Our Story. Our Leaders. Our Beliefs. Our Partners.

Our Story

Many ask, "Why another church?" but that suggests there's more than one. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, "I will build my church" and we believe He meant it. There is ONE church (HIS church!) and all who claim the name of Jesus are part of that one church, for "there is ONE body and ONE Spirit—just as you were called to the ONE hope that belongs to your call—ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:4-7).


Our story is simple: we desire to be a local expression of that same church Jesus promised He would build—a church that the gates of hell would never prevail against. So as His body, as His church, as the hands and feet of Jesus, we press in. As we learn from Jesus to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly, we dig deep and reach out to make known through word and action this glorious Savior we've come to know.

Our Leaders
We hold strongly to plurality of leadership and see that as the biblical model of church governance (as detailed in I Timothy 3, Titus 1, Acts 6, Philippians 1, and other places of Scripture). Our leadership team is comprised of Pastors and Ministry Leaders who lead by equipping and serving in a variety of roles. 

Greg Guthrie (Pastor/Elder)

Greg Guthrie


Travis Hamm

Travis Hamm



Our Beliefs
In essentials, we have unity

"There is one Body and one Spirit... there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all...” Eph. 4:4-6 

In non-essentials, we have liberty

 "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." Romans 14:1,4,12,22


In all beliefs, we show love

 "...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all." I Cor. 13:2



Statement of Faith

The Apostles' Creed is an early statement of Christian belief and was based on Christian theological understanding of the Canonical gospels, the letters of the New Testament and to a lesser extent the Old Testament. The first mention of the expression "Apostles’ Creed" occurs in a letter of 390 from a synod in Milan. The Church in Waldo Statement of Faith is an extension of the Apostles’ Creed and expounds on many of the creeds elements. 

It is instructive to show the linkage between the Apostles’ Creed and our Statement of Faith so we can see the continuous relationship between the Bible, Christian historical markers such as the Apostles’ Creed and our church’s Statement of Faith. 


Apostles’ Creed 

We believe in God, the Father Almighty,

    Creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

        suffered under Pontius Pilate,

        was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead.

    On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven,

        He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

        and He will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

        the universal Church,

        the communion of saints,

        the forgiveness of sins,

        the resurrection of the body,

        and the life everlasting. Amen.


"We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth..."


God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14 


"...We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven,

He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and He will come to judge the living and the dead..."


Jesus Christ is the Son of God; He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13. 


"...We believe in the Holy Spirit..."


The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.10. 


"...the universal Church,

the communion of saints..."


We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age.

Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2.  


We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Acts 14:27; 20:17; 26-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11. 


Believers—who regularly assemble for worship, praise, prayer, study of the Word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, enjoy the leadership of pastors, teachers, deacons, and evangelists—constitute a local church.

Matthews 16:16-18; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Acts 2:42-47; John 14:1-3; Philippians 1:6; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14.



The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspired it, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5. 

Baptism is an outward symbol that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ. It symbolizes what has taken place inwardly at the time of our salvation. We immerse at Baptism because we believe scripture shows that Jesus modeled that for us as the mode for profession of faith in Him. However, the method of water is not the focus, rather the state of the heart at the time of baptism.
Mark 1:9, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 18:8, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:13, Acts 8:3-38. 

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act that all followers of Jesus are invited to partake in as we remember the death of Christ and anticipate His second coming. Through the elements of communion, the bread symbolizes His body broken for us, and the cup represents His blood poured out for the forgiveness of sins. We come to the table with an attitude of faith and self-examination, to receive spiritual nourishment for our souls and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body as we eagerly await the return of our King.
Matthew 26:26-28; John 6:54-56; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 10:16  

"...the forgiveness of sins."


All people, male and female, are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation, entrusted to steward the earth, be fruitful and multiply. All are valuable in God's sight from the moment of conception to their final breath and beyond. Although each person has a tremendous potential for good, we are all marred by an attitude of disobedience called sin. Sin expresses itself in various forms, such as: lying, stealing, greed, lust, gluttony, hypocrisy, adultery, murder, and pride. Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in life, but the Bible assures us there is redemption available for all who turn away from their sin and return to God. In Christ, we are a new creation.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23: Isaiah 59:1,2, Romans 1:24–27; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Leviticus 18:22; Matthew 19:4–6, Psalm 139: 13-16.


Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6-23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1.


Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by grace and the power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:27-29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; I Peter 1:3-5.


"...the resurrection of the body..."


We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.

Matthews 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13.


"...and the life everlasting. Amen."


People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18.

Our Partners

No man is an island, and neither is our church. We find ourselves well supported by a strong network of individuals, churches, and other ministries through regular prayer, financial contributions, and ongoing mentoring.

If you have any additional questions about who we are, what we believe, or how to get involved, email us at info@thechurchinwaldo.org