On January 17, 2006, Park Ave. and St. John United Methodist Churches decided to merge into one congregation, Faith UMC, under the leadership of pastor Kevin Kissel. Both congregations humbled themselves, listened carefully to the voice of the Lord, and chose to step out in Faith. A couple of years later, after meeting regularly in a school, the beautiful new building for Faith was completed, sitting on over 30 acres in North Orange. Since then, many other friends have come along for the journey. Keith Tilley is now pastor of Faith UMC, and he began serving with us in the summer of 2016. We are looking forward to many exciting and faith-filled years ahead, and are praying for harvest workers to come alongside us in ministry as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. May God bless our witness and service in Orange County and beyond!
We are excited and humbled to be an outpost of God’s advancing Kingdom. Our mission as we follow Jesus together is to participate in God’s mission: TO KNOW CHRIST, AND TO MAKE CHRIST KNOWN.
And so we strive to be disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Jesus is Lord, the joy of the Lord is our strength, and the Holy Spirit is our counselor, teacher, guide and power source. And as John Wesley said, “The world is our parish”.
“All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God , and God lives in them. As we live in love, our love grows more perfect.” (1 John 4:15-17)
United Methodists affirm the historic, biblical, orthodox Christian faith as summarized in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds.
WE BELIEVE IN THE TRIUNE GOD, THE TRINITY - FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. God the Father/Creator, who brings creation into existence, upholds and reveals the ways of life that make for peace and wholeness, and ever works to heal and transform life through the power of love. God the Son, Jesus Christ, the firstborn of a new creation, who through His life, death and Resurrection saves us and all creation from the power of sin and death. God the Holy Spirit, who comforts, sustains, guides and empowers us to participate in God's life and mission in the world.
WE BELIEVE EVERY PERSON IS A BELOVED CHILD OF GOD. Whom God created in God's divine image, with inherent worth and dignity. Who confronts and suffers the distorting and destructive effects of sin in this life. Whom God has reconciled in the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, defeating the powers of sin and death. Whom God seeks to make holy and whole, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, transforming us into Christlikeness.
WE BELIEVE IN THE CHURCH AS THE COMMUNITY CALLED TO BE INSTRUMENTS OF GOD'S PRESENCE AND COMING REIGN IN JESUS CHRIST. Where people worship God joyfully, proclaim God's Word faithfully and share the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion. Where all people are welcomed and nurtured as God's sons and daughters. Where people are initiated into Christ's body and nurtured toward Christian maturity through worship, prayer, study, fellowship and service. Where the light of God's love, justice and peace exposes and overrules evil, injustice and sin. Where we participate in God's mission of inviting, preparing and enlisting disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world and to follow the risen Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, into the hurting places of the world adn among the outcasts and the forgotten.
WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE REVEALS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD. Authoritative in matters of faith and practice. Containing the story of God's mighty acts of salvation in creation, in faithful engagement with people through the ages and supremely in Jesus Christ. The primary source for understanding the nature and purposes of God. Interpreted in the power of the Holy Spirit present in the community of faith.
WE BELIEVE IN THE FINAL TRIUMPH OF GOD'S REIGN OF COMPASSION, JUSTICE, GENEROSITY AND PEACE. Anticipating the first-fruits made possible today through the power of the Spirit and the reign of Christ. Discovering a renewed creation where sin, suffering and death are overcome and God's victory is complete. Celebrating with all the faithful who are raised to live eternally in God's loving presence. Extending God's love to the whole creation, with God's mercy redeeming all God's works, all that God loves. Love wins.