Who We Are
Equip. Edify. Evangelize.
Englewood Bible Church is organized for the purpose of glorifying God by edifying believers and evangelizing unbelievers (ROM. 15:5-7; EPH. 1:5-18; 3:20-21): Edifying believers by helping them to mature in their relationship with God and with each other in the areas of worship, teaching, fellowship, and person evangelism (EPH. 4:7-16; 1COL. 14:26); Evangelizing unbelievers with the Gospel through individual and corporate witnessing in our community, and by support of both local and world wide missions through the church budget and personnel (MAT. 28:19-20; LUK. 24:46-48; ACT. 1:8).
Worship: Exalting God with our lives and our praise
Through music, study of the Bible, and service we give honor and glory to God. In doing this we find that we grow closer to Him, we are strengthened, and we are encouraged to tell others about our relationship with Him.
Prayer: Acknowledging our dependence on God
Prayer is our way of communicating with God. Through prayer we are able to find strength and grace as we go through the ups and downs of life. Through prayer we can take our needs, or the needs of others, to God as we acknowledge our need for Him to be at work in us and through us. Because of God’s great love for us and as we grow in our relationship with Him, we want others to know about His love for them. We seek to make His love known through the various ministries in our church and in our community. We also have a strong commitment to missionary work both in America around the world.
Discipleship: Teaching and preparing people to follow Christ
We seek to grow in our Bible knowledge and relationship with God. The Bible is our authoritative Truth for learning, living, and loving God. We seek to make disciples that
make disciples that make disciples.
Stewardship: Managing all that God has given us according to His principles
Everything we are and have is a gift from God for us to oversee and manage. We seek to be good managers of our time, talent, and treasure. This includes cheerfully and generously giving back to Him a portion of all that He has entrusted to us. The benefits of being a good steward are good for us and glorifying to God.
Community: Showing Christ’s love to one another
Our sense of community helps to create a warm, friendly, family environment to learn and live. God’s love for us is not passive and therefore our love for others cannot be passive. Therefore, by God’s grace, through a variety of ministries, we seek to meet the needs of those within our church congregation and those within our community.
Compassion: Seeking to meet the needs of others
Our sense of community helps to create a warm, friendly, family environment to learn and live. God’s love for us is not passive and therefore our love for others cannot be passive. Therefore, by God’s grace, through a variety of ministries, we seek to meet the needs of those within our church congregation and those within our community.
We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2TI. 3:16). We believe that the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture (2PE. 1:20-21). We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings of the original manuscripts (MAT. 5:17-18; JOH. 10:34-35). We believe that the whole Bible in the original manuscripts is, therefore, without error. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Protestant Canon comprise the complete Bible. We believe that these Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and hence even the Old Testament, when properly understood, leads to Him (JOH. 5:39, 2TI. 3:15). We also believe that these Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction and are the final authority for our faith and practice (2TI. 3:16-4:5).
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these (the dispensation of the Mosaic Law, the dispensation of the Church, and the dispensation of the Millennial Kingdom) are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (JOH. 1:17; 1CO. 9:17; 2CO. 3:9-18; GAL. 3:13-25; EPH. 1:10; 3:2-10; COL. 1:24-25; HEB. 7:19; REV. 20:2-6).
The God Head
We believe that the one Godhead, the Holy Trinity, eternally exists in three co-equal and eternal persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and that these three are one God, the same in substance (having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience) but distinct in subsistence. We believe that God is the Sovereign Creator of all that exists (GEN. 1:26-27; DEU. 6:4; MAT. 28:18-19; MAR. 12:29; JOH. 1:14; ACT. 5:3-4; 2CO. 13:14; HEB. 1:1-3; REV. 1:4-6).
God The Father
We believe that the First Person of the Holy Trinity is God the Father. We believe that His Fatherhood is seen in at least four relationships:
1. His Fatherhood over moral creatures:
We believe that the First Person of the Trinity is the Divine Father over the angels (HEB. 12:9; JAM. 1:17; JOB 38:7) and over mankind (MAL. 2:10; ACT. 17:29).
2. His Fatherhood over Israel:
We believe that the First Person of the Trinity has a special relationship as the Father of Israel (EX. 4:22).
3. His Fatherhood over the Lord Jesus Christ:
We believe that the First Person of the Trinity has a special relationship as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (MAT. 3:16-17; 17:5; MAR. 5:1-7; JOH. 20:31; ROM. 1:1-4; 1CO. 1:9; 2CO. 1:3; GAL. 4:4; EPH. 1:3; HEB. 1:1-14).
4. His Fatherhood over all Christians:
We believe that the First Person of the Trinity has a special relationship as the Father of all Christians. Through regeneration, the Christian becomes an adopted child of God by which he can call the First Person of the Trinity “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:14-15; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:5; Phi. 1:2; Col. 1:2). This aspect of the Fatherhood of God is not on the same plane as the relationship between the First and Second persons of the Trinity, but it does indicate a wonderfully close relationship between the Christian and the Godhead.
God The Son
We believe that the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is God the Son. We believe that according to God’s plan, God the Son became a man (Jesus of Nazareth), without ceasing to be God (having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary) in order that He might reveal God and redeem man (Joh 1:1-2, 1:14; Luk 1:35).
We believe that according to God’s plan, the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified and willingly died (Act. 2:22-23, 1Co. 15:3).
We believe that according to the Scriptures, Christ arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died (Luk. 24:36-39; Act. 2:24, 29-32; 1Co. 15:4).
We believe that Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father (Act. 1:9-10; 2:33-36). He is Head over all things to the church (Eph. 1:22-23). He is our High Priest, Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Rom 8:31-34; Heb 7:25; 1Jo 2:1-2).
God The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer (Rom. 8:9-11; 1Co. 6:19), and by His baptism unites all believers to Christ in one body which is the church (1Co 12:13; Eph. 2:19-22). We believe that this special abode and ministry began on the day of Pentecost (Act. 2:1-4) and will cease at the rapture (2Th. 2:7). We believe that the Holy Spirit is the proper source of power for the Christian, and the source of all acceptable forms of worship and service (Joh. 4:23-24; 1Co. 12:4-11; Eph. 5:18-21). We believe that He never leaves the church, nor the Christian (Rom. 8:9).
We believe that in this age, certain well-defined ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit. These ministries are the restraining of evil in the world (2Th 2:7); the convicting of the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment (Joh. 16:7-11); the regenerating of all Christians (Joh. 3:5-6; Tit. 3:5); the indwelling of all Christians (Rom. 8:9-11; 1Co. 6:19), thereby sealing them unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30); the baptizing of all Christians into the one body of Christ (1Co. 12:13); the gifting of all Christians to accomplish God’s will (1Co. 12:7); and the continued filling of all Christians for power, teaching, and service (Act. 4:8,31; 1Co. 12:1-7; Eph. 5:18).
We believe that some gifts were temporary gifts including prophecy, knowledge, tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, working of miracles, and apostleship. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or the filling of the Holy Spirit, and that the deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection. We believe that while God does work miracles today, and miraculously heals those whom He pleases to heal, the ability whereby an individual performs these things, through spiritual gifting, ceased when God’s written Word was completed (1Co. 13:8-10; Heb. 2:4).
Angels, Fallen and Unfallen
We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels; that one, Lucifer, son of the morning–the highest in rank–sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan (Isa. 14:12-17; Eze. 28:11-19); that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall and are known as demons (Mat. 25:41; Rev. 12:3-4). Some of these are active as his agents and associates in carrying out his unholy purposes, while others are reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day (2Pe. 2:4; Jud. 6).
We believe that Satan is the one through whom sin came into existence, and that, in accordance with the sovereign will of God, he led our first parents, Adam and Eve, into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power (Gen. 3:1-19). Satan is the enemy of God and the people of God (Eph. 6:10-12), opposing them and exalting himself above them. Satan appears in his warfare as an angel of light (2Co. 11:13-15), counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine (1Ti. 4:1-3) which deny the efficacy of the blood of Christ and salvation by grace alone (2Co. 4:3-4).
We believe that Satan was judged at the Cross (Col. 2:13-15), though not then executed, and that he, a usurper, now rules as the god of this world (Eph. 2:1-2; 2Co. 4:3-4); that, at the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-3), and after the thousand years he will be loosed for a little season and then cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where he shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10).
We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from where they are sent forth as ministering spirits to serve (Luk. 15:10; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 7:11-12).
We believe that man was made lower than the angels. We believe that Christ, in His incarnation, temporarily took for a little time this lower place that He might lift the Christian to His own sphere above the angels (Psa. 8:5-6; 1Co. 6:3; Eph. 1:21; Phi. 2:5-11; Heb. 2:6-10).
Man Created and Fallen
We believe that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27). We believe that man fell as a result of sin and became spiritually dead. By this we mean that man lost privileged fellowship with God and the perfections of original creation (Gen. 3:1-24). We believe that, with the fall, man became subject to the power of Satan (Eph. 2:1-3).
We believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race (Rom. 3:23; 5:12). Every person, with the exception of Jesus Christ, is born into the world with a fallen nature which possesses no righteousness (Psa. 14:1-3; 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10-19; 8:6-7), and is essentially and unchangeably separated from God apart from His grace (Eph. 2:8-9).
We believe that physical death, the separation of the material part of the human being from the immaterial part (2Co. 5:1-4), came into human experience with the fall (Rom. 5:12). We believe that the immaterial part of those individuals who are justified by faith passes immediately, at death, into the presence of the Lord and remains in a conscious state of joy and peace until their resurrection (2Co. 5:8; Luk. 16:19-31; 23:42-43; 1Th. 4:13-17). We believe that the immaterial part of those individuals who are not so justified passes immediately, at death, into a conscious state of condemnation and misery (Luk. 16:22-24), until their resurrection at the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe that salvation involves justification (being made the righteousness of God), sanctification (becoming more righteous in our daily living), and glorification (our ultimate righteousness in our resurrection bodies). We believe that complete justification occurs the moment a person believes in Jesus Christ (Joh. 3:36; Rom. 3:23-26; 5:1; 2Co. 5:21). We believe that sanctification occurs throughout a person’s life as the Christian responds in faithful obedience to the Word of God (Eph. 5:1; 2Ti. 3:10-17). We believe that glorification occurs at the resurrection or rapture of the Christian (Rom. 8:29-39; 1Co. 15:51-58; 1Th. 4:16-17).
We believe that salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ for all mankind (Act. 4:8-12; Rom. 10:12-15). It is a gift of God (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 2:8-9) to all who believe that Jesus Christ is Almighty God (2Pe. 1:1), the Second Person of the Holy Trinity (Joh. 20:30-31), Who, in the incarnation, took upon Himself the form of mankind (Phi. 2:5-8) and died to pay the price of all sin (Rom. 5:6-11; 1Co. 15:3; 1Jo. 2:2) and rose from the dead three days later (1Co. 15:4) and is the Author of eternal life to all who entrust themselves to Him and Him alone to make them right before God (Joh. 3:16-17; 1Jo. 5:11-13). We believe that the preceding sentence defines a Christian.
Eternal Security and Assurance
We believe that upon faith in Jesus Christ, a person’s relationship with God is secure forever. We believe it is the privilege of all Christians to be assured of their salvation based upon the testimony of God in His written Word and upon the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life (Joh 3:16,36; 10:28-29; Rom 8:16, 33-34; 1Co 3:16; 6:19; 2Co 1:22; Gal 3:1-5; Eph 1:13-14; 2:4-9; 4:30; Phi 3:9; Col 2:9-10; 3:1-4; Heb 7:24-25; 10:19-22; 1Pe 1:4-5; 1Jo 2:1-2)
The Church, A Unity of Christians
We believe that all Christians, regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of earth, are united to the risen and ascended Son of God by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation, and are members of the one true church which is the body of Christ (1Co. 12:12-13; Eph. 4:4; 5:29-30; Col. 1:24). We believe that the church, which is distinct from Israel, began at Pentecost (Act. 2:1-4).
We believe that all Christians, having become members of one another (Rom. 12:5; 1Co. 10:16-17; 12:12-27), are instructed by Scripture to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3; Col. 3:12-17), and to love one another with a pure heart (1Ti. 1:5). We believe that Christians should assemble together for worship, for the study of the Word of God, and for spiritual growth (Act. 2:42-47; Heb. 10:24-25).
The Ordinances (or Sacraments)
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion) are the only ordinances (or sacraments) of the church and that they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. Both are instituted in the Gospels (Mat. 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mar. 14:22-25; 16:14-18; Luk. 22:19-20; 24:44-49), celebrated in Acts (Act. 2:42-47; 8: 26-40; 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 20:7), and explained in the Epistles (Rom. 6:1-11; 1Co. 11:23-34). Since both are instituted in the Gospels by the Lord Himself, we conclude that they are a part of the message to us. Since both are celebrated in Acts, we conclude that they belong to the practice of Christ’s church. Since both are explained in the Epistles to have an ongoing meaning and purpose, we conclude that they are designed to be continued throughout the church age.
The Ordinance of Baptism
We believe that the ordinance of baptism is a declaration of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. We believe that the ordinance of baptism is also a declaration of the Christian’s identification with the body of Christ, the church.
We believe that the ordinance of baptism is for those who have personally placed their trust in Jesus Christ to provide for their justification before God for all eternity (Rom 6:1-14).
We believe that baptism involves the concept of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the Christian’s life. When a Christian follows the Lord in baptism, he or she is saying to the Christian community and to the unbelieving world that he or she is taking an overt stand for Christ — a stand that involves the surrendering of a self-centered life in order to live a life of faithful obedience to God.
We believe that immersion is the appropriate mode of baptism since the ordinance is to signify death, burial, and resurrection. We believe that when the believer goes into the water, death is pictured; when he goes under the water, burial is pictured; when he comes up out of the water, resurrection is pictured. There are, however, times when immersion may be impossible (e.g. sickness, age, etc.). In those cases, pouring may be used as long as the meaning of baptism is clear in the mind of the one being baptized.
We believe that the ordinance of baptism is not a requirement for salvation, receiving the Holy Spirit, or membership in a local church.
The Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial celebration of the life and death of Jesus Christ. The bread symbolizes His body in which He actually bore our sins on the cross (Mat. 26:26; Luk. 22:19; 1Co. 11:23-24). The cup symbolizes His blood shed for the remission of our sins and to establish the New Covenant (Mat. 26:28; Mar. 14:24; Luk. 22:20; 1Co. 11:25-26).
We believe the Lord’s Supper reminds us of our oneness with each other in the body of Christ and of the fellowship which we share as members of that body (1Co. 10:16-17). We therefore believe that the celebration of the Lord’s Supper is open to all Christians regardless of their local church affiliation.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper also deepens our anticipation of the second coming of our Lord since we are to observe it until He comes again (Mat. 26:29; Mar. 14:25; Luk. 22:15-18; 1Co. 11:26).
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is to be preceded by a time of self-examination, confession, and reconciliation (Mat. 5:23-24, 1Co. 11:27-32).
The Christian’s Lifestyle
We believe that each Christian is to live his or her life in the power of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), not in the sinful desires of fallen mankind (Rom. 6:11-13; 8:2-4; Gal. 5:16-24; Eph. 4:22-24; 1Pe. 1:14-16). We believe that the fallen nature of mankind will not be eradicated in this life and, therefore, needs to be kept in subjection to Christ by our faithful obedience to the Word of God through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:12-14; 7:15-25; Eph. 5:18). We believe that failure to live in faithful obedience to the Word of God brings dishonor to Him and grieves Him (Isa. 29:13; Rom 1:21; Eph. 4:30).
We believe that the local church must be kept holy (1Pe. 1:14-16). It is, therefore, the responsibility of all members of the local church to encourage each other to righteous living and to deal with any and all sin in accordance with the teachings of the Bible as explained in this Constitution and Bylaws (Mat. 5:23-24, 18:15-20; Rom. 16:17; Gal. 6:1-5; 2Jo. 7-11).
The Christian’s Service
We believe that the Holy Spirit enables every Christian to serve the church through gifts, talents, and skills, in order to build up the Body of Christ (1Co. 12:7; Eph. 4:11-16). While there is a iversity of gifts, talents, and skills, each Christian is empowered by the same Spirit and placed within the church as the Holy Spirit chooses (Rom. 12:3-8; 1Co. 12:4-11). We believe that God gifts some Christians as evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and places them in local churches in order to equip Christians to do the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).
We believe that, in addition to the benefits of salvation which are given to all Christians, rewards are promised according to the faithfulness of each Christian in his or her service for the Lord. These rewards will be given at the judgment seat of Christ after the Rapture (1Co. 3:9-15; 9:18-27; 2Co. 5:10).
The Great Commission
We believe that the universal church, and each local assembly of the church, is commanded by the resurrected Christ to make disciples of Jesus Christ by going into the world, baptizing Christian converts, and teaching such converts the Word of God (Mat. 28:18-19; Mar. 16:15; Act. 1:8; 2Co. 5:18-20; 1Pe. 1:17; 2:11).
We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy is the Rapture of the church. This event is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to gather to Himself Christians who are alive (translation–1Th. 4:13-18) and Christians who have died (resurrection–1Co. 15:51-58). We believe that this event is the blessed hope for which we should be constantly looking (Tit. 2:11-14).
We believe that the Rapture of the church will be followed by the Tribulation. The Tribulation is the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth week, seven actual years (Dan. 9:1-:27; Rev. 6:1-19:21), during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The last three and one-half years of this period (Dan. 9:26-27; 12:7-11) will be the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7) which our Lord called the great tribulation (Mat. 24:15-21). The entire period of Israel’s seventieth week will be a time of the outpouring of the wrath of God on the earth (Rev. 6:16-17) to purify and prepare Israel and the whole world for the second coming of Christ to establish His Millennial kingdom. At the end of the Tribulation the times of the Gentiles, which is the rule of the Gentiles over Israel, will be brought to a close (Luk. 21:24).
The Second Coming Of Christ
We believe that the Tribulation will end with the Second Coming of Christ. The Second Coming of Christ is the bodily return of the Lord Jesus in power and great glory to establish the Millennial Kingdom (Mat. 24:29-31; 25:31-46; Act. 1:11; Rev. 19:1-20:6).
The Millennial Kingdom
We believe that the Millennial Kingdom is the one thousand year period of time during which the Lord Jesus Christ will rule over the Earth from Jerusalem (ISA. 2:3; REV. 20:1-10). We believe that the Millennial Kingdom will be characterized by:
1. The binding of Satan in the abyss (REV. 20: 1-3);
2. The lessening of the effects of the curse of the fall;
· animal life is docile (ISA. 11:6-9)
· longevity is restored (ISA. 65:20)
· productivity of the earth is restored to pre-fall levels (ISA. 35:1-2; CF. ISA. 30:23, 35:7)
3. The fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel (DEU. 30:1-10; EZE. 37:15-28; AMO. 9:11-12);
4. The universal knowledge of God (ISA. 11:6-9).
The Eternal State
We believe that the eternal state begins after the close of the Millennium and the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15). At this point all of mankind will have received, by either resurrection or rapture, their eternal bodies. To those who have been justified by faith, the eternal state is the everlasting, conscious existence in the new heavens and new earth in fellowship with God (1Co. 15:51-54; Rev. 21:1-4; cf. 2Pe. 3:10). To those who have not been so justified, the eternal state is the everlasting, conscious existence in eternal hell separated from fellowship with God (Rev. 20:14-15).
The First Christian Church of Englewood was started in 1907 by a group of people who felt the need to worship the Lord together. They first met in the Roosevelt School which was located on Clarkson Street, across from Swedish Sanatorium. In 1910 the church was organized as a Christian Church. Until pastors came to serve the church, the pulpit was filled by preachers from Denver churches. Early ministers included Rev. Axton, Sidney Bedford, J.A. Shoptaugh, Arthur Strongman, Walter Loupe, E.A. Sharpe, Harry Stender, William B. Schrader, E. Van Farell, Marion A. Brown, T.R. Miller, and William Oeschger.
The church raised enough money to buy lots at the corner of East Floyd and South Logan and transferred to the new location in June 1913. Prior to the transfer a brick basement church was built. This basement was used as the church facility for more than twenty years. Under the pastorate of G. D. Pontius, an upper floor was erected on the basement church and the building was dedicated on June 20, 1937.
In February 1941, Rev. Sherman H. Miller, his wife Dorothy, and son Sherod came to the church. Every Sunday evening was a musical service with Sherman singing, playing trombone, and his musical saw. His brother Aaron sang and played trumpet and Aaronís wife Elaine played saxophone. Dorothy wrote Christmas pageants and volunteers in the church made beautiful costumes and scenery. Colored lights were used to enhance the effects of the pageant. It was all very impressive. People from all over the metropolitan area came to see the pageants and even with two performances per evening, people had to be turned away. The pageants were about timely subjects of the day and they were written with the Bible and the Lord woven into every day life-like circumstances. Many people were impressed and saved at the pageants.
The church grew and supported missionaries on foreign fields and at home. Numerous people were saved in the church and baptized. By 1948, the church on Logan was too small. Thirteen lots were purchased on South Grant and East Eastman for a new church. A beautiful church building was erected in 1949 for approximately $150,000.00. No pledge system was used in obtaining the money for the new church. Only as God laid the need on the Roosevelt School Logan hearts of the members and friends of the church to pay their tithes and offerings was the need met. A building fund was then set up for a new Sunday School unit and that goal was met in 1957. Two lots for additional parking space were purchased for $3000.00. This financial need was met by free will donations.
In the Logan Street church, two Sunday morning services were held to accommodate all the people who attended church. It was necessary to continue the two worship services in the new church. There was special music at all the morning services. A lot of talent among the church members was used and sometimes special guests were invited to add their talent to the services. Two Sunday Morning Bible Schools were conducted, one at 9:45 AM and another at 11:00 AM. There were two teachers for each class which rotated teaching and filled in for one another when one had to be absent. A special ìgettogetherî was held once a month to help new members become more easily acquainted.
Evening services were informal with special programs of music, slides, reports from missionaries on furlough, revival services, hymn sings, testimonies, moving pictures, and much more. Average attendance was about 425.
Total membership of the church was about 1650. Active membership was about 1325. In the year of 1952, $11,422.86 was given to missions and missionaries. The church had two choirs: an adult choir and a youth choir. The adult choir sang at the 11:00 AM service and the youth choir sang at the 8:15 AM service and the 7:30 PM service. Once a year, the youth went on tour to perform at various churches. Youth choir members stayed at various homes of the churches where they sang. There were strict requirements that each member had to meet to earn enough points to go. A few requirements were attendance in church, Sunday School, youth meetings, and choir practice; scripture memorization; bringing new people to church; bringing Bibles; and writing and giving their own testimonies.
Besides home ministries, Mexico was one destination where they went door-todoor and witnessed to people. Even though the kids were given a quick course in Spanish, it was hard to communicate. Some of the Mexican citizens could speak English which helped. A lot was learned on these trips, not only by the youth but also by the youth sponsors. Testimonies were given by the youth to the church about their experiences.
The church sponsored its own youth camp for the young people. A rich spirit-filled experience was reaped by most who attended the one-week camp. The best of speakers were provided and the music was wonderful and inspiring. Usually the camp was in Jarre Canyon. Lives were re-dedicated and first time professions of faith were made.
In the month of May, the church recognized all its youth groups by holding Ground breaking for Grant St. building Camp banquets. The graduating seniors were especially honored with a baccalaureate service. The banquets were quite elaborate but no charge was made. They were held in the church basement and the mothers decorated so beautifully and prepared the food. The decorations were far more beautiful and elaborate than any fine restaurant or public place in town.
The Christmas pageant was still written by Dorothy Miller or one of the young people. It was put on entirely by young people and was presented twice to accommodate crowds. Many people were reached for Christ through this ministry.
Headed up by Mother Baldwin and others, the ladies in the YCL class took birthday cakes to patients at National Jewish Hospital. They had to wear masks while at the hospital and had a precious time with the patients. Some of the ladies had opportunities to sing in other hospitals and were accompanied by Mavis Hitchcock playing a small organ. Other ladies would go from bed to bed visiting patients and leaving them with tracts.
The Ladies Missionary group met every Thursday at approximately 11:00 AM. The afternoon began with a covered dish luncheon and short devotion and was followed by quilting, making layettes for the Pregnancy Crisis Center, sewing, or wrapping bandages for the leper colony. The ladies visited the organizations for which they were sewing every Christmas, every Easter, and at many other times during the year. They also visited the VA hospital, distributing socks, t-shirts, and tracts. After many years, not enough people could continue to be active and regretfully the Ladies Missionary was discontinued. Some of the group continue to meet today and pray for the missionaries.
The Cradle Roll Mothers met the first Wednesday of every month for a covered dish luncheon. ìTrain up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.î Thelma Smith was the leader of this group.
There was a Watch Night Service on New Yearís Eve. The church was full each time these services were held. It was a very special time for all to start the New Year by praying the old year out and the New Year in. People who attended gave their favorite Bible verse or gave their testimony.
A Fishers of Men Fellowship Dinner was held on the first Monday every other month during the winter months at 6:30 PM. This was a time when men in the church invited their friends out for dinner and Christian fellowship. These meetings were very popular with the men.
Ladies Missionary Group ñ 1995 Singing Christmas Tree 13 continues in the present day. Wonderful volunteers in the church write programs, teach classes, and over-see activities. The children enjoy this Spirit led activity.
Once a year the deaconesses of the church sponsor a Widow’s Dinner. This tradition was started by Dorothy Miller. Invitations are sent to all the widows in the church and other widows are invited by word of mouth. All are welcome. Volunteers of the church prepare a lovely meal. There is entertainment and a brief Bible Message and prayer is given. A prize is won by one lady at each table. Various methods are used to determine which lady wins. Many lonely widows enjoy sharing time together.
During the Vietnam Conflict, Barbara Burget and Jerri Hoffhines headed up a group of people who put together care packages for the young men and women in the Armed Forces. One hundred ladies baked all kinds of fruit cakes, cookies, candy, etc. Sunday School classes donated money to mail the packages to approximately 75 individuals serving our country.
Hope Dodrill organized a ladies trio, known as the Joy Tones, who served the church with their singing for 40 years, beginning in 1956. The trio began with Hope, Jo-Etta Turner, and Barbara Burget and later included Norma Norwood and Joyce Howell. They group retired from singing in 1996.
In 1965, Pastor David Groen came to the church with his wife Betty and daughter Lorrie. Lonnie was born after they came to the church. Dave served as youth minister for ten years. Betty worked along with Dave and we had a wonderful, large active group of dedicated youth. In 1975, Dave became the associate pastor. He was very active in helping Pastor Miller in his many duties until he resigned the position in 1988. Pastor Groen served as interim pastor during the times the pastorate was vacant. Betty played the piano and organ and worked with Dorothy Miller on the church dinners. Sometimes they teamed up to give wedding and baby showers.
Rev. Sherman H. Miller retired in 1977 after 36 years of faithful ministry. Dr. Harold Warner came to the church in 1977 with his wife Eleanor and their sons Philip and Keith. Pastor Warner had an amazing knowledge of the Bible. He was a good preacher. Many were blessed. He pastored several churches and was a full time evangelist for fourteen years prior to coming to the church. He carried on many of the programs that were already in existence and, in addition, started a telephone ministry called ìDial a Spiritual Up-liftî and a monthly publication called ìThe Focusî. Under Pastor Warnerís leadership, the church continued to grow. He had plans for the future of the church for growth and expanded ministry but the Lord called him to Florida where he had an opportunity to reach a much larger number and also have an Barbara Burget, Hope Searles, Norma Norwood Vacation Bible School Praise the Lord.
In 1980, Adrian House served as our pastor. His wife, Juanita Hummel House, grew up in our church. They came with three sons: Torrey, Mark, and Paul. Pastor House was a very caring man. He loved people. Prior to coming to First Christian Church of Englewood in June 1980, he established a church in Wyoming and was president of Western Bible Institute in Morrison, Colorado. He was serving in a pastorate in Nebraska when he was called to First Christian Church of Englewood. He was loved by many people. The Lord called him to start a new church in Highlands Ranch in 1985.
Under Pastor Houseís ministry, the church became a charter member of AWANA in 1981. AWANA is a program designed to teach children, from age 3 through high school, the truths of Scripture. The club year coincides with a traditional school year and meets once a week. During a club meeting the children play games, listen to a Bible lesson, and recite Scripture verses memorized during the week. First Christian Church implemented the program through sixth grade and it continues today under the leadership of Commander Lee Salazar.
Pastor Herb Rogers, his wife Marie, and son David came to First Christian Church of Englewood in 1986. He had pastored at many churches and was a very friendly man, reaching out to the entire congregation. He had a wide knowledge of the Bible and was a very good preacher. He continued with the activities that were already established in the church. In 1989, he accepted a pastorate in California.
A group of elders from the church went to Ketchikan, Alaska to extend the call for Rev. William Haan to accept the pastorate of First Christian Church of Englewood. He came to our church in June 1990 with his wife Bonnie Jean, and children Greg, Nick, Suzanna, and Lisa. Pastor Haan was a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a former Air Force pilot. It was while he was at the academy that he received the call to be a pastor. Under Pastor Haanís leadership, the name of the church was changed to Englewood Bible Church. Rev. Robert ìBobî Hayes came to the church in March 1990 and served as youth pastor under Pastor Haan. Pastor Haan served as pastor until 1999.
Each year the city of Englewood hosts a Holiday Parade. For three years the church entered floats in the parade. The first year the float won first prize. The following two years, the church float took second prize each year. It was a big team effort on the part of many who attended to get these floats built and down the street in working order.
In 1999, Pastor Bob Hayes became interim pastor. His wife Becky has worked in the church, plays piano, and sings. Bob and Becky have two boys, Dan and Andrew. Bob works hard in the church. Under Interim Pastor Hayes leadership, our church became an Elder led, Congregationally-ruled church. He has started many new things. The church now has a senior singles ministry called the Knothole Gang. Knothole is a play on the words ìNot wholeî because the members are without their mates. Once a month the Gang has a fellowship meeting at the church at which time they receive an update on coming activities. There is a local activity once a month and an out-of-state trip once a year. Past trips have included visiting Hawaii, South Dakota, and Israel; taking cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean; and taking several trips to Branson, Missouri.
Bob started the Neighborhood Night Out Block Party sponsored by the church. The whole church invites the neighborhood to the church for hot dogs and all the trimmings. People bring salads and other food to go with the meat. There are rides and entertainment for the kids. Pastor Ken Evans entertained the crowd with his ìmagicalî illusions at one of the gatherings. Some of the kids tried to ìtrip him upî, but they didnít succeed. The purpose of the Neighborhood Night out is for the church to get to know the people around the church; for our neighbors to get to know the church; and to encourage them to come to the church. A large number of people come each year for the celebration.
Pastor Bob is a wonderful caring man. Despite his busy schedule, he is always there for people in time of need and celebration. He has officiated at weddings, anniversaries, funerals, and other things.
From 2001 until October 2007, Pastor Bob Hayes and Pastor Ken Evans served as co-pastors, sharing in the responsibilities of the church. Bob preached at the 9:00 AM traditional church service and still teaches the YCL Bible Study at 10:30 AM. Ken preached at the 10:45 AM contemporary service known as ìRock Solidî. The Rock Solid service is generally a younger age group. The Praise Band in this service uses several musical instruments and they sing a lot of praise songs. Ken also taught a 9:30 AM Bible Study class. Ken and his wife Joanna lived in Israel for a few years and had a good understanding of the people in that region and what is happening in Iraq and the Middle East. Ken was an archeologist and his artifacts from the Holy Land were amazing. Some were thousands of years old. Ken and Joanna live in Englewood. They have one son named Kenneth Ryan.
On Wednesday evenings Kathy Dodrill heads up a team of volunteers to put on an all church dinner known as ìFeed My Sheepî. The dinner is always very good. A small donation of $3.00 from each person who attends keeps the cost to the church down. Of course, those who are unable to pay are never turned away. After the dinner, there are elective Bible Study classes for adults, BreakAway (Middle School youth group), and AWANA.
God is blessing the church. The congregation and leaders of the church trust that great things will be accomplished as God directs and as the Holy Spirit continues to minister to the lives of the people.