Who Are We?
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 164 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.
Today, we operate to live out our mission statement:
“We exist to bring people higher in Christ through worship, deeper in faith through study, and wider in love through mission and service.”
What do we believe?
Our Statement of Faith
- We believe that God created the world and remains actively involved with his creation. He expresses himself in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, both fully divine and human, and physically came into the world through the virgin birth and sacrificed his life for our salvation.
- The Holy Spirit is the presence of God that dwells in the life of every believer and empowers us to live a Christian life.
- The Bible is the word of God and is our ultimate authority in all matters of faith and life.
- The Church is the body of Christ and provides the means for Christians to come together for worship, Bible study, fellowship, and service.
- We believe that all people have fallen short of God’s plan for humanity through sin and that Jesus Christ is the only way to be forgiven of our sins and receive the grace of God for salvation.
- This mission statement is at the very core of our church. If you have any questions about any point, feel free to contact our pastor by filling out the form below.
What do I wear?
Come as you are!
It is not uncommon to see people wearing shorts in the summer, sports jerseys in their team’s season, or jeans and t-shirts. Of course, no one is going to complain if you come in your nicest suits and outfits.
Where do I go?
If you are looking for where to go for services Sunday morning, this is where you can find things:
8:30 Service–Sanctuary. Early in the morning, this informal service meets in the sanctuary. This is a more intimate service that tends to have a small, worshipful group of people meeting each week. Music is generally a mixture of contemporary praise choruses with a splash of hymns. Bible study is led by Roger Gardner.
9:30 Service–Multipurpose room (AKA Big Room) This service features the contemporary music of our Praise band, led by Raphael Starr. We meet in the Big Room, just inside the main entrance to the building. We sit at round tables throughout the big room. There is a varying number of people who attend this service. It is a medium to large gathering each week. Roger Gardner, Greg Boyland, and Raphael Starr lead the preaching ministry.
11:00 Service–Sanctuary This service is our blended worship service, using the music of praise choruses and hymns, accompanied by the piano and pipe organ. Like the contemporary service, this gathering can be medium to large each week. Teaching is led by Senior Pastor Roger Gardner
Youth Group (5 p.m. Sundays) across “A” Street in the Cave. If you are entering the building, turn around and cross the street. **They are temporarily meeting in the community room of the main building while the Cave undergoes a small renovation.**
Some Bible studies happen in the community room.