Our Story

In 2011, in the backyard of Mark and Tammi Rachels, Journey Church launched. Seeking a place, God sent us to Pickett Elementary School where we came to understand the church that God created us to be. This church was one that was focused on a community of real people with real problems, seeking to impact their lives with the love of Christ.

Pickett became our first home where God showed us that the church can make an impact on the local community and schools. In 2014, God made it clear that we needed a building of our own to be able to minister to the community on a greater scale. God opened the doors to an old manufacturing facility just down the road from Pickett Elementary, which allowed us to continue to impact the school and the community where we started. It has been amazing to watch God take real people and use them for real ministry. We are so excited to see where God takes Journey Church next and so thankful that you want to be a part of our church!

what we believe


A mission statement communicates the core purpose of any organization. 

At Journey Church, our mission statement is what drives everything that we do and will continue to be our focus. 

Our mission is that we were called to go into all the nations, to minister to the lost and hurting, to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19)



A vision statement is simply a road map of an organizations long term goals.

Our vision is for as many to hear and experience the love of Christ while raising up followers to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We believe we must make it easy for people to come to church. 

How do we do this?

Make it easy for new believers to discover Christ. (Act 15:19)

Have a safe, non-judgmental environment to discover Christ.

Provide engaging and loving children's programs. 

Provide safe and secure children's classrooms.

Display the love of Jesus from the street to the seats.

Provide a clean facility.

Offer opportunities to serve the kingdom and grow through service. (Romans 10:15)

Offer opportunities to fellowship often. (Acts 2:46)

Provide worship music that glorifies God. 

Offer opportunities for spiritual growth through Bible studies. 

Robust, transparent stewardship of finances. 


The world and society is ever-changing. Beliefs are an important foundation, a bedrock, so that organizations never forget who they are. 

The beliefs of Journey Church will be important to someone who is wanting to be a part of our church. As such, we think they should be brief, concise, and easy to understand. 

Our Beliefs:

God is creator and ruler of the universe. 

(Genesis 1:1, Psalm 90:2)

The Bible is the perfect Word of God. 

(Proverbs 30:5, Isaiah 40:8)

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 

(Isaiah 9:6, John 3:16)

The Holy Spirit is present in this world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. 

(John 14:16, Ephesians 1:13)

Sin separates us from God. 

(Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)

Salvation is the free gift from God to man, available only through Jesus Christ.

(John 3:16, John 14:6, Titus 3:5-6)

When you die, you will spend eternity in heaven or hell. 

(1 John 5:11-12, Revelations 20:15)

Baptism is an outward sign of an inner change. Baptism does not save you. We practice Baptism by immersion. 

(Mark 1:9-11, Galatians 3:27-28)

Christ commanded believers to take part in communion. Our communion is open to all believers.

(Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)

Our Faith should be seen through our actions. 

(James 1:22-24, Matthew 28:19)