In prayer, the leadership of The Connection came together and asked, “God, give us a vision for your church”. And together with Him we began to dream dreams and imagine… Years later we can confidently say that what we once imagined we are now seeing become a reality!
You can expect to meet broken people whose lives have been changed by Jesus’ love. You can expect that the love Jesus has poured into their life will be poured into yours. You can expect to be accepted just as you are. You can expect to hear messages of hope and encouragement. You can expect to see authentic Christ-followers who take seriously the call to be Christ-like.
Jesus is our center and our desire is to love without reservation just as he exampled for us. We are not perfect, but we are being perfected in Christ’s love. This journey of growing in God’s amazing grace is one we invite you to join us in… Connected to Jesus and to one another in Love. When you come to The Connection you can expect a positive, casual, encouraging and friendly atmosphere.
At The Connection, we are a “come just as you are” community. When you get to our building look for the visitor parking signs near the main entrance. Our morning worship begins at 10:00 and as you come in you will meet our greeters. Feel free to ask them any questions. The greeters will give you a bulletin listing the morning’s events and if you have kids they will be glad to take you and your children to the nursery or Kidzifa (which means Kids Praise). On your way, you can grab some coffee and snacks in the foyer.
Our music and sermons are relevant and Christ centered. In every part of our worship service, we desire to create an atmosphere where we encounter Jesus in such a way that will challenge us and compel us to live Christ-like lives. At the end of every service, we open a time to worship God in giving our tithes and offerings. However, as our guest, the service is our gift to you.
We at The Connection want to take this time to invite you to join us on this journey together. Our church can be your home!
Pastor Chris Reiter
Chris is the Lead Pastor and primary teaching pastor at The Connection. Pastor Chris and his wife Cherie have served in ministry together since 2002. Chris is married to Cherie and they have three children: Abigail, Micah and Samuel. Chris completed his undergraduate degree at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma with a B.S. in Theology. He continued his post graduate education at Northwest Nazarene University receiving a Masters in Missional Leadership. Chris’ passion in ministry is discipleship where he aims to help individuals know the importance of daily practices of the faith. Chris loves spending time with his family, hiking, camping, trail running and reading. He has backpacked all over the northwest including the Sawtooths, Sierra Nevada, Cascades and Canyonlands.
Pastor Cherie Reiter
Cherie is the Worship Pastor and Office Administrator at The Connection. Cherie and her husband have loved serving together in ministry since 2002. Cherie and Chris have three children: Abigail, Micah and Samuel. Cherie completed her undergraduate degree at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho with a B.A. in Music. She recorded her first album called Prodigal Child in 1999 and continues to compose and record for events and for future releases. Cherie is passionate about discipling women and speaks at conferences and retreats where her main focus is women’s worth in the Kingdom, getting in the Word of God, and becoming healthy in heart, soul, mind, and body. Cherie loves spending time with her family, enjoying coffee with friends, home interior design and repurposing, thrift store shopping, hospitality, and leading worship.
Our Mission Is To
Connect Families to Jesus
Our Vision Statement
Imagine a place…
Where faith is authentic and we embrace the unexpected
Where hope is alive and we live in the joy of God’s continued creation
Where love is unconditional and forgiveness is free
Discover a place that is connected with the faith, hope, and love of Jesus… The Connection
Our Core Values
FAITH– Our faith is centered in Jesus, revealed through scripture and based on the principles of the Church of the Nazarene.
FAMILY– Here you will find love, support, and encouragement which is essential to this church. You are needed and accepted. Welcome to the family.
FRIENDS– Here, you will find friends and build meaningful relationships.
FUTURE– Our future relies on connecting families to Jesus.
FUN– We are alive in Christ! Pray hard, play hard!!!
The Connection is part of the Global Church of the Nazarene
THESE ARE THE BELIEFS NAZARENES HOLD TO BE TRUE
We believe in one God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living
We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
We believe that believers experience the ministry of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to live godly lives and to continue in spiritual growth.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and to the sanctifying work of God in our lives.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.