Beauty, Goodness, Truth
We strive to be a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered church that is a sign of God’s beauty, goodness, and truth for Highland Park and every neighborhood along the Metro Gold Line. We seek to preach the gospel in both word and deed.
We want to be a church that reflects the beautiful diversity of Highland Park
In a neighborhood that often seems divided along ethnic and socio-economic lines, we want to be a community where everyone is welcome at the table, where power is shared, where each person’s gifts, story, and culture are celebrated.
Our church includes people from a wide variety of Christian churches. So we might not agree on everything, but our common belief would probably best be summarized in one sentence, “Jesus is Lord!”
For those who want more details: Our church belongs to the Anglican family of churches. To be Anglican is to embrace “mere Christianity.” That is, we have no distinctive thought, practice, creed or confession of our own. Rather we hold to the ancient faith that was passed down by the Apostles and practiced in the ancient Church.
Our faith is evangelical because we emphasize the importance of the scriptures and the centrality of Christ. Our faith is charismatic because we emphasize that the Spirit has continued to work in and through the church in all ages. Our faith is catholic because it holds to ancient beliefs and practices passed down by the Apostles.
As evangelicals, we embrace Fuller Theological Seminary’s “Statement of Faith.”
You can also read more about our beliefs at the Anglican Church in North American website.
As an evangelical, charismatic Anglican church, we incorporate worship practices from a variety of Christian traditions.
- Like Evangelicals…we emphasize the importance of the Scriptures and conversion. We seek to read the Bible well, teach it well, and apply it to all of life. We encounter Christ through the hearing of the Word.
- Like Charismatics…we emphasize the power of the Holy Spirit and recognize that the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit never stopped working in the church. We encounter Christ through worship.
- Like Catholics…we emphasize the importance of the Sacraments. We recognize that when used appropriately, a living, Spirit-filled liturgy is an important tool for instructing the church and helping her grow in holiness, maturity, and intimacy with Christ. We encounter Christ through the sacramental life of the church.
We Love Balance
- Ancient & contemporary Christian worship style
- Historically orthodox & spiritually vibrant
- Evangelical, Charismatic, and Catholic in our practice
- Inward & outward focused
- Caring for spiritual, emotional, relational, financial, & physical needs
“Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.” – Mt 19:14
Our approach to Children’s Ministry:
- Focuses on spiritual formation
- Forms children to listen to and respond to God in worship
- Utilizes storytelling and multi-sensory materials that allow children to experience the wonder and mystery of God and respond in their own creative way
- Engages children of different ages, backgrounds and abilities
- Facilitates creativity, art, and beauty in children’s experience of God
At Gold Line Church, we value the whole community, both children and adults, worshipping together. We recognize that we need children among us to teach us what it means to know God (Mt 19:14). Children and Adults begin the worship service together, and before the sermon the children are dismissed to participate in an engaging storytelling experience that allows children to receive God’s Word in a format suitable to their age. Toward the end of the service, children return to their parent(s), and the whole community receives Communion together.
Childcare for 6 months through 3 years is provided throughout the whole service. (All babies are welcome to stay in the service. We are a baby-friendly church).
Jon and Janna
They grew up in Pentecostal (Assemblies of God) churches in South Louisiana—a region that (like Los Angeles) has a strong Roman Catholic influence. They have been serving in multi-ethnic, cross-cultural ministries since their time in undergrad. Both have traveled extensively. Jon served as a missionary in Berlin, Germany for three years after college.
After graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2014, Jon and Janna discerned that God was calling them to start a multi-ethnic, Christ-centered church in Highland Park where they live with their two girls, Julia and Ana.