WHO WE ARE

Our vision is to become a Presence-based community of disciples, impassioned by the love of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to pursue communion with God, relationships with others and to take the message of the Gospel to all the ends of the earth.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

Holy Bible: The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority for determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, the Bible is inspired, infallible and inerrant (see Prov. 30:5; Rom. 16:25, 26; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20, 21).

Trinity: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal (see Gen. 1:26; Isa. 9:6; Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Heb. 3:7-11; 1 John 5:7).

Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for humankind and, thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory (see Isa. 9:6; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Phil. 2:5, 6; 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16).

Virgin Birth: Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (see Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18,23-25; Luke 1:27-35).

​Redemption: Humanity was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression, it fell. Humanity's only hope for redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (see Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21).

Regeneration: For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (see John 6:44,65).

Salvation: We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human effort (see Rom. 10:9,10; Acts 16:31; Gal. 2:16; 3:8; Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Heb. 9:22).

​Repentance: Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (see Acts 2:21; 3:19; 1 John 1:9).

Sanctification: Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (see Rom. 8:29; 12:1,2; 2 Cor. 3:18; 6:14-18; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:1-3; Heb. 2:11).

Jesus' Blood: The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100 percent sufficient to cleanse humankind from all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (see John 1:29; Rom. 3:10-12,23; 5:9; Col. 1:20; 1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5; 5:9).

Jesus Christ Indwells All Believers: Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him, thus making Jesus the Lord of their lives as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried and rose again from the dead (see John 1:12; 14:17,23; 15:4; Rom. 8:11; Rev. 3:20).

 

​Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Given at Pentecost, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father. It was sent by Jesus after His Ascension to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (see Joel 2:28,29; Matt. 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4,17,38,39; 8:14-17; 10:38,44-47; 11:15-17; 19:1-6).

​The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the Church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection and confirm the power of the Gospel. The lists of these gifts in the Bible are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters (see Rom. 1:11; 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; 14:1-40; Eph. 4:16; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:5-16; Heb. 2:4; 1 Pet. 4:10).​

 

The Church: The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the Body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (see John 17:11,20-23; Eph. 1:22; 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23).​
 

Two Sacraments: 1) Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (see Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38).​ 2) The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. (See Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 10:47,48; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-26).​​

Marriage: The Scriptures are clear, in both the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible that marriage was created by God and is, by definition, a union between one biological man and one biological woman. Christ's Church unequivocally adopts this Biblical definition of marriage as one of its core foundational beliefs. 

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​Healing of the Sick: Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign that is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit (see Ps. 103:2,3; Isa. 53:5; Matt. 8:16,17; Mark 16:17,18; Acts 8:6,7; Rom. 11:29; 1 Cor. 12:9,28; Jas. 5:14-16).

 

​God's Will for Provision: It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God's will while on earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ's provision in order to serve others.​
 

* Spiritual: (see John 3:3-11; Rom. 10:9,10; 2 Cor. 5:17-21).

* Mental and emotional: (see Isa. 26:3; Rom. 12:2; Phil. 4:7,8; 2 Tim. 1:7; 2:11).​
 

​* Physical: (see Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Pet. 2:24).​
 

​* Financial: (see Deut. 28:1-14; Josh. 1:8; Ps. 34:10; 84:11; Mal. 3:10,11; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6-10; Phil. 4:19).

​Resurrection: Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. As a result, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected - they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (see Luke 24:16,36,39; John 2:19-21; 20:26-28; 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:42,44; Phil. 1:21-23; 3:21).

​Heaven: Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (see Matt. 5:3,12,20; 6:20; 19:21; 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Cor. 5:1; Heb. 11:16; 1 Pet. 1:4).​

​Hell: After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels (see Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Heb. 9:27; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:12-15; 21:8).

​Second Coming: Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (see Matt. 24:30; 26:63,64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; 2 Thess. 1:7,8; Rev. 1:7).​

I am in my seventeenth year of serving Christ's Church as Pastor.  The passionate desire of my life is to be in pursuit of God's presence and to enjoy His Son.  

I love my wife Rebecca and my family. We have two sons, Benjamin and Nicholas. We also have a beautiful daughter in-law Nicole and an awesome grandson named Beckham.  I am zealous for the nation of Israel and her beautiful people.  

I also love Disneyland, a great cup of coffee, really good food, and conversation with great friends.  

My heart beats for people to know that God is crazy about us and loves us beyond belief!

Gerry Chavez

 

I’ve had the privilege of serving on the pastoral team here for over 20 years. What a blessing! Before I was asked to be a pastor at Christ’s Church, I attended here and was given the opportunity to teach the Bible. Today one of my favorite things about being on the staff is the opportunity I have to coordinate our Adult Small Groups, a way for us to break the church down into smaller “family meetings” where we can study, pray, encourage and get to know one another.


I have a wonderful wife named Amy, and we have three children. Amy is very involved with home schooling and teaching dance to children.


Amy and I enjoy playing some old-time acoustic bluegrass and Gospel music, and we enjoy raising a garden at home. Nothing like a fresh, homegrown tomato!

   Lonnie Owens

 

I've had the honor of serving here at Christ's Church for over 12 years now. I have recently become the new Youth Pastor here switching from worship to youth ministry but my heart is still the same. I feel God is wanting our youth to know His heart for them. So my goal is for our teenagers to know the love of the Father. For them to ultimately be able to see themselves the way Father God sees them and to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.

I have a beautiful wife, Ashley, and we were married in December of '08. We have three daughters, Alma, Ari and Jahdyn.



I probably have too many hobbies but if you know me at all you know that I have two side passions besides God and my family: I am a born-and-raised Dallas Cowboy fan and I enjoy the fictional stories of Superman.

   Jorge Muñiz

YOUTH PASTOR

I'm so blessed to be part of Christ’s Church! I started as Missions Pastor in 2009. 



Before Christ’s Church, my wife Kim and I were missionaries in Juarez, Mexico for Lone Tree, leading groups of teenagers to build houses and share the Gospel. 



My desire is that our church would overflow with love and service for others, being motivated by Gods grace, and that the youth would experience the fullness of God, know His Word, and become strong in their faith before they go out into the world.



I love the outdoors. I grew up in Florida so I'm always up for some golf. While living in Denver, if I wasn't at seminary I was either mountain biking or snowboarding. Now I love taking my son and daughter hiking or to the park to rock climb and play soccer.

 

   Chris LaDuca

MISSIONS PASTOR

315KIDS PASTOR

 Jacob Graham

Jacob and Crystal Graham were drawn to Christ’s Church by the genuine love and authenticity they saw in both the people and the leadership. 

They are passionate about bringing the message of God’s hope and redemption to all people and seeing the chains of injustice and oppression broken off of lives. Their desire is to help children find their identity in Christ and set into motion a fire for Jesus that leads to genuine love for the world around them. They want to see kids smile and laugh and strive to make children’s church an environment that is not only fun and engaging, but one where children grow in their knowledge of God’s word and in their relationship with the Lord. 

They have four children of their own, and love to spend time making memories and experiencing life together.

 

PASTORAL STAFF

LEAD PASTOR

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

PASTOR'S ASSISTANT

Veronica Arias

OFFICE MANAGER

  Liz Huddle

FINANCIAL SUPERVISOR

Kelly Bradshaw

BUILDING & GROUND

SUPERVISOR

Beatriz Barranday