Who Are We?
We are a small, multigenerational faith community of believers from diverse religious backgrounds.
What We Believe
We are affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA (www.abc-usa.org). American Baptists, first and foremost, firmly believe that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and our Lord. Through our belief in Him, we are assured of eternal fellowship with a loving God. For us, the foundation of Christian belief – and the greatest event in all history – is the drama of the first Easter week: the death of Christ, in which He took upon Himself all the sins of the world, and the Resurrection, which offers glorious proof of His teaching and His triumph over sin and death.
Holy Scripture always has been for us the most authoritative guide to knowing and serving the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer). As the divinely-inspired word of God, the Bible for us reveals our faith and its mandated practice.
Our affirmation of the priesthood of all believers arises from a conviction that all who truly seek God are competent to approach God directly. We cherish the freedom Christ has granted us as individual believers and unique congregations. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Galatia, as well as in other writings, emphasizes that freedom. Because of that, we have tended to avoid embracing prepared creeds or other statements that might compromise our obligation to interpret Scripture as individuals within the community of faith under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Cherishing our own God-given gift of freedom has motivated us to support religious freedom for all to seek God's will. Although this has allowed for distinctive opinions within various American Baptist congregations, both on aspects of our faith and their application within society, most of us would admit that dialog is a healthy means of spiritual growth. As it encourages its members to seek continually the mind of Christ in all matters, American Baptist Churches USA respects the variety of theological understandings that its members, and other Christians, have embraced.
Rev. Leroy Dixon
Sister Juanita Dixon
Minister of Music
Sunday School Superintendent