Our Beliefs

The following statement of faith has been adopted from the Global Leadership Network with slight adaptations.


The Bible: The Bible is God's unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.


The Nature of God: There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each fully God yet each personally distinct from the other. 


The Nature of Christ: Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Some day, He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.


The Nature of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.


Humankind: All people are created in God's image and matter deeply to Him. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people, and invites them to live in communion with Himself and in community with each other.


Sin and Redemption: Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.


Eternity: Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God's loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.


Community: All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines.


The Church: The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. 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. 

Our distinctives

These distinctive beliefs distinguish St. Timothy's from other faith communities. While these are our beliefs, we welcome those with differing viewpoints and respect the wide range of Christian positions on these issues.

  • Women in the church

    We believe men and women are equally created in God’s image and given equal authority and stewardship of God’s creation. We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers and gifts all believers, both men and women, for the work of His Kingdom. All positions at St. Timothy's are open to both men and women.

  • Spiritual Gifts

    We believe the Holy Spirit empowers believers through a variety of spiritual gifts. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. We believe all the gifts listed in scripture are fully functional today, including miraculous gifts such as tongues, healing, and prophecy.

  • Sexual Ethic

    We believe God designed sex as a gift to be enjoyed in the context of marriage between a man and a woman. We believe marriage is a calling and not every one is called to marriage for a wide variety of reasons, so we fully support those who choose celibate singleness. We strive to help everyone experience deep and meaningful community regardless of their marital status.

  • Baptism

    We believe in the importance of baptism for all believers, as a public declaration that the believer has died with Christ and been raised again with Him to walk in newness of life. We offer baptism to all new believers, dedication services for young children, and re-dedication services for anyone baptized in the past who would like to re-commit themselves.


  • Communion

    We celebrate the Lord’s Supper by sharing the elementsbread and wine/grape juice—every week in our service. We welcome everyone who acknowledges Jesus as their Lord and Savior to come forward and receive communion, regardless of their church background.