Justin Powell & Family

Pastor Justin is a lifelong Michigander, having spent significant portions of time on the West Michigan lakeshore, Metro Detroit, and Grand Rapids. He grew up as a pastor's kid and comes from a family with a strong legacy of serving in the church. Now, with 15+ years of ministry experience in churches of varying sizes and contexts, Justin has developed into a bit of a "jack-of-all-trades" pastor; a characteristic that fits well within the framework of a call to church planting. In his free time, Justin will most likely be found deer hunting, officiating a high school basketball game, plowing through a non-fiction best seller, or speaking in his native tongue...sarcasm!


Cathi was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area (Wyoming); the youngest of five in a family of firefighters who also owned a small community bakery. She grew up heavily involved in athletics, earned All-American honors in multiple sports in college, and her high level of achievement in that arena still plays a major role into her adult life. Cathi loves to laugh, loves to spend time with her closest friends, and those core relationships run extremely deep. She spends much of her time coaching/mentoring, and looking forward to the next televised Duke basketball game.


Justin & Cathi met at Cornerstone University and were married in 2005. Since then, their daughter Halle (8) and son Talon (7) joined the party. They are the most energetic, fun, and flexible kids you'll ever meet. Watching them grow up, and navigating the "young family" season with them, has helped shape their passion for other young couples and helped them see what a truly vital season of life it really is.


The Powells have devoted themselves to taking what was planted in them throughout their lives, and reinvesting that into others.  While they work hard to enjoy life, they strive to put themselves in position to hear from God and ultimately do their best to respond to his leading.

The Fieldstone Story

The journey began in the Powell family. Even as Justin & Cathi experienced tremendous opportunities to serve in churches in a variety of roles, they always believed that God would ultimately call Justin to be the Lead Pastor of a church. In the summer of 2016, God began to stir in their hearts the call to plant a brand new church, with the vision of reaching families in Milan, Dundee, and the entire region of SE Michigan. On September 17, 2017, a year of praying, dreaming, and planning came to fruition as Fieldstone Church held its first service.


As many of us have experienced, raising a family is an extremely vital season of life. Couples are essentially creating brand new family trees! These families are establishing their values and priorities, and are setting the course for the next 3-4 generations (or more). Unfortunately, so many are getting off course and forming destructive patterns that will be passed on to their children and grandchildren. A church that reaches those families with the Gospel will transform not just lives, but entire family trees.


That is our mission, and it's a belief in that mission that continues to drive us. Like you, we have experienced the ability of our family trees to impact our lives both positively and negatively, and we want to help individuals and families experience the power of God at the center of their lives. 


Welcome to our story! We would be honored to have you make it part of your story as well.

BELIEFS

Fieldstone is a non-denominational church with no official ties or responsibilities to any denomination, organization, etc. Below is a concise selection of our beliefs:


One God

We believe that Scripture teaches there is only one true and living God, who is self-existent, and the eternal “I AM,” the creator of heaven and earth, and the redeemer of mankind.  We believe that He has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in essence, though distinct in personality. These three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfection and are worthy of the same homage and obedience.


Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man

Jesus, fully God and fully man, was born miraculously of the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood as atonement and making it available to all who put their faith in Him.  He resurrected from the dead and is exalted to the right hand of God.


The Holy Spirit

The Scriptures ascribe to the Holy Spirit the acts and attributes of an intelligent being.  He guides, knows, moves, gives information, commands, forbids, sends forth, reproves, as the instrumental segment of the Trinity in the dispersion of spiritual gifts.


Word of God

We believe that the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, were written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit and are God’s revealed word to man.  They are the sufficient, infallible rule and guide to salvation and all Christian worship and service.


Salvation of Man

God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our separation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace, not human effort, and must be received personally by repentance and faith. In order to be saved, one must believe: The Bible is the Word of God, Jesus is the sinless Son of God, and that we must be born again.


Eternity

We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ pass immediately into His presence and remain there until the resurrection of the glorified body. The souls of the unbelieving remain conscious of condemnation and will be punished with eternal separation from the presence of the Lord.


Baptism

We believe the New Testament teaches two baptisms. First, there is the baptism whereby the repentant sinner, upon trusting Jesus Christ as his Savior, is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ.  Secondly, there is water baptism by immersion for believers only.  The believer expresses publicly what has already taken place inwardly, and symbolically aligns himself with the Lord Jesus Christ in crucifixion and resurrection to new life.

(Note on children: The dedication of children is the presentation of a child to God by the parents, before the Church, and therefore establishes a covenant between God, parents, and their community of faith. Together, they are committing to raise the child in the knowledge and nurture of the Lord, with confidence that when the child grows into adulthood they will not depart from faith and truth.)


Our partnership with ARC

During our launch season, we partnered with ARC, a church planting organization that has successfully launched hundreds of churches around the world. We've fallen in love with their vision to work with church planters and church leaders to provide support, guidance and resources to launch and grow life-giving churches. Their friendship was an invaluable part of our launch, and we're excited to see how God continues to work through our relationship with ARC in the future.