Our Pastors

Our lead pastor, Noah & his wife Emmaleigh Fritsche, have a heart to reach our city with the message of Jesus! They are passionate about building the church and seeing people like you discover and live out their highest purpose within a loving and supportive community.

 

They are full of hope for the future of Murphysboro, believing that our best days are right ahead of us and that each new day is one filled with opportunity and adventure!

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OUR MISSION

Save the lost. Bring them hope. Change the city.

“You are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden... Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father."

Matthew 5:14, 16

THE LEAD TEAM

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Noah Fritsche

Lead Pastor

Emmaleigh Fritsche

Kids Pastor
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Laura Allen

Student Pastor

Heather Jennings

Campus Coordinator
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Cathy Lilley

Outreach Coordinator

Ed & Jennifer O'Donnell

Small Group Pastors
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Maggie Wyatt

Worship Pastor
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Josh Ryder

Creative Pastor

Leann Fritsche

Pastoral Care

Tyler Baldi

Next Steps Pastor
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Elizabeth Rathert

Administration

OUR VALUES

We Love God

We put God first in everything we do. If God’s not first in it, He’s not in it at all.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

GOD (THE TRINITY)

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things, and He exists in three co-equal Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. God is totally loving and completely holy.

1 John 5:7; John 1:14, 14:28, 16:28; John 15:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1

 

THE FATHER

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in love, holiness, justice, and grace. We believe that He is all-knowing and all-powerful. We believe that He mindfully and mercifully concerns himself with the lives of humankind, that He hears and answers our prayers, and that He offers salvation from sin and death through Jesus Christ.

Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16, 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6

 

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only One who can restore us to God. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe the unconscionable beating and violent crucifixion of Jesus was in our place--the full, fitting payment for our sin.

1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23; 5:9; John 1:29

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, co-equal with Jesus and the Father in the Godhead. We believe the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son, convicts the world of sin and promotes righteousness and judgment. The Holy Spirit is our omnipresent, omnipotent helper, comforter, and guide to all who believe in Jesus.
John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26

THE SCRIPTURES

We believe the Bible is God’s Word, the product of holy men of old who spoke
and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39, 16:13- 15, 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:21

 

FORGIVENESS

We believe that in order to receive forgiveness from God and new birth, we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives. 

Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22

 

SALVATION

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is an unmerited gift from God, not earned by good works or any human effort. Whosoever calls upon Jesus will be saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22

 

WATER BAPTISM

Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of Jesus and is for believers only. Baptism is an ordinance symbolic of the Christian’s identification with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48, Colossians 2:12

 

COMMUNION

Communion is “the believer’s meal,” a sacrament intended for Jesus’ followers, by which they acknowledge and remember His work on the cross—the ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf for the forgiveness of the sins of humankind. We extend an “open” Communion table, meaning the invitation to receive Communion during a service is open to any follower of Christ, regardless of membership, denominational affiliation, or spiritual tradition. Those investigating Christianity who have not yet made a commitment of faith through Jesus Christ are encouraged to simply let the Communion plate pass by.
Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:17-34