Who We Are

"For no one can lay any other foundation than the one we already have – Jesus Christ.” - 1 Corinthians 3:11

At First Christian, you matter, and you are welcome here.  We invite you to experience community, get help, make friends and celebrate life.  No matter where you are in your spiritual journey – no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done – we want you to know that you are known, valued, and loved.

We have a rich history of helping people find their way back to God through a growing relationship with Jesus. From our humble beginnings in 1866, we continue to be fortunate enough to be part of a church family who care about people and our community.  We are a church that is grateful for the opportunities God has given us to care about people, care for our community, and care for each other.  All of this gets expressed when we take the challenge of transforming our community by loving God and loving our neighbors.

Vision, Mission, & Values


"Transforming Our Community"


Helping people find their way back to God by:

    Connecting them to Christ,

    Helping them Grow in Christ, and

    Serving Christ by serving others.


In order to bring glory to God we hold to these core values:

  • The Bible is the authority for life.
  • God guides through His Word, the Holy Spirit, prayer and worship.
  • Spiritual growth is a lifelong journey.
  • Home is the best place for discipleship. 
  • Life happens best in community. 
  • Every believer is gifted to serve Christ with excellence. 
  • All believers use their influence in the world for Christ. 

Core biblical beliefs

We believe in one God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

        Matthew 5:16, 45; 6:1, 4, 8, 9; James 1:17; John 1:1; 4:24; 14:9; 14:16-20; Genesis 1:2; 2 Peter 1:21

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible.

        Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, my one and only Savior,

        John 1:14; 3:16; I John4.9; II Peter 3:18

Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,

        Matthew 1:18; 21:11; John 1:14; 19:19; Romans 5:15-17; Colossians 2:9; I John 1:1; Luke 1:26-38

Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate,

        Luke 23:1-46

Who died and was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day,

        Luke 23:44; 24:8; John 20:24-29; I Corinthians 15:3-8

Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father, and

        Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1

Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead.

        Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:10-11; 10:39-42; I Peter 4:5

We believe in the Holy Spirit, Who is an active and operative part of the triune God, and

        John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27

Who indwells within every Christian.

        I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; II Timothy 1:14

We believe in the Bible—God’s Holy Word, Scripture. We believe God inspired the autographs (original writings) of the Scripture and those autographs were consequently without error.

        Mark 12:36; John 14:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; I Corinthians 2:12-13; II Timothy 3:14-16; II Peter 1:20-21

We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

        Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 4:12

We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.

        Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23

We believe the Bible teaches that salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.

        Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:7

We believe the Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ and being immersed into Christ, but that none of these is sufficient in and of itself for the assurance of salvation.

        Romans 5:1-2; 6:1-7; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; II Peter 3:9; Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15; Acts 2:38;

        Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21

We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere.

        Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47

We believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation.

        Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-4