Why Crestview is our church home. . .
In the past, we spent many months searching for a new church, but when we decided to attend Crestivew, our search was very short. We had heard about Crestview from friends had tried Crestview but chose not to stay. They knew that we were interested in an evangelical church, full of caring people, where women and men could serve equally in whatever areas they were gifted. They felt that Crestview would support our beliefs, so that is why they suggested it.
We also saw another friend one day at Costco, and picked her brain about Crestview too. She attended our previous church and is like minded when is comes to gender equality in the church. She is also a fabulous artist who felt that Crestview supported her as an artist, attending her exhibitions and promoting her art as well as her equalitarian beliefs.
We also knew another Crestview member who was a Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) supporter. Our family has supported CBE for many years with my husband even serving on the board and hosting fundraisers for CBE for 9 years. So, if a CBE supporter also attended Crestview, we felt that it had to be a supportive church.
So, we came and tried it out. Everyone was so friendly. The worship service was wonderful. The staff was (and continues to be) so excellent and outgoing. It’s an exciting place to be, and it’s awesome to be where God is working!
Our biggest concern about Crestview was infant baptism because neither of us are from that tradition. The previous pastor met with us and helped us to understand the denomination’s belief about baptism, and he said no matter what we decided that we believed about baptism, it was ok for us to agree to disagree. I’m not sure what my husband thought initially about the Calvinist bent of the Christian Reformed Church, but I must admit that I have been a closet predestinationist for a long time. Now, I am free to join the club.
I have enjoyed attending and later leading Daybreak, Crestview’s women’s Bible study. Those women have become close friends. Our whole family enjoys Dinner-for-8 which is where 8 people get together for dinner once a month for 4 months, switching hosts and which food everyone brings. And my husband is currently a deacon which is a good stretch of his mind and everything else, and our kids love the youth activities. Even my parents have come to like Crestview and are able to look past the infant baptism piece which they don’t understand or agree with. Since we left our much beloved church 15 years ago when we moved to Colorado, we have never felt at home anywhere else as we do at Crestview.
Pastor Mark is incredibly energetic and applies himself 100 percent to whatever he is doing, whether it be biking, hiking, or engaging with his family, neighbors and members of his congregation. His passion for following Jesus and fellowshipping with people is contagious. He is a deep thinker and expounds on God’s word, pulling out nuggets of insight and rounding out messages with writings from great literary minds when applicable. I am changed because of Mark’s deep content in his messages. He makes me think!
The Crestview community is talented and nurturing, generous with their time and money. I am often amazed at the creativity and diversity of each service that welcomes the atmosphere of worship. This applies not only to services for grown ups but for the children’s ministry too.
If you are seeking a community of people living out their lives together as they follow Jesus and fellowship with others, I highly recommend Crestview. Both Mark and his wife Deone somehow make participating in this community an adventure while at the same time being a part of the family!