Geoff and Jenny Stertz moved from Baltimore in June 2016 with the desire to meet the needs of the growing population of the Dallas metroplex. The Stertzes will have been married for 9 years in June and enjoy raising their two little girls Natalie (3) and Audrey (15 mo.).
Jenny graduated in 2009 with her undergraduate in Elementary Education with a minor in Dramatic Productions. In 2011 she graduated with her Masters in Biblical Counseling. Besides being a stay-at-home mom, Jenny has enjoyed teaching piano and voice lessons as well as working with teenage girls and other women in counseling relationships. Her desire is to help girls and women grow in their personal relationship with God and to find real help and strength through a careful understanding and application of God’s Word. If you’d like to contact Jenny, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geoff graduated in 2009 with his undergraduate in Biblical Studies with a minor in Music. He completed his Masters of Divinity degree in 2013. Both he and Jenny worked for 6 years in church ministry in southern Wisconsin. From July 2012 to June 2016, Geoff worked in pastoral ministry primarily with youth. In spring 2016, he was ordained for pastoral ministry at Temple Baptist Church in Glen Burnie, MD. Geoff’s passion is to teach individuals the Scriptures and to mentor them toward spiritual maturity as outlined in the Bible. If you’d like to contact Geoff, you can email him at email@example.com.
Together, the Stertzes love hosting friends and community members in their home in Wylie, TX. They would be delighted to make your acquaintance and be of help in any way they can. Click here to contact the Stertzes.
Josh & Lydia
Josh and Lydia are engaged, and are looking forward to their wedding in September 2017. They met while working at a Christian summer camp, and then dated and were engaged at college. Until the wedding, Josh is working and transitioning into the Dallas area where they hope to serve in various ministries, and Lydia is working at her home in Michigan.
Lydia graduated from Maranatha Baptist University in 2016 with a BA in Biblical Counseling and a minor in Church Music. She looks forward to marrying Josh and supporting and helping his ministry, but also desires to influence and mentor young women through a counseling ministry.
Josh graduated from Maranatha Baptist University in 2017 with a BA in Communication Arts: Digital Media, and a minor in Marketing Management. He desires to use his talents and skills to support ministry both in the church, and personally. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission is to fulfill Jesus’ commission to make disciples of Christ and teach them His commands (Matthew 28:19-20). We will work to establish an independent, local church of believers in Jesus that will elect trained and qualified leadership according to the qualifications outlined in the New Testament (1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, 1 Peter 5:1-4).
We believe that the Holy Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of both the old and new Testaments, is God’s Revelation unto man, was written without error in the original manuscripts by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is, therefore the sole authority in all matters of faith and practice, and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (II Tim 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:21)
We believe that there is one, and only one living true God, creator of all things and infinite in wisdom, perfect Spirit and Personal Being, inexpressibly glorious in holiness, eternally existing in three Persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit—equal in every Divine perfection, yet but one God. We rejoice that he concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer. (Deut 6:4; John 1:1-3; Matt 28:19; I Cor. 8:6)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sin of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people and His personal, visible, pretribulational, premillenial return to the world according to His promise. (Colossians 1:15; Matt 1:18-25; I Peter 2:24, 25; Hebrews 4:14-16; Rev. 20:4-6; I Cor. 15:51; I Thess. 4:16-18.)
We believe in the Person and work of the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that regenerates and indwells those who in genuine heart trust, repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that His desire is to comfort, direct, make prayer for, empower for service and effect personal holiness in and through the life of the believer (John 16:8-11; I Peter 1:12; Romans 8:26; John 14:26; I Corinthians 2:13.)
We believe that man was created in a state of holiness, in the image of God, his creator, but through willful disobedience fell into sin, thereby incurring the curse of God and subjecting the entire human race to a sinful condition, by nature spiritually dead. Failure to accept God’s offer of redemption subjects the sinner to the consequence of this state, which is eternal separation from God in hell. (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:10, 23; John 3:16, 18; Romans 5:12; John 5:24; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14,15.)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, that heaven is the everlasting abode of the saved, a place of everlasting blessedness. That hell is the everlasting abode of the unsaved, a place of everlasting conscious punishment. (I Cor. 15:44-46; Rev. 20:5, 6; 20:13-15.)
We believe that a soul is saved when Christ is received as Personal Savior and Lord, as a result of which the Holy Spirit imparts eternal life; that the redeemed one is thereby regenerated (born again,) and becomes a partaker of the Divine nature, having received a holy disposition inwrought by the power of God in connection with Divine Truth, in manner above our comprehension, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith an newness of life. Such a one is justified by God, having entered into a state of righteousness imputed to the individual on the basis of the shed blood and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, which is solely by grace apart from works, and is thereby preserved by the power of God through faith unto the fulfillment of the work of redemption, which is the everlasting enjoyment of Heaven in the presence of God. The believer, having experienced salvation, is admonished by God to walk in holiness as God is Holy. (John 3:7; Eph. 2:8-10; Romans 5:1; II Cor. 5:1; Acts 4:12.)
We believe in the Church, a living spiritual organism of which Christ is Founder and Head, of which all regenerated people are members. We believe the local New Testament Church is a company of baptized, i.e. immersed, believers in Jesus Christ buried with Him in water baptism, i.e. immersed, united for worship, work, and fellowship. To these local churches were committed two ordinances for observation, Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Christ has committed to the church the ministry of reconciling the lost and dying world unto God. We believe that all human betterment and social improvements are the inevitable by-products of such a gospel. We further believe that each church is independent and autonomous and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling it duties free from dictation and patronage of the other (Acts 2:41, 47; II Cor. 5:19; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 8:1; I Peter 5:3; I Corinthians 5:3, 4.)