Welcome to East Main Street Christian Church

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Go to Church Picture Directory

Church Picture Directory

Here, you can find pictures of all of our church family. You can submit your own picture or notify us of corrections at music@emscchurch.org.

Go to Our Official App

Our Official App

With the official EMSCCHURCH app, you can keep up with events, give online (one-time or recurring), have mobile access to sermons, real-time updates and more. Download for free!

Go to Online Sermons

Online Sermons

Each week, we record our sermons and upload them to be available for all. Explore with us as we dive into topics and lift up God–even if you can’t make it one Sunday.

Go to Digital Bulletin

Digital Bulletin

Want to remember that songs we sang on Sunday? Look here to interact in real-time with our service. Also available via our app.

We offer 3 different services: 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 every Sunday. What is each service like? Click below.

About Us

A little about East Main
Higher in Christ, deeper in faith, and wider in love

East Main St. Christian Church was organized in 1852 under the leadership of a circuit-pastor named Dr. Silas Blount. The church had 18 charter members and met in a barn belonging to William Harmon. In 1854, a “meeting house” was constructed on the east bank of Big Duck Creek. In 1893, the church employed the first resident minister, George W. Alford, and the church grew to a membership of 240. This explosive growth led to the construction of a new church building in 1899 located on the corner of 18th and Main Streets, which is still in use today. Since then the building has been expanded three times – an annex was added onto the sanctuary in 1914, the education building in 1956, and most recently the new addition in 2008. For 166 years, God has blessed the church with faithful people, strong leadership, and a desire to be a living witness for Christ in the world. We celebrate our heritage while looking forward to a future filled with hope and promise. We exist to bring people higher in Christ through worship, deeper in faith through study, and wider in love through mission and service.

  • Higher in Christ through worship

  • Deeper in faith through study

  • Wider in love through missions and service

Church Staff

Our Pastoral and Administrative Staff

Roger Gardner

Senior Pastor
Roger has been the senior pastor at East Main for 26 years! He loves chocolate, but has an even deeper love for the Lord.

Raphael Starr

Associate Pastor / Music Director
Raphael handles the music ministries of the church (including the @tOne praise band and the traditional praise team) and helps Roger with his pastoral duties. He is also the webmaster and the person behind the church’s social media.

Greg Boyland

Youth and Young Adult Pastor
I am 32 years old and married (Caitlin) with a four-year-old (Isabelle) little girl. I have recently graduated from Wesley Seminary with my Masters in Divinity.

Marcy Fry

Wedding Coordinator
Marcy is an incredibly organized wedding coordinator. She is very active in the community.

Cathy Cannon

Administrative Assistant (Priceless Treasure)
Cathy has been the office coordinator for the church for over 25 years. When I asked her about her job she said, “It’s the best job ever!”

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