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Sherri Delgado, Musical Accompanist
We believe the Bible itself, is the inspired and infallible Word of God, written by men who were divinely inspired, and that it speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind. It is the sole and final source of all that we believe. II Timothy 3: 16-17; II Peter 1: 20-21; Jude 3.
We believe that God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, granting the right of the individual to directly approach Him in prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:3-6
We believe in the preeminence of Jesus Christ as our divine Lord and Savior, God’s only begotten Son, born of a virgin, sinless in His life, who atoned for the sins of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His High Priestly intercession for His people, and His personal, visible return to the world according to His promise. Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:26-33; John 1:1-5, 14; Philippians 2:6-8; Colossians 2:8-9; Acts 1:9-11,7:56; I Corinthians 15:3-4; ; Luke 12:40; Acts 1:10-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 1:3; Titus 2:13; I John 3:1-3
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort, empower and seal forever those who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that at the time of salvation, each believer in Christ is baptized in the Holy Spirit and becomes a member of the Body of Christ.
John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9-13; Ephesians 1:13; I Corinthians 12:13, 14:22
We believe that all men are sinners by nature, but that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as Savior and Lord shall be forever in God’s presence in heaven, and that those who reject Christ as Savior and Lord will be forever separated from God in hell. John 3:16, 18:36; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:23, 6:23, Romans 1:18-32
We believe the water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only sacraments of the church and that they are a Scriptural means of testimony of the church in this age. Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48, 16:32-33, 18:7-8;
I Corinthians 11:26
We believe in the spiritual unity of the universal church of all believers, for which the Lord so earnestly prayed.
John 17: 20-21
Scriptures referenced from NIV translation
Pastor R. Kenneth Evitts (Ken) grew up in MA, and has been an active participant in the UCC all his life. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in MA and has served two churches in his nearly thirty years of ordained ministry and now serves with us at St. John's Center, UCC. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in UCC Associations and Conferences in MA and NE. Ken is trained as a Certified Christian Leadership Coach with Coach Approach Ministries.
More important than all that, Ken is married to his wife, Theri, of forty years and has three sons and daughters-in-law, and seven wonderful grandchildren. Ken enjoys music, reading, and sports (especially golf).
Pastor Ken is passionate about his faith and about empowering others to discover God’s design for their lives. Ephesians 2:10 is his life passage: “You are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus, to do good works which God prepared in advance for you to do.”
We believe that God has led St. John’s Center to this exciting moment in our ministry … and so does Pastor Ken. We look forward to growing together as a faith community, serving others, and proclaiming the Good News of God’s love.
In accordance with our 2018 By-Laws, Consistory facilitators have been named to work in conjunction with the existing Ministry Teams.
Moderator: Caleb Haws
Vice Moderator: JoAnna Gasparich
Outreach: Nik Martin
Worship: Kathy Wenger
Finance & Administration: Stan Stoltzfus
Property: Ray Gehman
Instruction: Caleb Haws
Fellowship: JoAnna Gasparich
50 Years Together - St. John's Center UCC
Debbie Ball, Ministry Assistant