SAYBROOK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
WHO WE ARE:
Saybrook Christian Church (SCC) is a non-denominational New Testament Church. Simply put, we are a church that believes that God’s Word is the sole authority for what we do and believe! We strive for unity among all Christians as Jesus prayed in John 17. We have no creed but Christ, the only creed required in the New Testament. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God (I Timothy 3:16), therefore we accept as true the miracles of the virgin birth and the resurrection.
“In essentials: Unity. In opinions: Liberty. In all things: love.” Our foundation is built on Christ and His apostles’ teachings (Ephesians 2:19-22).
To claim the township of Saybrook, Illinois for the Kingdom of Christ.
(This doesn't mean that we've effectively made everyone in Saybrook believe in Jesus Christ but instead that we've effectively brought the love, mercy, grace, and generosity of Jesus to everyone in Saybrook.)
To Grow in Unity, Love, and Mission by the power of the Holy Spirit so that everyone in Saybrook, IL can know King Jesus.
We strive to accomplish our mission by equipping our brothers and sisters to fulfill the ministries the Lord has called each of them into. These include spending time together on Sunday's remembering who Jesus is, what He did, and what He is currently doing. We learn from His teachings, and we strive to do the same kinds of things that He did during His own ministry here on Earth.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son from eternity (John 1:1) and it is by His generosity, love, and power that we exist (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16) and are granted reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18) and reunion with our originally intended identity as Image Bearers of the eternal divine nature of God.
The New Testament has only two ORDINANCES:
Baptism: A command from God (Matthew 28:18-20). This baptism is a believer’s baptism (Acts 2:38). It is by immersion only (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12)
Communion (Lord’s Supper): The early church observed this ordinance as often as they met (Acts 20:7), on the first day of the week, therefore we observe it weekly. We observe it as Paul taught us in 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26.
Admission into Christ’s Body (the church) is identical with the plan of salvation:
Hearing God’s Word and believing in Jesus. (Romans 10:9-17; Mark 16:15-16; Hebrews 11:6)
Confessing your faith. (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:10)
Repenting of your sins (Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30)
Baptism for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38-39; Galatians 3:26-27; 1 Peter 3:18-22)
STAFF & ELDERS
Senior Minister: Stacy Landry
I have had the pleasure of serving the Lord for over 30 years, 15 of them here in Saybrook. I am married to a very supporting wife (Belinda) for 28 of those years and we have one child (Stacia) who is in college now.
Our mission together is: “To help people make a positive, life-changing connection with Jesus.”
Family Life Minister: Jonathan Burian
I've been learning how to participate in the Kingdom of God for my entire life. My wife, Emilee, and I have served in a ministry capacity since 2010 where we started as a part-time pastor working a full-time job outside of the church. Since then we've continually striven to be more available to serve our brothers and sisters in the Lord and with each step he has been faithful to us. We originally served Saybrook Christian Church as the Youth Pastor from 2013 through half of 2015 when we moved to serve in Phoenix, AZ. The Lord laid a clear calling on our lives back to Saybrook, IL to serve presently as the Family Life Minister.
Elder: James Kern
God has gifted me with a wonderful godly wife and a great family. I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors in awe of God's creation and majesty.
Elder: Steven Beatty
I was raised in Saybrook and grew up attending SCC. I obtained a computer science degree from Illinois State University and have been employed by State Farm Insurance for 25 years working in their Information Technology Department for 25+ years. I was a missionary in Lesotho, Africa for 2 years before I was married. I have been married for 20 years to my wife, Jenee' and we have 4 children (Kaitlyn, Hunter, Ainsley, and Reed).
Elder: Kirk Kaiser
I've lived in Central Illinois my whole life, growing up in Fisher, IL. I grew up going to church, learning about the love of God from my mom and dad.