First Christian Church
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FCC is an independent church and is not affiliated with any denomination though we are associated with a fellowship of churches known as the Independent Christian Churches. We want to be the kind of church described in the Bible where people are valued, the truth is taught with reverence, worship inspires the heart, friends are family, prayer is real, and compassion is shown to those in need.
What To Expect
FCC is located just off US 1 between Mims and Titusville on West Jay Jay Road. Watch for our sign on the west side of US 1 and West Jay Jay Road.
We have ample parking on the west side of our building and in our overflow lot across the street. We have handicap parking close to the entrances.
What To Wear
At FCC, people dress as they feel comfortable. You’ll see some men in suits and/or ties, some ladies in dresses, others in business casual and others in their comfy clothes. We don’t care what you wear as long as it is appropriate, especially during the warm summer months.
Our Worship Service
Our Worship Service lasts about 65-70 minutes. We spend the first 20 or so minutes singing praises to God led by our vocalists and accompanied by our worship band. We take communion every Sunday and invite all who believe in Christ to join us. Following our offering, one of our ministers, usually our Senior Minister Mike Cassara, will share a relevant and practical teaching from the Bible. We wrap things up with another song or two and a few quick announcements.
There are several entrances into our facility. The most convenient entrance to our worship center is on the west side of the building under the carport. There you will be greeted by one of our hosts who can escort you and your children to our Kids Ministry area if needed. The worship center is just inside the main entrance area.
What We Believe
Statement of Beliefs.
Below you’ll find what we believe are the essentials of the Christian faith agreed upon unanimously throughout 2,000 years of church history. While people may disagree upon finer points of theology, we think every Christian can and should agree on the following.
We believe the Bible is God’s inspired word and was given to provide instruction for what we should believe and how we should live our lives. We believe that the Bible is accurate and reliable, was written under direct inspiration from God, and is completely authoritative for all Christians. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that there is one true God, the creator of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,14; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2)
We believe that Jesus was God’s only begotten Son, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, voluntarily died on the cross for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father and acts as an intermediary on our behalf. One day Jesus will return to earth and initiate the consummation of human history. Jesus desires that we remember his death through communion, which is observed each Sunday at FCC. (John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-41; Philippians 2:1-11)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit provides power to overcome sin, insight into Scripture, and personal direction in life. All believers are given the gift of the Holy Spirit at conversion, and through the Holy Spirit’s presence and power are enabled to attain spiritual maturity in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit each person in the body is given certain gifts to use in ministry. (Luke 11:13; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11)
We believe that a human being’s central purpose for existence is to have a close and personal relationship with God. Originally created for that purpose, humans defied God, choosing to go their own independent way, and were thus alienated from God. This “Fall” took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and need God’s forgiveness and mercy. A person can be forgiven by God and have that close, personal relationship restored only by believing that Jesus is God’s son, repenting of their sin, confessing their faith in Jesus’ power to save them, and by being immersed for the forgiveness of their sins. (John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23, 10:9; 1 John 1:9)
We believe that everyone will live forever after they die. Where one spends eternity will depend on what they do with Jesus Christ. For all humankind there will be a resurrection into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Because unbelievers have rejected Jesus, they will be separated from His presence for all eternity in Hell. Believers will be received into heaven to be with God for all eternity. (John 3:36; Revelation20-22)
First Christian Church is an independent church that is led by our staff, under the oversight of our Elders. FCC is loosely associated with a fellowship of over 5,500 similar evangelical churches nationwide called, Independent Christian Churches, claiming over 1.3 million members in the United States alone. Independent Christian Churches combine their efforts at different times to support church planting organizations, cross-cultural missionaries, benevolent associations and over 30 Christian Colleges and Seminaries.
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12
Mike’s been with us since December 2016 after serving 19 ½ years as pastor of a church on Long Island, NY. He has traveled internationally teaching, training and preaching the gospel. He’s been married to his beautiful wife, Suzy, since 1982. They have two married daughters and became
Daryl has served FCC for over 10 years in as our associate minister. He leads our Adult Ministries including our Bible School and Life Groups. He also takes the lead in our pastoral care ministry. Daryl and his lovely wife Barbara were married in 1969 and are the blessed grandparents of four amazing kids.
Mark and his wife Tammy met at FCC in 1991 and he has been on staff at FCC since 1998, in various capacities, presently serving as our Youth and Children’s Minister. Mark has a passion for seeing young people learn to imitate Christ in every area of their life. Mark and Tammy have three kids and two grandchildren.
Jason Van Pelt
Jason joined us in September 2017, after 20 years as a youth and worship pastor in McCook, NE. He also has experience as a recording engineer and freelance musician in Nashville. He has been married to his wonderful wife Kim since 1989. They have one son who is married and a daughter. His passion is for discipleship, music, and woodworking.
Lisa has served at FCC for the past 14 years. She initially came to Christ through the ministry of FCC and presently oversees the administration of much of what happens here. Lisa met Tom at FCC’s Fall Festival, they married and between
Carol recently joined the staff at FCC. She has been married to her husband, Brad for 40 years and has two children and nine grandchildren. Carol and Brad have been members at FCC for 27 years.