AVON LAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Who We Are - A Spiritual Home for All
What We Do!
- We worship Jesus Christ
- We learn to love and follow Jesus Christ
- We are Christ to One Another
- We are Christ to the World
"A Spiritual Home for All"
We are a welcoming community centered around Jesus Christ that affirms the unique personality of all who come to us. We value the importance of a spiritual home, a refuge from the hurts and loneliness of life. Here each is known and cherished not for what they can do, but for who they are - a precious child of God. This is a loving, respectful place for all.
"We worship Jesus Christ"
Worship is the center of our life, for nothing is more important than connecting with God - Father, Son, Holy Spirit. When Scripture is preached Jesus is present through the power of the Holy Spirit. Each week the Spirit invites us into meaningful, passionate worship designed to encourage each in their faith and to inspire all to serve the Lord powerfully. We currently worship in an eclectic traditional form and are adding a separate "contemporary" service soon. Worship is not only when we gather as a community, but is whenever each of us prays and gives ourselves to Jesus.
"We learn to love and follow Jesus Christ"
The faith of Christ needs to be taught anew to every generation and claimed as one's own. The Bible and experiences of Jesus Christ are the sources of our teaching. Children and youth are nurtured in faith development in age appropriate ways so that each will have the desire and knowledge to love and follow Jesus Christ. Adults learn and grow in faith through Bible studies, classes, and Circles, and intimate fellowship groups.
"We are Christ to One Another"
In the example and spirit of Jesus, we share friendship, love, and joy with each other. When discouraged and sad, we are comforted and encouraged by each other. We celebrate each other's victories and share each other's losses. Laughter is heard often as we relish the wonder of life together.
"We are Christ to the World"
Inspired by Jesus' acts of compassion, we join him in bringing love and care to those hurting in our world. We annually send teams of mission workers to sites locally, nationally, and internationally. We house hundreds of summer missionaries who come here to help the hurting in Lorain. Each month we prepare a banquet of great food and gracious hospitality for any in the community to enjoy. Each of us goes out to bring Christ's love to any we encounter who is in need of comfort and grace.
In the Presbyterian Church (PC(USA)) there traditionally have been two kinds of presbyters: the teaching elders or pastors, and the lay elders (ruling elders), who are elected members of sessions. Together they govern the church.The Presbyterian Church is a democratic one in which the representatives of the whole govern every part of the church, the majority rules, and decisions (based on “the collected wisdom and united voice of the whole Church”) are founded on the example of the apostles and the practice of the early church. As Presbyterians, we believe that the Holy Spirit works best in our church through the will of the people as represented by its elders, rather than in a top-down fashion through the command of a pastor.
As the Book of Order puts it, “The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office” (G-6.0401). It is a ministry of caring; a ministry of love; a ministry of compassion; and a ministry of prayer, and community service (G-6.0402).Meet Our Deacons
Christian Education – Kathy Hamilton
Evangelism – Darlena Gallant
Finance – Cheryl Dean
Human Resources – Scott Francy
Mission – Beth Janis
Property – Larry Madson
Stewardship – Dan Maloney
Worship and Spritual Life – Bill Marshall
Nominating – Mandy Robison
Pastor, Rev. Charlie Swartz
Our pastor, Charlie Swartz, was born and raised a Buckeye in Chillicothe, Ohio. He went to Middlebury College where he met his wife to be, Debbie. After a life changing experience in the Soviet Union, he felt the call to ministry and studied at Princeton Theological Seminary. He worked as a hospital chaplain for a year, and then was the solo pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Kasson, MN for nine years. From there he went to Bellevue, WA (a suburb of Seattle) to serve as the pastor of Overlake Park Presbyterian Church for fourteen years. He was delighted to receive the call to Avon Lake in 2011 and thoroughly loves serving Christ with this phenomenal congregation. Debbie and he have a wonderful son, Henry born in 2005. They all enjoy their dog "Ford" and cat "Paws". Charlie's hobbies are fishing, photography, and playing the harmonica. The family has mostly switched their sport alliances from Seattle to Cleveland, and Lebron and the Cavs have become their favorites.
Music Director, Muriel Homer
Office Administrator, Cindi Dansizen
Contemporary Worship Director and Director of Youth Ministry, Beau Dansizen
Treasurer, Marcy Uhl
Website & Social Media Administrator, Julie Burr