerfield Free Methodist the star attraction is its beautiful sanctuary, and not Jesus.

 

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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Monroe Seventh Day Adventist Church, Monroe, Michigan According to the church’s Facebook page, its mission is: To grow as children of God, to nurture a family of God, to prepare others for the Kingdom of God.

Monroe Seventh Day wants passersby to know “its [sic] never to late to begin again.”  As I read this sign, I said to Polly, not if you’re dead.

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Bible Fellowship Church, Monroe, Michigan, Jim Walker, pastor  Facebook

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Hope Church of Monroe, Monroe, Michigan, Gary Braden, pastor Facebook

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Christ Love Fellowship Church, Monroe, Michigan The church’s Facebook page says:

Christ Love Fellowship, a place where we help people build a relationship with God. We don’t place boundaries based on race, denomination, or background.

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Life Bridge Church, Monroe, Michigan, Bill Rice, pastor Here’s what Life Bridge’s pastors want you to know about their church:

“A growing community of believers devoted to reaching the unchurched”

Life Bridge Church, located in Taylor, MI, is a young and growing church. Started in December of 2012, as a mobile church plant in Flat Rock, MI, it has been our mission to create a church that is inviting and approachable to people that don’t normally consider going to church. We teach Biblical truths in a relevant and powerful way. We believe these truths make a life-changing difference in your life, our community, and our world.

If you visit one of our services (get directions) this is what you’ll experience:

  • Casual Atmosphere
  • Weekend experiences that last for one hour
  • Friendly people
  • Thought-provoking messages based on the Bible
  • Great worship music
  • Safe & fun teaching for your kids
  • Next steps to help you follow Jesus

ONE HOUR experiences!  The perfect church for people who love NFL football or have short attention spans.

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Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Monroe Michigan, Ross Ulrich, pastor Zion Evangelical is affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). According to the church’s website, its mission is:

We follow the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20), to make disciples through the Means of Grace God that has entrusted to us.

​To accomplish this purpose we seek to:

  • ​Nurture: by building one another’s faith through regular worship, study and the use of the Word and Sacraments.
  • Reach the Lost: by equipping our members with the knowledge to seek out those who do not know Christ and to carry God’s message to them.
  • Build Relationships:  by providing a variety of opportunities for Christian fellowship and mutual support.

The church also has a preschool and a K-8 school.

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True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, John Bullard, pastor

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Full Gospel Assembly Church, Monroe, Michigan No Web Presence

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Stewart Road Church of God, Monroe, Michigan, Joseph Byrd, pastor According to its website, Stewart Road is:

We are a Spirit-filled, multi-generational, and multi-cultural church focused on Word-centered teaching.  We are passionate about worship, and committed to discipleship.

Come and experience what it really means to follow Jesus alongside a community committed to Christ.

 

 

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

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As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

All of the churches in this post are Baptist churches located in Monroe, Michigan — a city of 21,000 people. Polly and I have never seen this many Baptist churches in a Northern community this size, especially when you consider that this post does not list all of the Baptist churches in Monroe. Baptists in Monroe have a supermarket full of choices when it comes to theology and practice — everything from Freewill Baptist to Primitive Baptist.

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Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Jacob Clawson, pastor.  Facebook

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Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan No Web Presence

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Monroe Primitive Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Elders Tom and Randy Pitney

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Faith Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Brian Southerland, pastor Website

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Kentucky Park Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Kenny Goins, pastor No Web Presence

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First Freewill Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Philip Wylie, pastor No Web Presence

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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First Baptist Church, Montpelier, Indiana First Baptist’s website states:

First Baptist Church of Montpelier, Indiana was founded by Franklin Baldwin, brother of the leader of Montpelier’s first settlers, Abel Baldwin in 1838. It was incorporated in 1846.  The present church building, located in downtown Montpelier, was constructed in 1907 and 1908. Through the years, the families have changed but the conviction to be a church that is founded upon the Word of God and centered on Jesus has remained the same.  For over 175 years the families of First Baptist Church, Montpelier have come together to study the Word of God and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

In September of 2004, the families of First Baptist Church grew deeply concerned that so many churches in our nation were departing from the belief in the inerrancy and authority of the Word of God.  They sought to affiliate themselves with a denomination that was committed to upholding the Scriptures in belief and practice.  After much prayer, the families of First Baptist Church voted to unite themselves with the Southern Baptist Convention.  This decision was made after examining the Baptist Faith and Message and the convention’s focus on world mission.  A copy of the Baptist Faith and message can be found on the conventions website at www.sbc.net.  You can also read more about us on the Missions and Beliefs and Distinctives section of our website.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Helping Hands Crisis Pregnancy Resource Center, Montpelier, Indiana Helping Hands’ mission statement says:

Helping Hands’ is committed to empowering women, men and their families, through relationships, to make life-affirming decisions, and for us to share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The site makes no mention of the fact that it is an anti-abortion front. Such “ministries” are common in this part of the country. On their FAQ page, Helping Hands states:

We provide information on both adoption and abortion. We can connect women with adoption resources and organizations, as well as help them through the process. We do not perform abortions or make referrals for them. We do provide accurate information on what happens during an abortion and the physical and emotional effects.

In other words, they scare the shit out of pregnant women who inquire about having an abortion.

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First Methodist Church, Montpelier, Indiana, Tim Wallace, pastor (no web presence)

I think it is safe to say that the church sign has not been updated since last October.

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Church of Christ, Montpelier, Indiana (no web presence)

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Montpelier Bible Church, Montpelier, Indiana, Jeremy Stults, pastor (no web presence) Montpelier Bible is a new church plant, established in August 2015. Its Facebook page says the church’s mission is to:

Montpelier Bible Church exists to help know Christ, grow in Christ and go for Christ.

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Monroe United Methodist Church, Monroe, Indiana, Char Allen, pastor (no web presence) Monroe United Methodist wants passersby to know that God is ready and willing to clean hearts, whatever the heaven that means. Speaking of cleaning, how about sprucing up the disheveled church sign?  I ask the congregation, what does the condition of the sign say about your church?

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Montpelier Cornerstone Community Church of the Nazarene, Montpelier, Indiana (no web presence)