Reach Up - Love God!
Reach Out - Love People!
Replicate - Make Disciples!
Our Free Methodist denominational roots can be traced back to 1860. It can be described in a number of ways:
Scriptural – We believe in the authority of the Old and New Testaments as the basis for life’s choices and life’s direction.
Evangelical – We believe in the “new birth” of believers, through faith in the sin-bearing work of Jesus Christ.
Wesleyan – We believe in a theology that wholly embraces both God’s sovereignty and grace, and in our accountability to one another.
Holiness – We believe God’s Holy Spirit will transform the self-centered hearts of every Christian who sincerely seeks renewal.
Free – We believe God wants to set us free from all fears and sins that put us in bondage.
In 1909 a Free Methodist family from Michigan moved to Auburn. Unable to find a local church with similar doctrinal beliefs, they began holding services in their home. The congregation grew and in 1915 lots on the corner of 3rd and C-Street NE were purchased. A white frame church was constructed the following year.
In 1951 land was donated for a new church to be built on our present site. Ground breaking began in 1953. The church was constructed in several phases as the congregation continued to grow. Not wanting to limit ministry only to those in our own congregation, the church opened a Child Care Center in September of 1968 as a way to help families in the community.
In September of 1977 Valley Christian School began with a staff of four and enrollment of seventeen students. Today there are just under 100 students in Pre-K through 8th grade coming from over 40 different area churches and the surrounding communities. In 2014 a new two-story, six classroom building was finished because additional space was needed as we plan for the future. VCS recently became accredited by ACSI.