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Recommend a Church

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.

48 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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  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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  11. 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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