Welcome to Beacon.
On May 6, 2001, a group of about 65 people met one Sunday morning in a gymnasium at the home of a member of our community, thus forming Beacon Baptist Church. We stepped out on faith and felt the call of God. Our vision was clear – lost souls need salvation and we wanted a place to worship and to be together as a church family. We elected Rev. Dennis Chesnut as our pastor and looked ahead at what the good things we knew God had in store for us.
In a month’s time, we had to find another place to meet and got the opportunity to rent a building that was formerly a cabinet shop owned by one of our church members. We met in that cozy little cabinet shop for more than 2 years, where we managed regular services, Sunday School and Wednesday night youth services all in one room! In the spring of 2003, we broke ground on our hill and began construction on what we believe is the most beautiful church building in the country. In January of 2004, Beacon Baptist Church was able to hold our very first service in our new building. God blessed our efforts throughout every step of the way.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all-powerful and all-knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever-present Lord.
Pat has been in full time ministry for over 15 years. He comes with a strong background of youth discipleship. Pat strives in creating visionary relations for messages. We are blessed to have him as our pastor!
Dennis has been a pastor in our local communities for over 40 years. He has a heart for ministry in every area. We are thankful to have him as our associate pastor!