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Pastor Mike & Nora Craver

Mike and Nora Craver answered the call to ministry in 1993 and have served faithfully in all areas of ministry over the last 25 years. Mike is an ordained minister and graduate of Covenant Life Seminary.  Mike and Nora have a passion for the Lord and both have an awesome testimony of what God has done in their lives. Their desire and mandate is to raise up strong disciples of Jesus Christ and help equip the ordinary believer to do extraordinary things for God. Mike and Nora have been married for 25 years and have two daughters and a son-in-law.

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PILLARS OF FAITH

THE BIBLE

We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible Word of God and the final authority in the life of the believer. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21)

THE TRINITY

We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority. (Genesis 1:2,27; Deuteronomy 4:1-2Psalms

119:1189105Isaiah 40:8Matthew 22:29; 28:19; John 5:3916:13-1517:17Romans 15:42 Timothy 3:15-17Hebrews 1:1-24:12; 1 John 5:7; 1 Peter 1:252 Peter 3:16)

FATHER GOD

God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises. (Exodus 3:14Numbers 23:19Leviticus 11:44-4519:2Psalm 11:4-6Malachi 3:6John 3:164:245:2614:1Acts 17:28Romans 3:3-4)

JESUS THE SON

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His suffering and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to the earth in power and glory to rule for a thousand years. Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life. (Isaiah 7:1453Matthew 1:18 233:178:2914:3316:1628:5-6; Luke 2:26-33; Luke 22:7024:46-47John 1:114; 8:58; 10:3011:25-2717:1-5Acts 1:92:22-247:55-56Romans 1:3-43:23-268:1-310:41 Corinthians 8:62 Corinthians 5:19-21Gal 4:4-5Philippians 2:5-11Colossians 1:152:9; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5-63:16; 1 Peter 2:22)

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is revealed as a person with an individuality all of His own. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18, Hebrews 9:14, 1 Peter 1:2). He is a divine Person like the Father and the Son, not an “it” or an impersonal “force”. This is how Peter makes reference to Him (Acts 5:3-4). He has personal characteristics, for He thinks (Romans 8:27), feels (Romans 15:30), wills (1 Corinthians 12:11), and has the capacity to love and enjoy fellowship. The Father sent Him to bring believers into the intimate presence and fellowship of Jesus (John 14:16-18, 26). We believe that the Holy Spirit provides one or more spiritual gifts to all believers, manifesting them as He wills. We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available and operating today. (1 Peter 1:15-16;

1 Cor 12:4-11) We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit in a person's life is evident by changes in his life, including a renewed love for God, people and a commitment to the scriptures unto holy living. The spirit filled believer has the capability of speaking with new tongues whether or not he or she chooses to exercise this gifting. (Matt 3:11; Acts 2:4,38; Acts 10:44-46; 19:1-6)

MAN

Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Genesis 1:26-302:718-223Psalms 8:3-632:1-551:5Isaiah 6:5Jeremiah 17:5Acts 17:26-31Romans 1:19-323:10-18235:66:67:14-251 Corinthians 1:21-3115:1921-22Ephesians 2Colossians 1:21-223:9-11)

ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. (John 3:1636Romans 6:231 John 2:255:11-13Revelation 20:15)

SALVATION

We believe in the fall and sinfulness of man and that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that after realizing one’s sinful condition, one must repent and believe in Jesus to be saved or “born again”. Once you have been forgiven of your sins (born again in Christ), you should be baptized in water. After salvation you are justified, meaning that through the resurrection of Christ and becoming born again, we have been acquitted of our sins and declared righteous in God’s sight. (Acts 3:19; 13:38,39; 1 John 1:9; Romans 5:1,2; 10:9,10; 1 Corinthians 6:11)​

SANCTIFICATION

We believe in WALK IT, JUST DON'T TALK IT.... the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and affirm His present ministry, by whose indwelling; the Christian is enabled to live a holy life, which means to be separated from sin and dedicated to God. Biblically, sanctification is a symbol of being cleansed from pollution and allowing the Holy Spirit to renew us. Once you become born again and baptized in water, a believer should strive to become more Christ-like in their behavior, exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit and living a holy and moral life through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. God gives us grace and when we miss the mark, we should repent right away and ask the Lord to deliver us from every bondage and stronghold. (2 Thess 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:21; Titus 2: 11-12; Colossians 2:11 & 3: 5; Hebrews 10:10; 1Cor 6:11)

HEALING & DELIVERANCE

We believe that divine healing is available through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross and that Jesus took the stripes on His back to provide that healing. However, we encourage and do not condemn medical science (Isaiah 53:5; Acts 3:2-12; Acts 5:15,16; James 5:13-16) We believe that deliverance can be instant or it can be a process. (1 John 5:4-5; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Cor 10:3-4; Psalm 107:20)

THE CHURCH

We believe the Church of Jesus Christ is available for all, a spiritual body of believers from every tribe, tongue, kindred and race of people who have been “born again”, and is indwelt by God through the Holy Spirit and divinely empowered to fulfill ministry and the Great Commission on earth. As Christ as the head, the purpose of the church is to first offer worship to God, followed by sound teaching, fellowship, instruction and evangelism. We believe in the “5 fold” ministry as described in Ephesians 4:11,12 (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers).

ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

We practice two ordinances: (1) Water Baptism by immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving the gift of salvation and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation. (Matt 3:11,16; Matt 28:18,19; Acts 8:36-38; 1 Cor 11:23-26).

SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE

​We believe that marriage is God-ordained. "The creator made them male and female, and said, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh" (Matthew 19:4-5). Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship, a lifelong faithful union between a man and a woman. (Hebrews 13:4) This relationship between a husband and wife should parallel the relationship between Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:23-33).

THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS

We believe in the blessed hope, the imminent return of Christ for overcoming believers. (1Thess 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7; Titus 2:13)

GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT​

​​​We believe in the resurrection and final judgment of the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to everlasting damnation. Then the dead will be judged at the great white throne judgment, and all whose names are not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire. The righteous will live eternally on new earth and the holy Jerusalem, the city of God, descending out of heaven and filled with the glory of God.. (Matthew 7:13-14; 25:46; John 5:29; Jude 1:7; Daniel 12:2; 1 Thess 5:9,10; 2 Peter 3:7; Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 20:7-15; Isaiah 65:17, Rev 21:1 )

Colleagues Working Together

OUR CODE

  1. Jesus is the center​ (It's about Jesus and not religious traditions)

  2. Love people, even when they aren't perfect (Create a culture of honor and value by extending grace)

  3. Reach one (The one is just as important as a multitude)

  4. Give God and others our best (Be participators not just spectators)

  5. Begin small, aim big (We won't limit what God can do through us)

THE MISSION

  • EXIST to love people and show them who God is

  • ENCOUNTER God through worship

  • EQUIP and disciple by teaching the word

  • EDIFY by encouraging people to use their gifts and talents for God