About


GCC is an evangelical free church committed to the truth of the Bible and its application to our lives.

Our worship service incorporates hymns and contemporary choruses to achieve a blended style that helps our cross-generational congregation focus their hearts on Jesus Christ.

Founded in 1977, GCC is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America, a dynamic and rapidly growing association of churches located throughout the United States and with a strong international ministry.

NEDA Website (New England District Association). Please check out our website at www.efcneda.org for the latest information, brochures on upcoming events and even the weekly Friday Facts.

Statement of Faith of The Evangelical Free Church of America

Our doctrinal position is summarized in our twelve-article Statement of Faith.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Glastonbury Community Church is to glorify God through worship and obedience to the inerrant Word of God. By God’s grace, we purpose to reach the unsaved with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, provide an atmosphere for spiritual growth by demonstrating the love of Christ and equip believers for lives of service.

We Believe

1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.

2. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

3. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on high, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

4. That the ministry of the Holy Sprit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.

5. That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Sprit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus, become children of God.

7. That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.

9. That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.

10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

11. In the personal premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on all the personal life and service of the believer.

12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgement and everlasting conscious punishment.

We Also Believe:
13. That marriage is defined by our Creator God as the exclusive covenantal union between one man and one woman. Scripture declares all sexual activity outside of heterosexual monogamous marriage to be sin and forbidden by God, including the use of pornography.

14. That God’s grace empowers Christians to repent from sin and grow in holiness in submission to Scripture and to other members of the church community.

What Does “Evangelical” Mean?

The term Evangelical refers to our commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel and to the authority of Scriptures as being inerrant in the original writings and the only safe and sufficient guide to faith and practice.

What Does “Free” Mean?

The term Free refers to our form of church government as being congregational. Evangelical Free Churches depend upon the active participation of lay people in the decisions and directions.

Leadership

 

Pastor: Mat Samuelson

Elders: Ed St Louis (chair), Tim Wagner, Sal Ficara

Diaconate: Ann Garwood, Bea Hahn, Patti Wagner

Trustees: Ethan Lee (chair), Dick Kelley, Phyllis Kelley, Jeremy Summers

Finance: Jim Sienna (chair), Phyllis Kelley (financial secretary), David Cutts (treasurer)

Missions: David Cutts (chair), Walter Amado, Patti Sienna

Sunday School: Kathy St. Louis (superintendent), Mechele Lee (assistant supt.)

Worship Leader: Kathleen Thompson