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UPDATE 2: Your response has been overwhelming! Thank you so much for your recommendations! At the moment, over 100 churches have been recommended. As I mentioned at the end of this article, I am vetting each one individually, so that will take some time. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE 1: Folks, I really appreciate all of your recommendations, but I’ve already deleted about half the comments I’ve received so far because the commenter did not include the name of the church and/or the website. I don’t have time to track these things down for multiple recommendations. Please read and follow the directions below. Thanks.

If you’re searching for a new church (rather than wanting to recommend one) click here.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’m passionate about helping people find doctrinally sound churches to join. I’ve recently been updating my list of Reader Recommended Churches, but we can always use more recommendations for doctrinally sound churches, church search engines, and church planting organizations, especially in the states that don’t have very many recommendations and in countries outside the United States. So I’d love it if you’d help out by making a recommendation!

Please read this part before recommending

Here are the guidelines for submitting a recommendation:

  • You must have a personal connection (ex: you’re a member or recent former member, you know the pastor personally, etc.) to the church you’re recommending
  • Please check this list to see if the church you’re recommending is already listed. (It takes time for me to weed out recommendations of churches that are already listed.)
  • Please check this link to see if the church search engine or church planting organization you’re recommending is already listed. (Read carefully. The Master’s Seminary, Founders, Grace Advance, and several others are already listed.)
  • The following types of churches, church search engines, and church planting organizations will not be added to the list (due to doctrinal or other issues)1:

~ United Methodist churches
~ Calvary Chapel churches (continuationist)
~ 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 uses music from Bethel, Jesus CultureHillsongElevation, anyone connected with these groups, Catholicsnon-Christians, or any other musician who isn’t doctrinally sound.
~ Any church that does not have a statement of faith (“What we believe,” “Doctrinal statement,” etc..) on its website.
~ Any church that does not have an actual website (a social media page alone is not sufficient).

If the church, church search engine, or church planting organization you’re considering recommending meets the criteria above, I’d love to consider it! Please comment below (it would really help me if I could have all the comments below, in one place, rather than scattered between this article, social media messages, social media comments, and emails) with:

  • The full, correctly spelled name of the church, church search engine, or church planting organization
  • The city and state, or city and country the church is located in
  • The church’s, church search engine’s, or church planting organization’s website. Submissions without websites will not be considered.

Just a reminder – as it says above the comment box, I handle all comments manually, so your comment will not appear immediately. When I add (or decline to add) your church to the list, I’ll post your comment.

I vet every church that’s submitted, so it may take me a while to get to your recommendation. Your patience is appreciated.

Thanks so much for helping your brothers and sisters in Christ find a good, solid church!


1I am not saying any church or person who falls into one of these categories is automatically a heretic, unsaved, or a horrible person/church. These are merely the requirements for a church to be on this particular list because these are the requirements most of the people who use this list are looking for.

142 thoughts on “Recommend a Church”

  1. https://gbcmtpleasant.com/
    Grace Bible Church
    1570 Mathis Ferry Road
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29492
    Pastor: Chris MacDonald
    KJV Preferred

    Our Mission
    It is our mission to faithfully teach and preach the Word of God. We do this in order that men, women and children may come to Christ in repentance and faith in order to receive the free gift of everlasting life. As we preach the whole counsel of God, believers grow in grace and are encouraged to be conformed to the image of Christ.

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    1. Hi Dawn- Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend this church, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to decline to add it to the list. The statement of faith contains clear KJV-only language.

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  2. We recently started attending Treasuring Christ Church in Watkinsville, GA.
    https://www.tccathens.org/
    We felt loved from the moment we walked in. The music is does not promote heretics, the bible is exposited every week. We are so glad to have found this small church family!

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  3. I am a member of, and wholeheartedly recommend, Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, http://www.rbcfranconia.org, located in Telford, PA. In an area flooded with Christian, evangelical churches, not many have preaching God’s word as their priority. Sadly, the majority of churches in southeastern Pennsylvania have become very seeker-sensitive, prioritizing filling the pews by having a message and music that’s attractive to the world. They’d rather be viewed as nice and loving, over speaking the truth. RBC of Franconia is the most loving church because the pastors never waiver from the Truth. I invite anyone to read the statements and doctrine on our website and/or listen to the sermons online—either directly on the church’s website or available at sermon audio: https://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._Fred_G._Zaspel

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  4. I would like to recommend New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview, TX and Gilmer, TX. The website is NBBCTX.org The lead pastor is Todd Kaunitz, who is on the Longview campus while teaching pastor Matt Darby is on the Gilmer campus. We are one church….two campuses.

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    1. Hi Stacie- Thanks so much for taking the time to recommend these churches. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to decline to add them to the list. In February, the women’s conference featured false teacher Rebekah Lyons and Lauren Chandler who is not doctrinally sound. Additionally, the language about God on the “Beliefs” page (three “personalities” rather than three “persons”) is a little too close to Modalism for my comfort. Thank you anyway, though.

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  5. First Baptist Church of Interlaken NY https://www.fbcinterlaken.org/

    I am a longstanding member. It is a Baptist church and does not teach Reformed theology but it also would not claim that Reformed theology is a false teaching. I personally choose the music so I am well aware that we do not choose any of the types of music you listed.

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    1. Hi Heather- Thanks so much for submitting your church. I have a couple of questions I’m hoping you can help me with.

      1. It’s so great that you’re not using music from heretical sources! Thank you! If you’re selecting the music for the worship service, is it safe to assume you’re serving as the worship leader/pastor, minister of music, or whatever title your church might use?

      2. In the sermon archives, I see a sermon by guest speaker Joanie Hull. Does that mean this church allows women to preach to men, or is this possibly audio from a women’s conference or something like that? (I couldn’t get it to play.)

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    1. Hi Debbie- Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve added both.

      I have a question I was hoping you might be able to help me with. I’d like to add Trinity to my Biblical Counseling page, but I try to only add ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) certified counseling ministries. Can you tell me if Trinity’s counselors are ACBC certified?

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  6. https://canrc.org/

    Canadian Reformed Church federation across Canada. Sister churches in the US are the American Reformed Churches.

    We share the same Book of Praise and 3 confessions ( Heidelberg catechism, Belgic Confession and Canons of Dordt)

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    1. Hi Shanea- Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend your church. I’m afraid I’m going to have to decline to list it. The entire website looks basically doctrinally sound except for the subparagraph on the Holy Spirit on this page: https://rosecitychurch.ca/resources-articles/2018/3/14/tenets-of-faith. It seems to be teaching a Pentecostal-style baptism of the Holy Spirit which is separate from salvation (i.e. “this baptism which the Heavenly Father gives to all who ask” – The biblical teaching is that we are baptized in the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. It is not something we have to ask for separately.).

      Additionally, the statement “We believe that all of these gifts are available today,” in this context normally means the church believes in the “sign gifts” or continuationism – that Believers can have the supernatural gifts of speaking in other languages, healing, working miracles, and extra-biblical revelation (prophecy). As the article states above, I do not add continuationist churches to the list.

      I was puzzled about this since the rest of the website seems to contraindicate these types of beliefs. Perhaps what I’ve explained above is not what the church actually believes and that section has just been poorly worded? If that’s the case and the church revises that section to reflect a doctrinally sound pneumatology, please feel free to resubmit it. I’d be delighted to check it out.

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  7. Mariposa Baptist Church
    Stanley,NC
    https://mariposabc.org/

    I am currently a member. I wasn’t sure if I should post a description or not, so I included a few things just in case. Our pastor is reformed. He does Expository verse by verse preaching. Lots of hymns; and they work to be sound in their music selection of contemporary songs (mostly modern hymns). Our pastor also teaches catechism once a month.

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      1. Hi Michelle! I’m sorry to say that our church XXXXX should no longer be recommended on your site. I wanted to make you aware so it could be removed from the list. Maybe we will have another church to add to the list one day. We are currently visiting others in the area and looking forward to where the Lord places us.
        Thanks again for all you do!

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      2. Hi Courtney – Thanks so much for letting me know. I’ve removed the church, and I have saved your full comment in my files. Blessings as you seek a doctrinally sound new church!

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  8. Our church, Colonial Baptist Church, is already on your list in Cary, North Carolina but the church name has now changed to The Shepherd’s Church. The original Colonial Baptist website does switch to the new website for now.

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  9. I would like to recommend my home church. Lewis Lake Covenant Church, 1030 Grand St in Ogilvie MN. Pastor Bob DeYoung and Pastor Joe Reed are solid Biblical Preachers. I am the Administrative Assistant here. Our website is https://lewislake.org/ sermons preached here are added to our YouTube channel and can be found on the front page of the website. I also post the sermons to our websites Media page and can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. we are connected to the Covenant denomination, however are in discussions about this as they seem to have abandoned the gospel.

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    1. Hi Tami- Thanks so much for the info. Let’s do this – when y’all come to a conclusion about whether or not you’re going to stay with the Covenant denomination, leave another comment with your church’s info, and I’ll be glad to consider it at that time. Thanks! :0)

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  10. Thank you so much for your ministry! I’d love to have my church included. Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in North Ridgeville, OH is wonderful: http://www.cbfministry.org/. Dr. Glenn Dunn is our pastor (officially received his doctorate from SBTS in May). We are hold to the 1689 LBC and have a great biblical counseling ministry. In fact, we are an ACBC approved training center as well. Also, no Hillsong or Bethel music here! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Pamela. Added! I have a question I’m wondering if you can help me with. I see a lot of information on the website about biblical counseling, but unless I missed it (which is possible, I was reading quickly) I don’t see anything about an actual biblical counseling ministry where people can make an appointment with a certified biblical counselor to come in for counseling with a problem. It seems more like “this is how we biblically counsel one another in this church”. Either way is fine, but I ask because if there’s an official “make an appointment for counseling” type of ministry with an ACBC certified biblical counselor, I’d like to add it to my Biblical Counseling page (see blue menu bar above). Do you have any info. on this?

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  11. Thank you so much for your ministry. I am so thankful for your podcast and the recent online conference you were a part of. ❤️

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    1. Thanks, Elle! Added. By the way – I notice that The Gospel Coalition is listed on the Resources page. I’m sure your pastor just isn’t aware, but TGC has gotten way into the woke/social justice movement over the last several years, which may cause some concern for people who are looking for a church and see that on your church’s site. Your pastor might want to look into TGC and consider whether he wants to continue to list them on your church’s site.

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  12. Michelle, I love your ministry. It has helped me tremendously to be more discerning. I am so looking for a church in Valparaiso In. After checking the one listed, I went to their website and the women’s ministry leader is one that you did not recommend. So my search continues. Thanks for all you do!

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    1. Hi Cindy- Thanks for letting me know. For now, I’m extending a little grace to otherwise doctrinally sound churches who are still using Jen Wikin’s materials. The issues with her are so recent that the vast majority of churches who use her materials are not aware of them yet. It takes a while for word to get out. Did you find any other doctrinal issues with that church on their website? If so, I’ll take a closer look.

      If you’re still looking, be sure to check out all the church search engines in the “Searching for a new church?” tab in the blue menu bar at the top of the page.

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    1. Hi Addie- I wonder if you could help me with something. I’m a little confused at the distinction between “leadership” and “staff” on the website. Is Anya, the “Director of Worship Arts,” basically the minister of music or worship pastor? (selecting the music for the service, leading the music portion of the worship service, etc.)

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    1. Hi Nanci- I’d like to add your church, but I always check the page that lists the church staff (to make sure there aren’t any women serving in pastoral roles), and your church’s website doesn’t seem to have a staff page, nor is there any mention on the website of who the pastor is. When that info is added to the website, please let me know, and I’ll be glad to reconsider your church for inclusion on the list.

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  13. Hi. I luve in NE Wisconsin. The church I attend is a very sound doctrinal church. Valley Baptist Church in Appleton WI. The website is ValleyConnex.com

    Thank you for considering it for recommendation.

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  14. I would love to recommend the church where I am a member – Firelands Grace OPC in Sandusky, Ohio. The church website is http://graceop.org. It took us what felt like forever to find a sound reformed church in our area, so hopefully this helps others in our area avoid the same struggle.

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  15. Louisiana … Franklinton … Clifton Baptist Church. http://Www.cliftonbaptistchurch.org
    Michelle, you have corresponded with our pastor Tony Hicks via a Facebook forum you have both been involved in. “Family ” is the word most often used to describe Clifton Baptist Church. Scriptural teaching combined with fellowship and love make this a wonderful place to serve God.

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    1. Hi Terryl- Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend your church. I’m afraid I’m going to have to decline to list it at this time due to the fact that you have a woman “music director” performing the pastoral responsibility of overseeing the music portion of the worship service by planning and selecting the music. (I’ve elaborated on that here if it’s of interest.) Should CBC hire a male minister of music in the future, I would be glad to reconsider it for inclusion on the list. Thank you again. :0)

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  16. Lake Bible Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon
    https://www.lakebiblechurch.com/

    The pastor (who is in his 80’s) and his wife know what the NAR is and have read the book “A Time of Departing” by the late Ray Yungen. The bible teaching is sound and the womens ministry is solid (John MacArthur, Allistair Begg, Susan Heck, etc. studies). There are no female pastors on staff in line with scripture.

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  17. I would like to recommend my church. It is First Baptist Church of Shelby. We are located at 185 S. Gamble St., Shelby, Ohio. Our website is http://www.shelbyfbc.com. We have a wonderful expository Pastor/Teacher who does a great job every Sunday teaching the truth of scripture. He is one of the few (probably the only one I know) who does this in our area. This is the first time in our church history that I think we’ve had a preacher like this! Thank you so much Michelle for everything you do!

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    1. Hi Heather- Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to recommend and tell me about your church. I’m sure your pastor is a very godly man and good preacher, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to decline to list FBC at this time. I watched a bit of the August 1, July 25, and July 18 worship services, and I’m not sure what role or position Dawn holds, but I’m not biblically comfortable with the way she’s leading the congregation during the announcement time – instructing them in what to pray for, leading them in prayer, praying over the pastor, etc. (I was especially disturbed at her instructing those watching online in the August 1 service to just grab coffee or crackers or whatever they had lying around to participate in the Lord’s Supper.) That’s something the pastor or elders should be doing. Additionally, the church’s Facebook page has numerous quotes and devotions from Henry Blackaby/Experiencing God. I know many people aren’t aware of this, but Blackaby doesn’t handle Scripture correctly and his teachings often venture into a form of mysticism (more info. here in case it’s of interest).

      If these things should change in the future and you’d like to leave another recommendation, I’d be delighted to reconsider FBC for inclusion on the list.

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    1. Added. Thanks, Andrea. By the way- I noticed that The Gospel Coalition is listed on the resources page. If you know the pastor of GCBA you may want to give him a little heads up that TGC has gotten way into the woke/social justice stuff over the last several years. (I know a lot of people aren’t aware of that.)

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    1. Transformation Church is where I have been attending. To my knowledge the following churches in Troy are also solid: First Presbyterian Church (https://troyfpc.com/), First Baptist Church (https://www.troyfbc.org/), Troy Church (https://troychurch.tv/), and Bush Baptist Church (https://www.bushbaptistchurch.org/). I know people at each of these but perhaps not quite to the level of personal connection you’re looking for, so I understand if they cannot be included. I know the former associate pastor at Bush Baptist pretty well. I know the current youth pastor at Bush and the current senior pastor at Troy Church less well. The leadership at all of these churches are at least generally reformed/Calvinistic to my knowledge. We are blessed with good churches in Troy!

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      1. Thanks, Clayton.

        I’ve added First Presbyterian, Troy Church, and Bush Baptist.

        I’m afraid I’ll have to decline to add First Baptist. They’re hosting a Priscilla Shirer simulcast, and a women’s study by Angela Tomas-Pharr. They’ve also got at least a couple of women teaching or co-teaching co-ed adult Sunday School classes.

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    1. Hi Haven- FCC looks like a great church, and I was all set to add it until I looked at the Spotify playlist linked on the Media page. According to that playlist, FCC is using several songs by Phil Wickham, who has close ties to Bethel, and there’s one by Hillsong (O Praise the Name Anastasis). (I’m not familiar with all of the artists and songs and songs on the list, so there may be others from sources that aren’t doctrinally sound.) If FCC has stopped using those songs (and any others from sources that aren’t doctrinally sound), or if FCC stops using those songs in the future, please let me know, and I will gladly reconsider it for inclusion on the list.

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  18. The Church of the Open Bible, Burlington MA
    Cobma.org
    I grew up in this church until I moved out of state. I still have several friends and family there, so I know it is still solid. The music is good too.

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  19. My husband is a TMS graduate and the pastor of Berean Bible Church in Sandy, Utah. He uses verse by verse expository teaching to teach the truths of the Bible. Our website is bereanbibleutah.org .

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    1. Hi Debbie- Thanks so much for taking the time to recommend your church. I have no doubt that it’s a good one since your husband is a TMS grad, but as I stated in the instructions above, I don’t list churches that don’t have a statement of faith (“What we Believe,” “Doctrinal Statement,” etc.) page on their website, and I couldn’t seem to find one on yours. If BBC adds a statement of faith to its website, I’d be delighted consider it for inclusion on the list. Just leave another comment including the website. (A SoF page doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It could just be something like, “We agree with and abide by the statement of faith of Grace Community Church,” and add the link. Or “We hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith,” and add the link.)

      Also, since the publication of this article last month, I have added a requirement that church websites must include some sort of information about their pastor and staff (at minimum, their full names) on the website. I see your husbands first name on the “Service Times” page, but I’ll need to see his full name, at the very least, somewhere on the website in order to consider it. May I suggest adding a “Meet our Pastor” type of page with Wayne’s picture and a paragraph or two of information about him? Indicating that he is a TMS grad and expository preacher is something that would be of great interest to my followers and make them feel more eager to visit BBC. Just a thought. :0)

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  20. Cornerstone Baptist Church
    Battle Ground, Washington

    http://www.thecornerstonebc.org/

    My family and I have attended CBC for about 3 years after leaving a seeker-friendly continuationist mega church where there was eisegesis/ “narcegesis” people centered sermons and a bethel/ hillsong rock concert. After some searching we found the exact opposite! A small local church where God is the focus of the service, hymns are sung without all the show, the Word is preached in an exegetical and expository manner and it is also cessationist. We’ve gotten to know Pastor Jason and his family, even sharing meals at their home. I would recommend Cornerstone Baptist Church to any one else in the Clark County area.

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  21. Logos Baptist Church – Dothan, AL
    http://www.logosdothan.org

    We are lead, but not governed, by a plurality of elders, Logos is a church that preaches expositionally, verse by verse, through a book of the Bible at a time. We hold to the 5 Solas of the Reformation with a particular emphasis on Sola Scriptura. We believe and teach the inerrancy and the sufficiency of scripture.

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    1. Hi Stanley- Thanks so much for taking the time to recommend your church. Everything looks great, and I would go ahead and add it to the list except for one question I have that I’m hoping you can help me with. On the “Media” page of the website, I clicked on the Sunday Spotify Playlist button, and the very first song listed was a song from Hillsong. Now, I checked the song services of a few of Logos’ most recent worship service videos on the LBC Facebook page, and it looks like y’all tend to use pretty good music from doctrinally sound sources. I didn’t hear any Hillsong songs or songs from other heretical sources like Bethel, Elevation, Phil Wickham, etc. My question to you is this: Does Logos occasionally use songs from these types of sources, or is that one Hillsong song listed on the playlist perhaps listed there by mistake?

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  22. Hi, Michelle –

    I’d like to recommend the church my family attends, which is Anchor Baptist Church in Millersville, MD. The pastor is a faithful expositor of the Word, and is a very caring and qualified shepherd to his flock. All music, missions, fellowship, and other ministries are Christ-exalting. KJV is preferred and used during services, but is not viewed as the only authoritative version. I personally prefer ESV (as do a few others I’ve noticed) and use that version during Sunday school and Bible studies 🙂

    Website:
    https://anchorbaptistonline.org/welcome

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    1. Hi Jen- Anchor looks like a great church, but I wonder if you could help me with something I’m confused about regarding the Our Ministry Team page. Are Mrs. Porcher and Mrs. Wagner co-“pastors” with their husbands? “The Porchers” blurb doesn’t really clarify that he is the pastor and she is not. And “The Wagners” blurb says Paige “serves on staff as well.” (Since the Porchers and the Wagners both went to PCC, I’m guessing the answer is “no,” but I’ve learned never to assume. :0)

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      1. Hi Michelle- thanks for asking! Mrs. Porcher and Mrs. Wagner serve in various ministries for women and children, and are faithful members of the body at large, but do not serve in any pastoral capacity at all. Our church values and encourages women greatly but definitely holds to complementarian views. Hope this helps! 🙂

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