Early in 2017, God put on our hearts Mark 9:23 which says, “Nothing is impossible for one who believes.” This has become the “tagline” around here, and another reason why we are named “Faith Church!” We believe that God has a purpose for every life, and we are going to stand in faith believing for God to work a miracle for your life. Every person matters, and every person has a purpose in God’s Kingdom. This includes you! We want you to feel welcomed from your first visit forward. Hopefully the information below will help you get started in your journey here at Faith Church.
Pastors Darren & Kami Palmer
Darren and Kami and their family began their ministry here at Faith Church in February of 2013. They are from central Illinois and they have been in full-time ministry in the region for 27 years, in various ministry roles. They met as high school sweethearts in their church youth group, and have been in love serving the Lord ever since! They were called into ministry at a young age. They love Jesus and are passionate about seeing God's best come forward in the lives around them. Darren is a hopeless Cubs fan (so is Jesus, he thinks!), and Kami loves her coffee! They have raised four children, have two grandchildren, and understand family dynamics.
Here’s a bit of Darren and Kami’s Ministry Philosophy:
Love – Without love, nothing else matters. Relationships are everything. First, our vertical relationship to the Lord, and then our relationship with others. Jesus said that loving God with our whole heart and loving our neighbor as ourselves are the two greatest commandments.
Servanthood – The practical outflow of love towards one another is that we serve each other. This provides an outlet for the gifts that God has uniquely given each individual in this church family. We need every part, and we need every part to function as God intended, with a heart of a servant.
Presence – We believe that everything that we do should be built upon the Presence of the Lord. The goal of ministry is to worship Him and to see lives transformed. Transformation happens when people experience the real presence of God!
Team – Kami and I are not here as a one couple show. We need each the entire body of believers. There is power in teamwork! We are raising up a team here at Faith Church that will wholeheartedly serve God together to see His Kingdom move forward. You matter, and there is a place on the team for you!
What We Believe
We are proud to be a part of a Spirit-empowered movement, the Assemblies of God, that was birthed in the fires of revival in 1914, with an undying commitment to reaching lost people around the world.
First, there are some core things that we believe about the Heart of God!
God is good and His heart is full of unconditional love for us!
God has a plan for every life to be filled with joy and to give us a hope and a future.
God desires that you know Him and that you walk in relationship with Him.
God has a place for you in His family, the local church, to love and serve one another.
Nothing is impossible for God!
In addition, we have wholeheartedly adopted the 16 tenets of faith that have led the AG throughout its history. These are non-negotiable tenets of faith that all Assemblies of God churches adhere to. This list is derived from the official Statement of Fundamental Truths. Click links below to see the complete original statement with all scriptures included.
WE BELIEVE…The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
WE BELIEVE…There is only One True God–revealed in three persons…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).
WE BELIEVE…In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s son Jesus was both human and divine.
WE BELIEVE…though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
WE BELIEVE…Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through ‘Salvation’ (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
WE BELIEVE…and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one’s sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation.
WE BELIEVE…the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
WE BELIEVE… The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
WE BELIEVE…Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.
WE BELIEVE…The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe ‘the Church’ is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God’s offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE…A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, and to build up or edify the body of believers–-the Church.
WE BELIEVE…Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ’s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
WE BELIEVE…in The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
WE BELIEVE…in The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.
WE BELIEVE…A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
WE BELIEVE…and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. ‘And so shall we forever be with the Lord!’
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