together by Jesus
What began as a small college ministry at a large local church grew into a close-knit family that looked more like a church than a Sunday School class. As God weaved the fabric of our lives together, He also knit our hearts to the downtown area of Johnson City and its people.
Increasingly, we spent our time downtown-playing in the park, giving out clothes and water on the streets, and building relationships with the people downtown by setting up a coffee table near the library. We are thrilled that God called us to move in to the neighborhood and continue being in this community with the same heart for the area and its people.
There is one, and only one true God. He is sovereign over all His creation and reveals His triune nature through three distinct personal attributes, but without division of His nature, essence, or being:
God reveals Himself to us as a loving Father. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise.
Jesus physically came to earth from heaven, willingly and humbly, to live a perfect life, to die as a sacrifice for sin, and to be resurrected as our true King.
4. Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit actively works in the hearts of man to convict of sin and bring people to repentance. He actively continues to work in the Church today, manifesting various types of gifts in believers.
5. The Bible
The Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and it is God's revelation of Himself to man. All of Scripture is true and trustworthy.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. Because of sin, man's relationship with God has been severed. Man is born into sin and is incapable of saving himself.
Only by the grace of God, through faith, can man be saved and have his relationship with God be reconciled. There is no salvation apart from faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice.
God is completely sovereign over all His creation. God is not surprised by events within His creation, and at no point is God's will hindered.
9. The Church
The local church is a covenant group of believers who have been reconciled to God and baptized into the church. These believers submit to the authority of church leadership and commit to encouraging one another toward love and good works.
While men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of elder has been reserved for men as stated by Scripture.
The two ordinances of the church are Believer's Baptism through immersion and the Lord's Supper. Though neither are required for salvation, both serve as symbols of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
11. Great Commission
After Jesus was raised from the dead, He called all believers to make disciples and baptize them. No believer is exempt from this calling.
For a more detailed explanation of our beliefs and Scripture references, Christ-Reconciled Church also affirms the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
Caleb has served as one of the teaching elders at CRC since early 2016. Before moving to Tennessee in 2015, he served as a missionary in East Asia, sharing the gospel with college students and young adults. Caleb completed his M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016 and currently works as an Admissions Counselor at East Tennessee State University. He and his wife, Brenna, look forward to seeing how God will continue to use them to make His name known in Johnson City and throughout the world.
Dale is married to his college sweetheart, Andi, and together they have four great kids, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter whom they adore! Dale has been involved with some sort of ministry for most of his life. When CRC began, he felt led to be one of the elders, and says that, "God has taken us on a wild ride ever since." His hope for CRC is that the church will reach its neighborhood with the gospel and play a significant part in fulfilling the great commission in Johnson City.
Tanner, his wife Tiffany, and their daughter Eliana have been at CRC from the start. Prior to realizing God's calling to become a church planter, he led worship and community groups for over 10 years. Tanner works as the Video Services Manager at ETSU and collects an unnecessary number of Pop! Vinyls. He serves as one of the teaching elders and worship leaders. He completed his M.Div. degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in the Summer of 2014.