STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
We believe the Bible to be the complete word of God; that the Old and New Testaments, as originally written were inspired by the Spirit of God and are free from error in the original manuscripts. For us, the Bible is the absolute authority in all matters of faith, doctrine and life. For that reason we hold to the doctrines of the Christian faith. (2Tim 3:16)
We believe in one God; as described in the Bible, the holy, sovereign, eternal Creator, existing in three equal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matt 3:1-6. Matt 28:19, 1 John 5:7-8. 2 Cor 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man who was incarnated through a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, died as a sacrifice on the cross, rose from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God the Father where he mediates for us. (Matt 1:23. Is 7:14)
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who convinces us of truth, leads us to repentance, gives us a renewed spiritual life and works from within us to strengthen, mature and sustain that new life. (Acts 5:3-4)
We believe that New Life is necessary because our relationship with God is broken due to sin and rebellion. We were created specially in the image of God but that image in us has been corrupted by sin. (2 Cor 5:17, 2 Cor. 3:18)
We believe God has graciously offered Salvation through Jesus Christ His Son who is the way, the truth and the life. Salvation is a gift to those who believe, repent and turn to follow Jesus Christ; depending on his death on the cross to satisfy God’s judgement and free us from condemnation. The eternal destiny of every person, in heaven or hell, is determined by whether or not this salvation is accepted by faith. (Eph 2:8,9, 1 Cor 15:1-4, Rom 8:1,2)
We believe that all who have been born again by the Spirit of God are members of the body of Christ, the universal Church of the living God. Local assemblies of Christians, such as Pinewoods, are part of that body, meeting together for worship, mutual encouragement and witness. (1 Cor 12:13-14, John 3:3,5)
We believe we are to continue to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ and his Apostles as we wait for the Return of Jesus Christ to take his people to be with himself, to raise the dead and judge the world. By God’s grace we will then experience the fullness of our salvation in God’s Kingdom where Jesus Christ will reign forever. (Matt. 24, 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11, 2 Peter 3:1-13, Rev. 19:11-16)
We believe that God ordained two sacraments: The Lord’s Supper and Baptism. The Lord’s Supper is received in loving remembrance of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, the bread representing His body and the juice His blood. Baptism identifies us with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection; demonstrating that someone has made a public declaration to be a follower of Christ and that person has a new life with Christ. (1 Cor 11:23-26, Matt 28 :29)
We believe in Believer's Baptism by immersion. (Matt 3: 16-17, Acts 8 : 36 - 37)
We believe that God created two distinct genders Male and Female. (Gen. 1:27)
We believe God ordained the institution of Marriage as a covenant relationship between one man and one woman for a lifetime commitment. Divorce is not God’s intention, but divorce is permissible in cases of ‘hardness of heart’. Remarriage after divorce is permitted in cases of widows, marital unfaithfulness and desertion. (Gen. 2:24, Eph 5 :22-25, 1 Cor 7:10-40)
Our vision is to be a Christ-centered, growing church, seeking the power and direction of the Holy Spirit and working deliberately with our resources, abilities and opportunities to further God's Kingdom.
Our mission is to share the good news of Jesus Christ and equip His disciples for mature Christian living, all for the glory of God.
Evangelism with intentionality and compassion.
Discipleship that brings Biblical change to every sphere of life.
Worship that brings glory to God and is engaging and compelling to His people and to those who do not yet know Him.
Prayer that reflects confidence in the power of God.
Community involvement that brings the wisdom of God to every human situation.
Pinewoods was established in 1961 in the tradition of the Christian Brethren movement, also know as Plymouth Brethren. The first pastor was a man by the name of Wallace Cudmore. Mr. Cudmore was the founding force behind the Chapel in the early days. He had a strong passion for evangelism, which lead to the Chapel's first addition in 1965.
In the early seventies another pastor came to be a part of the church's ministry. Roger Gurnett came essentially as a self supporting minister offering his gifts of leadership to the fellowship. He identified a need for a greater teaching ministry to the body of believers at Pinewoods.
In 1991 Frank Robertson was called to lead Pinewoods as pastor. Frank had grown up in the church and had strong family connections with the church and community. During Frank's time at Pinewoods he desired to see people built up in their faith for works of service, so that the saints would become mature in Christ.
In 2005 Dana Brown was called to pastor Pinewoods. Dana also had a strong family tie with Pinewoods. Dana had grown up in the area and had been the Youth pastor before being called out west to serve in pastoral ministry. With his return to Pinewoods in 2005, Dana brought a wealth of ministry experience to Pinewoods. During his time at Pinewoods, he helped introduce many new technological advances helping facilitate ministry at Pinewoods.
In 2007 the Pinewoods elders called Chris Atkinson to pastor and lead the congregation. Chris has brought a passion for communicating God's Word and enthusiasm for the future.
In 2008, the Pinewoods Elders called Andrew Robertson to be associate pastor with duties covering youth, children, worship, and administrative needs.
In fall 2009, the church purchased an 8.4 acre property located at Line 5 and Highway 90 in Angus to accommodate growth the church had over the preceding number of years.
Starting in 2012, Pinewoods Chapel met at Angus Morrison Elementary School after selling our building in early spring 2012. Work continued on the development of the new property and building began a few years later. We looked forward with great anticipation to having a building that is highly accessible to the community of Angus.
In 2015, we were excited to break ground on our new property. God has blown us away with His blessings in the provision of funds for each step of the process. We completed the preparation of the property, and looked forward to building in the Spring of 2016!
On September 2, 2018, we held our first service in our new facility. With our new space, we are able to offer programs and events through the week, and can host community events, weddings, funerals, and more. We invite individuals to visit anytime, have a quick tour, or enjoy a cup of coffee in the Fireside Cafe area.