Do we need to “rebrand” our ministry for a world that has increasingly negative perceptions of the Christian faith? This series seeks to ask the initial question and ultimately turn it on its head, asking what the continual search for better branding has done to harm the witness of the church. Instead of rebranding, we can learn from the church in Acts to restore our faithful presence in the world.
The Bible is an active and living document that is God-breathed. It is a powerful tool that is useful for training and guiding us in our relationship with Him and others. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We were created in God's image, created to be good and to do good. (Genesis 1:26-27, 31)
We have all fallen short of the good and perfect standard of God. The result of our sin is a separation from both God and eternal life. (Romans 3:23, Romans 7:18)
Despite our sin, God showed His great love by sending His Son to be a perfect and blameless sacrifice for our sin. We respond to this gift of grace through repentance, confession, and baptism. We are saved not by our own works, but by God's great grace. (Titus 3:4-7, Romans 3:24, Matthew 28:16-20)
A true awareness of God's glory results in a life lived in the service of God and others. We are given the gifts and abilities to glorify God in this way through the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 22:37-40, Mark 12:30-31, Galatians 5:22-23)
Jesus will return one day to welcome His people home. Until that day comes, we will continue to fulfill His commission by reaching out to a world who is searching for the Truth.
STAFF AND ELDERS
STAFF AND ELDERS
Ryan began as the senior pastor at New Heights in April 2015. Ryan graduated from Indiana State University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Lincoln Christian Seminary. After graduating ISU with an elementary education degree, Ryan became a youth pastor first in Covington, IN for 4 years, then in Evansville, IN for 7 years. His primary focus as the senior pastor is to see people begin or grow in their relationship with Christ and then be inspired to see others start a relationship with Christ (disciples making more and more disciples). Ryan has been married for 13 years to his wife, Crystal. Together, they have three children, Brenna, Braeden and Brylyn. When he finds free time, Ryan loves to read, play and watch sports, and play guitar.
Brenda has worked at New Heights for 14 years. Among a wide range of responsibilities, Brenda assists church members as well as guests on the phone and in person with her trademark kindness and sympathy (though keeping Ryan and Levi in line takes up quite a bit of time as well). Brenda has been married to her husband, Dan, for 34 years. Together they have two children, Aaron and Amanda, who are both married and serve in ministry; and are Gigi and Paps to Roman. Brenda loves decorating, crafts, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.