Explaining every facet of the gospel for every part of our lives.
Welcome! We believe God has called us as a church to be about The Gospel in all that we do. We believe our approach to The Gospel is what makes our church unique in this city. We invite you to take a moment to hear Pastor Jamie talk about who we are as a church.
Our Statement of Faith
Our statement of faith is based on Biblical Scripture and told through the Apostles' Creed.
Our statement of faith is based on Biblical Scripture and told through the Apostles Creed.
We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from from there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
We are passionate about Gospel centrality.
We believe the gospel is the good news of what God has graciously accomplished for sinners through the sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, namely our forgiveness from sin and complete justification before God; this gospel is also the foundation for our confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s kingdom, and the consummation of his purpose for all creation in the new heavens and new earth.
This gospel is centered in Christ, is the foundation for the life of the Church, and is our only hope for eternal life; this gospel is not proclaimed if Christ’s penal substitutionary death and bodily resurrection are not central to our message.
This Gospel is not only the means by which people are saved, but also the truth and power by which people are sanctified; it is the truth of the Gospel that enables us to genuinely and joyfully do what is pleasing to God and to grow in progressive conformity to the image of Christ.
The salvation offered in this gospel message is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; no ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved.
(Mark 1:1; Luke 24:46-47; John 3:16-18; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:2; 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; 9:13; Galatians 1:6-9; Ephesians 1: 7-10; Colossians 1: 19-20; 2 Timothy 1:8-14; 2 Peter 3: 11-13 Jude 3-4; Revelation 21-22)
We enthusiastically embrace the sovereignty of God’s grace in saving sinners.
We affirm that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, not on the basis of foreseen faith but unconditionally, according to his sovereign good pleasure and will.
We believe that through the work of the Holy Spirit, God will draw the elect to faith in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, graciously and effectually overcoming their stubborn resistance to the gospel so that they will most assuredly and willingly believe.
We also believe that these, the elect of God whom he gave to the Son, will persevere in belief and godly behavior and be kept secure in their salvation by grace through faith.
We believe that God’s sovereignty in this salvation neither diminishes the responsibility of people to believe in Christ nor marginalizes the necessity and power of prayer and evangelism, but rather reinforces and establishes them as the ordained means by which God accomplishes his ordained ends.
(John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 13:48; 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17,31-39; 9:1-23; 10:8-10; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7,9)
We recognize and rest upon the necessity of the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all of life and ministry.
The Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and Son, whose primary ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ; he also convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth).
The Spirit permanently indwells, graciously sanctifies, lovingly leads, and empowers all who are brought to faith in Christ so that they might live in obedience to the inerrant Scriptures.
The model for our reliance upon the Spirit and our experience of his indwelling and empowering presence is the Lord Jesus Christ himself who was filled with the Spirit and entirely dependent upon his power for the performance of miracles, the preaching of the kingdom of God, and all other dimensions of his earthly ministry.
The Holy Spirit who indwelt and empowered Christ in like manner indwells and empowers us through spiritual gifts he has bestowed for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ. Although there are different understandings in our network of the nature and function of these gifts, we all recognize that they are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry and are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines.
(Matthew 3:11; 12:28; Luke 4:1, 14; 5:17; 10:21; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15, 34; 14:12; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Acts 2:14-21; 4:29-30; 10:38; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-13; 12:28-31; 14:1-33; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18)
We are deeply committed both to the fundamental spiritual and moral equality of male and female as well as the principle of male headship in the church and home.
Both men and women are together created in the divine image and are therefore equal before God as persons, possessing the same moral dignity and value, and have equal access to God through faith in Christ.
Both husbands and wives are responsible to God for spiritual nurture and vitality in the home, but God has given to the man primary responsibility to lead his wife and family in accordance with the servant leadership and sacrificial love modeled by Jesus Christ.
The Elders/Pastors of each local church have been granted authority under the headship of Jesus Christ to provide oversight and to teach/preach the Word of God in corporate assembly for the building up of the body. The office of Elder/Pastor is restricted to men.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18; Acts 18:24-26; 1 Corinthians 11:2-16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 3:1-7; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
We embrace a missionary understanding of the local church and its role as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom on earth.
We are called to make Christ known through the gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring his lordship to bear on every dimension of life.
The primary way we fulfill this mission is through the planting of churches that plant churches and the training of their leaders. Our aim is that Jesus Christ would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of those churches God enables us to plant around the world.
We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ.
(Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)
Have another question about what we believe? Let us know
Join Us For Worship
Weekend Gatherings are our opportunity to reflect on New Life through the Gospel and an opportunity to worship God as the Gospel has reconciled us to our Creator.
What to Expect:
Our gatherings are focused on key facets of worship:
- Expiation (Forgiveness)
Worship Gathering Times
Sunday mornings at 10:00am
What to Bring
Yourself, a friend, and a Bible. The Church in DeKalb uses the English Standard Version for preaching and teaching. Free copies of the ESV are available in the pews of every service.
The Gospel is for Kids Too!
Every Sunday morning, we provide a Children’s Worship Gathering as well as Nursery.
Our Council of Elders
Pastor Jamie believes that the most important thing about people is our view of God, and to the extent that our view of God is distorted our life will be out of focus. The only way to have a right view of God is to be transformed by the Gospel which is the only way to know God rightly.
He came to DeKalb after realizing three things: DeKalb is a beautiful city, a broken city, and a city that the Gospel can and is redeeming.
Pastor Jamie graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Jamie and his wife Cherron have been married for 18 years and have two children, Noël and Calvin.
At heart, Paul is a teacher and a shepherd. He loves helping make people feel welcome and connected and is passionate about people reading and understanding the words about Christ.
Paul grew up in western Texas where he learned and understood the gospel and felt God’s call to be an ambassador for His kingdom. From an earthly standpoint, mathematics brought him to DeKalb to teach at NIU, but he also clearly sees God’s providence in leading he and his wife Stephanie The Church in DeKalb.
Paul and Stephanie were married in 2010, the same year they moved to DeKalb, and thus their married life so far has been blessed and supported by our broader church family. It can be hard living states away from natural family, but God has met their needs in abundance through our church family.
William Cowper wrote, "Judge not the lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace; behind a frowning providence he hides a smiling face." It's one of those ideas that sounds great on paper or when you sing it, but we struggle so often to believe it when it matters most. Steve’s desire is that the reality of God's complete providence in Christ would transform our groanings into worship and our trials into praise - and as God constantly reminds us of His good news that we might likewise remind others. Steve believes that one of the most important jobs of shepherding our culture is bridging the gaps between what we know, what we think, and how we live.
Steve was born in Philadelphia, PA, grew up in the city, and was raised in a Jewish family. As a teen he became increasingly bitter toward God and organized religion. While nursing two terminally ill parents during his high school years, he was plagued by the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" John 9:1-3 summarizes it best: "As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." This idea that God might have a purpose for our suffering that is both outside of – and bigger than – ourselves, was, and is, still utterly transformational in Steve’s life. Steve attended Philadelphia Biblical University and spent two years on mission in the Dominican Republic before moving to Illinois in 2008.
Most of Steve’s relatives are gone; however, he is glad that God has been so good in giving him a new family - both at home and in Christ. He and his wife Desiree live in Rochelle, IL with their son Silas, a gray tabby named Mina, and too many stuffed animals to name.
Jason enjoys digging deep into discussions and learning alongside others, the mysteries of the Gospel. He longs to see his neighborhood and his city changed for Christ.
Jason grew up just outside Peoria, IL in a Christian family. He came to DeKalb in 2009 to study electrical engineering at NIU, with no intentions of staying here. After landing a job even before graduating, it was clear that God had other plans. He and his wife Natalie attended a few local churches, but felt like something was missing. At the prompting of some friends, they came to The church in DeKalb and experienced the Gospel anew. He became so impressed with the Gospel that he longed to teach others the beauty of the Gospel – unearthed again.
Jason and Natalie were married in 2010, and have been blessed to be on this journey together! The church continues to be a source of growth and challenge in their lives as they learn more and more of the wonders of grace.
In serving at The Church in DeKalb, Dawn’s vision is to help foster an environment to help our people know, experience and worship our amazing God. She is passionate about leading people into God’s presence and teaching people to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, who teaches us how to worship. Dawn finds great joy in encouraging our people to use their gifts and talents to further God’s kingdom here in DeKalb, IL.
Along with her leadership opportunities at The Church in DeKalb, Dawn also teaches music in two local elementary schools. Dawn would say that the best part about serving is the opportunity to use her talents learned in school as a way to glorify God. Dawn loves the fact that she can use music as a tool for worshiping the Lord.
Because Dawn’s family currently lives in the far off lands of Texas and California, she has seen The Church in DeKalb has stepped into her life in an amazing way. Jesus has shown Dawn in a very real and tangible way how His church really is a body and that we can be united through Christ.
Having grown up in a Christian home, Stephanie has been exposed to Christ all her life. She is truly amazed at just how dynamic and simple the Gospel is as she continues to learn more about a God that has no end. Stephanie has been so excited to hear the Gospel taught in a way that captivates and challenges her heart for Jesus at The Church in DeKalb.
A verse that has struck Stephanie about her caring for the church is this, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col. 3:17. Her desires are to take the training and knowledge she has learned from previous administrative experience and honor God with using her gifts and talents in that. She has a joy and passion in being able to work in this way. Stephanie and her family arrived at The Church in DeKalb in the fall of 2014 and have been excited to grow in the LORD as a family and serve the LORD as a family.
Stephanie has been married to her husband, Willie since 2006. They settled in Sycamore in 2011 and have been given the blessings of two children, Chloe and soon to be born baby, Alexie.
Brent’s vision is that the children in our church grow to know who Jesus is and building their lives with the foundation of the Gospel. Matthew 7:24-27 teaches us that everyone who hears the words of Jesus and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon a rock. When rain, wind and floods came, his house did not fall because of the rock it was built upon. In contrast, everyone who hears the words of Jesus and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. When faced with rain, wind, and floods, the house was utterly ruined.
Brent believes that the function of the Children’s Ministry is to equip the youth with the proper materials to build on the solid foundation that Jesus and the Gospel are.Brent grew up in a Christian home and has been exposed to the Gospel since he was an infant. Aside from serving with the Children’s Ministry, Brent currently attends Kishwaukee Community College, officiates wrestling for the IHSA, and labors as a warehouse operator at 3M Distribution Center in DeKalb. Brent believes that each facet of his life is an opportunity to share the Gospel with others and draw them to Christ. Brent’s favorite books of the Bible are Ecclesiastes, Luke, and Revelation.
Brent has been married to Jacqueline Gross since 2014. They have two children, Brayden (3) and Hailie (1). Brent’s parents, Scott and Judy Gross, currently attend The church in DeKalb, along with two of his siblings, three of his cousins, his aunt and his uncle, and his grandfather. Brent and Jacqueline currently live in Malta, Illinois.
Jessie Bollinger has been coming to the church in DeKalb since May 2014 and began serving shortly thereafter. Outside of the church, she is a special education teacher for DeKalb School District 428.
Donna is our ‘Mary Poppins.’ That’s what we call her because she is practically perfect in every way – at least as a Christian and a Church Member. Donna enjoys history, especially church history. Besides knitting and pouring Cappuccinos for Starbucks, she’s a great servant in the church and a great theologian too.
Donna joined The church in DeKalb 9 years ago, and she is one of the very first people that we even met in the beginning of our church plant. She’s served in formal roles such as Children’s Director and informal-just-get-it-done roles throughout the church, everywhere. Donna grew up in the Sycamore and DeKalb area. She graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an incredible part of our family.
Mark is a Deacon at The church in DeKalb and has been a member for 4 years. He aims to spread the Gospel throughout the world and to teach properly, using only Biblical Wisdom to do so.
Mark has attended church since childhood, but has grown ever closer to God, especially in recent years. He struggled with understanding justice for many years, but has seen how God’s Justice is different from human, worldly justice. His favorite verse is Matthew 16:23 because it encapsulates all Idolatry and misplaced faith, while establishing God’s perfect plan. Mark has been married to Layne since 2013, and they have a daughter, Adelaide, born in 2017.
Willie can be found working on the computers and IT infrastructure at church as well as engaging the church body, getting them plugged into serving. Willie’s vision is to create leaders of leaders. It is because we are a church that plants churches, it is important to be raising up leaders and discipling others as we continue to grow.
Willie grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ at a young age. He helped plant a church in Crystal Lake, where he met his wife, Stephanie during youth group and they married 2 years later in 2006. Willie and his wife moved to Sycamore and bought a home in 2011. Willie and Stephanie joined The church in Dekalb in the fall of 2015. They have since had two girls, Chloe and Alexie. Willie rides a Harley Davidson, V Rod Muscle and loves motorcycles. Willie and Stephanie are also involved in Black Sheep Harley Davidson’s for Christ Motorcycle Ministry.
Kim has been attending the Church in DeKalb since 2012 and has been playing piano in the worship band for most of that time. Kim is a high school Spanish teacher who has a loves God, blogging, crafting, her wonderful husband and her three children, Reece, Addison, and Abigail, who are now in the loving arms of Jesus.
Sean Waters has been attending The Church in DeKalb since 2012 and has been a part of the A/V team for most of that time. Sean is a high school math teacher who loves God, baseball, his lovely wife Kim, and their three beautiful angel children: Reece, Addison, and Abigail.
The Gospel is for kids too!
Every Sunday morning, we provide a Children’s Worship Gathering, as well as Nursery.
Parents can drop off their 18-month-olds to 3-year-olds in their downstairs classroom, where they will learn about the Gospel on a level that is intended to help them get to know Jesus.
They will have the opportunity to play and sing. Each child will leave with a parent sheet and coloring page or craft. Parents are encouraged to review the lessons with their children during the week, as the lessons build upon each other. Snacks are provided.
4-7 year olds will sit with their parents/guardians during the liturgy until sermon begins to which they are encouraged to go down to their downstairs classroom with their teachers. During their time of worship, they will learn from a curriculum that helps the kids understand the gospel, and will do a craft to help them remember their time. Each child will leave with a parent discussion sheet, memory verse, craft or coloring page that parents can review with them during the week and help prepare their kids for the following week, as the lessons build on each other.
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