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Reader Recommended Churches

One of the great joys of this ministry is helping people find doctrinally sound churches to get plugged into. An awesome resource for finding good churches is my readers, especially my Facebook followers, whose recommendations I continue to add on to the list below.

If you’re looking for a church in a certain area, scroll down to find the particular location. Click on the names of churches in red for the church web site. I’ve also included any comments added by the reader who recommended the church.

If you’ve got a personal connection to a doctrinally sound church and would like to publicly recommend it, you can do so in the comments section of this article. Please include the website of the church you’re recommending.

DISCLAIMER: I cannot personally vouch for the theology of any of the churches recommended nor the people who recommended them. Please use this list only as a suggestion of churches to check out using biblical wisdom and discernment.

If you see a church listed below that you know for a fact isn’t doctrinally sound, please post a comment to let me know and provide specific evidence.

Examples of “isn’t doctrinally sound” include, but are not limited to: holding/practicing an unbiblical view of homosexuality, allowing women to serve as pastors, elders, or other positions of teaching/holding authority over men, a pattern of using Bible study materials authored by false teachers, New Apostolic Reformation tendencies/teachings, etc.

Due to doctrinal issues, at this time I am not accepting recommendations for:

  • United Methodist Churches
  • Calvary Chapel churches
  • Continuationist churches
  • Churches that consider Calvinism/Reformed theology to be false teaching
  • KJV Only churches (Churches which consider the King James Version to be the only acceptable and/or inspired translation of the Bible. Churches which merely prefer using the KJV are fine.)
  • Any church that does not have a statement of faith (“What we believe,” “Doctrinal statement,” etc..) on its website.

In addition to the listings below, if you are looking for a new church, be sure to check out the church search engines and other resources at the “Searching for a new church?” tab in the blue menu bar at the top of this page.

Let’s see how many people we can get connected to doctrinally sound churches!

United States

Alabama

Birmingham- Crestway Baptist Church

Florence- Ransomed Community Church

Fort Payne- Grace Presbyterian Church

Huntsville-
Grace Community Church
West Huntsville Baptist Church “A community of believers focused on Jesus Christ and intentionally committed to loving our neighbors.”

Mobile- Christ Fellowship

Muscle Shoals- Grace Life Church of the Shoals

Remlap- Providence Reformed Baptist Church

Talladega- Faith Worship Center

West Blocton- Camp Branch Baptist Church “Christ as head, elder led, expository preaching, Reformed theology, statement of faith: the 1689 London Baptist Confession of faith.”


Alaska

Anchorage-
Anchorage Grace Church
Church in the Wildwood

Chugiak- Peters Creek Baptist Church

Kenai- Calvary Baptist Church “Not affiliated with SBC.”


Arizona

Gilbert-
Redeemer Bible Church (Costi Hinn’s church)
San Tan Bible Church
Southeast Valley Bible Church

Goodyear- Redeeming Grace Church

Overgaard- First Southern Baptist Church

Phoenix-
Northwest Community Church
Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church


Arkansas

Beebe- The Bible Church of Beebe

Bryant- First Southern Baptist Church

Cabot- Bible Church of Cabot

Conway- Conway Missionary Baptist Church “Preaches the Truth. Doctrinally sound Church.”

Fort Smith- Oak Cliff Baptist Church

Greenwood- First Baptist Church of Jenny Lind

Heber Springs- Little Red River Bible Church

Jonesboro- Central Baptist Church

Little Rock-
Midtown Baptist Church
The Bible Church of Little Rock

Marshall- Marshall First Baptist Church

Perryville- Perryville Second Baptist Church

Rogers- Trinity Grace Church “PCA”

Russellville- CrossLife Church

Van Buren- Lee Creek Baptist Church

Witcherville- Fellowship Baptist Church


California

Alhambra- Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles

Aliso Viejo- Compass Bible Church

Anaheim Hills- Kindred Community Church

Apple Valley- The Community Church at Jess Ranch “Both pastors are graduates of Westminster Theological Seminary.”

Arcadia- Arcadia Bible Church

Arroyo Grande- Berean Bible Church

Bakersfield-
Grace Bible Church of Bakersfield
Sovereign Grace Church

Burbank- Calvary Bible Church

Castaic- Lake Hills Community Church

Duarte- Berean Bible Church

El Cajon- Faith Community Bible Church

El Monte- Chinese Congregational Church

Fontana- Summit Bible Church

Glendale- Lighthouse Bible Church Los Angeles

Glendora- Cornerstone Bible Church

Huntington Beach- Compass Bible Church

Inglewood- Fairview Heights Baptist Church “Pastor is a graduate of Master’s Seminary, taught at the Master’s Seminary.”

La Canada- La Canada Korean Church

Menifee-
Faith Bible Church
Menifee Hills Bible Church
Valley Christian Fellowship

Mission Viejo-
Resonate Church
Reverence Bible Church “A really solid church. They only play reformed worship music and hymns. Most of staff went to Masters Seminary.”

Modesto- Grace Baptist Fellowship

Murrieta- Faith Bible Church

Newhall- Placerita Bible Church

Pasadena-
Emmaus Community Church
Redeemer Bible Church
Trinity Baptist Church

Rancho Cucamonga- Grace Rancho

Redding/Palo Cedro- Cow Creek Community Church

Riverside-
Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
Reformed Baptist Church of Riverside

San Clemente- Outpouring Church at Surfers Row “Church plant”

San Diego-
Barabbas Road Church
Pacific Hope Church

San Gabriel- San Gabriel Community Church

Santa Clarita- Santa Clarita Baptist Church “Our pastor is a Master’s Seminary grad.”

Santa Maria- First Baptist Church

Santa Rosa- Christian Family Fellowship

Sierra Madre- CrossLife Community Church

Sun Valley- Grace Community Church (John MacArthur’s church)

Trabuco Canyon- Trabuco Canyon Community Church “Smaller, old school, Bible-teaching church.”

Tustin-
Compass Bible Church
Mission Bible Church

West Covina- Christ Community Church

Yankee Hill- Calvary Concow


Colorado

Centennial- Southside Bible Church

Colorado Springs-
Mesa Hills Bible Church

Denver- Providence Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Grand Junction- Heritage Church

Greely- Grace Church “Our pastor is a graduate of The Master’s University.”

Mancos- Summit Lake Community Church

Morrison- Red Rocks Baptist

Parker- Parker Bible Church


Connecticut

Coventry- Presbyterian Church of Coventry

Hamden- Westminster Presbyterian Church

Manchester- Presbyterian Church of Manchester

Moodus- Harvest Church (Orthodox Presbyterian)

Newtown- Newtown Bible Church “Our pastor is a Master’s Seminary grad.”

West Hartford- Christ Community Presbyterian Church

Windsor- Christ Proclamation Church


Delaware

Clayton- CenterPoint Church

Milford- Berean Community Church

Wilmington- Grace Community Church


Florida

Brandon- Grace Bible Church

Chuluota- Cornerstone Baptist Church

Clearwater- Lakeside Community Chapel “Verse by verse teaching.”

Dunnellon- Springs Presbyterian Church “This is a wonderful Reformed church preaching the full counsel of God, kind, caring members and a Pastor who sat under Dr. RC Sproul. We have guest pastors from St Andrews Church in Sanford on occasion and you know they don’t just go anywhere.”

Gainesville- The Chapel of Gainesville

Glen Saint Mary- Glen Baptist Church

Jacksonville-
Paradise Church “A Reformed church that teaches expositionally, verse by verse, through scripture without compromise.”
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church

Jupiter-
Beacon Baptist Church
Grace Immanuel Bible Church

Melbourne- Harbor City Baptist Church “Reformed.”

Miami- New Testament Baptist Church “Biblically bound and doctrinally sound.”

Navarre- First Baptist Church

Orange Park- 
Community Bible Church of Orange Park “A solid theological, Reformed church.”
First Baptist Church

Orlando-
Liberty Church
Orlando Bible Church
University Presbyterian Church- Lake Nona

Ormond Beach- Riverbend Community Church “Reformed preaching, Christ-centered in ALL things.”

Palm Harbor- Grace Community Church

Panama City- Covenant Presbyterian Church

Pensacola- McIlwain Presbyterian Church

Sanford- Saint Andrew’s Chapel

Sarasota- Bethel Community Church

Seminole- Christ The King Presbyterian Church “PCA”

Steinhatchee- Fellowship Baptist Church

Tallahassee- Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Tampa-
Christ Central Presbyterian Church
The Church at Tampa


Georgia

Atlanta- Berean Bible Baptist Church

Douglas- Carver Baptist Church

Douglasville-
Arbor Heights Bible Church
Prays Mill Baptist Church

Duluth- Providence Church

Fayetteville-
Fayetteville First Baptist Church
Heritage Reformed Baptist Church

Lilburn- 
Cornerstone Bible Church “We are told over and over there isn’t another church in Atlanta like ours for Bible teaching, being doctrinally and theologically sound, as well as really friendly!”
Killian Hill Baptist Church

Macon- North Macon Presbyterian Church

Madison- Remembrance Community Church

Marietta- Grace Community Church

Oxford-
Church at Haynes Creek
CrossPointe Church

Rockmart- Victory Baptist Church

Sandy Springs- Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Sharpsburg- Faith Bible Church

Villa Rica- New Georgia Baptist Church

Woodstock- Faith Community Church


Hawaii

Haleiwa-Sunset Beach Christian Church

Honolulu- Hawai’i Kai Church

Mililani- Island Grace Church

Wahiawa, Oahu- The Lords House “Strictly adheres to Scripture. Loving, small church.”


Idaho

Boise- The Well “Reformed. The very best teaching we have ever been blessed to sit under.”

Burley- Calvary Baptist Church

Hayden- Hayden Bible Fellowship “Not to be confused with Hayden Bible Church. Master’s Seminary grad pastors and 9-Marks church.”

Kootenai- Kootenai Community Church

Meridian-
Compass Bible Church
Faith Community Bible Church “Solid doctrine, expository teaching and pastor graduated from The Master’s Seminary.”

Nampa-
Kindred Bible Church
New Hope Baptist Church “Always grounded in Scripture, believers challenged to keep in the Word. Reformed Baptist, dispensational.”


Illinois

Alton- Heartland Baptist Church

Arlington Heights- First Baptist Church

Ashton- Ashton Bible Church

Chicago- Garfield Ridge Baptist Church

Elgin- Northwest Bible Baptist Church

Frankfort- Peace Community Church “PCA- Solid expository preaching.”

Freeport- Park Hills Evangelical Free Church

Joliet- New Covenant Community Church

Matteson- Hope Reformed Baptist Church

Mattoon- Providence Church

New Lenox- Cornerstone Church of LincolnWay

Oak Forest- Grace Fellowship Church

Paxton- The Upper Room Bible Church

Peoria- Bethany Baptist Church

Princeton- Princeton Bible Church

Sparta- Calvary Church

Springfield- Southern View Chapel

Washington- First Baptist Church

West Chicago- West Chicago Bible Church


Indiana

Anderson- Grace Bible Fellowship “FIC & DoG”

Avon- Harvest Bible Chapel “Not affiliated with James MacDonald’s church”

Brownsburg- Bible Church of Brownsburg

Fort Wayne- Emmanuel (Soest) Lutheran Church

Greenfield- Hancock Reformed Baptist Church

Paoli- First Baptist Church

Roselawn- First Baptist Church “We LOVE their commitment to hold Scripture highly.”

Valparaiso- Faith Evangelical Bible Church

Winona Lake- Christ’s Covenant Church


Iowa

Ankeny- Grace Life Church of Greater Des Moines

Orange City- Cornerstone Baptist Church “Expositional, reformed, mostly hymns, and small.”

West Des Moines- Redeemer Baptist Church


Kansas

Junction City- First Southern Baptist Church

Kansas City- Mission Road Baptist Church

Wichita-
Heartland Community Church
The Bridge Church


Kentucky

Bowling Green- Grace Community Church

Campbellsville- Friendship Baptist Church

Frankfort- Buck Run Baptist Church

Lexington-
Porter Memorial Baptist Church
Todds Road Grace Church “100% sovereign grace”

Louisville- Anchor Bible Church

Mt. Sterling- Living Water Church

Murray- Redeemer Community Church


Louisiana

Baker- Reformation Church

Baton Rouge-
Central Bible Church
Christ Covenant Church
Community Bible Church
First Baptist Church
Woodlawn Baptist Church

Denham Springs- New Covenant Church

Franklinton- Richardson Baptist Church “Reformed (1689) Baptist, expository preaching/teaching”

Gonzales- First Baptist Church

Keithville- Redeemer Community Church

Shreveport- 
Grace Baptist Church
Trinity Baptist Church


Maine

Ellsworth- Faith Community Fellowship

Hancock- Hancock Eastside Baptist Church

Portland- Redeeming Grace Fellowship

Standish- Living Stone Community Church

Topsham- Cornerstone Baptist Church

Windham- Windham Baptist Church


Maryland

Baltimore- Baltimore Bible Church

Bowie- Belcroft Bible Church

Columbia- Hope Bible Church

Hollywood- Truth Bible Church

Oakland- Grace Reformed Church


Massachusetts

West Boylston- Bethlehem Bible Church

Westport- Calvary Bible Church

Weymouth- First Baptist Church


Michigan

Allendale- Lighthouse Community Church

Ann Arbor- Fellowship Bible Church

Battle Creek- Faith Baptist Church

Calcedonia Township-Whitneyville Bible Church

Comstock Park- Maranatha Bible Church

East Lansing- University Reformed Church

Grand Rapids-
Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church
Trinity Baptist Church

Hamburg- Hiawatha Bible Church

Hudsonville- Trinity Protestant Reformed Church

Livonia-
Bell Creek Community Church “Doctrinally sound and great expository preaching. Non-denominational.”
Berean Baptist Church “We are an expositional preaching church.”

Mt. Morris- Mt. Morris Community Church

Niles- Redeemer Church

Plymouth- Solid Rock Bible Church

Roseville- Cornerstone Baptist Church

Southfield- Highland Park Baptist

Three Rivers- Verse by Verse Church

Trenton- Community Bible Church

Waterford- Oakbrooke Bible Church “Reformed Baptist”

Westland- Harvest Bible Church “Excellent verse by verse expository preaching!”

Ypsilanti- Calvary Baptist Church


Minnesota

Burnsville- Berean Baptist Church

Eagan- Conquering King Fellowship “Exceptional biblical preaching and teaching. Active biblical fellowship and encouragement.”

Missoula- Sovereign Hope Church

Oslo- Kongsvinger Lutheran Church

Rochester- Redemption City Church

Saint Paul-
Beacon of Hope
Faith Bible Church Twin Cities

St. Louis Park- Gospel of Grace Fellowship


Mississippi

Brandon- Castlewoods Baptist Church “CBC is a Reformed (1689 LBCF) church.”

Gulfport- Bayou View Baptist Church

Jackson- Grace Baptist Church

Lakeshore- Lakeshore Baptist Church

Olive Branch- Grace Bible Church


Missouri

Jackson- Grace Baptist Church “Reformed Baptist”

Lee’s Summit- Summit Woods Baptist Church “Expositional preaching, Master’s Seminary Grad, Elder led”

Liberty- Liberty Baptist Church

Nixa- First Baptist Church “We’re SBC, but teach Reformed theology. Very sound expository and exegetical preaching.”

Rolla- Grace Bible Church

Sedalia- Bethany Baptist Church

Springfield-
South Creek Church “We’re SBC but Reformed in theology and practice.”
Trinity Lutheran Church “Conservative, doctrinally sound, LCMS.”

Wildwood- New Community Church


Montana

Helena- 
Calvary Baptist Church
Reformed Baptist Church

Kalispell- Central Bible Church

Missoula- Sovereign Hope Church


Nebraska

Lincoln-
Faith Bible Church
Indian Hills Community Church

Omaha- Omaha Bible Church “Expository preaching. Nothing but Bible.”


Nevada

Carson City- Fellowship Bible Church

Las Vegas- Trinity Reformed Church

Minden- Grace Community Church

Reno- Community Bible Church “Sound expository teaching. We love it.”


New Hampshire

Gilmanton Iron Works- Harvest Bible Church


New Jersey

Corbin City- Corbin City Baptist Church

East Millstone- Calvary Community

Hamilton Square- Faith Baptist Church

Matawan- First Baptist Church

North Brunswick- Christian Fellowship Church

Ocean City- Ocean City Baptist Church

Trenton- Fellowship Capital City “We are a Christ-centered, multi-ethnic church plant. Expository preaching, warm & welcoming congregation.”

Wayne- Bread of Life Fellowship “Excellent systematic teaching through the Scripture. Reformed Baptist.”


New Mexico

Albuquerque-
Desert Springs Church
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
–SGBC also maintains a directory of like-minded churches throughout NM.

Roswell- First Baptist Church

Santa Fe- Gospel Life Community Church


New York

Coram- Hope Reformed Baptist Church

Elmira- Elmira Christian Center

Ridge- Missio Church


North Carolina

Apex- Faith Bible Church

Cary- Colonial Baptist Church

Creedmoor- Promised Land Community Church “Excellent expository preaching!”

Fayetteville- Veritas Church

Fuquay Varina- Redeemer Community Church

Greensboro- 
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
Westover Church

Nags Head- Gospel Community Church

North Wilkesboro- Word of Grace Baptist Church

Raleigh-
Friendship Baptist Church
Vintage Church

Selma- Thanksgiving Baptist Church

Waxhaw- Rehobeth Presbyterian Church

Willow Spring- Fellowship Baptist Church

Wilmington- Cornerstone Baptist Church

Winston-Salem-
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Tapestry Church
Twin City Bible Church


North Dakota

Fargo- Community Baptist Church

Minot- Harvest Reformed Church


Ohio

Beavercreek- Grace Covenant Church

Beloit- The Community Bible Church

Bryan- First Baptist Church

Canton- Faith Bible Church

Carlock- East White Oak Bible Church

Chillicothe- Chillicothe Baptist Church

Cincinnati- Truth Community Church “Pastor is Don Green, a Master’s Seminary grad and formerly worked at Grace to You and Grace Community Church.”

Columbus-
Calvary Bible Church
Oikos Community Church

Dayton- Arbor Church

Delaware- Delaware Bible Church

Grenwich- The Ripley Church

Liberty Township- Liberty Heights Church

Loveland- New Hope Baptist Church

Ontario- Westwood Alliance Church

Peoria-
Bethany Baptist Church
Fellowship Bible Church

West Chester- Providence Bible Fellowship

Wilmington- Wilmington Reformed Fellowship

Winchester- Grace Bible Church

Xenia- Cornerstone Bible Church


Oklahoma

Broken Arrow- Grace Community Church “Susan Heck’s church”

Edmond- Fairview Baptist Church

Mustang- First Baptist Church

Owasso- Bible Church of Owasso “Faithful and expository teaching of the Word; very loving church family.”

Tulsa-
Christ Reformed Church
Grace Community Church


Oregon

Albany/Tangent- Grace Bible Fellowship “A conservative, bible teaching verse by verse every Sunday.”

Beaverton-
Beaverton Grace Bible Church
Southwest Bible Church
Southwest Hills Baptist Church

Bend- Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church

Enterprise- First Baptist Church “Expositional preaching, conservative Baptist, Master’s Seminary Grad.”

Hermiston- Victory Baptist Church

Hood River- Faith Bible Church “Expositional preaching, Elder led, Master’s Seminary graduate pastor.”

Klamath Falls- Immanuel Baptist Church “A conservative, reformed Baptist church that adheres to the 1689 London Baptist Confession, expository preaching verse-by-verse elder led, and sermons that are Christ-centered and the gospel is proclaimed clearly.”

Lebanon- Cornerstone Bible Church

Mt. Angel- Mount Angel Bible Church

Portland-
Bethany Baptist Church
Hinson Baptist Church “Reformed and doctrinal.”
Sauvie Island Community Church

Salem-
Morning Star Community Church
Sunnyslope Christian Reformed Church


Pennsylvania

Ambler- Cornerstone Presbyterian Church

Annville- GraceLife Church

Brogue- Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Carnegie- Bible Baptist Church

ChicoraSt. John’s Reformed Church “Not Catholic”

Downington- East Brandywine Baptist Church

Harrisburg- Grace Bible Fellowship Church

Newtown/Richboro- The Master’s Church

Seneca- Seneca E.C. Church

Uwchland-Windsor Baptist Church


Rhode Island

Bristol- Mount Hope Church


South Carolina

Beaufort- Community Bible Church

John’s Island- New Life Fellowship

Lexington- Grace Bible Church “A church planted by The Master’s Seminary.”

Simpsonville-
Temple Baptist Church
Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church “We are a 600 member PCA church. Doctrinally sound, conservative, and the preaching is deep to grow you in Christ.”

Taylors- Grace Baptist Church

Travelers Rest- Bethany Baptist Church  “Independent Fundamental KJV Bible. Amazing music and preaching. Great family church!” (This is a KJV Only church.)


South Dakota

Canton- Solid Rock Bible Church “Our pastor preaches expositorily.”

Chamberlain- St. Olaf Lutheran Church

Hartford- Central Valley Community Church

Sioux Falls- First Evangelical Free Church

Spearfish- Faith Bible Church


Tennessee

Bartlett/Arlington- Providence Baptist Church “Definitely doctrinally sound. Seminary trained pastor, expository preaching through Scripture.”

Bristol- Liberty Baptist Church

Chapel Hill- Smyrna Baptist Church Our pastor “preaches expository sermons and does not compromise the Word”

Eads- Crossroads Baptist Church

Jackson- Pleasant Plains Baptist Church

Johnson City-
Grace Gospel Church “Expositional teaching, reformed, small.”
North Johnson City Baptist Church “Expositional teaching, Reformed, mostly hymns. Small, loving, Biblical.”

Knoxville- His People Church

Lawrenceburg- New Prospect Baptist Church

Lookout Mountain- Christ Reformed Baptist Church

Maryville- Grace Community Church

Munford- Cornerstone Community Church

Powell- First Baptist Church

Smyrna- Grace Christian Assembly


Texas

Austin-
Dayspring Fellowship
Grace Community Bible Church
High Pointe Baptist Church
Radiant Church
South Austin Presbyterian Church “OPC church plant”

Boerne- Grace Bible Church “The pastor is a Master’s Seminary graduate.”

Bonham- Grace Reformed Baptist Church

Bryan- Emmanuel Baptist Church

College Station- New Life Baptist Church

Corpus Christi- Corpus Christi Community Church

Cypress- Harvest Bible Church

Denton-
Denton Bible Church “expository preaching — large mission outreach — reformed background — solid teaching”
The Church at Pecan Creek

Diana- First Baptist Church

Duncanville- Faith Baptist Church

Forney- Grace Reformed Baptist Church of East Texas

Fort Worth- Glenview Church

Frisco-
Heritage Grace Church
The Parks Church

Garland- New Liberty Baptist Church

Harlingen- Covenant Presbyterian Church

Houston-
Bridgepoint Bible Church
Christ Community Church
Copperfield Bible Church “Dan Phillips, pastor, is a writer on the Pyromaniacs blog, along with his close friend Phil Johnson. Fantastic reformed church. Non denominational.”
Faith Memorial Baptist Church
Grace Family Baptist Church
Harvest Bible Chapel

Kerrville- Kerrville Bible Church

Lindale- First Baptist Church

Lubbock-
Fellowship Church
First Baptist Church Roosevelt

Marble Falls- Providence Reformed Baptist Church

Mesquite- Lake Ridge Bible Church “Expository preaching.”

Pasadena- Providence Baptist Church

Pflugerville- Providence Presbyterian Church “(OPC)”

San Antonio-
Believers Fellowship
Crossway Bible Church
Grace Community Church

Southlake- Countryside Bible Church “Sound Bible teaching in the pulpit and in the Sunday school classes.” “Tom Pennington is the pastor and spent many years as John MacArthur’s executive pastor. They also have a Master’s Seminary extension at the church.”

Spring- Founders Baptist Church “Our pastor is Master’s Seminary grad, expository preaching, elder led church.”

Stephenville- 
Rocky Point Baptist
Shiloh Church

Sugar Land- Sugar Land Bible Church

Tyler- New Harmony Baptist Church

Watauga- 116 Bible Church

Willis- Grace Covenant Baptist Church “A Reformed Baptist Church and member of ARBCA.”


Utah

Draper- Corner Canyon Church

Roy- Roy Bible Church

Salt Lake City-
Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Evangelical Free Church of Salt Lake City

West Jordan- Jordan Valley Church


Vermont

Middletown Springs- Middletown Springs Community Church

Rutland-
Green Mountain Baptist Church
Redemption Church Rutland


Virginia

Tysons, Arlington, Loudon, Montgomery, Prince William- McLean Bible Church

Broadway- Broadway Baptist Church

Chesapeake-
Redemption Church
South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church

Fredericksburg-
Christ Fellowship Bible Church
Trinity Bible Church

Hampton- Reformation Christian Fellowship

Harrisonburg- Providence Baptist Church

Haymarket- Piedmont Bible Church

Lynchburg-
Grace Assembly
Redeeming Grace Baptist Church
Timberlake Baptist Church

Midlothia- Grace Bible Church “Pastor graduated from Master’s Seminary.”

Norfolk- Trinity Presbyterian

Purcellville- Loudoun Valley Baptist Church “Expository, reformed Baptist church. Located in the same town as Patrick Henry College, a college tailored to home-schooled kids specifically, so many of our attendees are college kids, while school is in session.”

Springfield- Immanuel Bible Church (see comment from Linda in the comments section)

Stafford- Pillar Church

Suffolk- Westminster Reformed Presbyterian

Virginia Beach-
Colonial Baptist Church
Grace Covenant Church
Green Run Baptist Church

Warrington- Covenant Reformed Baptist Church

Williamsburg- Grace Church


Washington

Bellingham- Spring Creek Bible Church

Bremerton- Faith Community Bible Church

Carnation- Snoqualmie Valley Bible Church

Keyport- Keyport Bible Church

Lynnwood- New Beginnings Church

Morton- Morton Community Bible Church

Olympia- Littlerock Community Fellowship

Port Orchard- Calvary Church “…absolutely committed to preaching the Word in an expository fashion. The pastor is solid and had no problem speaking out about much of the problematics that we are seeing in churches today.”

Puyallup- Edgewood Bible Church

Spokane- Faith Bible Church “Larger and slightly more contemporary.” “Associated with The Master’s Seminary, and the pastors are TMS grads. Their doctrine would be eye for eye with Grace Community Church.”

Veradale- Valley Bible Church

Yakima- Sun Valley Church


Washington D.C.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church


West Virginia

Bluefield- Covenant Reformed Baptist Church

Wellsburg- First Baptist Church “Pastor Michael D. Martin (Master’s Seminary grad). Excellent/careful expositor of the Word.”


Wisconsin

Franklin- Cornerstone Bible Church

Richland Center- Grace Life Church of Richland Center

Wausau- Highland Community Church

Wisconsin Dells- Rock of Hope Church

Wisconsin Rapids- Liberty Bible Church


Wyoming

Casper- Sovereign Grace Church

Cody- Cody Bible Church

Laramie- Laramie Faith Community Church “16 years of vibrant expository preaching.”

Pinedale- Grace Life Church

Thayne- Emmanuel Bible Church of Star Valley


Outside The United States

Australia

Keysborough:
Dingley- Village Church

South Australia:
Modbury/Clovercrest-
 New Community Church “Expository preaching, reformed, small loving congregation”

FIEC- Please also see the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. There are several member churches throughout Australia.


Canada

Alberta:
Calgary- Calvary Grace Church

Edmonton-
Grace Life Church
Meadowlands Baptist Church

Lethbridge- Lakeview Bible Church

Medicine Hat-
Evangelical Free Church of Medicine Hat “Committed to expository biblical preaching, complementarian, plurality of elders”
Grace Family Reformed Baptist Church

British Columbia:
Mission- Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
North Vancouver- Westlynn Baptist Church

Manitoba:
Brandon- Faith Fellowship Baptist Church

Ontario:
Cambridge- Hespeler Baptist Church
KillaloeCalvary Baptist Church
Quinte/Madoc- Madoc Baptist Church
Toronto- Grace Fellowship Church “Tim Challies’ church”
Walsh- Walsh Baptist Church

Saskatchewan:
Saskatoon- Fellowship Baptist Church


Germany

Munich- Munich International Community Church “English speaking, International Church, Reformed, Bible preaching.”


Hong Kong

Admiralty- Ambassador International Church “About 200 + people – two services, house groups, and women’s groups. Being an international church it has a mix of English speaking people from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the US along with many local Chinese who were educated abroad and prefer English services. You’ll meet godly people from many different nations and there is a core group of long term members from the local community.”

Kuwait

Bible Believers’ Baptist Church (contact church for specific location)

Kenya

NairobiEmmanuel Baptist Church

Philippines

Paranaque City, Moonwalk- Moonwalk Community Bible Church

Quezon City- Cubao Reformed Baptist Church

Other Areas- Churches recommended by Cubao RBC (above)

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Dubai-
Covenant Hope Church
Redeemer Church “Gloria Furman’s husband, Dave Furman, is pastor.”
United Christian Church

United Kingdom

FIEC- Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. Nearly 600 member churches in the UK. Includes church search engine.

London- Enfield Town Community Church “A humble, personal, Bible-centred church. They teach systematically and thoroughly through the books of the Bible and we go through large chunks of it throughout the week.”

North Yorkshire:
Blossomgate/Ripon-
Zion Evangelical Baptist Church

Oxfordshire:
East Hanney- Hanney Chapel

Suffolk- Wattisham Chapel

190 thoughts on “Reader Recommended Churches”

  1. I want to recommend my church in Bremerton Washington. They are committed to expository teaching of the word. It is an absolute gem that is tucked away in a run down neighborhood near the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. It’s called Faith Community Bible Church, and the pastor’s name is Mark Barrett. My family used to attend church is that were more charismatic, but the Lord opened our eyes up to the truth, and this church has been phenomenal. No church is perfect, but we know that we are getting the truth here.

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  2. In addition to the church that we attend regularly, I would also like to recommend a church that we visited while hunting in the area. It was a little too far away for us, but they are absolutely committed to preaching the Word in an expository way. The pastor is SOLID and has no problem speaking out against all the false teachings that we see running rampant in the church today. https://calvarypo.org/about/ Calvary Church in Port Orchard Washington

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  3. I attended Michelle’s conference in New Jersey today and would like to find a new church. I now realize the Catholic Church is not right for me. I live in Levittown,PA 19057. Thank you

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      1. Lori- A reader named Grace who lives in your area had the following suggestions:

        A reader in Pennsylvania shares these recommendations:

        “http://www.cornerstoneopc.com/
        Carl Trueman’s church in Ambler, PA

        http://www.fbc-jackson.org/default.asp?sec_id=180011753
        *Faith Bible (a Grace Advance church) in Jackson NJ*

        https://www.calvaryem.org/
        Calvary Community (Grace Advance) in East Millstone, NJ

        http://www.graceadvance.org/graduate-churches.php

        I live nearby and I am sorry to say there is nothing closer that teaches the whole counsel of God. We are in a dry area of the country. Try them all and pray for wisdom:) Thanks! Grace”

        *A pastor friend of mine in the area tells me that Faith Bible has either closed or been taken over by another church. Might want to check that out.

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  4. Copperfield Bible Church. Pastor is Dan Phillips. It is located in Houston, Texas. Dan is a writer on the Pyromaniacs blog, along with his close friend Phil Johnson. Fantastic reformed church. Non denominational.

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  5. Here’s one for WV: First Baptist Church of Wellsburg. Pastor Michael D. Martin (Masters Seminary grad). Excellent/careful expositor of the Word.

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  6. Here is a doctrinally sound church in South Carolina. It is one of the churches planted by The Master’s Seminary due to so many asking John MacArthur where one can be found. My family and I travel 45 minutes to attend.
    Grace Bible Church
    Pastor Jason Gillespie
    Lexington, SC

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  7. Michelle,
    I am thankful for this resource. I have a Catholic friend that visited my church, Beth Haven Baptist Church, Cheat Lake area in Morgantwon, West Virginia, and heard the doctrines of Grace, a solid preaching by Pastor David Coe, and now she is back to the area where she works in Romney, West Virginia. She desires to go to church but I am not familiar with the area or if there is any reformed church even 25 miles away. Does any of the members here has any info? thanks so much!!

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    1. Hi Nadua- Be sure to have her check out the “Searching for a new church?” tab up at the very top of this page. There are lots of church location search engines there that could help. Also, I have a Facebook friend who lives in WV, but I’m not sure which city. I’ll ask her if she has any suggestions.

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      1. Nadua- I checked with my friend, but she is not familiar with the Romney area and didn’t have any recommendations. I hope your friend can find a good church through the search engines. :0)

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  8. Hi, I would like to recommend Richardson Baptist Church in Franklinton Louisiana. They are on Facebook and sermon audio. It is a reformed Baptist Church that holds to the 1689 Baptist confession. The preaching and teaching is expository. We are a small church out in the country of Franklinton Louisiana.

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  9. Please add Grace Church Of Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida to your list of recommended churches. Justin did a conference at our church several years ago.

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      1. Here are some of the more recent issues with Calvary Chapel that have caused me to err on the side of caution and decline to recommend them. I realize that some CC churches disagree with the unbiblical direction CC leadership has decided to go in and have broken away from the CC organization, which is fine. I’m totally OK with recommending former CC churches that left for this reason. However, some CC churches that have broken away have kept “Calvary Chapel” in the name of their church. They’re certainly welcome to do that, but it makes it impossible for someone like me to tell simply from their website whether they’re in agreement with CC leadership or not, and I do not have time to track down each of these churches and interview the pastor about their doctrine. So if they still have “Calvary Chapel” in the name of the church, or if it’s clear that they’re still in partnership with the CC organization, I’m going to decline to recommend them.

        A second issue is that I have looked at some of the founding documents establishing the CC organization (provided by a CC church), and it seems that one of their basic doctrines for the organization is continuationism (the belief that the sign gifts continue today). If a church is a member of the CC organization, I have no choice but to assume that church embraces continuationism. I believe that continuationism is unbiblical, so I do not knowingly recommend continuationist churches.

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      2. Thank you for pointing me to this information. I did not know this…I have had inklings of misgivings after attending a Calvary Chapel for about 12 years but couldn’t really put my finger on the issue until our pastor went off the deep end committing adultery and stepping down. I hate to say I have not been able to trust ANY church since then and haven’t been attending anywhere. I know I need to be in fellowship and am so torn. I live in Arizona now and see only three recommended churches in this huge state. One is near me so will try to give it a go.

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      3. I’m so sorry that happened. I’ve experienced similar things in churches. It can be very devastating. It’s great that you’re going to give that church a try! I hope everything will go well and that it will be a wonderful worship experience. Don’t forget to click the “Searching for a new church?” tab at the top of this page- there are several church search engines linked there and you will probably be able to find more good churches near you. Blessings on your search for a new church home! :0)

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  10. I can personally recommend Walsh Baptist Church, 10 minutes southwest of Simcoe, in the village of Walsh, Ontario Canada. Our pastor is like a modern day Charles Spurgeon, right on down to the heavy beard, but more importantly of course, he preaches doctrinally sound, theologically robust sermons, all the while drawing his congregation’s focus to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all it’s fullness. Website is: https://walshbaptistchurch.weebly.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to make a recommendation. I’m sure it’s a fine church, but I only recommend churches with men in leadership positions such as minister of music (or whatever that position may be titled). I’ve explained a bit more about that here in case you’d like more information.

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  11. I have a church you can add for the 25 churches for Christmas. We have been going to this church for a couple of years now and are so thankful for the pastors commitment to preach the full word of God. It is on Brandon Manitoba canada. It is called Faith Fellowship Baptist Church. Web address is https://faithfellowshipbrandon.com.

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  12. I would like to add my reformed church, Grace Community Church in Broken Arrow, OK, to your list of recommended churches. The website is:
    https://gccoftulsa.org/
    Our Pastor is Doug Heck and he is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary where Dr. John MacArthur is president. I also highly recommend his wife, Susan, for her bible studies and also as a speaker. You can read about her on the above website, as well as her own website: http://www.withthemaster.org/
    To date, she has memorized every book of the New Testament except Luke which she will memorize this year.
    Pastor Doug is an accomplished expository preacher and preaches one book of the bible, one verse at a time. Our church is full of the love of Christ and has been a wonderful blessing to my husband and me. We have to drive an hour to get to our church, but it is well worth every minute.
    Thank you for considering this addition to your list.

    Linda Collier

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  13. I would like to recommend my church, Heritage Baptist Church, in Salem, OH. https://www.facebook.com/HeritageBaptistChurchSalem/ We are in the process of putting together a website. Thank you for this resource! I would also like to recommend if you haven’t listened to it already the G3 Conference. My husband just got back from it and there is a lot of great teaching there every year. Some of this years speakers included Paul Washer, Todd Friel, Conrad Mbewe, Voddie Baucham, Phil Johnson, Steven Lawson and Tim Challies to name a few. You can listen to past conferences at G3conference.com. Have a wonderful day!

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  14. I want to recommend my church, Redemption City Church, located in Rochester, MN. Website here: https://www.redemptionrochester.com/

    Redemption is a new-ish church plant, SBC-affiliated. I’m thankful for their exegetical preaching, their unwavering devotion to Scripture as the only source of truth, their desire for the name of Jesus to be made known among the nations, and their continual declaration of the gospel of Christ as our only saving grace. After moving to Rochester (straight out of college, from a different state!) for a new job, it took me months to find a church. One Sunday here, and I was done searching. Like any church, we are not without our issues and conflicts. But doctrine is sound, and for that I’m grateful.

    I’m also new here and have been greatly convicted by some of what I’ve found here. Thank you for your devotion to truth and ultimately to Christ!

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  15. I would like to recommend Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA: https://immanuelbible.church. The lead teaching pastor, Jesse Johnson, is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary. Pastor Jesse has edited a number of publications, including the John MacArthur Pastor’s Library Series book entitled, “Evangelism”. He also regularly blogs at the “The Cripplegate”. He is an excellent expository (not topical or textual) preacher.

    Immanuel Bible Church is located in the Washington, DC, metro area. It can be very difficult to find biblically sound churches in this area, and IBC has been such an incredible blessing for many (my family included)!

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  16. I would like to recommend our church in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in Canada. We have been attending since January this year but have known some people including the Pastor there for a while. It is an hour away from us but is the closest church that we feel is Biblical. This is their website. https://moosejawbaptist.com/

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    1. Hi Susan- I’d be delighted to include the Howell campus. Just a couple of quick questions for my own clarity:

      1. The Howell campus has the same doctrinal statement as the Ann Arbor campus?
      2. Are there any women serving in pastoral positions on staff at the Howell campus?

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  17. My recommendation is Gospel Community Church in Nags Head, North Carolina.
    https://gospelcommunityobx.com/
    We are followers of Christ in the Outer Banks of North Carolina planting a new church for the glory of God and the salvation and sanctification of others. We began *officially* in March of 2017. We welcome vacationers as well as locals!

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  18. Hi Michelle, I just heard your interview with Andrew Rappaport on the Rapp Report. May I suggest a solid church in Washington for your list of recommended churches? It is pastored by a Master’s Seminary grad and I would assume the pastor is “Rappaport approved” as he has spoken here twice.
    Snoqualmie Valley Bible Church
    Carnation, WA
    http://www.svbible.church
    (the form isn’t recognizing

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  19. Please consider adding calvarykillaloe.com for anyone visiting the Ottawa Valley area.
    My husband is the pastor, so I can vouch that it is doctrinally sound!

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    1. Thanks, Miranda! I’ve added Redeemer to the list. I notice y’all have a biblical counseling ministry. Would you happen to have any information on that? I would love to add Redeemer’s counseling ministry to my Biblical Counseling tab (at the top of this page), but I’d like to verify that all of the counselors are certified by a reputable program. If you or someone at your church has a moment to e-mail me that info (MichelleLesley1@yahoo.com) that would be awesome. :0)

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    1. Hi Gary-

      Thanks so much for the recommendations! I’ve added Grace Bible. Do you have a website address for Community of Grace? I can’t find it on their Facebook page and I need to check out their statement of faith, staff, etc.

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  20. I recommend Hilltop Bible Church in Bergton Virginia. I am the pastor there. We are sound in doctrine. Don’t have a website now, but we have a Facebook page entitled Hilltop Bible. Also on Twitter as Hilltop/Mt Zion Bible Churches.

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    1. Hi Bob- Thanks so much for the recommendation! One of the reasons I require a website is that I vet every church as best I can to make sure they have a solid statement of faith, no women in improper positions of teaching/leadership, and aren’t using materials authored by false teachers. When y’all get your website ready, just let me know, and I’ll be delighted to look it over for inclusion on the list.:0)

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  21. I’ve not actually visited this church, but they make moving to San Antonio Texas very tempting! They are Reformed in their theology, they actually understand and practice church discipline and you’ll be HARD-PRESSED to find a statement of faith that is as exhaustive as this!! (Pages upon pages). If you’re familiar with the FB page “I’ll Be Honest”, these are the fine folks who run that page. Sermons can be listened to online by more than a couple of their preaching elders. Be blessed!!

    https://gccsatx.com/our-beliefs/statement-of-faith/

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  22. I highly recommend Christ Fellowship Church in Louisville, KY. The Pastor and elders are tied to Southern Seminary and have very strong doctrine. CFC is a 1689 Second London Baptist Confession church.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth- Thanks so much for the recommendations! I have added Barabbas Road and CCCC.

      I’m sure the people at WBCC are lovely and kind, but I’m going to decline to add WBCC at this time for two reasons: a) I can’t seem to find a statement of faith page on their website (maybe my eyes are tired and I accidentally overlooked it?) and b) the worship playlist on the “New Here?” page indicates that this church uses Hillsong, Elevation, Bethel, and Jesus Culture music almost exclusively. (If you’re not familiar with the heretical {literally} nature of these organizations, you can find more information at the “Popular False Teachers” tab at the top of this page.)

      Again, many thanks for the recommendations! :0)

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      1. Hi Michelle – Please remove my recommendation. There are a lot of changes going on right now in our church and I don’t feel comfortable recommending it at this time. Thanks.

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      2. Hi Kerensa- I never added it to the list because I never received the church’s web address so I could check it out. Did you mean you’d like for me to delete your comment above?

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  23. Hi Michelle, I would like to recommend Valley Christian Fellowship in Menifee http://www.vcfmenifee.org California. we meet your theological criteria and are like mind when it comes to the doctrines of grace and the sovereignty of God. There is a church on your list that does not meet your criteria as they are both on your “not allowed” list they are continuationists and against a reformed soteriological position. Anyway, I appreciate your blog keep up the great work. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks! Added. I’m so intrigued by the Women’s Health Drive. What a unique way to minister to these ladies who need a little help!

      Can you please let me know which church (including the name, city, and state, so I can find it easier) you’re concerned about being on the list so I can check it out? You can either reply to this comment (I’ll keep your reply hidden) or e-mail me at MichelleLesley1@yahoo.com. Just to clarify, it’s OK if a church is not Reformed itself or doesn’t agree with Reformed theology. They just can’t be on the list if they’re teaching that Reformed theology/Calvinism is false doctrine or heresy.

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  24. Now that I have moved from Maine to Florida I would like to recommend Springs Presbyterian Church in Dunnellon Florida, http://www.springspca.org/
    This is a wonderful reformed church preaching the full counsel of God, kind, caring members and a Pastor who sat under Dr RC Sproul. We have guest Pastors from St Andrews Church in Sanford on occasion and you know they don’t just go anywhere.

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  25. We have found two great churches during our military moves (which can be hard to do) and we rely on opinions of other mature believers and sound resources for every new location. We have been blessed in two different churches since our conversion:
    Ocean City, NJ — Ocean City Baptist Church : oceancitybaptist.org
    Mobile, AL — Christ Fellowship Baptist Church : cfmobile.org/

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  26. I was sulking after not finding anything on this page near me. I decided I would just be happy with a church with no rock music smacking me in the ears upon entry.
    Or one that teaches the bible? at least one.

    I found both at http://cbcfranklinwi.com/

    If you like, ask to meet me and I’ll love to help you feel comfortable.

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  27. Hi,
    I would like to recommend a Protestant church we attended while stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
    New Post Chapel on the base (Fort Sill / Lawton Oklahoma) is amazing. Full of wonderful biblically sound Chaplins.

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  28. I highly recommend Crossroads Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. They have a very transparent website that can help you navigate who they are and what they teach. It may seem like they are a large church because they have a well developed site, but it’s not. They honor God’s Word and preach the Sovereignty of God and the Bible’s sufficiency. I’m so thankful to have found them!: https://crossroadsetown.com/

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    1. Hi Carey-
      Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend your church. I’m sure your pastor and church family are wonderful godly people, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to lovingly and respectfully decline, at this time, to add CBC to the list.

      There are two reasons for this: a woman serving as the minister of music (I’ve explained about this in this article), and several problematic authors on the recommended discipleship resources list (Richard Foster, Bill Hybels, Ronnie Floyd, Lauren Chandler, and Raechel Myers are the ones I’m familiar with). I hope you’ll understand that this is in no way meant to be a slight against you or your church, and should these issues change, I’ll be glad to reconsider CBC in the future.

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  29. Would you consider adding Grace Church Williamsburg (Virginia)? Our is still under construction, but our doctrinal statement would completely align with that of Grace Community Church (John MacArthur). My pastor/husband attended TMS and is currently working on an MABC through TMU. He is also a member of FIRE.

    http://gracechurchwilliamsburg.org

    (If this is a duplicate post, feel free to delete! Had a little technical issue on my end…)

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  30. I would like to recommend my church. It is a small church with elders and people devoted to God, with a high view of God and His Word, and living out the doctrines of grace. A lovely place to learn and live out the Christian Faith.
    http://www.calvaryopc.net/

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  31. Hi Michelle,
    I am new to your website and am finding my way around. I’m utilizing the links for finding a new church, and wondered if any of your followers on Facebook would have recommendations for doctrinally sound churches in/near Rockford, IL. I’m not on social media so my access is a bit limited in that regard. Through your blogs, I’ve recently come to realize just how false my two former churches have been. I’m discovering just how ignorant I’ve been and how easily “duped” I was in Bible studies that were suggested by friends who preach about expository teachings and “true doctrine” but all three studies I went to with them were Beth Moore, Priscilla Shier, and Ann Graham Lotz. I honestly had no clue. I’m just sick over how little discernment I’ve had (and have even questioned if I’m truly saved) because my foundation has been thoroughly rocked after reading through numerous pages on your website as well as the links you’ve included. I am SO thankful for finding your site, but boy, has it been a painful journey realizing just how far off course I’ve been.I desperately want to find a church that has sound biblical teaching, as I am literally starting from scratch. Thanks so much to you and your readers if they have any recommendations that I could research.

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    1. Hi Shannon-

      Welcome! I rejoice with you at the work God is doing in your heart and life, and I’m so glad you’re looking for a good church. Have you had a chance to work through all of the church search engines at the “Searching for a new church?” tab? I did a quick spot check and I’m seeing a couple in Rockford at the Founders link and at The Masters Seminary link (so there are probably more listed at the other church search engine links).

      I love my social media followers, but anybody with any sort of beliefs could be following me and could recommend a church that’s not good (and that has happened a few times in the past). I have much more trust in the doctrinal standards of the church search engines I have listed, so, I always recommend thoroughly exhausting those first before resorting to asking my followers. If you check out all of those search engines and still can’t find a good church, let me know, and then we will touch base with my social media followers.

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      1. Thank you so much, Michelle, for your response! I was able to find a couple of churches via the Founders link and one I’m considering is Rock Valley Bible Church. I looked at all the sections on their website and there were two things I wanted to ask you about. I fully admit that I’m new on this journey so my questions may not be issues at all, but I wanted your guidance on them, if possible. One was I looked at the music they had listed and I did see some names you had listed as doctrinally sound, but a couple of other names came up that I saw that I’ve seen on some of your resources links as being a problem (Matt Maher being one, and Phillips, Craig & Dean). So I hesitated when I saw that. I also went to the church’s “Resources” link and it had a link for Bible teaching of John MacArthur (great) and also a link for Bible teaching of John Piper (uh….); this is what gave me pause. I wondered if you could look at the site and see if it’s one you’d would add to the recommendation list of fellow readers as above? After what I’ve been through with the last two churches, I admit I’m very unsure of myself at this stage in the journey on recognizing both the red flags as well as the subtler nuances. Website is

        rrbc.cc

        Thank you so very much!

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      2. Hi Shannon-

        Matt Maher and Phillips, Craig, and Dean are musicians (for anybody reading this who might not know), not theologians, but I completely understand why seeing their names would give you pause. Although I don’t proactively recommend John Piper, he is a generally doctrinally sound brother in Christ, and he’s not someone I’d dismiss a potential church over.

        If you think this church is otherwise a viable possibility for you, what I would recommend doing is visiting for a month or so, including visiting Sunday School, to see if it seems like a good fit. You may find that it’s not, for whatever reason, which would make their music and book recommendations moot. But if you visit for a while and it feels like it would be a good fit, set up an appointment with the pastor to lovingly discuss your concerns. And keep in mind that many pastors are ignorant of the biblical issues with popular Christian musicians and pastors. It may have been an honest mistake. Or he may be aware of the issues and is trying to move the church toward more doctrinally sound resources. But you’ll never know until you talk to him.

        Hope this helps. :0)

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      3. Hi Michelle,
        This helps tremendously and I deeply appreciate your feedback. I’m going to do as you suggested and give this church a try and give it a bit of time to see if it’s a good fit and will take notes on the good as well as any questions or red flags that pop up and proceed from there. Thank you so much for your guidance on this! I feel a spark of hope for the first time in a long time. =o)

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