Closer Look

I'm Curious

What should I wear?

We are a relaxed and informal community and hope you will feel comfortable with that kind of atmosphere. However, our gatherings are not about us or how we dress. So feel free to come as you are.

What is the music like?

We have a blended worship time. We incorporate timeless hymns and spiritual songs with new worship music that lead us to express our thanks for God’s mercy and grace. We use keyboard and acoustic guitars in our worship and the style tends toward American folk and country.

Do my kids stay with me?

Our “Kidz Community” ministry from birth to 5th grade is offered during our gathering. The creative environment and experienced teachers will help your children learn about God in a relevant way. Check out the “Kidz Community” page to find out more! Having said that, your children are also welcome to stay with you, if you prefer.

Will I be asked to give money?

Our gathering is not about money. It is about loving God and connecting with Him in worship. Just come and experience it for yourself. Though we receive an offering during our gathering we never ask visitors to feel any obligation to give.

Will I be bored?

We sure hope not. A life connected to Jesus should be fulfilling and rewarding. We strategically plan our gathering to engage your heart, mind, and soul. We use music, video, powerful teaching, and a variety of other experiential elements to help you connect to God and those around you in a meaningful way.

What is the overall atmosphere like in one of your gatherings?

The atmosphere is warm and accepting. We even provide fresh coffee, comfortable seating, and an “up north” casual environment that will set the tone for you to be more focused on God, and less concerned about the atmosphere around you.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Please contact us via any of the available contact options here on the site. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have, and would love for you to come worship with us.

Our Times and Location


GATHERING TIMES

Sundays

9:10am – Bible Study

10:00am – Coffee & Conversation

10:30am – Worship
Wednesdays

7:00pm – Vantown Impact Prayer

CHURCH ADDRESS

Vantown Church
3504 E. Howell Rd.
Webberville, MI 48892

Church Phone
517-521-3386


Our Story

Our church story began sometime in the 1840’s. It was birthed through the efforts of circuit riding preachers who traveled by horse throughout rural Ingham County proclaiming the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. Several local farming families became Christians and formed a small Christian fellowship. Through the generous gift of property on the corner of the Howell-Mason Road and Dietz Road by J.A. Sly the fellowship was able to build a small church structure for meetings, which was dedicated February 6, 1898. It was known as the “Memorial Church” in memory of the departed wife of Mr. Sly.

The community assisted the small congregation in completing a brick building at the cost of $1,744.00. In those days that was a lot of money. It was a center of community activity and spiritual life until a tragic fire razed the structure in 1957.  Once again the church and community joined together to rebuild a portion of our present structure.  In 2001 the church began to grow in numbers and needed educational space for the younger families attending. God blessed us with additional land from Ron Hamblin and the funds began to come in. The building, which also included a new modern kitchen, was completed in 2002 and serves the current congregation well.  In 2009 we also completed an attached storage building to the south of the fellowship area which allows us to be very versatile for weekly events.

We are passionate about presenting the character, work and teaching of Jesus Christ to influence a new generation to become fully committed followers of our Lord. Thanks for checking us out. Come explore and experience the reality of Christ in your lives. You are warmly welcomed!


Our Staff

Pastor Terry

Pastor Terry

He and his wife Sue have been in full-time Christian ministry since 1978. Next year they will celebrate 40 years of service for our Lord. In 1998 they came to Vantown Church and assisted us in reconstituting as an independent community church. The first year was a one of challenge and change but Pastor Terry taught through the life of Abraham and his journey of faith and we began to  grow spiritually and numerically. Within 3 years we needed to make alterations to our facilities to accommodate for the growth. In 2001 we began an extension and renovation to our building that would provide educational space for our children, a new kitchen, restrooms, and great nursery area for our younger families. At that time we also started a second worship gathering and established a small group ministry that has enhanced our sense of fellowship and care.

In the spring of 2003 Pastor Terry and his family felt called to start a “coffee house” ministry to share the love of Christ in a “Main Street” venue. We missed him and his family greatly but through a series of unscripted events they returned to us in January 2008 and have been with us since that time.

The future is bright though times have been tough for many Mid-Michigan families. We invite you to follow Pastor Terry’s blog, listen to one of his sermons on-line or better yet come to one of our Sunday gatherings and get to know him and his lovely wife in person.

Pastor Nate

Pastor Nate & Family

Hello! We’d like to introduce ourselves for a moment. Erin and I married in 2013 and we live in Perry. One of our family’s favorite things to do is take walks!   For our two daughters (Eden- 3 and Lillian- 1), we have a single stroller, a double stroller, an umbrella stroller, a jogging stroller, and a toy stroller (for Eden’s baby)! Often the walks take much longer than we planned because we run into neighbors or friends, or Eden has to stop for the 83rd time to pick up a rock or a stick. But we don’t mind, we like the family time, the fresh air, and the exercise.

I find it interesting then that the Bible often uses this picture to talk about life- do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God [Micah 6:8]; you used to walk in these ways, the life you once lived [Colossians 3:7]; I will live with them and walk among them, I will be their God and they will be my people [2 Corinthians 6:16].  Isn’t that refreshing and encouraging! As a church we want to walk together, with God and with each other.

We want to meet and build relationships with others on our walk, and enjoy the journey together, even if it involves some sticks and rocks along the way. We are seeking to reach another generation in our church and serve our neighbors and communities around us. If there is any way we can help you, pray for you, or minister to you, please let us know- we’d love to take a walk with you!


Our Council

These folks have taken on an additional responsibility of serving our fellowship in the Biblical roles of deacons/deaconesses as found in I Timothy 3:8-13. They are selected by the Pastor and the Church council and 3 presented annually to the church at-large for confirmation to serve in this capacity for a term of 3 years.

They serve our church and assist our pastor in decision making and the direction of our fellowship. Each one has exhibited a servant’s heart and brings their experience, insight and example of spiritual maturity to our church ministry. We provide their phone numbers above should you ever need help or have a question about our church or any of its ministries.

Terry Turner

Terry Turner

Pastor
Nate Kingsley

Nate Kingsley

Pastor
Helen Townsend

Helen Townsend

Council Member
Cindy Ross

Cindy Ross

Council Member
Betty Jason

Betty Jason

Church Secretary
Leroy Townsend

Leroy Townsend

Council Member

Our Core Values


Authenticity

We seek to be real, honest, and genuine in our lives and ministry endeavors. We want to live Christ-centered lives in a world of hypocrisy and changing moral values. We are not perfect but strive to live surrendered lives empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Integrity

Along with authenticity, we pursue integrity – morally, financially, and relationally. We want the genuine quality of our lives to honor Christ and make a difference in the world.

Community

For us, the local church is not just a facility; it is people living in community under the headship of Christ. We seek corporately and individually to encourage and care for each other.

Acceptance

We seek to be accepting of all people, whatever their background. We encourage visitors to ask those difficult questions and to experience the beginning of their spiritual journey in a safe place.

Creativity

We serve a creative God and are committed to the guidance of God’s Spirit and His Word to not only understand the time in which we live but to use innovative ways to present Christ as “the way, the truth and the life.”

Maturity

We believe God wants us to grow in spiritual wisdom and maturity. With that in mind, we are firmly committed to the authority of the Bible and to those essential truths and Biblical practices, which Christ-followers across the ages have held in common, and which most effectively nourish spiritual growth (refer to our Statement of Faith).

Spiritual Vibrancy

We embrace the sovereign mystery of our God, and seek to celebrate, enjoy, and experience his goodness each and every day. We value spiritual disciplines such as Bible study, personal prayer and corporate worship that help us grow in spiritual vibrancy. We seek to live with Christ as the center of our lives and to be fruitful as His servants in the time He has given us.

Our Beliefs


We believe the Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We believe in one God, Creator of all things

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19).

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God.

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High. He is now our High Priest and Advocate. (Matthew 1:23; Romans 3:23-25; 1 Corinthians 15:20; 1 John 2:1-2).

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 16:7-14)

We believe that man was created in the image of God.

We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and man is, therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. (Genesis 1:26; 3:1-6; John 3:1-7).

We Believe in salvation for those who believe.

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for those who believe. Only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. (Romans 5:1-2; Galatians 3:13).

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).

We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons.

We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head. (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23).

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs. (Acts 14:23; Ephesians 1:22-23; Titus 1:5).

We believe in the imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the personal, pre-millennial, and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. This “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Acts 1:9-11; 1 John 3:1-3; Revelation 20:1-10)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; John 5:18-19).

Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Vantown Community Church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible. Love and the effort to preserve unity should prevail in all. We believe this to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches. We request that all members and regular attendees refrain from advocating doctrines that are not included in the Statement of Faith in such a way as to cause dissension.