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OUR VISION

We desire to be a place of conversion, where the human needs the divine, where the sinner meets the Savior, where believers begin accomplishing God’s plan in their lives. We are the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus Christ, the solid rock on which we stand (Matthew 16:18).

OUR MISSION

We strive to be a spiritual hospital for the lost, broken, and hurting - a place where you can feel welcomed and loved no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you’ve been.

OUR COMMUNITY

Acting as the Body of believers that we're called and instructed to be, we focus on reaching the individual as well as the family - we’re a family of families with a heart to impact our community, parish, state, nation, and the world.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Rev. J. Dale English began his life in the ministry at the tender age of only two years old when his parents, Rev. Doyle & Sarah English began ministering as Pastors. Growing up in the church, Pastor Dale knew that God was calling him at an early age. He began using the musical talents that God blessed him with including singing, song writing, playing the drums, bass guitar and acoustic guitar.


After high school, Pastor Dale went to Bible College, took additional college courses later and became an ordained/licensed minister. When he was around eighteen years old, Pastor Dale felt the Lord leading him into Youth Ministry and became the Youth Pastor at a church in Stanley, Louisiana in 1986.

Two years before taking the Youth Pastor position, Pastor Dale began praying for a Godly young woman to come into his life that would gladly serve in the ministry by his side. At the age of only 16, Heather West was praying for the same thing but had no idea that the Lord was calling her into the ministry. She knew that God had called her to sing and blessed her with musical talent, but God had additional plans for her life.


Through a series of events that only God could pull off, Pastor Dale and Sis. Heather met, became friends, and then began dating. On their first real date together, the Holy Spirit revealed to both of them that they were the ones that they had been praying for and were going to marry in the future.

While dating, Pastor Dale was called to become the Youth Pastor at another church in Crossett, Arkansas, so they had to continue planning their wedding for nine more months, 200 miles apart. On June 3, 1988 they married and Sis. Heather moved to Arkansas to begin their new life together and help out in the youth ministry there. In early 1989, they moved back to Stanley, Louisiana and began praying for God’s direction in their lives.

In June of 1989, Bro. Dale & Sis. Heather were asked to be Associate Pastors and Youth Pastors at the beginnings of a new church called Family Worship Center in Logansport, Louisiana, with Bro. Doyle & Sis. Sarah English being Pastors. They also helped serve on the praise team, taught Sunday School, as well as traveled and sang with the family gospel singing group “The English Version” for eight years while they recorded two albums. They all started that church with nothing, but by the time Pastor Dale was called to another church in 1999, the church and the youth ministry were flourishing.

After serving at Family Worship Center for ten years, Pastor Dale got a call and felt led to become the Associate Pastor and full-time Youth Pastor at a larger church in Splendora, Texas, just above Houston. Pastor Dale & Sis. Heather also served on the praise and worship team as singers and musicians, as well as taught Sunday School.

Upon arrival, the youth group consisted of only around eight teens, but after only a year it quickly grew to around fifty. After outgrowing their facilities, the church built a new Family Life Center that consisted of a new gymnasium and permanent youth hall for the teens where they had an awesome warehouse theme and had their own youth band.

After averaging between sixty to seventy teens on youth nights and having four fantastic years in Splendora, Pastor Dale felt God leading his family back home and together with their two boys, Daniel and Christian, they moved back to their home in Stanley, Louisiana in August of 2003.


While praying for God’s direction, the English’s served in different churches in the area in different ways including Associate Pastor, praise and worship, and helping in different youth ministries.

Early in 2007, Pastor Dale felt led to start a contemporary praise and worship band called “Intensify.” The band was successful but Pastor Dale continued to feel God pulling him toward becoming a pastor of a church so he continued to pray and patiently waited for God’s direction and an open door.

Early in 2009, Pastor Dale got a call to pray about taking over the church that his parents were currently Pastors at, Family Worship Center in Logansport. After 20 years ministering there, Bro. Doyle & Sis. Sarah English felt God moving them in a different direction in their more than 40 years total in the ministry, but didn’t want to just close the doors of the church.

After much thought and prayer, Pastor Dale agreed to take on the church, with a huge vision, a totally different direction in mind, along with a new name, Church On The Rock. On July 12, 2009, Pastor Dale and Sis. Heather became the Pastors of the newly named church with great expectations for a move from God on the community.

OUR CHURCH HOME

The existing building where Church On The Rock is currently located was originally built in 1924.  It has changed several times over the years from Baptist, Assembly of God, Word of Faith, to now as an Inter-denominational church. 

 

Our vision was to have a church where anyone could come worship together no matter their denominational background or belief history. There would be no labels or religious expectations, only the truth of God’s Word.

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After Pastor Dale and Sis. Heather English were called to take over the church, it was a small congregation and needed a fresh start.  Family Worship Center became Church On The Rock in July of 2009.

God has grown our congregation and sent many anointed, loving people to help lead this church be all God has called it to be:  a lighthouse to our community and a beacon of hope to our children and teens.

Church On The Rock is currently under a remodel and expansion program at the existing property as well as purchasing more property for our new large, free-standing youth church facility.  Upon completion, it will be one of the most unique and largest youth centers of our area.

After the youth center is built, our plans are to build a new sanctuary for the church, along with state of the art media and sound, and new facilities for our nursery and children ministries.

STATEMENT OF FAITH - WHAT WE BELIEVE

HOLY BIBLE
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God.  It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths.  In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant.  (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-6)

TRINITY
There is one God, eternally existent and manifested in three persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  These three are coequal and co-eternal.  (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:26-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11)

JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity.  On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man.  He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life.  He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood.  He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.  (John 1:1, 14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5)

VIRGIN BIRTH
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God.  (Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35; Isiah 7:14)

REDEMPTION
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntarily transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)

SALVATION
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection.  Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts.  (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)

REPENTANCE
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.  (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9)

SANCTIFICATION
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us.  It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.  (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 6:22, 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11)

JESUS’ BLOOD
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin.  Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death.  (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29)

JESUS CHRIST INDWELLS ALL BELIEVERS
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit.  They relinquish the authority of their lives over to Him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior.  They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead.  (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20)

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.  Although at the time of salvation the Spirit of God dwells inside of us, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate experience and is witnessed by the physical evidence of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.  Every believer is entitled to, should seek for, and should expect to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)

THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel.  The Bible’s lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations.  All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives.  These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters.  (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10)

THE CALLED
God by the Holy Spirit, definitely calls whom He desires, both male and female, to serve in the five fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11), and qualifies the ones called with power, talents, wisdom, and gifts pertaining to that office or offices (I Corinthians 12:28).

THE CHURCH
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission.  Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers.  There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.  The Mission of the Church is to be an agency for evangelizing the world, to be a corporate body in which man may worship, and to be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.  (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 4:11-16; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15-16; I Corinthians 12:13, 28, 14:12)

TWO SACRAMENTS
Water Baptism:  Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38)

The Lord’s Supper:  A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.  (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25)

HEALING OF THE SICK
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples.  It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers.  It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit.  Divine healing is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands, fervent prayer, and is the privilege of every believer who will accept it.  (Mark 16:17-18; James 5:14-16; Luke 5:15; Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Acts 8:6-7; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29)

GOD’S WILL FOR PROVISION 
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life.  But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth.  That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.

Spiritual – John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10.

Mental and Emotional – II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3.

Physical – Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24.

Financial – Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19.

RESURRECTION
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross.  In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.  (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21)

HEAVEN
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4)

HELL
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell and ultimately the Lake of Fire where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels.  (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8)

SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom.  (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thes. 4:15-17; II Thes. 1:7-8; Rev. 1:7)

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