This four-week series walks through the book of Amos, focusing on how our spiritual walk with God affects our pursuit of righteous justice. How can we return to the basics of Christian devotion? How can we get back to the root of the faith? ‘Back to the Start’ charts a path, taking believers to the heart of God’s love for us and others.
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 10 years to his wife, Crystal. Together, they have two children, Brenna and Braeden. When he finds free time, Ryan loves to read, play and watch sports, and play guitar.
Ben began as the Youth Minister at New Heights in August 2016 and has since shifted to the Family Minister role. Ben went to Indiana State University for two years studying Recreation, Youth Leadership, and Nonprofit Management and he is now studying online at Liberty to seek a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry. Ben’s role is to oversee and lead the Family Ministry, with an incredible group of leaders, in helping students and kids to love God and love others through connection, leadership, and self-discovery. Ben married his wife Kaitlyn in March of 2017! In his free time, Ben loves to be in the great outdoors, watching sports, playing both video and board games, and also eating boneless wings from Buffalo Wild Wings.
Kenneth is also a fresh face here at New Heights. He currently leads worship on a volunteer basis, and if we may say so, he's doing a bang up job! Come hear Kenneth and the rest of the worship band and be blessed by the talents and abilities God has given each of them.
Brenda has worked at New Heights for 10 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 Ben in line takes up quite a bit of time as well). Brenda has been married to her husband, Dan, for 31 years. Together they have two children, Aaron and Amanda, who are both married and serve in ministry. Brenda loves decorating, crafts, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.