Transforming family trees with the gospel
Transforming family trees with the gospel
Fieldstone: "An architectural stone taken from the topsoil and used in its natural shape. Though historically overlooked and underutilized, it is often called upon as a trustworthy foundation and source of strength when all other resources are exhausted or inadequate."
That sounds to us like small town America. That sounds to us...like the church.
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.
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 almost 20 years of ministry experience in churches of varying sizes and contexts, Justin has developed into a bit of a "jack-of-all-trades" pastor.
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!
Joe came to Fieldstone early in 2019 after 10 years of local church ministry that have taken him from Metro Detroit to Chicago & Laguna Beach and back again. Joe is our "Next" Pastor, overseeing our Next Gen ministries (StudMin is his first love!) and leading people of all ages through our Next Step opportunities.
Joe is recently married to his wife Leah and his home base is definitely the front porch on a warm summer evening. When you see him, ask him about his affinity for WWE and all-things Jurassic Park.
The Body of Christ is incredibly vast & diverse, and we're honored to work alongside some amazing people and organizations, both locally and around the world.
Oron & Lauren Wilcox and their son Bo were our first ever Fieldstone-supported missionaries. God is using their heart for the Gospel and Engineering talent to develop a camp called Rancho Nicaragua. Check out their story at RanchoNicaragua.com
Crystal has an energy for people and a passion for evangelism that can only be described as a GIFT! We are excited to partner with her in the work she's doing to reach university students in Asia. Check out their ministry at campustarget.org
Fieldstone is a non-denominational church with no official ties to a denomination, organization, etc. Below is a concise selection of our beliefs:
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. Truth is not defined by cultural context, feelings, or majority opinion, but only by God through his Word.
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.
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.
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 themself 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.)