In Essential Beliefs: We Have Unity
There is one Body and one Sprit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and all… Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV)
In Nonessential Beliefs: We have liberty
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall…So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22
In All our Beliefs: We Show Charity
…and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I have that absolute faith which can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. 1 Corinthians 13:2
We believe the Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error when they were initially penned by their authors. We believe it to be the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of all people, the divine and final authority for the Christian life and faith.
We believe in the Trinity, the Triune God, one God who has always and will always exist as three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They all share the same essence or substance but have distinct personalities and roles.
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible, who is true holiness, all powerful, infinite love, and absolute truth, all knowing, and all present.
GOD THE SON
We believe Jesus Christ is simultaneously 100% human and 100% divine. We believe He was born of a virgin, that His death was a pleasing and acceptable sacrifice for the sins of all, that He was resurrected bodily as a proof and vindication of His claims, and that He ascended to heaven. We believe He will return in bodily form to gather all Christ followers. We believe Jesus is the only way to have a personal relationship with God and that by personally accepting His death and resurrection, anyone can be spiritually birthed (born again) into this relationship.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit’s goal is to bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ. We affirm He is actively involved in the lives of Christ followers. He is not only responsible for their new birth, He also instructs and empowers them to live the Christian life. He grows fruit in their lives as evidence of character development. He gifts them in ways that enable fulfillment of their God given destiny of being God’s teammate in reaching the world. We affirm He is also active in the lives of all unbelievers, whether skeptics or inquisitive seekers. He is at work prodding them about sin, pointing out their distance from God, and heightening their sense of emptiness that only God can fill.
We believe that all people are created in the image of God. Through the fall of Adam and Eve, we were separated from God. We remain in that state until the moment of new birth by the Holy Spirit. Only through the work of the Holy Spirit can this eternal life be received.
We believe that God, in His great love for all people, provided the ultimate sacrifice for sin in His Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation can come through Him alone. Only through His shed blood and resurrection are there any grounds for justification and reconciliation to God. Salvation is, therefore, received as a free gift of faith.
JUDGMENT AND ASSURANCE
We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into eternal condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. Together, the local church comprises the “Body of Christ”. Through it, believers invest time, energy and resources to fulfill the Great Commission – reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.
Paul Jones – Lead Pastor & Cultural Architect
Paul is the Lead Pastor at Journey of Hope. He is a lover of Jesus and a Southern boy at heart. Paul grew up near Birmingham, Alabama where he married his wife Emily in 2007. He is a man who loves his family. Paul and Emily have 6 kids, 5 girls, and 1 boy. Paul likes to spend time with his family, laugh, read, and explore the great state of Michigan
Josh Angel - Executive Pastor
Josh identifies most with his role in his family. He is married to Nicki and the dad of three great kids. Josh enjoys being outside whenever he can. Josh loves duck, deer, and turkey hunting, fishing, boating, cutting firewood, and camping. When he gets to do these things with his family, it is even better.
Emily Jones - Administrative Assistant to Lead pastor
Emily is the Administrative Assistant to our Lead Pastor. She also happens to be his wife. The two have been married since 2007. She is a Mom of 6 who loves her big family. Emily enjoys this crazy ride called life that has brought her all the way to southern Michigan
Matt Parks - Worship Pastor
Matt has been attending Journey of Hope Community Church since 2005, and he began leading worship later that year. In addition to leading worship here, he has led worship and been involved on worship teams at other churches for over 20 years. Matt loves to create an experience where people can connect with God.
Herb Rowsey - Youth Pastor
Herb Rowsey came to Journey of Hope in the summer of 2014 with his beautiful wife, Sarah. He had just graduated in May 2013 from Concordia University with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. Herb leads the youth ministry and finds it an honor and a privilege to invest in teen’s lives.
Hank Sower - Local Missions
Hank or Mr. Detroit as we like to call him was born in Detroit and has lived in Taylor, MI since 1956. Hank and his lovely wife Patti have two daughters, Rachel and Leah, as well as 4 awesome grandkids! Hank loves the Detroit Tigers almost as much as he loves Jesus! He is a sports lover and lives life to the full. Hank is currently serving as the Pastor at Maple Heights Senior Center and leads our team service projects in the community.
Holly Smith - Children’s Director
Holly is our Children’s Pastor. Her husband Grant and she have been married since 2011 and have 2 awesome kids. Holly enjoys crafting and Comic books, like Batman and Wonder Woman. She loves to spend time with her family.
Sarah Rowsey - Creative Arts & Youth Leader
Sarah works with her husband, Herb, as a leader within the youth ministry. Sarah also loves art and assisting others by experiencing God and life by art. Sarah and Herb have been married since 2010. Also, Sarah brings so much joy to all she is around.
Sue Westphal - Prayer team Leader
Sue is currently serving as the leader of our prayer team. She has one son who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. Sue is a dedicated and faithful person; she has been an Administrative Assistant at Detroit Law firm for over 36 years.
Lynne Meharg-Williams - Women’s Ministry Leader
Lynn is the leader of our Women’s ministry. She and her husband George are both involved in our JOHCC team. Lynn loves serving Jesus and continues to show that same love to others each and every day.
Sue Yandura - A/V and Media Leader
Sue is a ball of energy. She enjoys life and loves people. When you’re around Sue, you quickly feel her love for life and Jesus because it is contagious. She is the leader of our A/V and Media team. She makes sure that things run smooth during our gathering time. She is married and has two adult sons.