As the pastor here at Circleville EPC, it is my privilege to stand before the people of God and deliver the truth of His Word. This is a calling and a responsibility which I do not take lightly and for which I believe God has been preparing me throughout my life and for which He continues to shape and refine me. I grew up in a Christian home, specifically that of a presbyterian pastor. I treasure this heritage as both the foundation of my own personal faith and the preparation it laid for ministry. After graduating from Grove City College with a B.A. in Religion, I spent one year working in electrical construction before heading for Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. In 1999, I graduated with an M.Div, with a concentration in Counseling, and accepted a call to a church in Monticello, AR, being ordained by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in February, 2000.
The next phase of my life and ministry began in August of 2001 with an appointment to serve on active duty as a Navy Chaplain. During the next 11 1/2 years I spent time as the Senior Protesant Chaplain at Lemoore Naval Air Station; Command Chaplain for the USS LAKE ERIE; Staff Chaplain at the base chapel at Kaneohe Bay, HI; Command Chaplain for a Marine battalion
(including a tour in Iraq); and Squadron Chaplain for a Riverine unit in Virginia. Following these tours, I separated from active duty and currently serve in the Navy Reserve. This move made it possible for me to accept this current call to serve as the pastor of Circleville EPC.
I would also like to take the opportunity to introduce my family. My wife, Shannon, and I have known each other over 25 years, having met and dated in high school. We were married in August of 1998 and have four children: Morgan (2001), Brian II (2003),
Raegan (2006), and Rowan (2015).
As we move forward in our lives, we trust that God will reveal Himself and use us according to His purposes that we may grow in Him and continue to contribute
to the work of the Kingdom.
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Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church is a family-oriented congregation which upholds a traditional, Reformed view of Biblical authority and doctrine. Our Mission is threefold:
To provide an environment where the Spirit may work to move us from the social to the relational with both God and one another.
To challenge the people of God to a deeper understanding of Scripture, to be servants of the church and one another, and to challenge one another as iron sharpens iron.
To show Christian love to each other and the community in a way which reaches both one's own felt needs and the real need of a relationship with Christ.
We invite you to explore here to learn more about us and hopefully join us in person for worship or one of our other church events.
Phone: (845) 361-2381
Fax: (845) 361-5318
Church Office (email@example.com)
Pastor Brian (pastorbrian_circlevilleEPC@hotmail.com)
Mailing Address: Physical Address:
P.O. Box 141 890 Goshen Turnpike
Circleville, NY 10919 Circleville, NY 10919
WHO ARE WE
As a church, Circleville has existed since 1841 seeking to make an impact for the Kingdom of God. Over the years, the congregation has been active to follow in the footsteps of the Savior, to make a difference in peoples lives, and to proclaim the truth of the Gospel to all those who need to hear of God's love and grace. In 2002, the church became a part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Some of the most challenging questions we as people seek to answer are those relating to why we are here and what we are to do with our lives. We at Circleville EPC believe that it is God who made us, God who defines us, and God who gives us purpose. As the first three questions of the Westminster Shorter Catechism affirm:
WSC Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
WSC Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may
glorify and enjoy him?
A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old
and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may
glorify and enjoy him.
WSC Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A. The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe
concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.
Holy Scripture is the final and only authoritative guide. However, we believe that other confessional statements assist us in understanding and upholding the Truth of Scripture. To this end, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church upholds the Westminster Confession of Faith and has developed The Essentials of the Faith. The "Essentials of Our Faith" is a conciliatory statement of historic evangelicalism. The purpose of the "Essentials of Our Faith" is to define core beliefs of the Christian Faith. It expresses historic Christian teaching common to all true believers and churches throughout the world. The Session of Circleville EPC affirms and has adopted "The Essentials of Our Faith" as just such a concise statement of Christian belief.
THE ESSENTIALS OF OUR FAITH
All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these Essentials:
1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).
7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us." He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).
These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.