While Christ Reformed Baptist Church is a new church, our roots reach back 66 years. We were formerly known as Unity Baptist Church, which was constituted on September 7, 1952. Around the turn of the twenty-first century, our beloved pastor, Larry Marlin (1957-2018), led our church in recovering the doctrines of grace, otherwise known as Calvinism or Reformed theology. What do we mean by “recovering” these doctrines? We simply mean that we returned to the doctrines held by the founders of the Southern Baptist Convention. (For more information about our Reformed Southern Baptist heritage, see our Beliefs). So when Christ Reformed Baptist Church was established on October 28, 2018, we made the decision that our name would reflect this. The name of our church describes well who we are.
Above all else, we are Christ-centered. Christ is our greatest Treasure! We desire to put Christ first above all things. Our worship is Christ-focused. Our purpose is to glorify Christ. Our mission is to know Christ and to make Him known.
We identify with the reformed evangelical tradition of the universal church. We affirm the “five solas” of the Protestant Reformation: (1) Sola Scriptura (our final authority is Scripture alone); (2) Sola Gratia (salvation is by grace alone); (3) Sola Fide (through faith alone); (4) Sola Christus (in Christ alone); (5) Soli Deo Gloria (to the glory of God alone). Our theological framework is also referred to as Calvinistic. We affirm the sovereignty of God over all things, including the personal salvation of sinners.
We are an autonomous body of baptized believers, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. In continuity with our Baptist heritage, we seek to maintain a regenerate church membership; that is, we believe the church is to be made up of those who have been born again (or regenerated) by the Holy Spirit and who have been baptized upon their profession of faith in Christ. Furthermore, our polity is known as plural elder-led congregationalism, which simply means that we are Christ-ruled, elder-led, deacon-served, and congregationally-governed.
We are a family here at CRBC. We value the community of believers for mutual edification as we share the joys and hardships of life together. We want to know, care for, love, encourage, equip, and even correct one another in an effort to honor Christ with our lives, both individually and as a body of believers. Our sincere desire is that you know Christ –– not just about Him –– but to have a personal relationship with Him. The best way to do this is in the context of His people, the church.