Our purpose is to know Jesus and make Him known by:
Sharing The Gospel
We teach truth.
- We proclaim the supremacy of Jesus over all areas of life and culture.
- We encourage everyone to confess faith in Jesus.
- We pursue spiritual maturity through Bible study, prayer and discipleship.
We love Jesus.
- We celebrate the story of our salvation by singing spiritual songs together.
- We point people toward Jesus as the only source of eternal life.
- We respond to the truth of the gospel with praise and adoration.
We share life together.
- We connect with the unchurched and welcome them into our community.
- We study, pray, worship, and live life together.
- We share our stories with each other.
Living On Mission
We love people.
- We participate in God’s plan to redeem the earth.
- We give generously to help those in need.
- We foster and adopt children who need families.
It’s a word that carries different meaning for everyone. Maybe church has been a joyful part of your life or maybe it’s been the source of deep pain. Maybe you’ve never been to a church or you just have your doubts about it.
At Covenant Church, regardless of where you’ve been, we want to welcome you right where you’re at…and while you are here, we hope you get to experience the grace and love of Jesus.
Our Leadership Team
Kyle grew up in San Antonio, is a husband and father of two girls with a passion for making the Scripture known in a compelling way for believers and skeptics alike.
Terence is a father of six, a foster parent, an avid Cleveland sports fan, and a visionary leader who is passionate about sharing the abundant life found in Jesus.
Craig has been a part of Covenant since it's earliest days, is a grandfather, a marathon runner, and brings the wisdom and perspective of a CEO to our leadership team.
Ken was one of the founding members of Covenant, is a grandfather, enjoys discussing theology, and is currently serving as an elder for the second time.
Veronica is a mother of five, a foster parent, an avid runner, and a detail-oriented organizer with a passion for bringing people together to celebrate and share life.
Alisson is a mother of six and a foster parent with a contagious positivity and a gift for teaching children the gospel in a relatable way that they can engage with and get excited about.
Greg is a father of one, a foster parent, a graphic designer and web developer, and a musician who loves to lead people in singing musically diverse and theologically rich songs.
Our Story So Far
During the summer of 1971 a group of students – then known as The Fellowship – began meeting to pray and study the Bible on the lawn of BGSU. As the group grew and became more established, they moved inside and held worship meetings at Prout Chapel. In 1976, the church adopted the name Charis Community – the Greek word for grace. In 1984, we built our current building and gave ourselves a new name: Covenant Church.
More than 40 years later, many members of that original bible study are a crucial part of our community – with children and grandchildren adding to their legacy. While our name has changed, we still hold on to the core values of fellowship and grace. Our heart is to be a place where members of the local community can come and experience the life-changing power of Jesus.
Statement of Faith
What do we believe?
At Covenant Church , we believe the statements contained in both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed outline the essential Biblical truths accepted by Christians of all traditions.
In essential beliefs, we have unity.
In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty.
In all our beliefs we show charity.
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
- Genesis 3:22
- Psalm 90:2
- Matthew 28:19
- 1 Peter 1:2
- 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe that Jesus Christ, who as God incarnate, is Lord and Savior, and our exalted Prophet, Priest, and King.
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, 10-30
- Hebrews 4:14-15
- 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
- Romans 1:3-4
- Acts 1:9-11
- 1 Timothy 6:14-15
- Titus 2:13
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men and women aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth, and gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. While the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, they are to be baptized in and continually filled with the Spirit of God for powerful, fruitful lives.
- Romans 8:9
- 2 Corinthians 3:17
- John 16:7-14, 16-17
- Acts 1:8
- 1 Corinthians 2:12
- 1 Corinthians 3:16
- Ephesians 1:13
- Galatians 5:25
- Ephesians 5:18
We believe that the sixty-six canonical books of the Bible, as originally written, are the divinely inspired and inerrant Word of God. As such, it provides the only rule of Christian faith and practice.
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 it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
- 2 Timothy 3:16
- 2 Peter 1:20-21
- 2 Timothy 1:13
- Psalm 12:6
- Psalm 119:105
- Psalm 119:160
- Proverbs 30:5
We believe that faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ is the only basis for eternal salvation and that true faith results in works of righteousness.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Every person is born with original sin, and within himself has no potential for good. Man’s depravity has caused God to judge His creation and separate Himself from man.
- Genesis 1:27
- Psalm 8:3-6
- Isaiah 53:6a
- Romans 3:23
- Isaiah 59:1-2
- Psalm 119:160
- Proverbs 30:5
We believe that the mission of the church is to advance God’s kingdom by discipling the nations and training its members into spiritual maturity while extending the love of God.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection according to Scripture 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 1:12
- John 14:6
- Titus 3:5
- Galatians 3:26
- Romans 5:1
We believe that Christians by the Spirit of God ought to fulfill the ethical requirements of God’s law.
King Jesus ordained two rites under the New Covenant that identify us with His atoning death, His justifying resurrection, and His heavenly coronation: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Those who trust in Him for salvation are to be immersed in water to signify their new birth and citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven . Each Sunday, every saved believer is invited to celebrate this covenantal meal, partaking of bread that represents His body and wine that represents His blood, while proclaiming His victory over sin and death and His coming triumphant return.
- Matthew 23:19-20
- Mark 16:16
- Acts 2:38-39
- Colossians 2:11
- 1 Peter 3:18-22
- Matthew 26:17-29
- Luke 22:7-22
- Mark 14:12-25
- 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
- Galatians 3:26-27
We believe that Jesus Christ will return visibly and bodily to the earth to judge the living and the dead.
People were created to exist forever. We will be either 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
- 1 Corinthians 2:7-9
- Revelation 20:15