About

Mission and Vision

Our Mission is:

To proclaim Christ to all and present everyone mature in Him, seeking the reformation and restoration of the Church, Community, and World for God’s glory. 

Our Vision:

We attempt to accomplish our mission through:

  1. Proclaiming Christ to all by:
    1. Presenting the Gospel in word and deed
    2. Engaging our friends, neighbors, and family
    3. Worshiping God corporately each Lord’s day                
  2. Presenting everyone mature in Him by:
    1. Growing in our love for the people around us 
    2. Encouraging personal prayer and holiness
    3. Promoting focused discipleship
    4. Speaking Truth in love
  3. Reforming the church (Family) by:
    1. Supporting involvement within Small Groups
    2. Delivering a biblical world view to children
    3. Aiding families with needs and care
  4. Restoring the Community and the World by:
    1. Partnering with other Gospel preaching churches/organizations in common causes
    2. Supporting mission locally and abroad

Our Core Values:

We will execute our mission with our Core Values of:

  1. Loving those we encounter gracefully as Christ loved the church.
  2. Fostering honest and transparent relationships.
  3. Demonstrating lives daily lived by faith in Christ alone.

 

Leadership

Elders

Christ Community Church is led not by a single pastor or leader, but by a group of elders (Greek “presbyteros” for shepherd) who depend upon and represent Christ the Chief Shepherd (John 10).  The Session of Elders is comprised of pastors (Teaching Elders) and laymen (Ruling Elders) who are elected by the congregation to shepherd the flock of God – to know, feed, lead and protect – bringing a localized vision of the church according to Scripture.  [Ref: 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, 1 Peter 5, Acts 15]

Should you have need to reach our Elders for confidential care or counsel, please email elders.christcommunity.jc@gmail.com.

Ruling Elders:

AJ Babel, Hal Bohlman, Dustin Clark, Ken Farmer, Paul Gorman

Deacons

Christ Community Church is also served by Deacons (Greek “diakonos” for servant) who are called to develop and manage a culture of mercy as the church serves the needs of people/families within the congregation, as well as the community around us.  Consistent with the New Testament church, the Deacons at CCC work to develop the grace of stewardship and mercy among the congregation, thus enabling the elders to prioritize the shepherding ministry of Word and prayer. [Ref: Acts 6, 1 Timothy 3]

Should you have need to reach our Deacons regarding a personal/family need, our church facility, or as relates a mercy opportunity in the community, please email deacons.christcommunity.jc@gmail.com.

Deacons:

Josh Beatty, Michael Reneau, Colm Thomsen

Staff

CCC staff serve under the direction of the Session of Elders, supporting the worship and mission of the church.  Importantly, at present all staff serve within an intentional model of bi-vocational community engagement (employed outside of the church), which necessitates flexibility yet enhances our mission to seek “the reformation of the church, community and world.”  Most importantly, for each of these folks, family health and church relationships remain the priority.

Pastor/Teaching Elder:  Jim Powell

Jim Powell began serving as pastor of Christ Community Church in January 2017, returning to East Tennessee where he met his wife at Carson Newman College.  Prior to coming to Christ Community, Jim pastored Harmony PCA in Kingsport (2003-2006), planted West Valley PCA in Emmaus PA (2006-2013), and at Blythewood PCA in South Carolina (2013-16) while serving as Executive Director of Home Works of America (2013-2018).  Jim remains intentionally bi-vocational, helping lead Appalachia Service Project as a Senior Development Officer.  Jim received his BA in History and Political Science from Carson-Newman, after which he completed an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.  In addition to his regular role at CCC and ASP, Jim serves as an occasional instructor for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping lead Workshops on Biblical Exposition domestically and internationally.  Jim is blessed to be husband to Kori and father to Lina, Meggie, Nate, Oria, Pete and Quade… and finds peace in running from the noise on the streets and trails of Johnson City.

Assistant Pastor of Shepherding:  Bill Leuzinger

Bill Leuzinger serves Christ Community as our Assistant Pastor of Shepherding, emphasizing pastoral counseling and discipleship. He has served in full and part time pastoral ministry for 34 years. Later this year, he and his precious wife Sharon will celebrate 35 years of marriage, for which they gladly acknowledge God’s kindness and grace! They are thankful parents of 5 children, all married, and grandparents of six boys (so far!). In addition to ministry here, Bill currently works part time for a company specializing in commercial property maintenance.

 

 

 

Minister of Discipleship:  AJ Babel

AJ Babel, a native of Johnson City, serves Christ Community as our Minister of Discipleship, with focus on organizing our Community Groups and Discipleship ministry. Outside of his church leadership, AJ serves as Team Leader with Cru locally (ETSU and regional campuses) and is pursuing an MDiv through Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. AJ is joyfully married to Krista and father of three young girls – Elsie, Lydia, and Annabelle.

 

 

 

Music Director:  Clinton Ross

Clinton Ross, a North Carolina native, serves Christ Community as our Music Director and chief musician.  Clinton moved to East Tennessee is 2010. He received a degree in bluegrass, old time and country music from ETSU in 2014. His latest album, For all Seasons, a collection of hymns, was released in 2018. He has served as music director of CCC since 2016 and every week aims to adorn the gospel of Jesus Christ with beauty. He has been married to his wife Beth for 2 years and they live in Elizabethton with their 2 dogs, Molly and Spike.

 

Church Assistant:  Shannon Thomsen

Shannon Thomsen has served Christ Community as our Church Assistant since 2014.  She received an undergraduate degree at UT in Knoxville and is a native of Johnson City.  After meeting her husband, Colm, in Ireland and living there for 5 years, they moved their family back to East Tennessee.  The Thomsens now have 4 elementary aged children and enjoy reading, caffeinating, and spending time with friends and neighbors.

 

 

 

Theological Commitments

Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever
We believe that human beings were created in the image of God for an intimate relationship with God. Therefore, we believe that the greatest gift God could give us is himself, restoring our relationship with him at great cost and granting us faith to believe that we are indeed accepted by him because of Jesus.

Historically True Jesus
e believe that the Bible faithfully and accurately records the story of the person and work of Jesus, the Christ. Therefore, we believe that we are not able to take the parts of Jesus’ teaching that we like while dismissing the parts we find uncomfortable.

Christianity is Relational
We believe that a life of faith is a life of relationships, growing in our love for God and the people around us. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your  God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

The Gospel is Life-Long
Each person needs to hear the good news of the glorious gospel of grace in Jesus Christ daily. Our thirst for the basic message of the gospel – that our brokenness is far worse than we think and that God’s love for us is far greater than we ever dared dream or imagine – is never quenched.

Progressive Sanctification
We believe that Jesus is always active in our lives teaching us, changing us, and conforming us to his image. So, we expect change to be a regular part of our lives individually and corporately as Jesus, through his Spirit, works in and through us for his glory.

Life of Repentance and Brokenness
Since we never attain perfection in this life, we seek to cultivate an appropriate posture of repentance and brokenness before our God and King, constantly dependent on his mercy and grace to us in Jesus Christ.
Worship is Gospel-Centered
The entire corporate worship service should tell the story of the gospel each week (i.e. not just the message). Each week our God graciously calls us to worship him, declares the forgiveness of all of our sins through the substitutionary death of Jesus, our Savior, teaches us from his word, the Bible, welcomes us to his table to strengthen and nourish our faith through our communion with the body and blood of the Lord Jesus, and sends us out with his blessing to live for him.

Kingdom is Already/Not Yet
Jesus announced the coming of his Kingdom during his earthly ministry, and that Kingdom continues to grow and expand, spreading redemption throughout the world like yeast through dough (Matthew 13). Our faith bears witness to the power and advance of this Kingdom as we acknowledge that the good news of this Kingdom has already crossed time, space, language, and culture to reach people like us at the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). This Kingdom will one day cover the whole earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14), including people from every nation, language, tribe, and people group.

For those familiar with the terminology of Christian Church History we affirm the “Historic Christian Faith” and the “Reformed Tradition.”
Christ Community Church is joined in love and trust to the congregations of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

Core Values

Grace-motivated Teaching
We believe that the Bible teaches us the best way to live in this world, and that our motives for seeking to adopt the worldview of the Bible in every area of our lives should be a loving response to God’s grace to us in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Joyfully Repentant
We readily acknowledge that we are a group of people who don’t have it all together. Rather, we are a family of broken, wounded people who nonetheless have been, are being, and will be redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Because of this, we seek to live in a posture of repentance, joyfully and constantly dependent on the grace of God.

Spirit-Dependent
We believe that the Spirit of God is alive and at work in the hearts of his people. We therefore strive to depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. The means he most often uses to lead and guide us are the Bible, the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), prayer, and frequently through the fellowship, counsel, and encouragement of God’s people.

Lovingly Bold Fellowship
We believe that deep, meaningful relationships with the people around us are critical for a deep, meaningful relationship with God (Matt. 7:12; Eph. 4:15-16). Because we are eternally secure and significant in Christ, we are not afraid to humbly give and receive bold love as iron sharpens iron.

Ancient/Future Worship
We want our worship to be biblical, historic, expressive, and accessible. While the Bible does not give us a fixed order of worship, the Bible does teach us what is to be included in worship. Likewise, the history of the church offers us much to learn from and incorporate in our worship today as we acknowledge our union in Christ with those who have gone before us. We also want our worship to be an expression of our living faith today and our anticipation of the new heavens and the new earth. We strive for our worship to be intelligible and accessible to everyone who comes by explaining why we do what we do using language that everyone can understand.

Genuine and Intentional Evangelism
We believe that God is redeeming the world and a people to live in an intimate relationship with him. Therefore, we expect that God will continue to gather to himself more and more men, women, and children, converting their hearts and their lifestyles, transferring them from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of his beloved Son. Believing this, we will seek to love and serve our city and our neighborhoods, building genuine relationships, giving honest answers to honest questions, and looking for opportunities to share the reason for the hope we have.

Redemptive/Incarnational Mercy
We want to be a community that seeks the good of Johnson City by working for community healing and justice. God instructed his people to “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you” (Jeremiah 29:7). He also told them “Is this not the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke” (Isaiah 58:6-7), and, “You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12b). With this in mind, we work for community healing and justice by supporting and/or creating ministries of mercy and justice in our city.

Kingdom-Minded
Jesus described his kingdom as one that would continue to grow and spread throughout the world (Matthew 13:31 33), and so we are excited to participate in the work that he is doing by the power of his Spirit. We are connected with a number of other gospel-centered communities throughout our region and we expect to be involved in establishing new congregations in and around the Tri Cities.

 

Want to know more about Christ Community Church?

Various elders and deacons recently led a series of seminars discussing who we are as a church. Recordings from these seminars are shown below. The notes used during the seminars are available here.

Week 1 centers around our mission, history, and theology:

Week 2 discusses the polity and structure of our church (unfortunately, this seminar did not correctly record so it is not available currently).

Week 3 describes what it means to be involved here through worship, growth opportunities, and serving (the recording began just a few minutes after the seminar began):

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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